Experiential Learning Opportunities

Learning is about more than sitting in a classroom taking notes. For business students at the Tobin College of Business, it's about the practical application of classroom knowledge - through innovative programs like these:

The Peter J. Tobin College of Business’ full-service Financial Information Lab provides real-time news, market information, financial data and industry-class analytical tools enabling students to conduct analysis of financial markets and business environments throughout the world. 

The Executive-in-Residence Program (EIRP) prepares students for executive leadership roles by offering the unique opportunity to provide real-world strategic consulting services to for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.

The Student Management Investment Fund (SMIF) course is designed to give students hands-on experience at performing investment research, investing money and managing a portfolio prior to entering the work force. As of August 2010, the combined value of the graduate and undergraduate Funds is approximately $2.4 million.

Since fall 2011 the Tobin College of Business requires all sophomore and senior students to engage in Academic Service Learning projects as part of their coursework.  These consulting projects take the form of advisement across a variety of business related issues to not-for-profit organizations which have included New Ground, Mama’s House, the Girl Scouts of Nassau County, The INN, Immigrant Advancement Matters, and New Life Fellowship.

Tobin students participate in the St. John’s University Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program co-sponsored by The Foodbank for NYC. This Internal Revenue Service (IRS) VITA program provides tax advice to lower-income New Yorkers at St. John’s Bread & Life in Brooklyn and locations in Jackson Heights and Jamaica, Queens. In 2010, the program generated nearly $3 million in refunds.

Tobin College MBA students have the opportunity to pursue their degree in Rome at our dedicated campus in Italy’s beautiful capital city. Students may pursue their entire graduate program of study in Rome, or choose to spend a semester there. 

Graduate students at Tobin are offered a number of opportunities for short-term study abroad through a menu of Global Destination Courses. These courses incorporate travel to a destination linked to the academic content of the course where students witness first-hand how business operates in other cultures.

The Tobin College offers ample opportunities for course-related service projects in order to train our students to be socially responsible business leaders. The GLOBE G.A.P. (TCB’s Global Microloan “Graduate Affiliate Program”) actively engages graduate students in international finance and social entrepreneurship through their strategic support of undergraduate GLOBE managers in the provision of microcredit to small entrepreneurs in developing countries.

The James and Eileen Christmas Business Plan Competition and Expo, co-hosted by the Peter J. Tobin College of Business and the Office of Alumni Relations provides students with an opportunity to try their hand at creating an original business plan and presenting it to a panel of executive judges. Previous winners have evolved their business plan to an actually entrepreneurial endeavor. 

The Graduate Business Association strives to represent the graduate community in discussions with Tobin faculty and administration and to provide students with an opportunity to network with industry professionals and offer career services to help students jump-start their job search and prepare for interviews.

Honor Societies and Student Organizations encourage students to interact with their peers as they pursue their goal of a graduate degree. Organizations focused on a number of business areas provide students the opportunity to begin building their professional network.

Internships provide business students with invaluable work experience that enhances their classroom knowledge. Our New York City location provides enviable opportunities for real-world experience, and successful internships often lead to job offers upon graduation.