Student Consulting Project FAQ
Participating in a student consulting project is one of the best ways for students of all majors to get real-world experience valued by employers. You'll also develop and refine your skills in research, idea generation, problem-framing, design thinking, project management and communication. You'll also create networking opportunities and get a chance for an in-depth examination of a specific organization or industry.
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1. What is a consultant?
Cosultants work in every industry helping organizations solve problems and meet goals, typically by conducting research that leads to solutions. They typically spend weeks or months on each assignment, but are not company employees.
2. I don't have work experience. Can I be a consultant?
Absolutely! Consulting projects are one of the best ways to get real-world experience for your resume. Plus, you're learning the skills required to be a consultant just by being at a liberal arts college like Wofford. No matter what your major is, you're learning to think critically, to research information, to communicate, and to problem-solve. Our team of professional staff has specific industry experience - we'll coach you through your project, lending our experience while helping you build yours.
3. Which majors should participate in a consulting project?
All of them. Once in a while, we may have a project that requires specific experience (computer programming or data analysis) but even those projects need students who can summarize information, present it to executives, create surveys, etc. There's usually something of interest to all majors. ALL MAJORS are welcome to participate in a consulting project.
4. How much time does a consulting project require?
Typically about 10 hours a week. You'll spend less time working during the beginning of the project and may need to put it a few extra hours as the project deadline looms, but 10 hours is a good estimate.
5. Do I work alone or on a team?
You'll always work as a part of a team. Most projects include 4-6 students. Your work will always be guided by one of our professional staff.
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6. When does the work get done?
Typically, student consulting teams work in the evenings, after classes. It will be up to you and your student team to schedule meetings and work sessions. You'll meet as a team to discuss the project and its progress and perform your part of the project work on your own. There is typically at least one meeting with executives of the organization for whom you're consulting. At the end of the project, you'll present your findings to the organization's executives.
7. Do I need special clothes or equipment to be a student consultant?
You'll need to dress professionally for meetings with organizational executives, but that only happens once or twice during the project. Otherwise, you should dress as you normally do for classes/activities at Wofford. The level of dress will depend on your client organization: if it's a conservative company, suits for men and conservative dresses/pant suits for women. A more business casual or creative company won't expect to see students wearing suits.
8. What exactly will I be doing?
Every consulting project is different. You may be helping a company market a new product, research the feasibility of a new television show, create a social media strategy, streamline an operations process, etc. The work will be unlike anything you've ever done in your classes, but don't worry - we'll walk you through what to do and how to do it.
9. When is the best time to participate in a consulting project?
Projects are available during the fall and spring semesters and also during the summer (as part of our Institute). Consulting projects are great for first year and sophomore students who are interested in learning more about a particular industry. For juniors and seniors, consulting projects can replace an internship (and can often be more valuable learning tools).
10. I have more questions. Who do I talk to?
We welcome your questions! We can put you in touch with students who have participated in consulting projects and you can also talk with one of our team members. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org.