Trivia Tuesday: Immersion Programs at Cornell / Johnson
Welcome to another edition of Trivia Tuesday, our weekly examination of the programs and policies that impact the student experience at the leading business schools. This week, we turn our attention to the Johnson School of Cornell University and their unusual first-year Immersion Program, as described in the Clear Admit Guide to the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management.
“In Spring Semester of the first year, students complement their final two core courses with participation in Johnson’s signature Immersion Learning program. Each immersion consists of a coordinated set of electives and experiential learning opportunities focused on a particular career or industry; these courses of study invite students to engage with business problems across functions and disciplines, as they will need to do later in their careers. Many career-switchers report that these immersions are an effective way to gain an in-depth understanding of their new target industry prior to their summer internships.
“Johnson offers immersion programs that focus on seven functional roles, along with a customized program that enables students to create their own intensive courses of study. While the requirements for each immersion differ, the cornerstone of the immersion experience is a 1.5- to 4.5-credit practicum in which students work on projects with companies in their industry of focus. Lectures and workshops with visiting experts, on-site visits, and team presentations are regular components of each immersion. Despite Cornell’s relatively remote location, students report that executives from major cities and companies are routinely drawn to campus to participate in the immersion program.
“All immersion programs except for Investment Banking and Capital Markets and Assessment Management offer their participants the option to earn an additional focus in consulting by enrolling in the course Management Cases and Problem-Solving Process. This course exposes students to the management consulting industry via case studies, teamwork and guest presentations from practitioners. The course is taught by Johnson’s two Consultants-in-Residence, each of whom has more than 20 years of experience at leading consulting firms. Consulting students often supplement their in-class training with involvement in the Consulting Club, primarily through the Consulting Passport Program.
“While assignments to individual immersions are made via a bidding process like that used for second-year electives, students report that virtually everyone is able to enroll in the program of their choice. For students whose career interests do not fit within a defined immersion, or who come to business school with extensive prior experience that makes their target immersion redundant, Johnson also offers the option of creating a customized immersion. Through this customized program, students can work with a faculty advisor to build a specialized curriculum based on elective courses offered at Johnson and in the larger university.”
For more information on Johnson’s curriculum, be sure to check out the Clear Admit School Guide to Johnson! All Clear Admit School Guides are available for immediate purchase and download on the Clear Admit shop.