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Experiential Learning Opportunities - February 2019

Dean Hietapelto awarding certificate to student
February 4, 2019

Experiential Learning Opportunities within LSBE

The Labovitz School of Business and Economics excels in providing exemplary experiential learning opportunities for its students in unique programs that are meeting strong industry demand. We believe powerful learning experiences occurring outside of the classroom will give students a strong advantage in competing for that first post-degree position.

Have a desire to help manage almost $1.7 million of real money in your own 24/7 lab space while having incredible learning experiences? LSBE’s Financial Markets Program (FMP) does exactly that with assistance from Director Joe Artim and their own advisory board of financial executives. With annual trips to Chicago, Minneapolis, and a conference in New York City, a corporate practicum, and opportunities to compete in the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute Research Challenge, this program prepares your student well for their first career move. The 2018 CFA team WON the Americas title for the first time ever and traveled to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, all expenses paid, to compete against the top five teams in the world. Read more about the 2018 Americas competition here and the global competition here.

Okay, so maybe Finance is not your student's thing. How about Sales?

LSBE was just named by 3M in 2018 as one of only FOURTEEN universities nationwide offering students access to their Frontline Sales Initiative Program. These prestigious internship opportunities could jumpstart your student's marketing or sales career at 3M. Department Head and Marketing Professor Dr. Rajiv Vaidyanathan can tell you more about Sales initiatives in the Labovitz School of Business and Economics. 

Not Sales? How about Marketing and Graphic Design?

The new Marketing and Graphics Design (MGD) major is the first of its kind in the country, and there is a real demand for graduates who possess a combination of marketing and graphics design skills. Students work directly with businesses through the Student-to-Business Initiative (SBI). Dr. Marat Bakpayev, MGD advisor, can answer your student's questions.


Students majoring in Entrepreneurship have a variety of opportunities to bring the classroom to life. Students can help plan the UMD Entrepreneurship Conference, an entirely student-run initiative that brings established entrepreneurs to campus to share experiences and insight. Students also plan and execute the spring business plan competition, where would-be entrepreneurs work with a mentor and pitch their business plan to the pros. See Instructor (and entrepreneur) Nicole Wilde for more information.  

We have many more excellent, hands-on, innovative programs with required internships and/or outside-of-class experiential learning components, including Accounting, Financial Planning, Health Care Management, Marketing Analytics, and more. We have a robust internship program for all our students; Director Angie Soderberg can assist your student. Stay up-to-date on our latest initiatives by reading our newsletters and stories online and reaching out to our knowledgeable department heads, faculty, and advising office with your questions. Your student should start now to secure the key experiences they need to secure that first post-degree position of their dreams!

 Dr. Amy B. Hietapelto, Dean, Labovitz School of Business and Economics