CIOP Consulting Challenge 2017

  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017
  • 12:00 PM
  • Friday, May 26, 2017
  • 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.

Welcome to the 2017 Chicago Industrial/Organizational Psychologists' Consulting Challenge! This is an exciting opportunity to show off your consulting skills to a Chicagoland Fortune 500 company. In the past, host companies were Sears Holdings and United Airlines. Our host company this year is top secret but the general location is in the North suburbs of Chicago.


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 a contact at your university who can 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 cash prize.


The host organizations identity is kept secret until the day the Consulting Challenge begins. 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 24th where you will receive your team assignment information and the official request for proposal materials. On Friday, May 26th 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 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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