Office of Global Business
Global Applied Projects (GAP)

GAP is an experiential learning course that prepares students for global business through an immersive, hands-on business consulting experience in a location outside of the USA.  Current plans for Spring Semester 2022 include a Spring second-session course followed by a two-week in-country component for all GAP projects, however, this is subject to change given any global travel restrictions.

Students work as a team to apply, integrate, and focus skills that address an organization's global business challenge or opportunity. Competencies developed include: gaining project management, industry and cultural expertise; practicing leadership, global communication, and teamwork skills; honing data collection and analytic skills; synthesizing information to draw relevant conclusions and make actionable recommendations; and crafting compelling presentations.

OVERVIEW

  • Program Snapshot

     

    Global Applied Projects (GAP) is a program that enables students to lead, plan, and execute global consulting engagements across multiple functional areas for a wide variety of corporations, not-for-profits, and governments in locations outside of the USA.

    GAP engagements are actual consulting projects, sourced by Fisher College of Business for real clients who expect the same quality of deliverables, adherence to deadlines, positive teamwork and intense work hours they would receive from a top consulting firm.

    A GAP engagement begins in the fall semester when the client and Fisher College of Business define the business problem and formulate a high-level scope. Students apply to be considered in September and October.  In late January, accepted student participation continues with the selection of MBA team members chosen to meet the needs of the project. The program culminates at the end of the in-country phase with a presentation of project findings, an in-depth analysis, and specific, actionable recommendations to the client. 

    PHASE I:  COURSE

    As part of Phase I, over the next 10 weeks, teams are advised by a faculty functional expert and devote over 1,200 person-hours collectively to the business challenge.  Students attend a required three-credit course that hones their skills in project management and global consulting.  Additionally, teams develop a keen awareness of the cultural and business environment while meeting regularly with their clients and advisors. 

    • MHR 7022 Global Applied Projects. 3 credits; graded elective course; Spring Semester, Session II.
    • Classroom portion of GAP focuses on project management, global culture, and initial project preparation. 
    • Students receive instructions to enroll into the GAP class once they are accepted for a specific project team. 

    PHASE II:  TRAVEL

    Phase II includes the two-week, in-country, primary research phase that occurs immediately after the spring semester, typically in early May.  Travel preparation (flights and accommodations), funding disbursements, visa applications, and health and safety requirements will be completed during the spring term. 

    Locations vary based on the projects available for the current year.   Past locations include: Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, UK;  China, Malaysia, Thailand, India; Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania; UAE; Mexico and Canada.

    Travel costs are shared with the company host and Fisher College of Business, and include coach airfare, accommodations close to the company site, required vaccines, visa application costs, and limited in-country travel if it is required by the company.  Travel funds will be disbursed directly to each student through BuckeyeLink student accounts.  Students should expect to pay some expenses such as food, entertainment, and any cultural visit costs, as well as any weekend travel if time and project workloads permit.

    Travelers may be asked to obtain and carry copies of required vaccine records and proof of a negative COVID test. COVID vaccine records and test results may be required for boarding commercial transit including airlines, entry into your host country, movement between regions within your host country, and for entering/exiting additional destinations. Failure to maintain and provide proof of required vaccines and test results may result in a denial of entry, fines, or mandated public health orders including quarantine.

    For project matching purposes, this optional information will be used, if provided, to determine your ability to enter the country in which the project is located. If you prefer NOT to share this information with the GAP Team, you may be placed on a project team in a country that has NO restrictions upon entry or required to enter the country two-weeks prior to the start of the project to quarantine at your own expense.

    Program Contacts:

    Roger Bailey, Faculty Director for Full-time MBA Program, bailey.1117@osu.edu

    Jay Wellman, Faculty Director for WP-MBA Program, wellman.67@osu.edu

    Joyce Steffan, Senior Director, Office of Global Business, steffan.10@osu.edu

    Kevin Beran, Senior Project Manager, Experiential Learning, beran.13@osu.edu

  • Eligibility

    GAP eligibility and participation are based on a student being fully prepared for the multidisciplinary aspect of GAP projects. Therefore, the GAP program is open to applicants who meet the following criteria:

    FT-MBA

    • First-year students who have completed the core by end of Spring Semester and are in good academic standing.

    WP-MBA

    • WP-MBA students in good academic standing who have completed 18 hours of graded coursework--including Data Analytics and excluding Independent Study credits.
  • Application Process

    APPLICATION

    The GAP application window will be available to those who attend the GAP Info Session on Sept 9, 5 - 6 pm, 365 Gerlach Hall.  The application will remain open from September 10 through October 11, 2021

    1. The GAP Info Session will be hosted in-person and virtually on Thursday, September 9, 5 - 6 pm, Gerlach Hall 365.  Interested students must attend the GAP Info Session to receive the GAP application link.   Only complete applications will be reviewed, and an application is considered incomplete until ALL documents are submitted. 

    2. Accepted applicants will receive subsequent emails about next steps for project selection.

    APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

    Have the following documents ready before starting the online application process:

    • Updated Resume. Attach the resume as a properly labeled PDF (name. document. Sample: Jones.James.Resume). For assistance with creating an updated and professionally formatted resume, make an appointment with a Career Consultant in the Office of Career Management.
    • 2 - 3 minute Video uploaded with application:
      • Articulate professional, academic, and personal goals of participating in the GAP program
      • Rank 3-5 competencies listed on the application that you feel are your strengths and 3-5 competencies you would like to improve as a result of this global experiential learning opportunity.  
      • You must upload your video to a video sharing platform, and provide the link to your video in your application. You may utilize any media platform that you prefer, such as BuckeyeBox, YouTube, Google Drive, DropBox, etc. Your video does not need to be available to the public, but please make sure that it is accessible via the link you provide in your application. Failure to submit an active link with your application will result in your application being incomplete.

     

  • Project Placement

    PLACEMENT STEPS

    To be placed on a GAP team, students must do the following:

    1. Complete an online GAP application after attending a GAP In-Person or Zoom Information Session.
    2. If placed in the candidate pool, select up to 3 available project scopes to indicate interest.
    3. Accept the project placement within 24 hours. Failure to respond will result in being removed from the project and placed on the waitlist.

    The GAP Leadership Team finalizes all team assignments; teams do not self-select. Project "swapping" with other students is not allowed.

    PLACEMENT CRITERIA

    • Placements will vary based on the fit between the project requirements and factors such as student background, skills, functional expertise, and language abilities.
    • In addition, the student's project selection and faculty recommendations will be taken into account for team placement.

Should you have any additional questions, please contact Joyce Steffan, Senior Director, Office of Global Business, steffan.10@osu.edu.