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Consulting That Moves Your Organization Forward

​Insights That Move Your Organization Forward​

Where theory meets practice.

Team-Based, Faculty-Guided Consulting

Team-Based, Faculty-Guided Consulting

Where theory meets practice.

Fresh Perspectives and Innovative Solutions

​​​Fresh Perspectives and Innovative Solutions

Where theory meets practice.

Where theory meets practice

​Cen​ter for Experiential Learning

linking the classroom with the world of business

At Washington University’s Olin Business School, the Center for Experiential Learning (CEL) is a hub for active and experiential learning through business and nonprofit consulting.


We match top-tier students with organizations seeking objective insights and applied critical thinking. With faculty support and guidance, talented Olin students apply leading-edge practices and practical management solutions to your business challenges.


The CEL at a Glance

  • The CEL works locally and globally with organizations ranging from startups and nonprofits to Fortune 50 firms and multinational corporations.
  • Your student-driven consulting team, diverse in experience and disciplines, is assembled to deliver critical information and/or insightful recommendations to move your business forward.
  • The CEL partners with your business to scope your project and guide our teams in developing actionable deliverables.
Corporate partners such as
Direct Supply
Emerson
Local nonprofit partners such as
ALS Association
Almost Home
Local startups such as
Top Opps
LockerDome

P

CEL Practicum

Type:
Consulting teams of 4–6 students
Client:
Organizations of any size, globally
Length:
14 weeks
S

Small Business Initiative

Type:
Consulting teams of 4-6 students
Client:
Regional small businesses
Length:
14 weeks, fall and spring
E

CEL Entrepreneurial Consulting Team

Type:
Consulting teams of 4-6 students
Client:
Startups in St. Louis
Length:
14 weeks, fall and spring
T

Taylor Community Consulting Program

Type:
Consulting teams of 4–6 students
Client:
Nonprofits in St. Louis
Length:
14 weeks, fall, spring and summer
B

Olin/United Way Board Fellows Program

Type:
Graduate student consultant/board member
Client:
United Way of Greater St. Louis
supported agency
Length:
1 year
G

Global Management Studies

Type:
Student-led field research
Client:
N/A
Length:
8 weeks
M

Metrics Clinic (Finance & Marketing)

Type:
Consulting teams of 4-6 students
Client:
Startups in St. Louis
Length:
6-8 weeks, fall and spring
M

Madagascar Sustainability Initiative

Type:
Sustainability development
Client:
Malagasy residents
Length:
14 weeks

Since 1991, CEL consulting teams have worked with clients on five continents.

Student groups have conducted field research in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America.

CEL Locations Map

The CEL by the Numbers (2018–2019)

561

Students

111

Clients

122

Projects

5

Continents,

11

Countries

55,075

Hours of Impact