The capstone of Foundations in Business course is a poster presentation.

​Putting Theory into Practice

Hands-on experience is embedded into the BSBA curriculum.

Many, if not most, courses contain an applied-learning component. For example, in your freshman-year Foundations in Business course, you work in a team to create and develop a hypothetical consumer product and present your concepts during an end-of-the-course capstone presentation. In the Investment Praxis elective, you manage a $1 million equity portfolio.

In addition to internships and semester-long study abroad programs, Olin offers shorter-term immersion courses that allow you to explore a topic in-depth, and on location. Examples include:

  • Luxury Goods in New York City
  • Business, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship in Israel
  • Venture Advising in Budapest and Israel
  • Business and Government in Washington, D.C.

Some experiences (such as Economics of Entertainment and Business of Sports in Los Angeles) are not-for-credit.

Boost your marketability with hands-on experience

Since 1991, Olin’s Center for Experiential Learning has paired teams of business school students with Fortune 500 corporations, nonprofit organizations, and start-ups looking for cost-effective – or pro bono – management expertise.

“Olin is ahead of the curve on the experiential-learning courses it offers undergraduates,” says Ron King, center director, senior associate dean – special projects, and Myron Northrop Professor of Accounting. “The courses build maturity, team leadership, and dynamic intelligence,” which includes the ability to communicate persuasively and solve problems quickly in real-world situations.

So you succeed in business as well as in the classroom.

CEL Practicum: Faculty-led teams of four or more students work with company representatives on a specific, semester-long management project. You gain valuable knowledge, experience, and connections. You also receive academic credit for the project. Client deliverables usually include a final team presentation and report. Read more.

Taylor Community Consulting Project: St. Louis nonprofit organizations have benefited from Olin student consulting teams for more than 20 years. Teams of two to four students are assigned to each six-week project, and each student must contribute at least 75 hours of work. Projects address a wide range of management needs, such as market research, brand auditing, strategic planning, and financial and operational assessment. Each project concludes with a final presentation. Read more.

CEL Entrepreneurial Consulting Team (CELect) provides opportunities for students who want to run existing companies or to launch their own firm. Read more.

Fast Facts

CEL practicums conducted for 150 clients globally in the last 2 decades
174 students consulted on 38 projects for 25 local and regional nonprofits in 2013-14 academic year.