First-year fellows start out by taking Elon 101 together, a course that focuses on building leadership skills and establishing connections among the first-year Business Fellows. Along with Elon 101, fellows take rigorous courses, offered exclusively to their cohort group. These courses introduce fellows to the challenges of the dynamic 21st century marketplace through study of business, economics and accounting. During Winter Term, the fellows depart for an exciting study abroad course focused on global business issues in a developing country, such as Poland or Mexico.
Sophomore fellows begin preparing for their internships and post-graduation careers by participating in a professional development course delivered by the experienced staff in the Love School of Business’ Porter Family Professional Development Center. Fellows take part in career and other self-assessments and workshops focused on résumé creation, interviewing, as well as networking skills, business etiquette and formal communication skills. Throughout the year, the fellows cohort classes in finance, business communications, and business law and ethics challenge the fellows to think about how the world of business works and the choices they will make as business professionals and leaders.
Junior fellows head to Wall Street and other parts of NYC to learn about business in the Big Apple. While there, Business Fellows meet Elon alumni at a networking reception, visit the New York Stock Exchange, and spend time at companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Credit Suisse, David Beahm Designs, Thomson Reuters, UBS, Merrill Lynch and Bloomberg.
During their senior year, Business Fellows divide into two groups for their capstone projects. The consulting group learns about the world of management consulting while working with companies on projects that might include marketing research, human resource management practices or operations, and being mentored by business executives. The portfolio management team manages a $230,000 portion of the university’s endowment and is challenged to maintain the fellows' past performance, which has nearly always exceeded the performance of major financial indices.