The Western Michigan Chapter of the Project Management Institute is sponsoring a Collegiate Project Management Competition titled THE Project. The competition officially kicked off in September with the forming of teams from several colleges and universities including, Michigan Technological University, the University of Michigan, Western Michigan University, and Grand Valley State University. Formally beginning in November and concluding in April, THE Project will serve as an intern-like opportunity in Project Management.
Operations and Systems Management and Management majors from Michigan Tech’s School of Business and Economics are participating and taking advantage of this unique opportunity in their area of study. The purpose of THE Project is to develop young business leaders by partnering college students, community leaders/business mentors, and Project Management Professionals to competitively tackle a commonly shared business challenge.
The competition is an opportunity for students to work on real life business challenges with a West Michigan Business Partner and Project Management Professional Mentor. The students will be competing for financial reward, recognition, and a chance to develop career focused skills which will translate to career opportunities. THE Project is a real world opportunity to showcase leadership and interpersonal skills.
Dr. Dana Johnson, Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management, serves as the advisor to two teams of Michigan Tech students competing in THE Project. When asked about the significance of the competition, Johnson noted, “Project Management is not a widespread undergraduate discipline. The project management profession is rapidly growing, with many companies seeking undergraduates with project management skills. We are pleased to give our students the opportunity to work with companies. This will give them an edge when it comes to finding internships as undergraduates and employment opportunities upon their graduation.”