International Consulting Projects

This program is designed for students with an interest in consulting, in both non-profit and for-profit management who are seeking a hands-on, project-based experience that will allow you to develop professional skills while benefiting a global community partner. Current projects are in BoliviaPuerto Rico, Trinidad. and Gemany.
Bolivia - service project focusing on financial stability and entrepreneurship with CEOLI, a school for disabled children and young adults in Cochabamba. Must be a student who has completed 24 credits on Pitt campus.
Puerto Rico - service project with CARAS, a non-profit focused on education and environmental preservation. Must be a student who has completed 24 credits on Pitt campus.
Trinidad - service project for Certificate in Leadership and Ethics students focused on community development toward tourism and economic development in Matelot, Trinidad. Must be a CPLE student and have completed 24 credits on Pitt campus. 
Germany - marketing project built in conjuction with the University of Augsburg. Must be a declared marketing major and have completed 24 credits on Pitt Campus. 

What You'll Accomplish: 

As an engaged and active participant in this program, you will have the opportunity to develop:

  • global experience in effective project management through a hands-on consulting experience 
  • the abiilty to apply business skills and knowledge to a real-world marketing or service project
  • transferrable skills towards your professional and personal development 
What You'll Study: 

You will earn one credit for the program through 'BUS 1910: International Consulting Projects- Independent Study'. The academic course will take place during the spring 2021 semester and will meet on Wednesdays from 11am-12:15pm and Fridays (as needed) from 11am -12:15pm for additional group meetings.
For Pitt Business students, this course fulfills a foreign culture requirement.
Students who participate in this course will not be precluded from applying to either the Global Service Learning or Global Consulting Capstone and are encourage to apply in future terms.

International Consulting Projects - Independent Study (BUS1901)

For participation in a Pitt Business International Consulting Project for spring 2021, you will recieve one academic credit. A 75 minute class session will be held weekly, and you will be expected to work on the project independently outside of class time. International projects will be supervised by Pitt Business faculty and facilitators from Pitt Business International Programs. Additional weekly meeting times will be in place for use on an as-needed basis. The course will be 12 weeks in duration, and you should expect to commit 5 hours per week to your project, including class time. You will work in small groups of 3-4 on your project. There are no tests or exams in the course, and your experience will culminate in a final presentation of your deliverables to your client at the end of the 12 weeks.
Topics covered in the course will focus on developing consulting skills. Sessions include: data gathering and discovery, developing a scope of work, client relationships and ethical partnerships, project management, and more. In addition, you will learn about intercultural dimensions of consulting from Pitt Business facilitators and our community partners.   
Students participating in this independent study will be eligible for the Global Consulting Capstone and Global Service Learning in future semesters.
This course will fulfill a foreign culture requirement for CBA students.

Experiential Learning Description: 

This course is a project-based, hands-on experience, and you should be prepared to utilize the consulting and transferrable skills discussed in class lectures toward your project deliverables during your time working with the community organization. You will be supported by Pitt Business faculty, staff, and executives-in-residence throughout the experience.
Hear from a past participant on the benefits of working on an international consulting project and client HERE

The International Consulting Projects program is a partnership between Pitt Business International Programs, our local non-profit partner, Amizade and local partner in Germany, the University of Augsburg. You will be supported through the duration of the project by faculty and staff from Pitt Business, staff from Amizade, staff from the University of Augsburg and members of the community organization you are working with. 

Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts: 

Hillary Koller

Hello! I’m Hillary, Director of Pitt Business International Programs. I originally hail from New Jersey, but became a member of the Pitt community as an undergraduate student in 2002 and I have been here pretty much ever since. During my time at Pitt I’ve had the opportunity to accompany students abroad, and I’m excited to work with you to make your international experience a valuable one! When I’m not in the office, you can find me spending time in the great outdoors, reading, cooking, and taking a yoga or ballet class. Get in touch with me at


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Your In-Country Contacts: 

Professor Meade Johnson

Meade is a professor in marketing and executive in residence at Pitt Business. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in communications. She has held account management positions at several advertising agencies in Pittsburgh including: Marstellar, MARC Advertising, Blattner Brunner, and GBL Advertising. Meade has worked on a broad range of client businesses including consumer, business-to-business, and retail, providing such services as project management, marketing communications plan development, and strategic planning. In addition, she has a proven track record of leadership and has spearheaded the delivery of creative, media, and research services by agency teams to meet the needs of a variety of clients. Her client experience includes Dick’s Sporting Goods, Philips Respironics, Pittsburgh Public Schools, UPMC, PPG, and The New York Philharmonic. Meade is currently working as a marketing consultant and is a past president of the Pittsburgh Advertising Federation Board.

What's Included: 

You will pay your regular Pitt tuition and fees, according to your in-state or out-of-state residency status. There is no additional cost for you.
Please note that there is a $350 non-refundable deposit when you sign up for the program.The deposit will be credited back to your spring semester bill. 
Scholarships are also available (see the " Additional Information" page)

What Else You Need to Know: 

For scholarship opportunities, be sure to check out the Pitt Study Abroad Scholarship page

Pitt Business students may also apply for additional scholarship through the Pitt Business International Scholarships, as well as crowdfund using the Pitt Business Fund My Travel page. Please note, that the application deadline for the Pitt Business International Scholarship is the same as the program application deadline.