Opportunities for students

The National Center for the Middle Market offers undergraduate and graduate students several opportunities to learn about the vital U.S. middle market through student organizations, industry immersion programs and events.

Scholarship Program

The National Center for the Middle Market is awarding a $500 scholarship for Spring 2018. All currently enrolled undergraduate, full and part-time, at The Ohio State University Fisher College Business are eligible to apply. The scholarship award process consists of two steps: a preliminary selection of applicants based on essay responses and committee review. The application deadline is January 31, 2018 and scholarships awards will be announced by February 14, 2018.

To learn more or to apply, download our Scholarship Information & Application Packet.

Middle Market Industry Immersion Program

The Industry Immersion Program (formerly the Industry Cluster Program) is designed as an MBA-like experience for undergraduate students who are highly motivated to jump start their career and want to understand the marketplace in which they will do business in the future. The program employs an experiential learning model. This involves a high degree of student engagement, case studies, and collaborative problem solving in the form of team projects/presentations that help students develop skills in topical research, project management, business presentations, and preparation of business reports. In addition to course work, a co-curricular component of the cluster model provides students with professional skills to succeed in the job market after graduation.

How does the industry immersion program work for students?

Students admitted into the Industry Immersion Program will start cluster-specific activities in the autumn semester of their junior year. A faculty adviser for the program will choose alumni and industry experts from the cluster-specific industry who will interact with students and deliver experiences relevant to the theme of the cluster. These experiences may be in the form of case discussions, solving problems, discussing current events, or working on projects. This program is designed to be one year in length, with an opportunity to do projects for the companies represented in the spring semester. It allows for students to gain valuable knowledge about their future careers, understand the marketplace where they plan to do business, and provide them with a network of business professionals to help them be more competitive for job-seeking opportunities.

What benefits do companies receive?

For companies, participating in the Industry Immersion Program, there are a variety of benefits are available. The program will provide an opportunity to participate in a four month project with tangible results. The program will also offer potential creative solutions derived from student perspectives and provide access to future talent.

What does participation look like?

As a participant in the Middle Market Industry Immersion Program, companies are responsible for providing a project for a team of 4-5 students during the Spring Semester. Companies are also encouraged to provide a lecture about a relevant middle market topic and host a site visit to the assigned student team.

Interested in becoming a corporate participant?

Contact the National Center for the Middle Market to learn more about the benefits of the Industry Immersion Program and how your company can participate. Contact Us>

Sample Course Schedule:

Autumn Semester
One classroom visit with guest presentation
Host one on-site visit for assigned student team
Spring Semester
Provide a project for assigned student team
Provide support to assigned student teams through in-person visits or conference calls
Participate in feedback session with assigned student team on project results

2021 Corporate Participants

Fisher Invitational Case Competition

The National Center for the Middle Market sponsors the annual Fisher College of Business invitational case competition—an exciting event that brings together first year MBA students from prominent business schools to help solve complex, live business problems for middle market companies.

2015 Case Competition Highlights

2015 Participating Business Schools

+ University of Minnesota
+ The Ohio State University
+ Michigan State University
+ Pennsylvania State University
+ University of Wisconsin
+ Washington University in St. Louis
+ University of Rochester
+ Purdue University
+ University of Maryland

Year Business Case Sponsor Winning School
2018  Bob Evans Restaurants National Center for the Middle Market Penn State University
2017 Installed Building Products National Center for the Middle Market Purdue University
2016 The Limited National Center for the Middle Market The Ohio State University
2015 Caster Connection National Center for the Middle Market University of Minnesota
2014 Columbus Blue Jackets National Center for the Middle Market University of Illinois
2013 Bravo Brio Restaurant Group National Center for the Middle Market University of Wisconsin
2012 Ethan Allen GE Capital University of Iowa

Current GAs & Interns

Juliana Green