SI-MBA Practicum Project

Partnership in Action

VBSR is collecting interest in working with University of Vermont SI-MBA students and alumni, which will be shared with these emerging leaders through a partnership with the University of Vermont Grossman School of Business. One of these opportunities is the Practicum Project.

About the SI-MBA Practicum Project

The University of Vermont SI-MBA program is an intensive one-year MBA program, including a capstone Practicum Project in which students engage in application-based problem solving during the final three months of the program (mid-May – late-July). The practicum Project is a 10-week, in-depth consulting project with current SI-MBA students (unpaid). Project proposals from participating organizations are received in October.

The Practicum Project is an unpaid, full-time, hands-on, immersive experiential engagement with established companies/organizations or early-stage ventures (host organizations) that are focused on addressing the real-world challenges and opportunities associated with sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship. Each practicum project is typically completed by a team of 2-4 students, and all projects are designed to create mutual value for students and host organizations. 

Previous host organizations include Burton, Casella, SunCommon, Seventh Generation, and Ben & Jerry’s, as well as national and international brands. To learn about current practicum projects, please follow this link.

Host a SI-MBA Student Team

If you're interested in hosting a SI-MBA student team for a Practicum Project, we'd like to hear from you!


Have Questions?

  • For questions about VBSR’s services in connecting VBSR members with SI-MBA talent, contact Madison Wood, VBSR Membership & Development Manager.
  • For questions about the SI-MBA program, contact John Kim, UVM Grossman School of Business Graduate Programs Career Advisor.


  • Submissions
    • Oct: Practicum project ideas are submitted to UVM
    • Second week of November: Final project proposals are submitted to UVM
  • Pre-Work
    • December: Student teams are paired with host organizations
    • January: Kick-off meeting between student team and hosts
    • Feb-May: Students and hosts refine scope and do background research
  • Full-Time Consulting Project
    • Mid-May – end of July: Student teams work on projects full-time

Note that submission of a proposal does not mean you are guaranteed a student team. A number of proposals are developed so that students have a choice in which projects they are ultimately assigned to. However, if a project doesn’t move forward in one year it may be a project in the future.

Host Organization Commitment