The Career Management Center offers opportunities for students to visit selected cities and meet with executives and alumni to get firsthand industry knowledge and learn about employment opportunities. Examples include:
- Wall Street Week
- Charlotte Finance Trek
- Day in the Bay: San Francisco
- Day by the Lake: Chicago
- Cardinal Trek
- Consulting Trek
- Tech Trek
Brand Week is a three-day intensive immersion into the world of brand management for marketing students. Groups of students are given marketing problems and tasked with coming up with implementable solutions. Some companies that students have worked with are Brown-Forman, Papa John’s, GE, Mars Petcare, Frothy Monkey, Lizard Thicket, IMG and BBQ Party in a Box, among others. Students have the opportunity to network and complete independent studies with participating organizations.
This innovative course immerses students into the real world of U.S. healthcare delivery through the perspectives of physicians, nurses, patients, scientists and administrators in actual healthcare settings. Experiences include watching actual surgeries being performed and visits to Vanderbilt’s LifeFlight critical care helicopter service, the Mass Spectrometry Research Center and community clinics.
International Seminar Courses
Each year, the Global Business Association offers a structured trip to a major international business center. This year, students spent a week in Istanbul learning about Turkish business. They toured two universities, the Istanbul Stock Exchange, the largest telecom company in Turkey, a Turkish private equity firm and the Turkish equivalent of Yahoo.
Real Estate Capstone
The Real Estate Capstone course is offered in conjunction with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville's School of Architecture. Students are involved in proposing a comprehensive plan for a large-scale real estate development project. The class culminates with a presentation to real estate professionals.
Vanderbilt Business student teams consistently meet with success in competitions, demonstrating excellence in leadership, teamwork, analysis and problem-solving and outperforming some of the world’s best-known business schools. Click here for a list of case competition wins.
National MBA Human Capital Case Competition
Vanderbilt Business students manage this national case competition, now in its sixth year. Funded by GE and Deloitte Consulting, the competition pits teams from top graduate schools across the country against each other to address a real-world human capital issue and present solutions relevant in today’s fast-paced global economy. Teams will present their solutions to a team of esteemed corporate judges from GE and Deloitte Consulting. Learn more.
Max Adler Student Investment Fund (MASIF)
This student-run long-only equity investment fund sponsors a student through his or her first year at Vanderbilt. This happens after the fund reaches a certain value, taking inflation and other costs into account. The goal of MASIF is to provide Vanderbilt MBA students with an opportunity to gain experience in investment management and research. Students learn to actively manage the fund, which now consists of four portfolios, and beat a benchmark each year.
TVA Investment Challenge Program
TVA’s Investment Challenge Program is a unique, innovative partnership between TVA and 24 universities in its service territory that provides a real-world learning experience in portfolio management. The challenge gives teams of students hands-on experience in managing TVA stock portfolios. Students actively manage TVA funds by designing long-term investment strategies, placing trades and providing performance reports to TVA—all under the guidance of a faculty member. Students learn how to manage real money and the associated requirements that come along with it and are held to similar guidelines as TVA’s professional money managers. Each year, seven Vanderbilt MBA students work together to manage upwards of $300,000.
Student-led organizations provide outstanding opportunities for students to lead and learn outside of the classroom. Examples include Vanderbilt Marketing Association’s Marketing Madness, where students compete to create the best booth for a sponsoring organization in a tradeshow-style setting; plant tours sponsored by the Operations Club and career symposia sponsored by the Human and Organizational Performance Association. Click here for a list of Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management student organizations. Note that students create new clubs each year, so the list is always changing.
The Hult Prize Foundation is a start-up accelerator for budding young social entrepreneurs emerging from the world’s universities. Named as one of the top five ideas changing the world by President Bill Clinton and TIME magazine, the annual competition for the Hult Prize aims to create and launch the most compelling social business ideas—startup enterprises that tackle grave issues faced by billions of people. Winners receive one million dollars in seed capital, as well as mentorship and advice from the international business community. Learn more.
Turner Family Center for Social Ventures: Project Pyramid
Project Pyramid is an interdisciplinary course open to all graduate students at Vanderbilt University. The course examines the causes and symptoms of poverty and varying methods of poverty alleviation. The course is designed to enable collaboration across different graduate disciplines and student perspectives on poverty and to prepare students for project work with domestic and international organizations.
Turner Family Center for Social Ventures: Social Venture Summit
A student-run conference hosted by Vanderbilt's Turner Family Center for Social Ventures, the summit features speakers working in social enterprise to discuss the unique challenges and opportunities faced by social ventures.
Vanderbilt Healthcare Improvement Group
The Vanderbilt Healthcare Improvement Group is an interprofessional community of Vanderbilt education, management, medicine and nursing students committed to advancing education and student participation in quality improvement in healthcare. In an interdisciplinary elective course managed jointly by students from Owen, the School of Nursing and the School of Medicine, students work in teams to tackle a quality improvement project at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Vanderbilt Business Healthcare Conference
The Vanderbilt Business Healthcare Conference brings national speakers with big ideas to Nashville to discuss policy, innovative care, economics and technology while recruiting top healthcare MBA students from across the country. This conference is led and managed by Vanderbilt MBA students.
Most schools take would-be entrepreneurs only as far as developing a business plan. At Vanderbilt, you can start a business. And while you’ll gain the knowledge to support such a project, that’s just the beginning for startups.
The Owen Entrepreneurship Center (OEC) connects investors and entrepreneurs with one underlying goal: to create wealth. The center has become a respected training ground and source of support for serious student entrepreneurs. Directed by Professor Germain Boer, the OEC has spawned an active angel investor network, the Nashville Capital Network (NCN) focused on funding early-stage start-up ventures, a vital resource for the regional entrepreneurial business community. The OEC also sponsors the regional chapter of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization (YEO), allowing Owen students to have easy access to a ready-made network of successful entrepreneurs.
At Vanderbilt we connect you with all kinds of resources, from networking with local entrepreneurs to organizations including the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, the Nashville Capital Network and Jumpstart Foundry. These organizations assist new entrepreneurs in securing funding for ventures.
Another resource is the Sohr Grant, established in 2011 by Jim and Leah Sohr. Thanks to this grant, $235,000 has been awarded to fund Owen student led business ideas and startups.