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Pro Bono Consulting Overview

Georgia Tech's Pro Bono Consulting Program is aimed at helping not-for-profit organizations based in Atlanta resolve key strategic challenges. We are also committed to providing exceptional educational and personal growth opportunities for motivated student participants.

Teams

Student teams are comprised of MBAs, PhDs and other graduate students with diverse backgrounds. Participating students apply interview, and are selected for the program.  Each selected applicant has demonstrated a solid track record of scholastic, extracurricular and professional achievements. Our student consultants are well-rounded, down-to-earth individuals with strong problem solving and leadership skills. These skills are paired with an exceptional motivation to learn and deliver actionable results to our clients.

Project Definition

Projects are conducted over 15 weeks during the Fall, Spring, or Summer semester.  Prior to undertaking a project, we work together with our clients to set expectations and define deliverables. All projects are evaluated against our dual-goal mission and are approved by the client representatives, the consulting team, and program leaders, as well as advising faculty from Georgia Tech's Business School. Projects must have a defined problem and defined scope, addressing a specific need.  Upon completion, clients will receive a presentation of findings with the expectation that results will be considered for implementation by key organizational decision makers. 

Implementation and Impact

We pride ourselves with providing solutions that are practical and easy to implement. Our teams, while independent, work closely with the clients’ staff and management. This approach enables us to better grasp underlying issues, gather feedback on our work, and adjust our approach early in the process, and finally, arrive at actionable solutions that our clients are prepared to implement. Project workload is expected to average 30 – 45 hours per week across the team of student consultants. The length of projects should range from 12 – 16 weeks.

Project Timeline

Prior to Project Kick-Off:
Clients and students will be notified of acceptance into the program. Teams will be finalized and resumes will be submitted to the client.

Week 1 thru Week 2: 
Teams will meet with the client to finalize project scope.

Week 3 thru Week 6: 
Teams will focus on collecting necessary data to work toward formulating recommendations and any agreed upon deliverables.

Week 7 thru Week 9: 
Mid-Project Presentation – date to be set by client and student consulting team.

Week 10 thru Week 14: 
Teams will focus on completing any outstanding recommendations and deliverables. Feedback from the mid-project presentation is expected to be integrated.

Week 15 thru Week 17: 
Final Presentation and wrap-up--date to be set by client and student consulting team.

Support and Communication

Individual or team contact must be defined and available on a consistent basis for student consulting team support. Level of data and resource support will be determined based on project scope.

Application Process

Pre-Semester Work
Project scope and terms are presented to Pro Bono Consulting Program Leaders a minimum of four weeks prior to semester beginning.  Terms must be reviewed and agreed on at least four weeks prior to semester start.

Team Selection 
The application process for students will open one month prior to course registration.

Contact

Student Leadership
Adam Zenker
Georgia Institute of Technology
Scheller College of Business
Email :  adam.zenker@gatech.edu

Faculty Advisor to the Program
Dr. Terry Blum
Georgia Institute of Technology
Scheller College of Business - ILE Suite, Office 4153C
Email:  
Phone:  404-894-4924