Our Approach to Learning

Experiential learning—learning by doing—is at the center of our business education philosophy.

Here you’ll have experiences that fall under this umbrella both inside and out of the classroom. You might help a local business solve a real problem and see the solution you’ve created yield tangible results. You can take your own brilliant idea for a product or service and launch a start-up. Maybe you’ll take a class that culminates in a venture capital competition, leading to internship opportunities as an analyst with VC firms or angel investor groups.

Kogod's Experiential Learning

At both the undergraduate and graduate level, we offer hands-on learning opportunities that match our students’ interests with the skills and experience employers want. These opportunities include:

Co-Op Program

The Kogod School of Business is first at AU and the first among its business school competitors to enter the market with a co-op program in the DC metro region. Our co-op program is a long-term internship designed to turn into a full-time job after graduation. 

Pro Bono Consulting Projects

On our pro bono consulting projects, teams of undergraduate and graduate students work together to solve real business problems for their clients, who are small and growing businesses in the DC area and beyond. 

Internships

Internships are one of the most traditional ways for business school students—undergraduate and graduate alike—to get real-world experience and make connections to boost career prospects. 

Entrepreneurship Incubator

In the American University Center for Innovation (AUCI) Entrepreneurship Incubator, you can launch your venture with support from experienced entrepreneurs.

Pitch & Investment Competitions

Business competitions—through American University and at other schools—allow you to practice presenting your ideas, with opportunities to win investment money you can use to grow your business.

Co-Op Program

Cooperative education programs (co-ops) are highly structured co-curricular work experiences often lasting up to a year or more. This year, we've launched our ownthe Kogod Cooperative Education Pilot Program (Kogod Co-Op)as an extension of our commitment to meaningful, practical experiential learning.

A First in the DC Area

The Kogod Co-Op is the first co-op program at AU and the first among its business school competitors in the DC area. Participants complete a six-to-twelve-month intensive paid internship intended to turn into full-time employment after graduation. Students gain résumé-worthy professional experience while also earning credit toward their degree.

If you apply and are accepted into a co-op, you'll be working for University-approved employers who have made years-long commitments to build their talent pipelines with Kogod students. As we build the program, our list of partners will continue to grow.

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Current Co-Op Employers Include:

  • 2U, an online educational services platform.
  • Aptive Resources, a modern consulting firm focused on human experience, data science, digital services, technology integration, and design.
  • Assured Consulting Solutions, a firm that partners with federal agencies to solve complex technology, information, security, and data challenges.
  • Take2 Consulting, creators of Everything as a Service (XaaS), a platform in which expertise is housed in a cloud and delivered to customers, on demand.
  • Defense Intelligence Agency, a federal intelligence agency under the Department of Defense specializing in defense and military intelligence.
Pro Bono Consulting Projects

On our pro bono consulting projects, teams of undergraduate and graduate students work together to solve real business problems for their clients, who are small and growing businesses in the DC area and beyond. 

Our Approach

We assemble the teams based on student background and interest, as well as client business needs. You’ll work alongside students whose experience complements your own and learn from one another. A Kogod engagement manager supports your team and the client on a regular basis throughout the project. Plus, you'll have faculty mentors, AU resources, and training and orientation from the AU Consulting Club.

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Past Projects

In past projects, students have developed marketing strategy, set up an operations infrastructure, done financial modeling, and recommended the creation of new roles, among many other deliverables. Clients have included:

Internships

Internships are one of the best ways for business school students to practice skills they’ve learned in class, get real-world work experience, and make connections to boost career prospects. 

How We Help

At Kogod, we encourage our undergraduate and graduate students to pursue internships. You might use an internship to break into your dream industry or to explore a career path you’re considering but not completely sure about. 

We’ve identified eight market-focused career paths we help students find internships—and eventually, full-time jobs—in:

  • Accounting & Taxation
  • Analytics & Technology
  • Consulting
  • Entertainment
  • Finance & Real Estate
  • Marketing
  • Management & Innovation
  • Sustainability

Unrivaled Location

Because of our location in Washington, DC, we also find many of our students are interested in the intersection of the public and private sectors and choose to pursue government or nonprofit internships. 

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Entrepreneurship Incubator

While many of your classmates dream of working for start-ups, perhaps you’ve got an idea to start your own. In the American University Center for Innovation (AUCI) Entrepreneurship Incubator, you can launch your venture with support from experienced entrepreneurs. Over 120 student ventures have been launched since the AUCI inception.

A Place to Work, Network, and Access Financial Grants

The incubator provides workspace, mentorship, networking opportunities, financial grants, and more. You'll learn how to define and validate customer problems, create viable business solutions, and practice selling your idea, from the 30-second elevator pitch to formal investor presentations. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in our showcases and secure funding from outside investors.

Successful ventures launched from the incubator include:

  • Casting Depot, a professional network for media and entertainment which allows individual talent to match with opportunities for on-camera gigs.
  • Digital FastForward, a digital innovation accelerator that delivers innovation consulting by applying design thinking to disruptive technologies.
  • El Camino Travel, a responsible travel company facilitating authentic experiences led by natives of a destination.
  • MEANS Database, a last-mile food matching platform for donors with food pantries.
  • Ruvna, an emergency communications platform for schools.
  • upace, a leading platform that provides a reservation and member engagement system for community recreation centers across the US.
Pitch and Investment Competitions

Business competitions—through American University and at other schools—allow you to practice presenting your ideas, with opportunities to win investment money you can use to grow your business. Competitions include the Meaningful Change Pitch Challenge, Kogod Case Competition, Venture Capital Investment Competition, and Hack-for-a-Change.

We Practice What We Teach

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