CIOP Consulting Challenge

  • Wednesday, May 20, 2015
  • 12:00 PM
  • Friday, May 22, 2015
  • 5:00 PM
  • Chicago, IL


  • For graduate students who have completed their second year of courses in an I/O Psychology MA/MS OR PhD program.

Registration is closed

Welcome to the inaugural Chicago Industrial/Organizational Psychologists' Consulting Challenge! This is an exciting opportunity to show off your consulting skills to a Chicagoland Fortune 500 company. Our host organization is also one of the best places to work for recent graduates, which makes it a great place for an I/O Consulting Challenge.


Participants in the CIOP Consulting Challenge are graduate students in I/O Psychology MA or PhD programs who have completed their second year of graduate school. You will need to provide the name of your academic advisor to verify you qualify to participate in the challenge.


The CIOP Consulting Challenge is a three day event where you get the opportunity to work in a team to create and present an innovative solution to a Chicagoland organization's people-related issue or challenge. The Consulting Challenge will give you experience working in a team, exercising your I/O knowledge to solve a real-world issue, creating a professional report and presenting to a panel of subject matter experts (SMEs). These SMEs will serve as judges and the winning team of the CIOP Consulting Challenge will receive bragging rights and all members will get an interview for an internship at the host organization.


The host organizations identity is kept secret until the day the Consulting Challenge begins. You will be notified of the general location and area hotel information in March.


The CIOP Consulting Challenge begins at noon on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 where you will receive your team assignment information and the official request for proposal materials. On Friday, May 22, 2015 all teams will present their proposal to the panel of SME judges. A winner will be chosen and announced at the concluding ceremony.


Registration will cost $60 per person. This fee will help cover the cost of lunch on Friday, May 22nd and drinks/appetizers at the concluding ceremony.

Register early as registration is only open until all slots are filled or May 1, 2015, whichever occurs first.

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