Your experiential learning at Babson culminates with a semester-long project with a company or nonprofit. Courses like the Management Consulting Field Experience (MCFE) allow you to connect with a Boston-area business and get completely immersed in it.
Babson even offers a course, College Fed Challenge, that prepares you for the annual Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s competition, where teams present on the U.S. economy and give monetary policy recommendations.
At Babson’s centers and institutes, there are even more ways to get your hands dirty. At the Weissman Foundry, you can work alongside students from Wellesley College and Olin College of Engineering to design, prototype, and build projects. As learning went online in 2020, the centers and institutes adapted. The Institute for Social Innovation has created Inventureships, paid or credit-bearing fellowships that allow you to pursue your social innovation project.
Through the Stephen D. Cutler Center for Investments and Finance, students can also join the Babson College Fund and manage a $4.3 million portion of the Babson College endowment.
Throughout 2020, Babson students, faculty, staff, and alumni adapted to remote experiential learning. Students in Senior Lecturer Sandra Bravo’s Strategic Marketing class had multiple presentations in front of Scott DiGiammarino ’84, founder and CEO of MovieComm. They ended the course with one major presentation to the company’s entire marketing team and a group of investors.
“What we do really well at Babson is we apply these business concepts with real problems. We have so many opportunities to work with real businesses, understand their problems, and offer suggestions on how to overcome them,” says Beitelspacher.
For her retailing class one semester, her students ran a pop-up store in Kendall Square. They partnered with mobile retailer, Flexetail (owned by a Babson alum), and sold artwork. Students ran the pop-up for five days, selling around $10,000 worth of art. They did everything from working with artists and Flexetail to choosing the store’s soundtrack, posting flyers, and running the store. “Students didn’t realize how hard it was,” Beitelspacher recalls.
Similarly, many of Onyemah’s classes take place on the street and company sites where students shadow sales professionals and get to experience the day-to-day of sales executives and their organizations. “Sales is the lifeblood of all organizations,” begins Onyemah. “Having students engage CEOs, sales leaders, and rookies brings this fact to life sooner.”
“Students quickly come to the conclusion that sales is a life skill and that entrepreneurship of all kinds needs sales to sail,” he adds.
When you’re looking at colleges, you want to look for opportunities like the ones Onyemah and Beitelspacher create for their classes. Experiential learning is valuable in all the ways it can take shape, but is even more powerful when you can apply skills you’ve learned, reflect on the experience, and use what you’ve learned moving forward.
It’s how you’ll operate throughout your career and the sooner you gain that experience, the more prepared you are at graduation.