Magelli Office of Experiential Learning

The Magelli Office of Experiential Learning provides opportunities for Gies students to gain hands-on experience working on real-world projects for Fortune 100 corporations, mid-sized and startup companies, and nonprofit organizations. Integration throughout our undergraduate and graduate programs introduces this concept to your education. Further develop your skill set with Gies-sponsored organizations - like Illinois Business Consulting, iVenture, and EntreCORPS - that offer consulting projects and startup support.

Real hands-on experience means you graduate more prepared for the real world, more prepared to add value from day one, and more prepared to succeed in your career






Real Clients, Real Experiences

As a Gies Business student, you will have an opportunity to work on a variety of projects for a range of clients, including Fortune 100 companies, mid-size businesses, and startups. Projects range from market analysis, financial modeling, strategy and growth, and data and technology. Explore all the ways you can gain real-world experience at Gies.


Courses Highlight

Embedded in

Every year, more than 550 students work on 150+ company projects in our undergraduate and graduate classes.


Gies-sponsored organizations

From creating startups to consulting, students can explore their interests and gain valuable experience through Illinois Business Consulting, iVenture, and EntreCORPS.

Students working in a group setting with laptops, binders, and an interactive board.


Enactus, Global Business Brigades, and SCNO  provide opportunities to complete client-based projects, engage with the world, and make a difference.

Students work on a project with paper, pen, and mobile device.

Solve Business Problems

Each year, we complete projects ranging from market research to financial analysis and innovation for 150 companies. Engage with our students and sponsor a project.


Build your talent pipeline

Watch students perform in a real-world setting with a try-before-you-hire approach to recruiting. Plus, build your brand by giving students the chance to see your company from the inside.


About Paul J. Magelli

The Magelli Office of Experiential Learning honors longtime faculty member, mentor, and friend Paul J. Magelli. Paul earned three economics degrees from the University Illinois - a bachelor’s in 1959, master’s in 1960, and PhD in 1965. He then returned to work at the university in various capacities from 1989 until his death in 2016 at age 85. Paul served as an assistant dean of the MBA program, assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, associate dean and director of budgets, and visiting professor of economics. Under his leadership, the College established the Office for the Study of Business Issues in 1995, which later became Illinois Business Consulting (IBC). In 2004, Paul Magelli was instrumental in establishing what has become the Origin Ventures Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership, another initiative that builds on the College’s commitment to experiential learning through real-world entrepreneurial opportunities.