First-year fellows take Elon 101 together, a course focusing on building leadership skills and establishing connections. Fellows also take rigorous courses offered exclusively to their cohort group. These courses introduce fellows to the challenges of the dynamic 21st century marketplace through the study of business, economics and accounting. During Winter Term, fellows participate in a course examining global business issues and spend two weeks abroad in countries, such as Poland, Mexico, Argentina and the United Arab Emirates.
Sophomore fellows continue preparing for their internships and post-graduate careers by participating in a professional development program delivered by the experienced staff in the Love School of Business’ Porter Family Professional Development Center. Fellows take part in workshops focused on résumé creation, interviewing, networking skills, business etiquette and formal communication skills. Throughout the year, the cohort classes in finance, business communications and business law and ethics challenge fellows to think about how the world of business works and the choices they will make as business professionals and leaders.
Junior fellows head either to New York City to visit the New York Stock Exchange and meet with executives at companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Credit Suisse, BlackRock, Merrill Lynch and Bloomberg, or to San Francisco to spend time at innovative companies, like Facebook and Google. Fellows are also expected to further their global awareness by studying abroad for a semester during their junior year.
During their senior year, Business Fellows divide into two groups for their capstone projects:
- The consulting team 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 $250,000 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.
Members of the Elon Business Fellows graduating class receive medallions to be worn at commencement in a ceremony in front of faculty, staff, family and friends.