What our alumni say about the program:

The Business Fellows program has been integral to my college experience. The program facilitated our learning by giving us the best professors that Elon has to offer, and this allowed me to grow in many different ways. The program promotes an environment of professionalism, and the other members of the cohort also helped to challenge and inspire me. The Business Fellows have been extremely important to me during my 4 years at college, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of this excellent program.

Michael Bernetti ’18

Michael joined Booz Allen Hamilton as a data scientist consultant after graduating with degrees in finance and statistics. During his time at Elon, he was the VP of club basketball, studied abroad in Peru, and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Mu Sigma Rho and Beta Gamma Sigma.

We started out as 26 strangers, but quickly became friends, classmates and mentors. In just four years, we learned to overcome the trials and tribulations of rigorous cohort classes, developed our time-management skills as we gained leadership positions across campus, and developed professional skills as we navigated through the job search process. I owe a great deal of my success at Elon to the Business Fellows, and the continuous support that they have given me.

Kristen Lober ’18

Kristen, an accounting and finance double major, joined KPMG as an audit associate. While at Elon, she was the treasurer of Beta Alpha Psi, president of Enactus, studied abroad in Germany, and was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Omicron Delta Kappa, Delta Delta Delta and Elon’s Southeast Regional Business Ethics Case Competition third-place team.

The Business Fellows program has given me such amazing opportunities. From traveling to Dubai and Abu Dhabi freshman year to meeting with major companies in Boston or San Francisco and to getting access to a strong network of Elon Business Fellows alumni, the program has enriched my four-year experience more than I could have ever imagined.

Kelly Porter ’18

Kelly is an assurance associate at PwC. At Elon, the accounting and finance double major was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Beta Alpha Psi and Delta Delta Delta, served as a VITA volunteer, and studied abroad in Italy.

The Business Fellows program is a defining characteristic of my time at Elon. The program sets students up for success from the on set, but not without challenges. The toughest teachers are often the best teachers, and I learned this through my fellows classes. Experiences in and out of the classroom expanded my interests and made me more willing to take on new challenges. The program surrounds you with smart, ambitious students, and consistently presents new opportunities. I can’t imagine Elon without the Business Fellows.

John Cove ’17

John, an economics major, is a staff analyst in quantitative economics and statistics at Ernst & Young. During his time at Elon, he was a member of Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity and Omicron Delta Epsilon economics honor society, and spent a semester abroad in the Czech Republic. He also completed an internship with EY.


The Business Fellows program exposed me to unique opportunities that enriched my academic and professional development at Elon. The cohort structure fostered a strong team dynamic as we grew into leaders and attractive candidates for employers. Being challenged by both my peers and professors prepared me for the professional world, and I was confident in my abilities on my very first day of work in New York City.

Hailey Harn ’17

Hailey, a finance and marketing double major, is an admissions manager at Hairstory in New York. While at Elon, she was a member of Alpha Xi Delta and the a capella group Sweet Signatures. She interned with Allied Experiential and Retirement Benefits Group and was a college financial representative at Northwestern Mutual.


The Business Fellows program played a profound role in my development as an undergraduate. Accelerated coursework, experiential learning and personalized career guidance laid a solid foundation for my professional career. Also embedded were travel experiences, networking and friendships that not only enhanced my college experience but will continue to support me going forward.

Eric Burgess ‘17

Eric, a finance major, is a collateral analyst at Deloitte. He completed internships with Deloitte, Dentons in China and Verizon. At Elon, he served as the organization development director, an Orientation Leader and a mentor at the Positive Attitude Youth Center. He also studied abroad for a semester at the LSB Center Abroad in Shanghai.


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 a strategy associate 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 and a member of the business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi and 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. After graduation, she joined CBS Interactive as an associate product manager. She now works at Bandwidth Inc. as a software development project manager.


The Business Fellows program has shaped me into a passionate leader and a confident and knowledgeable 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 works as a senior 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 brother 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. After graduation, he worked as an investment banking analyst at Transact Capital. He is now an investment banking associate at BB&T Capital Markets.


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, earned his MBA from the University of Notre Dame in 2015 and earned his J.D. from Notre Dame School of Law in 2017. He is now an associate at Sidley Austin LLP.