Opportunities for MBA Students
Immersed in a global community (nearly 40% international from 70 countries) and a curriculum that encourages cross-cultural collaboration and engagement, our MBA students gain global perspectives and skills from their classmates, their classes, and a host of first-hand learning opportunities in the international business environment.
Students and MBA Career Management co-organize Career Treks within the U.S., as well as to destinations around the world. Students travel to the region for a series of group informational interviews with prominent companies. In the 2011-12 academic year, students on over 40 treks traveled to more than 185 companies based on student interest and included sectors such as Venture Capital/Private Equity, Technology, Real Estate, Biotech/Health Care, and Media and Entertainment.
Thirty-six percent of Wharton MBA students and 25 percent of undergraduates are from outside the United States. Because of Wharton’s size and international composition, international students gain exposure not only to U.S. culture, but to the cultures of students from around the world. Students also find it easy to meet others from their own countries or regions, both at Wharton and across the Penn global communisty, with whom they can get together for shared cultural customs, events, and food.
Global Consulting Practicum (GCP), an elective, cross-functional, globally oriented course challenges MBA students to explore problems of international business and gain the skills of consulting. Since 1978, over 1,000 Wharton MBA and executive MBA students have helped more than 250 companies develop market entry strategies for North America and elsewhere, and have added over $300 million in annual sales to their clients’ U.S. revenues. The GCP is currently working with partner schools in Chile, China, Colombia, India, Israel, Peru, and Spain.
The Wharton Global Immersion Programs (GIPs) are half‐credit elective courses designed to provide students with high level surveys of regions integral to the global economy. By attending faculty lectures and traveling abroad to meet with local business leaders, government officials, and Wharton alumni, students have the opportunity to learn from a tremendous group of professionals while also immersing themselves in another culture and building life‐long friendships with their GIP cohort.
An innovative way of delivering global experience learning, launched as part of the curriculum redesign, Global Modular Courses (GMCs) are offered in an intensive workshop format over three to seven days. Students understand applicable business opportunities and practice through project- and team-based immersive learning, in a geographic location relevant to the subject matter during school breaks. Each year since 2010, eight to 13 courses are offered in Brazil, China, India, Israel, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.
The first joint-degree program in international management, the MBA/MA Lauder Program prepares future business leaders by integrating the Wharton MBA with an MA in International Studies from Penn's School of Arts & Sciences. The MA in International Studies emphasizes cross-cultural and advanced-level language training through one of nine tracks: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
Wharton Leadership Ventures are a set of outdoor experiential leadership development opportunities for Wharton MBA students. The Ventures give students the opportunity to engage in sets of hands-on experiences for exploring and mastering the capabilities for effective individual and team leadership in business and beyond.
Wharton MBA students run conferences each year that attract business leaders from around the world. In addition to annual industry conferences such as Private Equity Conference and Wharton Marketing Conference, students organize region-specific events which may include the Africa Business Conference, Asia Business Conference, India Economic Forum, and Wharton Latin America Conference
Wharton offers semester-long international exchange program options at the 17 partner schools in 15 countries. Each year, more than 50 Wharton MBA students study abroad, while Wharton welcome 70 or more international MBAs to campus.
The Wharton Global Health Volunteers gives Health Care Management Program students the pportunity to apply their skills service projects for health care systems with limited resources and severe health problems, such as HIV. Each year, small groups of students volunteer their services for two to three week consulting engagements. Participation in these projects provide students with life-changing experiences and first-hand involvement with the practicalities of improving the management of health care services in countries where there are overwhelming needs and scant resources.
Wharton International Volunteer Program (WIVP) provides an organized platform for students to travel abroad and apply their business skills to promote economic development and improved quality of life in developing countries. These consulting projects help private organizations with operations, business planning, startup strategy, financial projections, and costing. They usually take 2 to 4 weeks over the summer and may take place in India, Asia, Africa, or South America.
This three-year, MBA/MA dual-degree program, offered by Wharton and the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of The Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C., prepares students to operate in both business and the international political environment. Students earn an MBA from Wharton and an MA in international relations from SAIS, a program that pioneered area studies and the integration of international politics and economics