India Lab combines traditional classroom learning with intensive real-world experience, providing students with a singular opportunity to hone their business and consulting skills in an international setting. Through a four-month consulting project, students work with host companies to help fix their most pressing business problems.
Each India Lab team is composed of four MIT students, typically MIT Sloan MBAs, who have a wide range of backgrounds and expertise. Team projects kick off in early February and culminate in an intensive, two-week on-site work period at the host companies' offices during the second half of March. Following a five-week remote work period focused on research, data, and analysis, teams formally present their conclusions to host companies’ senior management in early May, including written reports, recommendations and data detailing their analyses. Host company executives may choose to travel to MIT Sloan in May for an in-person presentation and consultation.
India Lab teams have developed internationalization strategies, new market entry analyses, domestic and foreign capital-raising strategies, sales and marketing strategies, organizational structure plans, commercialization recommendations, and competitive landscape assessments.