Experiential Learning

The Center for Business & Society's programs and student-run service organizations provide Tuck students with opportunities to become involved with both global and local communities. Students can lend their muscle on a Saturday volunteer project, travel to a developing country to offer insights as part of a consulting project, or apply to serve on local nonprofit boards of directors. All these experiences teach an understanding of the problems communities face and the managerial skills required to make a difference.

National and International Programs


Challenging themselves to apply business knowledge to vexing social and environmental problems, Tuck Student teams participate throughout the year in case competitions with other graduate programs. Topics include corporate citizenship practices, education reform, energy and environmental challenges, nonprofit strategies and poverty alleviation. Teams are formed through the student clubs and supported by the Center. Read about recent case competitions here.


The interests and activities of business and society often overlap, resulting in both conflict and opportunity. Will you be prepared to lead in an increasingly complex world? Originally called the 10 for 10 Program, and conceived as a tribute to the Allwin Initiative's 10th anniversary at Tuck in May 2011, the Research Travel Program is open to second-year students who want to pursue hands on, meaningful research for their environmental or socially focused project linked to an academic course. Successful projects are chosen on the merits of an application and awarded funds to support travel during academic breaks. Projects can be individual or in teams, and be regional, national or international in scope. Read about projects in 2013, or watch video of 2012 Research Travel Programs.

One of Tuck's signature courses is OnSite Global Consulting, which sends teams of students overseas for three week consulting projects. The Center for Business & Strategy works with the OnSite to develop consultancy projects with a social or environmental focus for nonprofit organizations, companies and NGOs around the world. Read about past projects here and here

Local Programs

Allwin Community Outreach Day underscores the value MBAs can provide to their communities and calls attention to the important role business leaders play as civic leaders. During orientation each year, members of the entering class devote half a day to share ideas on an organizational challenge for nonprofits in the local area. The day culminates with a dinner at which a prominent guest shares personal views on the power of individuals to make a difference in a community and the world. Students find this focus on problem solving to be truly rewarding and a meaningful way to get to know others in the community. Learn more here and here.

This program aims to strengthen local nonprofits and encourage students to continue their involvement with nonprofits in the communities in which they will live as Tuck alumni. Students use their business knowledge to act as nonvoting members of boards of participating organizations. They attend board meetings and may be assigned to board committees and asked to complete project work.  Students benefit by gaining experience applying their business skills, while nonprofits benefit from the addition of newer members with business acumen.

Watch Dan Revers, T’89 and program supporter, discuss the value of serving on non-profit boards, and listen to board fellows' perspectives here.