What We Do
Each semester, LACI matches teams of 4-5 USC student consultants with local non-profits or small businesses for semester-long engagements. With the guidance of the LACI Board, each team meets regularly with its selected client, professor mentor/senior advisor, and fellow LACI members to pursue the following goals:Some examples of past and current deliverables include marketing plans, operating efficiency evaluation, business plan research, feasibility analysis, growth recommendations, and strategic analysis. In the Spring 2012 semester, LACI provided valuable strategic consulting to 14 different organizations.
LACI is the first student organization at USC to emphasize a complete focus on service-learning. Service-learning is the idea that students can learn real-world, applicable skills while performing a service for the community. Instead of providing purely volunteer work (such as painting a playground or serving food in a soup kitchen), projects will encourage members to use skills that are necessary in the business world. LACI ultimately creates a symbiotic relationship with a community partner – members learn valuable skills from the project while the client and community benefit from our work.