MBA Project Initiative

The Johnson MBA Project Initiative

A Win-Win Opportunity

The Purpose

  • Help companies to complete work that they do not have the internal resources to carry out.
  • Provide legitimate work experience for students while they continue to search for a permanent job
  • Provide a limited financial return to the students

Submit an MBA project proposal online

Do you have a business project but limited resources to get it done?

Johnson’s MBA Project Initiative acquires paid, eight to ten week summer projects for MBAs who graduate in May 2017 but are still seeking fulltime employment. Projects through this initiative:

  • Help companies to complete work that they may not have internal resources to carry out
  • Provide legitimate work experience for students while they continue to search for a permanent job
  • Provide a limited financial return to the students

The MBA Project Initiative is also looking for project experiences for MBAs graduating in May 2018 who have not connected with a summer internship opportunity.

Criteria for Projects

  • Eight to ten weeks in duration, although shorter or longer projects will be considered
  • Project work that utilizes MBAs’ skills and abilities and provides for a permanent job business value to the company, rather than “make-work” to help students
  • Project work the sponsoring company is willing to pay for due to a shortage of internal resources
  • An identified project sponsor who will assume responsibility for the scope the project, identify the deliverables, select student(s) and supervise the work

Matching Students with Projects

The Johnson program manager will source potential students with strong interest in, and reasonable qualifications for, the corporate project. When possible, the sponsoring company will receive several candidates from which to choose. While the program manager will work with the project sponsor in evaluating candidates, the final decision rests with the sponsoring company.

The standard rate of pay for students is $25.00 per hour for hours worked on the project. This fee can be tailored to the individual situation dependent on an agreement between sponsoring company and the student.

Contracting

Johnson staff will work with the sponsoring company to define a project that meets the criteria established for the program and supply names of potential student candidates. It is the responsibility of the company sponsor and individual student to agree on the specific terms of the arrangement and to document that agreement as they see fit. Johnson does not engage in negotiations related to pay, working hours or other conditions related to the project. Projects for MBAs finishing their first year can begin as early as mid-May 2017.

Project Supervision

It is the responsibility of the project sponsor to supervise the work of students. Johnson does not play a role in supervising the work of students and takes no responsibility for the quality or timeliness of project deliverables.

Submit an MBA project proposal online

Contact

Candace Maxian

Manager, Projects Office
Johnson at Cornell University
202 Sage Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Email: ProjectsOffice@cornell.edu
Phone: 607-255-0161
Fax: 607-255-2075