Student Consulting Program Is Open for Business at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School

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Business students are ready to consult virtually on company projects this summer through Student Teams Achieving Results (STAR), a program in which student teams address business challenges for companies.

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For the first time during the summer, student consultants are ready to help companies address their business challenges through the Student Teams Achieving Results (STAR) program at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School.

STAR is seeking corporate partners for the program. It matches teams of talented MBA and Undergraduate Business students with corporate partners to solve complex issues. Corporate partners receive data-driven, innovative solutions and specific recommendations that they can immediately implement to improve business performance.

Because of economic challenges caused by COVID-19, STAR leaders realized that companies might have special needs in terms of recovery and strategic planning. Other firms may be struggling to meet a change in demand for their services or products. The STAR program is offering to assist those companies, and students who are available and eager to work since some internships have been reduced or cancelled due to the global pandemic.

STAR teams will operate in a virtual environment through the summer. The experienced-based learning program moved online in March 2020 because of COVID-19, and the current teams are successfully completing projects for 23 companies such as KIND Healthy Snacks, Lenovo and Procter & Gamble.

STAR student teams can tackle a range of business challenges including:

  • Research and identify new growth and market opportunities to address the reduction in business caused by the pandemic
  • Analyze and recommend operational efficiency and supply chain management practices for firms experiencing a change in consumer demand
  • Gather data and propose strategic actions for ongoing business challenges and opportunities

“We want to support our corporate partners and our students by organizing STAR teams to address business challenges this summer,” says Karin Cochran, STAR executive director and professor of the practice of strategy and entrepreneurship.

“We understand many companies were forced to cancel internships and don’t have additional resources to address unexpected Covid-19 challenges,” she says. “We want to provide organizations with teams of our incredible MBA and Undergraduate Business students who are eager to bring value to organizations with creative solutions supported by best practices and additional research.”

Applications to be a STAR corporate partner are due May 11.

Learn more about the STAR Program at UNC Kenan-Flagler and view the application here.

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About the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School
Consistently ranked one of the world's best business schools, UNC Kenan-Flagler offers a broad range of programs – Undergraduate, MBA and Master of Accounting, PhD and Executive Development – and extraordinary, real-life learning experiences. Faculty demonstrate unparalleled dedication to students’ learning and a commitment to world-class research that addresses critical business challenges. Contributing to the School’s thought leadership is the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, which promotes innovative, market-based solutions to vital economic issues. UNC Kenan-Flagler’s collaborative culture is rooted in core values that date back to its founding in 1919, and graduates are renowned as effective, principled leaders with the technical knowledge and leadership skills to deliver results in the global business environment

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