Career Academies

Experiential Learning

Experience is the key to success in any endeavor.

Implementing theory into practice is how you'll grow as a professional and leader. Every student in the Finance Career Academy will experience at least two semester-length consulting projects. Read on for details.

Henry Fund: Real Money, Real Decisions

Henry Fund's 2010 Management Team

In the second semester, after a rigorous selection process, selected students become analysts in the Henry Fund, an endowed equity portfolio. Each analyst researches real companies and makes investment decisions for an equity fund. The group seeks to achieve the highest level of return while maintaining a risk profile similar to the S&P 500 index. Henry Fund is a two-semester experience that you'll experience in place of the two projects described below.

Business Consulting Project—Year One

For the students not participating in the Henry Fund, your first consulting project is 16 weeks in length and facilitated by the Business Solutions Center (BSC). As part of a cross-functional team with your classmates, you'll cooperate with company execs, faculty, and BSC directors to deliver the final product. This is your first experience as an actual expert consultant, applying your technical skills to real business problems.

Hands-on Academy Project—Year Two

Solving Real Business Issues for Real Clients

Finance students not participating in the Henry Fund execute a hands-on consulting project managed by the Finance Career Academy. Distinctly different from the first-year project, the hands-on project hones your financial expertise. This Finance Career Academy project is a definite resume builder and another opportunity to face real financial issues in the real world. Experiential learning is an invaluable component of your professional development and career preparation.

Start-up technology company VazTec had a big idea: a valveless engine design that would improve engine efficiency and durability without losing engine power.

But cutting-edge technology has little impact on emissions and fuel consumption unless it can be brought profitably to market. That's where Tippie came in. VazTec secured a team of Tippie MBAs to perform financial analysis that would help realize the owners' ambitions to commercialize their innovation. The project was part of Putting Finance into Practice, one of the two real-world consulting-based courses required for Tippie finance MBAs.

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