CIOP Consulting Challenge 2016

  • Wednesday, May 11, 2016
  • 12:00 PM
  • Friday, May 13, 2016
  • 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 2016 Chicago Industrial/Organizational Psychologists' Consulting Challenge! This is an exciting opportunity to show off your consulting skills to a Chicagoland Fortune 500 company. Last year Sears Holdings was our host organization. Our host company this year is in the heart of Chicago, which among many other reasons 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 or are in their last semester of 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. The general location is the CHICAGO LOOP. Hotel recommendations and a basic agenda will be sent to you after you register for the event. 


The CIOP Consulting Challenge begins at noon on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 where you will receive your team assignment information and the official request for proposal materials. On Friday, May 13, 2016 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 13th and drinks/appetizers at the concluding ceremony.

Register early as registration is only open until all slots are filled or April 29th, whichever occurs first.

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