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The Foster Consulting Program is a quarterly six-week long program run by the Business Impact Group and the Foster Consulting & Business Development Center (CBDC). Each team consists of five student consultants (1 freshman consultant, 4 consultants), one project manager, and several professional advisers, to provide consulting services to local businesses who are facing difficulties or challenges. This program gives students a chance to gain real-world business experience while servicing their community.
Foster Consulting Program
Applications for the Foster Consulting Program are closed. If you would like to be notified when applications open back up in summer please fill out this form.
What Position Should I Apply For?
How Does the Application Process Look Like?
The general application has 2 deadlines: The priority deadline, and the general deadline. The priority deadline closes sooner than the general deadline, however, gives applicants an opportunity to interview and receive results sooner. The general application consists of several essay and behavioral questions. Ideal candidates display strongly aligned interests, passion and client-oriented mindsets, with less emphasis on professional experience.
Following a review of applications, interviewees are sent a "Case Challenge". Each quarter's Case Challenge is unique in content and material, where interviewees present their findings and recommendations in a timely and creative fashion to their exec member interviewer. Ideal Case Challenges showcase a structured working process leading to feasible recommendations, as well as creativity and analytical skills.
Applicants who are accepted then undergo student consultant training sessions led by West Monroe Partners. Student consultant training sessions focus on best practices, frameworks, expectations and professional development. Following training sessions is the Project Kickoff led by the CBDC, where students meet with their assigned consultant teams and begin their 6-week long engagement with their client.
Client Engagement Overview
Each week is different from the next. Each client engagement in the Foster Consulting Program follows a structured 6-week long schedule which maximizes students' abilities towards enabling real, client impact.
How Does Each Week Look Like?
Week 1 - Project Kickoff
Student consulting teams attend the quarterly project kickoff led by CBDC where teams will hold the initial meeting with their client.
Week 2 - Establish Project Scope
Student teams work to understand client pain points and needs, establishing a project scope.
Week 3 - Conduct Research
With project scope narrowed down, student teams begin their research approach towards addressing client needs and concerns.
Week 4 - Research Findings
Teams finalize & compile research findings to present to client.
Week 5 - Refining Deliverables
Teams work to refine and practice final presentation & report.
Week 6 - Final Presentation & Report
Client project engagement is wrapped up through final presentation & final report.
By applying and becoming a student consultant for the Foster Consulting Program, you are making a commitment to this program, your team, and your client. Consultants are expected to show up to all team and client meetings and deliver their best efforts into this program.
Consultants are expected to communicate properly and professionally to their peers, as well as with clients. The Foster Consulting Program holds all student members to the highest level of professionalism and academic integrity, representative of Foster and the Consulting Business Development Center.
Student teams work directly with Foster Consulting Program clients. As business owners dedicating their time and efforts into this program, the Foster Consulting Program strives to maintain utmost professionalism during meetings, events and when representing the program on or off campus.
Grace Harbor Farms
"As stated prior, I went in having no idea what I was doing, but after this experience I have grown more confident in my abilities and look forward to doing another project with the Foster Consulting Program."
- Mikela Rivera
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