Application process

Applications for projects are accepted year round. Illinois Business Consulting projects are staffed on a rolling basis during the academic year and the summer. Project duration is defined by the scope of a client's need. Typically a project duration is 6-12 weeks and may include multiple phases. A group of projects are typically launched in September, January, and May each year, as students start the academic year. Afterwards projects will be staffed based on Client's requirements and student availability.

Our application process steps are as follows:

  • Potential clients complete a project description form
  • IBC staff reviews project descriptions with client
  • All projects are offered to interested students
  • Students apply for projects
  • Projects are staffed based on student interests and skills/ capabilities
  • Projects that are staffed are launched with client
  • Projects not staffed are returned to clients for future consideration

Diversification in our services

Illinois Business Consulting attempts to provide a mix of projects for students to consider. This includes the types of companies we work with, including Fortune 500, middle market and not-for-profit organizations as well as the range of industries the organizations represent.

Over the years, Illinois Business Consulting has successfully taken on a wide array of consulting engagements that include:

  • Benchmarking/ best practices
  • Business process assessment
  • Customer survey design and analysis
  • Financial modeling
  • Market analysis and feasibility studies
  • Marketing plan development
  • New product/ channel assessment
  • Strategy formulation
  • Technology commercialization

This list is not meant to be exhaustive. Please also review some example projects in our case studies section. Clients with genuine business needs of any sorts are invited to challenge our talent pool at Illinois Business Consulting.


An integral component of the College of Business, Illinois Business Consulting (IBC) is a student consulting organization. Each year, approximately 200 students perform 40-50 projects for Fortune 500, mid-sized, new venture and non-profit clients. The organization enables students to apply their classroom learning to real business issues.

Client Request Form

IBC Prospective Clients

Illinois Business Consulting will consider any project that will intelligently challenge and leverage the creativity and knowledge of the program's students. As IBC pulls in resources from other graduate programs within the university, our capabilities can be enhanced and broadened as necessary to meet client needs. Most projects are 12 weeks in length and require a modest fee.

Have more questions? We have answers. Please check out the Client FAQ.