I am the inaugural Director of Experiential Learning for the Whitman MBA program. The experiential learning requirement was introduced for the Class of 2010. Full-time MBA students build an experiential portfolio through internships, consulting, specialized courses, community engagement, and other practical experiences that make them more valuable in the marketplace. Students complete a minimum of 6 approved experiential elective credits through at least 2 distinct experiences. These credits are taken within the 18 elective credits that are part of the degree program.
After spending 26 years in manufacturing and marketing at Eastman Kodak Company, this role has been a great transition into the world of academia. I get to work with the students through their experiential projects and by teaching a course in business writing and presentations to prepare students for their internships and experiential courses. By helping students find internships and sourcing projects to work on in classes, I can keep one foot in the corporate world too!
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