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2017 Graduate Student Consulting Competition

  • 09/14/2017
  • 4:00 PM
  • 09/18/2017
  • 2:00 PM
  • Thursday @ GWU Foggy Bottom Campus; Monday @ PDRI
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  • Limited to 30 participant registrations.

Registration is closed

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How does the Consulting Competition work?

  1. The first 30 students to register will be able to participate (PTCMW membership not required). 
  2. Students will then be placed on one of 5 teams with students from other universities.
  3. PDRI will present teams with an RFP that outlines a real organizational challenge.
  4. Teams will work together to develop a proposal and presentation.
  5. PDRI representatives and expert I-Os will judge presentations and rate proposals.
  6. One team will win the challenge and be awarded with $1,250, prize structures vary for all other teams.

How do I sign up?

  1. Download the brochure with all details and instructions 
  2. Register online
  3. Email CV/resume to Nikki Blacksmith (nikkiblacksmith@gmail.com)

Why should you participate?

  • EXPERIENCE A REALISTIC JOB PREVIEW: PTCMW & PDRI will present a real challenge local organizations are currently facing in a realistic RFP (request for proposal) format. Students will present as if they were external consultants bidding on a consulting project. Solutions will be judged by expert practitioners based on theory, technical merit, and innovation.

  • EXPAND YOUR PROFESSIONAL NETWORKStudents currently enrolled in local I-O and related programs will be assigned to a group made up of students with varying levels of expertise, knowledge, and from different programs. After students get assigned into teams, everyone is invited to connect with PTCMW board members at a happy hour in DC.

  • DEVELOP CONSULTING SKILLS: Teams will be responsible for building an effective team, developing products, and presenting results.

  • BUILD COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Each team will present to an independent panel of expert I-O judges and receive invaluable feedback.

  • WIN PRIZES: The winning team will receive $1,250, and the runner-up team will win $750. In addition, every participating team will receive free 2017 PTCMW student membership for each of their members, and the top three teams will also win free admission to PTCMW’s 2017 Talent Connection & Networking Event in November, where they will be recognized in front of 200 local I-O academics and practitioners. 
Thursday 9/14: GWU Foggy Bottom Campus: Monroe Hall; Room 133. 2115 G Street NW, Washington DC, 20052

Monday 9/18: PDRI: 1777 N Kent St #401, Arlington, VA 22209

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