The ICP Asia class was, without a doubt, one of the highlights of my MBA career at Boston College. The course not only allowed me to gain actual experience working with a Chinese firm, but also provided me the opportunity to travel out to China and experience its amazing culture and rich history.
I enjoyed working with CCAFM and, as the team’s relationship liaison with the client, I was provided with a great opportunity to hone my relationship management and international business skills – skills that are necessary for me to succeed in my current job as a Management Consultant. Because the project, on the use of Economic Value Add (EVA) in the U.S., required extensive market research, I ended up creating survey guides and conducting primary interviews – tasks I do in my current job.
Of course, the highlight of the class was actually going out to Beijing. In Beijing, not only did we have a chance to work with CCAFM in their offices, but we also got to take in Beijing’s culinary scene (CCAFM picked out some amazing, authentic restaurants!), its diverse nightlife (including some swanky lounges) and its breathtaking sights (like the Forbidden City). It is one thing to see a picture of The Great Wall of China; another to physically walk on it to the top.
I’d recommend this class to anyone interested in hands-on international experience and exposure. I'm still in touch with Professor Stoller and current ICP Asia students to help with current projects.