Experiential learning is a key component of the MBA and MPP Programs offered by the Lorry I. Lokey School of Business and Public Policy. Through fieldwork and internships, you’ll apply theory to solving complex issues and create change for yourself and local communities.
For students in our MBA Program, the city of Oakland serves as a laboratory for experiential learning that integrates theory and practice. Through internships and management practica supervised by faculty, students act as strategists, analysts, marketers, and consultants for businesses and other organizations. Students have served as advisors to local entrepreneurs, conducted studies of local businesses and the economy for the city government, drafted legislation, and, as a service project of our Net Impact chapter, provided pro bono consulting to local nonprofit organizations.
Among the organizations where MBA students have held internships—the majority of them paid—are the following:
Beneficial State Bank
Gallo Family Vineyards
Inner City Advisors
New Sector Alliance
For their capstone project, students in our MPP and joint MPP/MBA programs serve as pro bono policy consultants to governmental or nonprofit clients. Guided by faculty advisors, students gain real-world experience assessing policy alternatives, evaluating program effectiveness, designing a new program or service model, and/or planning strategies for organizational improvement. Each project culminates in a Master’s Policy Report, a professional paper that enables each student to leverage their toolkit of policy skills to address the needs of their client.
Past clients have encompassed a range of advocacy groups, local chambers of commerce, city commissions, and public health organizations. If you are interested in having a Mills MPP or joint MPP/MBA student research an issue for your San Francisco Bay Area organization, visit our For Potential Clients page.
Author: Molly Kron, MPP '16
Client: Marin County Department of Health and Human Services, Employment and Training Branch
Author: Cora Sorenson, MPP/MBA '16
Client: Conservation International, Coral Triangle Program
Author: Angelica Gums, MPP '16
Client: Alameda County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO)
Author: Nina Rizzo, MPP '16
Client: The California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
*Asterisks indicate Outstanding Thesis Award winners and runners-up.
Visit the Master's Policy Report archives for a complete list.