I'm Interested in Being a Student Consultant
The Polsky Center seeks highly motivated UChicago graduate students looking to apply to be a business development or business planning fellow. Candidates will possess:
- Interest in business management, entrepreneurship, small businesses, social impact via economic growth in an urban setting, and/or consulting;
- Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills;
- Ability to be proactive and to follow through with attention to detail;
- Availability to attend all virtual meetings weekly with your team/client, and an in-person gathering at the start and close of the program;
- Capacity to commit 10 hours per week for ten weeks; and
- Strong attention to detail and a team player.
Please note that there will be a preference for students with previous consulting experience.
The Polsky Center will work with graduate level students to help provide growth strategies to support and scale local businesses. Each business will work with a business development or business planning fellow overseen by a senior-level executive and faculty member at Chicago Booth. The fellows will play an integral role during the customer discovery/research and project planning phase. Additionally, each fellow will have an executive coach for additional support.
In the first phase of the program (2023 winter quarter), the business development fellow will work with clients addressing the following key areas: local competitive landscape, food pricing models, supplier relationships, digital marketing presence, employee satisfaction, or institutional partnerships.
During the second phase of the program (2023 spring quarter), the business development fellows will overlap with the incoming business planning fellow to ensure a clean handoff. During this phase, the team will work with the client to take the data obtained during the first phase of the project and develop strong recommendations. Once these recommendations are agreed upon the team will work to develop strategic goals, timelines and execution plans.
Fellows will receive training on growth marketing and innovation topics, research and analysis approaches, best practices and processes for consulting engagements, and skills for managing successful client relations. The program will accept graduate level students currently enrolled at the University of Chicago.
Students will receive a small stipend for their project work with the expectation that time in this program will require up to 10 hours per week. Please note that there are only ten open positions available for each role.
The 2023 student application is closed. For questions, please contact Isra Omar at email@example.com.