Fieldwork Projects

Experiential learning is at the very heart of our MBA program. Fieldwork projects allow students to apply classroom-taught knowledge in a real-world setting. A fieldwork project is somewhat similar to a consulting project in that it is a high-level project addressing a company's strategic challenge. They allow participants to put into practice what they have learned during their MBA, working in a company or sector that is closely linked to their future professional goals.

What is a Fieldwork Project?

Fieldwork projects take place during the customized phase. Fieldwork projects are often seen as an ideal way to gain experience in a new sector and/or in a new job function. They are done throughout an entire term, earning 24 credits.

The choice to do a fieldwork project is entirely up to the student

A fieldwork project can be carried out individually or in a team and be done anywhere in the world. It is therefore a great opportunity to work with some of the best minds and companies from all over the globe.

Goals of the Fieldwork Project

The goal of the program is to provide students with a real-world learning experience while providing exceptional value to client companies. Students gain the invaluable insight into client management, the ability to manage an international project with a diverse team of stakeholders, and other skills associated with future success in consulting. 

Fieldwork Project Examples

  • How to help Company W transform into an online leader?
  • What is the potential market for product X in China?
  • How to organize innovation in Company Y?
  • What should Company Z’s strategic plan be for 2018-2020?
  • How to develop the digital strategy for a luxury brand?

Fieldwork Requirements

Each Fieldwork project is supervised by an HEC Paris faculty advisor.

Participants are required to:

  • Complete a learning plan report and a final report on the project itself
  • Defend the results and recommendations through an oral presentation

Fieldwork seminars are mandatory for all fieldwork participants. They are focused on giving participants all the necessary tools to carry out their project successfully. Teaching a combination of hard and soft skills, students will be coached on how to identify and target individual problems in an organization and how best to address them. Furthermore, students will reflect on what they hope to get out of their fieldwork project, and how the experience will assist them in their future career.

MBA Fieldwork projects

Fieldwork Projects HEC Paris MBA
 Global Consulting Practicum
 Global Consulting Practicum