Experiential Learning

Hands-On Learning Opportunities

We believe it’s imperative that you have the chance to participate in experiential learning and special programs designed to put words and ideas into practice. This way, you graduate from Manhattan College with desirable real-world skills, making you instantly employable and then you’re able to hit the ground running. Hands-on learning is the key to success.


Our dedicated faculty engage students in applied research activities. Examples include the following:

  • Leadership: Students participate in role-playing experiments highlighting models of collaboration and incentives, and work to analyze findings and conclusions.
  • Entrepreneurship: Student teams develop business ideas and plans. Many participate in regional and national competitions.
  • Small business: Students participate in consulting projects for small profit and not-for-profit organizations in the region.
  • Case writing: Students work with faculty to develop instructional material based on real case studies. Many participate in national competitions.


Students have many opportunities to gain real business experience through the College’s internship program. The school’s mentorship program and visiting executives program both give students an opportunity to talk with alumni in the field before they decide which internships to take. Students can try on their careers in a variety of internships, many of them based in bustling, vibrant New York City.

Many interns are offered full-time jobs after graduation and major corporations recruit directly on campus, and many of our students have jobs by the time they graduate. Leading employers of Manhattan College’s School of Business grads include: Avon, Bank of New York, Citibank, Deloitte & Touche, Ernst and Young, FCB Advertising, J.P. Morgan Chase, KPMG, Morgan Stanley, the Securities Exchange Commission, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Verizon.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)

School of Business students have the unique opportunity to participate in a program that not only gives them professional work experience, but also gives back to the local community through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). This IRS-sponsored program provides training and certification classes that School of Business students take in January and February in preparation for tax season. Once certified, students help local low-income residents prepare their tax returns free of charge and help to ensure they receive their maximum refund. Last year the program assisted more than 1,200 clients and processed refunds in excess of $1.3 million.

International Field Study Seminars

The School of Business sponsors a study tour each January intersession to one European nation — France, Italy, Spain or England. The study is linked to a course, MKTG 414: International Field Study, conducted each spring semester for three credits. The course may be used towards a marketing major or as one of the student’s free or business electives. Participating students have the opportunity to visit major cultural and historic attractions, as well as take part in seminars with some of the world’s leading companies including KPMG, J. Walter Thompson and Credit Suisse. During the seminars students have the opportunity to interact with executives and learn about how global forces impact world markets.

Passport Program

The Passport Program gives students an incentive to network with alumni, attend business and career development seminars, join School of Business clubs and honor societies, enter business challenges and competitions or volunteer through the Manhattan College community. Past events have included prestigious alumni visits, a "Meet the Firms" day for accounting majors, a site visit to MTV, and an invite-only luncheon hosted by the Economics Club of New York. Upon graduation, students who are active members of the Passport Program receive a certificate and cord for the ceremony.

Entrepreneurship Experience

The Management and Marketing department has several classes devoted to the work and business strategy of entrepreneurships and small businesses in the undergraduate and graduate programs. In those classes, students will either:

  • Create a better business strategy for a present entrepreneurship/small business
  • Create a new virtual venture with an eye towards understanding the consumer/client market while handling the challenges of developing a strategic plan from nothing to satisfy a defined target market.

There are additional opportunities for students to be involved in assessing entrepreneurships through project-based classes where students are the business consultants for community business owners looking for business analysis and improvement.

The School of Business hosts the Entrepreneurship Club, which is open to undergraduates of all majors on our campus. The club meets with entrepreneurs to learn about:

  • What the entrepreneur has started
  • How successful the venture is/was
  • Lessons/takeaways for the businessperson

In addition, each spring semester the School of Business sponsors an Innovation Contest through the Entrepreneurship Club, which is open to all students at Manhattan College. The eight students/student teams with the best business ideas and feasibility studies are selected by a faculty team. They are then invited to present their business ideas to a jury panel (consisting of entrepreneurs, businesspeople and faculty) which judges the submissions for completeness, originality, business structure, understanding of the target market and applicability. The winning firms earns $250.