Diamonds in the Rough: New Opportunities at Texas McCombs

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Starting this year, the University of Texas McCombs School of Business will introduce several new highlights to its MBA experience. As program director Stacey Rudnick explains in a blog post, students will benefit from expanded opportunities for work experience (including with nonprofits), entrepreneurship and leadership programming.

Among these, a pilot program for brand management experience with Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s Yahoo! brand was expanded this year. In what is now called the DPSG MBA Labs program, teams of students learn marketing skills working hands-on for major firms. Another addition, the new Texas Venture Labs Scholar Competition, awards MBA scholarships to winners of a start-up pitch, in which both admitted and prospective students can compete. In the area of nonprofit work, McCombs hosts a chapter of the Net Impact program, which affords students the chance to work on socially and environmentally responsible projects aimed at solving major societal problems. The school’s MBA students can also take advantage of the new Leadership Center, which offers a personalized program to help students assess and improve their leadership skills.

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