Students pursuing concentrations in Entrepreneurship, Human Resources, Supply Chain and Operations Management, Information Technology and Internal Auditing (ACC) have the opportunity to participate in clinical practica courses that allow them to engage fully with businesses and business owners in arriving at solutions to real-world problems.
The Entrepreneurship Clinical Practicum (MIE 419) is focused on experiential learning that is run through the NC State Entrepreneurship Clinic. In the Clinical Practicum, students will observe, learn and work alongside startup founders in Raleigh’s largest entrepreneurial co-working space, HQ Raleigh. Clinical students work with an array of startups to evaluate their weaknesses and develop and execute action plans to help them solve a specific business need. (MIE 419 requires a time commitment of 9 hours/week)
The Human Resources Practicum (MIE 439) allows students to gain practical experience with diagnosing an organization’s needs and then planning and recommending appropriate interventions. Experience with identifying needs will occur through needs assessment interviews with company representatives and analysis and interpretation of key demographic and relevant operational and HR metric data. Throughout the practicum, students will utilize textbooks, readings, lectures, and practitioner presentations.
Supply Chain/Operations Management
The Supply Chain/Operations Management Practicum (BUS 479) is comprised of a team-based project working on a Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (SCRC) partner company’s SCM issues. These projects will be as varied in scope as are company’s supply chain issues and improvement initiatives but generally focus on topics such as procurement, materials management, forecasting, logistics, sustainability, or manufacturing. Though the team will work with the faculty advisor and the clients, the students are ultimately responsible for project management including, scope, work plan, deliverable, milestones and deadlines. The student team will, during the course of the project, be expected to present long and short term recommendations to the project stakeholders.
The Information Technology Practicum (BUS 449) is a completely project-oriented course in which students work on real applications for national and local firms to solve live IT problems. Students work in teams to develop client deliverables and present their final work to an industry-based management team. Student projects cover topics ranging from project and data management to data analytics and collaboration. This courses gives students the opportunity to draw on their knowledge of database management, systems analysis, networking, accounting, finance, operations management and marketing.
The Internal Auditing Practicum (ACC 495) pairs students with a partner company and a specific project to be completed within the semester. Students work under the supervision of the professor and the partner company’s internal audit managers and staff to engage in business operations within a professional setting.