The Business Fellows Experience

What our alumni say about the program:

"The fellows program surrounds you with some of the brightest students at Elon. The environment fosters ambition and community. I loved the cohort structure so much that I chose a cohort program within JP Morgan Chase for the start of my career. I don't know if I would be in the same job or career path that I am now if it weren't for the support and experience within the fellows program and how hard the classes and my cohort pushed me.” - Morgan Smith ‘16

Morgan, an international business and finance double major, completed internships with JPMorgan Chase & Co., Wells Fargo and SAS. She was the vice president of membership for Alpha Kappa Psi, an operations committee member for Elonthon, a member of Elon’s CFA Institute Research Challenge team, and a student ambassador for the Porter Family Professional Development Center. She now works as an analyst at JPMorgan Chase & Co.


"Being a part of the Business Fellows program has provided me with the opportunity to expand my network, gain experience in leadership positions, and travel the country and around the world. These experiences will not only help me succeed in my career after graduation, but have also taught me so much as an individual." - Kimberly Gersh '15

Kimberly, an entrepreneurship major, was a Doherty Scholar, a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, and a member of the Omicron Delta Epsilon economics honor society. She completed internships with The Sweet Shop and CBS Interactive, and spent a semester at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad. She was the president of Elon's Student Entrepreneurial Enterprise Development and the house committee chair of Hillel. She is currently an associate product manager at CBS Interactive.


"The Business Fellows program has shaped me into a passionate leader and a confident and knowledgable young professional. The friendships and connections I have made through the program with both my peers and faculty have helped me form an invaluable network that not only supported me here at Elon, but into my future in the corporate world." - Melissa Kenealy '15

Melissa, a finance and accounting double major, completed internships with KPMG and Heckler & O'Keefe CPAs. She was inducted into the following honor societies: Phi Eta Sigma, Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi. Melissa was a member of Beta Alpha Psi, Club Field Hockey and Phoenix Capital Investment Club, and was the co-coordinator of the Lunch Buddies program. Melissa earned her CPA in 2016 and now works as an audit associate at KPMG.


"As a result of the Business Fellows program, I was exposed to ideas, people, industries, and cultures I might not have otherwise considered. It was through this period of growth that I discovered my interest in entrepreneurship." - Austin Rhoads '14

Austin double majored in international business and marketing, and studied abroad for a semester at the Universidad de Sevilla. He completed internships with American Leadership Strategies, Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics and Lord Corporation, and was a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, a member of the International Business Club, vice president of Elon Model United Nations Society, and co-director of the Elon International Career Conference. Austin is a Venture for America Fellow and the managing partner of Puente & Co. Austin is also the co-founder of Lynkforce, and the founder and president of global business initiatives at Kelekent Systems LLC.


"I have most enjoyed getting the opportunity to experience so many unique opportunities. From being in the Business Fellows program, I have been able to travel to Mexico during Winter Term my first year and to New York for a networking trip my junior year. I was also able to advise a company during my senior capstone." - D. Patrick Brown '14

Patrick, an economics and political science double major, completed internships with Capitol Financial Solutions, the Republican Party of Virginia, Matt Benedetti and Associates, and Transact Capital. As a recipient of the Love Award for Excellence in Business Leadership, Patrick completed an undergraduate research thesis examining the economic and political efficacy of the privatization of passenger rail in the Southeast. Patrick was a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, Elon's team for the McDonough-Hilltop Business Strategy Challenge, the Student Government Association, Elon Honor Board, College Republicans, Omicron Delta Epsilon economics honor society, and Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society. He is now a senior analyst at Transact Capital.


“The best part about the program for me was the trip to Mexico. It showed us the importance of international relations and the importance of understanding other cultures. The program also helped me set myself apart from other candidates during the job interview process.” - Joe Patterson '12

Joe, an economics major, interned with AXA Financial, and studied abroad for a semester at the Cracow School of Economics. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Sigma Epsilon, the Water Ski Club and the Economics Club. After graduating, Joe was a corps member for Teach for America for two years and earned his MBA from the University of Notre Dame. He is currently pursuing his J.D. from Notre Dame School of Law.