Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

A capstone project is a semester-long for-credit project that you undertake along with your core business classes and chosen electives. Designed to help you synthesize your classroom knowledge about business and global issues, capstone projects are opportunities to apply your business skills to serve a real-world client. They range from a consulting project with a live client to a months-long assignment in an emerging market or developing country.

International Business Plan

The International Business Plan capstone is for students interested in start-ups, small businesses, or Fortune 500 companies expanding into new markets.

In this capstone, teams of students organize to evaluate business opportunities and recommend strategic plans to client companies. You’ll develop a business plan for a start-up seeking venture capital, a small business scaling operations, or an established business expanding to new markets or pivoting in a new direction. Under guidance of experienced faculty and representatives of the sponsoring company, your team will identify resources and opportunities, integrate your understanding of business principles, and confront a variety of practical problems. The business plan includes components such as:

  • International market evaluation
  • Foreign market entry strategy and implementation
  • Analysis of sustainable business practices
  • Value chain management analysis
  • Investment analysis
  • Globalization and localization strategies
  • Product modification

By the end of the semester, your team will produce a detailed written business plan and multimedia presentation. The final presentation to the sponsoring company management team and program faculty synthesizes the results of teamwork, communication and innovative thinking.

Frontier Market Scouts Fellowship and Research Project

Middlebury Institute’s Frontier Market Scouts program selects and trains professionals seeking careers in social enterprise management and impact investing. The program consists of a two-week certificate training followed by a two- to 12-month fellowship.

To choose the fellowship program for your capstone requirement, you must first apply for admission to the program and then complete the fieldwork, including an impact research report.

Corporate Impact Consulting Capstone

For the Corporate Impact Consulting capstone, a team of students provides consultancy services to a client organization needing resilient business solutions associated with emerging global problems in order to manage social and environmental risks as well as traditional financial risk. Leveraging the core competencies of its sister programs in environmental policy and international policy and development, this capstone gives students valuable experience integrating extra-financial risk with business fundamentals to deliver high-value consulting services.

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