Find out how our students can add value to your organization.

Our students work with profits and nonprofits, startups to fortune 500 companies to provide solutions to their business problems. These consulting projects not only add value to your organization, but they also provide our students with invaluable experiences working on a real-world project. 

Consulting Projects

Within the structure of a College of Business course and with faculty oversight, student teams will coordinate with clients on projects of up to 15 weeks to address a need or issue within an organization. Students will collaborate with stakeholders throughout the term, concluding with a final deliverable. View some examples of these projects below.

General Consulting Project

Undergraduate seniors from all business majors work on consulting projects that require a broad scope of work from a multidisciplinary perspective. 

Recent projects include a competitive analysis of the marketing strategy, operations and customer experience for a major local retailer. Students analyzed the retailer’s competitive advantage in the local market, identified process improvements to minimize rejected deliveries and suggested improvements to the in-store customer experience. We would like to place students in a variety of consulting projects. Please contact Charu Chandra at 313-593-5258 or to discuss how your organization could participate.

Supply Chain Logistics Consulting Project

Recent projects include working with the Dearborn Fire Department to analyze years of data to identify new location for an additional fire station and designing local transportation routes to create more accessible and affordable public transportation. 

Business Analytics Consulting Project

The MS-Business Analytics capstone course provides master’s students with a real-world consulting project in which they apply skills in quantitative design, modeling and analysis. Graduate students work with a UM-Dearborn faculty advisor and a mentor from a partner organization to model, analyze and recommend a solution for a significant business problem. 

Previous projects include health-care services profitability analysis, predictive modeling for parts classification, analysis of customer satisfaction in a call center, forecasting of weather-related power outages and data-modeling for smart mobility. Learn more about the capstone project

Information System Security Policy Review

Graduate students work with not-for-profits and for-profits to analyze their current security policies and identify design weaknesses. Students provide a report to reveal operational risks associated with technical issues such as user ID and password management weakness, server and switch placement, business continuity plan weakness, adequacy of backup data and more. Please contact Kevin Kobelsky at 248-778-5168 or to discuss how your organization could participate.

iLabs Center for Innovation Research

Have a business challenge you’re not sure how to approach? iLabs conducts research for external organizations (clients) as well as internal departments at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Using marketing research techniques, financial and economic impact studies, and competitive and strategic analyses, iLabs combines highly-skilled professors and student researchers with rigorous research techniques to provide solutions for organizations in any industry sector.

Project-based Internships

Project-based internships are a fit for organizations that do not currently have the need for a full-time intern, but have smaller projects or initiatives that need support. In these roles, College of Business students will bring their knowledge and expertise to work on smaller, shorter projects. Ideally, students will work part-time for a few weeks or up to several months. Examples of these kinds of internships include website update/construction and social media plans.  

Working with Student Organizations

Each semester the American Marketing Association chooses a local company to provide consulting assistance pro bono. In the past they have worked with  companies such as Breakfast of Champs, Cheat Treats in Dearborn and the New Mandarin Garden. Interested companies can request more information at

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