For Students

Are you a motivated, results-oriented student looking to make a tangible difference in your community?  The Oklahoma Group provides the real-world experience and training that will help you gain the skills to launch your future career.

The Consultant Experience

Each semester, The Oklahoma Group puts together three teams of four students to serve as consultants to a selected nonprofit organization. Our consultants spend 10-15 hours per week working with their teams to develop recommendations to improve their respective nonprofit. Each team member is assigned a workstream, which is TOG-speak for a specific aspect of the research project. Each team also has a student team leader. Team leaders are facilitators and are responsible for organizing, managing, and working with team members, Executive Committee, mentors, and nonprofits.

Though each project is different, the general schedule of most projects includes: 

  • Getting to know the nonprofit
  • Conducting research and benchmarking against similar organizations
  • Analysis of findings
  • Developing recommendations
  • Presenting the final deliverable of recommendations to the nonprofit

Throughout the semester, our consultants are trained to make the best recommendations possible to their respective nonprofits through a two-day boot camp, weekly training sessions, and three formal progress reviews.

 

Boot Camp 

Boot Camp is a two-day training session before the semester where consultants meet their teams, non-profits, and participate in team building activities. During boot camp, our consultants are introduced to:

  • The Oklahoma Group
  • The nonprofit sector of central Oklahoma
  • The world of consulting
  • Their respective teams and nonprofit organization

Weekly Training Sessions 

Weekly training sessions, our consultants engage in discussions with professionals
who specialize in:
  • Benchmarking and Analysis
  • Working effectively with a team
  • Marketing
  • Financials and nonprofits
  • Leadership and nonprofit management
  • Working as a professional consultant
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Presentation Skills
The beauty of The Oklahoma Group is that it was completely student initiated and is completely student run. By working with TOG, students gain professional skills, experience, and connections; have a lot of fun working with and becoming friends with some of the most talented students on campus; and do meaningful work that improves central Oklahoma.