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 (late May – late July).

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. You can learn about current practicum projects here.

Interested in hosting a Practicum Project? Let us know!



  • Sept/Oct: Practicum project ideas are submitted to UVM
  • Second week of November: Final project proposals are submitted to UVM
  • 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
  • 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.