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Undergraduate Student Programs

We offer a range of consulting experiences for Foster School students and pre-business majors that range from week-long competitions to quarter long-intensive projects. Students get hands-on experience in solving complex, real-world business challenges while helping companies reach their growth goals. 96% of students reported that their experience helped them perform better than their colleagues. 87% of students who participated in these programs report that their experience helped them obtain their first job after graduation.

Teams of undergraduates work with businesses from under-served communities as part of this consulting class offered winter quarter. Teams consist of 4-5 students, mentors from national and regional consulting firms, the Seattle Rotary Club, and professional Foster alumni from the region’s leading technology firms.

CONTACT
Gabriela Michan, [email protected], (206) 543-9545

Each summer, the Consulting and Business Development Center hires students who work as consultants to small businesses in under-served communities. Each student will work with three companies and provide, on average, 130 hours of consulting services to each firm during over 10 weeks. Examples of past consulting projects include completing marketing plans, financial or sustainable growth analysis, business plans, improving management systems, or short and long-term financial projections.

NATE AND LESLIE MILES FAMILY ENDOWED SUMMER INTERNSHIP
The Nate and Leslie Miles Family Endowed Internship enables undergraduate students
to gain work experience, receive professional mentoring and secure financial support as they purse a degree at the Foster School of Business.
Each summer, we hire an under-represented minority student to work with businesses owned by people of color or women with a special emphasis on businesses that are located in communities with high unemployment.

LEARNING EXPERIENCE
The Summer Intern including the Nate and Leslie Miles Endowed Intern:

  • Participate in training sessions to improve skills and knowledge about business consulting.
  • Develop consulting contracts and identify success measures for each assigned client.
  • Complete a scope of work designed to help the company achieve growth.
  • Work with a business mentor provided by the center.
  • Deliver a final client reports to each company.

QUALIFICATIONS
This internship is available to UW students only. A strong candidate for this internship would be a business major with interest or experience in business consulting. Past consulting experience and experience working in multicultural environments is highly preferred.

SALARY AND START/END DATES
Each intern will receive a $5,000 stipend and will work 40 hours per week.
Interns begin work the first week of Summer Quarter and the program ends at the end of August.

APPLICATION
Application opens from Monday, March 11, 2019, through Friday, March 29, 2019 (closing at 11:59 pm.). Click here to apply.

CONTACT
Gabriela Michan, [email protected], (206) 543-9545

The Center hires two undergraduate students who will work as business lending consultants to small businesses each summer. Students will work with several companies as they apply for loans to grow their business over a 10-week period from the first week of Summer Quarter until the end of August.

Each student is partnered with a mentor from Harborstone Credit Union (HCU) who will support their work to package loan applications and appropriate documents.

LEARNING EXPERIENCE
The Summer Lending Interns:

  • Participate in training sessions to improve skills and knowledge about business lending to small companies.
  • Market and recruit businesses for business lending opportunities.
  • Assist companies in completing loan applications and compiling and presenting financial documents needed to apply for growth funding.
  • Work collaboratively with a business mentor.
  • Deliver completed loan files for each company clients.

QUALIFICATIONS
This internship is available to UW students only. We are looking for self-driven students that are interested in exploring careers in the financial services industry. A strong candidate for this internship would be a business major with interest or experience in accounting, finance, sales and or marketing. Experience working in multicultural environments is highly preferred.

SALARY AND START/END DATES
Each intern will receive a $5,000 stipend and will work 40 hours per week.
Interns begin work the first week of Summer Quarter and the program ends at the end of August.

APPLICATION
Application opens from Monday, March 11, 2019, through Friday, March 29, 2019 (closing at 11:59 pm.). Click here to apply.

CONTACT
Vy Nguyen, [email protected], (206) 543-3681

The Consulting & Business Development Center provides students opportunities to work as business consultants for local companies and non-profit organizations.

Through Foster Consulting Program, students apply lesson learned in the classroom to real-world business situations. They help companies grow by developing tactical strategies that create jobs and strengthen the regional economy. Students are mentored by professional consultants from Seattle’s leading consulting companies. Projects last approximately six weeks.

Winter Quarter Projects:

  • Application Deadline: January 11, 2020
  • Kickoff: January 22, 2020
  • Final Presentation: March 4, 2020

Apply Now

Spring Quarter Projects:

  • Application Deadline: April 13, 2020
  • Kickoff: April 15, 2020
  • Final Presentation: May 27, 2020

Apply Now

CONTACT
Vy Nguyen, [email protected], (206) 543-3681

 

Undergraduate Scholarships

In conjunction with the Undergraduate Program Office, the Center awards three annual scholarships.

Learn how to apply

ABBS (Association of Black Business Students) Endowed Scholarship
Provide assistance to undergraduate students at the Foster School of Business, with a preference for students who have had a deep cultural experience within the African American culture and affiliate with the Center to support the growth of African-American owned businesses.

Asian Pacific Islander Endowed Scholarship
Provide assistance to undergraduate students at the Foster School of Business, with a preference for students who have had a deep cultural experience within the Asian/Pacific American community who affiliate with the center to support API-owned businesses.

Thaddeus H. Spratlen Endowed Scholarship
Provide assistance to undergraduate students at the Foster School of Business, with a preference for students who have had a deep cultural experience within the African American culture and affiliate with the Center to support the growth of African-American owned businesses.