The knowledge and experience Business Fellows receive will put them on a fast track for career success. The Business Fellows program blends classroom learning and real-world experiences to give students a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities of today's complex organizations. From studying abroad in a developing country during their first year at Elon, to managing a $100,000 portfolio of the Elon endowment or consulting with companies on business issues in their senior year, Business Fellows graduate ready to take a leadership role in your profession, organization and community.
These courses, offered exclusively to Fellows, provide an introduction to the exciting world of modern-day business and economics, and including site visits to firms in the region. Fellows are also able to take a Winter Term study abroad course that will focus on global business issues. Recently, Fellows have visited Poland and Mexico to gain valuable insights on new and emerging economies.
Every fall, a group of junior and senior Fellows travel to New York City to visit the New York Stock Exchange and several firms in the area, such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Credit Suisse, David Beahm Designs, Thomson Reuters, Nomura, Merrill Lynch and Symrise. The visit concludes with a networking reception with local alumni.
All fellows are eligible to receive a $1,000 grant to support research, service, leadership, an internship or an international experience.
Seven Fellows will be awarded scholarships valued at $4,000-$4,500, which are renewable annually as long as the student remains a Fellow in good standing. This amount is in addition to any Presidential Scholarship received.
Fellows take a professional development course to prepare them to secure a job or internship through self-assessment, résumé creation, interviewing skills, networking skills, business etiquette and some basic professional communication skills. Fellows receive additional support through the Love School's Porter Family Professional Development Center team. The Director of Internships and Associate Director of Career Services assist students in preparing for and acquiring internships, full-time employment or graduate school placement after graduation.
Business Fellows have recently interned with the following organizations:
During their senior year, Business Fellows divide into two groups—a portfolio management team and a consulting team. The portfolio management team manages part of the university's endowment. Team members enter a national competition for student-managed portfolios and have placed first and second in this competition in recent years. The consulting team conducts various consulting projects for Elon University and local clients. Recently, Fellows consulted with campus food services on selecting a name for a coffee shop in the new Koury Business Center.
Applicants should have at least a 3.5 GPA, SATs of 1850 or more (ACT 28 or higher), sharp analytical skills and a strong interest in majoring in accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, international business, international economics, management or marketing.
Twenty-five Business Fellows will be selected annually based on academic criteria, business interest and experience, essays and interviews.