The Elon Academy staff believes it is important to connect the scholars to meaningful experiences in professional environments. To create such experiences for scholars, the Elon Academy established the Elon Academy Business Partner Program in 2008. The Associate Director serves as the Coordinator of this program.
As a pioneer in genomic testing and the commercialization of new diagnostic technologies, LabCorp is one of the world's largest clinical laboratories, with annual revenues of $4.7 billion in 2009. Headquartered in Burlington, North Carolina, LabCorp has approximately 28,000 employees and tests more than 370,000 specimens daily for over 220,000 clients nationwide.
LabCorp provides paid summer internships for Elon Academy scholars. Scholars are placed in the following LabCorp departments: Billing, Warehouse, Public Affairs, Law Department, IT Support, Community Affairs, DNA, Sales/Marketing, and Human Resources. Scholars have a wide range of opportunities during their internships including writing for the company newsletter, participating in community outreach events, rebuilding computers, and attending staff meeting. During the internship, students are evaluated by supervisors and receive site visits from Elon Academy staff. Scholars have the opportunity to continue to work during the academic year during days off from school or after school.
Wishart, Norris, Henniger, & Pittman law firm in Burlington provides one paid internship. The scholar participating in this internship has the opportunity to help with general office work and to see firsthand the daily operations of a law firm. Elon Academy staff make two site visits during the internship.