Host a Global Challenge Lab


Thunderbird applied learning courses enable students to actively apply course material to real-world, real-time organizational challenges. Thunderbird’s for-credit, applied learning courses are:

  • Offered in a variety of formats but typically involve real-world business consulting in team-based, client-facing projects.
  • Range from one to five weeks of full-time on-site work in another country to 13 weeks of campus-based work.
  • Our flagship Global Consulting Laboratories available to our Master of Global Management students are full-time, on-site consulting work in a dynamic economy.

The value of students with real-world experience

Student consultants are culturally adaptive, smart, and motivated. Through participation in our applied learning courses, students acquire real-world experience, learn to work in cross-cultural teams, gain insights into new functions and industries and get strong resume-building experiences.

Become a Client

Thunderbird Applied Learning courses provide diverse organizations with skilled and motivated human capital. They are truly win-win propositions, creating value for companies and providing a unique, professional learning experience for our graduate students seeking to immerse themselves in emerging markets, whether on the ground or from Thunderbird’s campus in Phoenix, AZ.

Thunderbird consulting teams:

  • Create sustainable business solutions and transfer their knowledge and skills to their client organization.
  • Are strengthened by combining students’ professional experience and academic expertise with the client’s knowledge of their home market.
  • Create a comprehensive work plan to address the needs defined by the client.
  • Bring fresh eyes to a business problem, along with a research-based approach to finding solutions.

Consulting teams have direct access to internationally recognized Thunderbird professors who have business intelligence, financial analysis, supply chain resources, marketing/brand management, and organizational consulting expertise as well as full access to Thunderbird’s world-class business library and resources.

There are various ways that your organization -- whether a business, government, or non-profit -- can have access to Thunderbird’s global consulting talent.

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