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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.

Through more than 500 hours of assistance, businesses receive accounting and financial management assistance, mentoring from business executives, and access to cutting-edge business management techniques that solve challenges and capture growth opportunities. This intensive consulting program lasts approximately seven months and begins each November and runs through May.

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

  • 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 and/or recover from COVID-19 challenges.
  • Work with a business mentor provided by the center.
  • Deliver a final client presentation and report 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
Intern will receive a $6,500 stipend and will work 40 hours per week. The intern will begin working Monday, June 21, 2021 and the program will conclude on Friday, August 27, 2021. Students will have one paid holiday (July 5), but will still need to complete their work.

INTERVIEWS
Candidates will be invited for interviews held between April 5, 2021 to April 16, 2021.

APPLICATION
The application will be open on Monday, February 15, 2021 through Friday, March 26, 2021 (closing at 11:59 p.m.) To apply submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample through Handshake. Be sure to address your experience working in multicultural environments, business and creating solutions. To be considered for both internships, be sure to apply to each internship individually.

(N&LMF) Endowed Internship
Handshake Job Code: #4407997
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Consulting Program Internship
Handshake Job Code: #4408005
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CONTACT
Rebecca Thornton, Assistant Director | [email protected]

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

The Foster Consulting Program allows students to apply their knowledge in 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.

Fall Quarter Projects:

  • Application Deadline: Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 5:00 pm.
  • Student Training: Monday, October 19, 2020 | 5:30 – 7:00 pm.
  • Project Kick-off: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
  • Final Presentation: Wednesday, December 2, 2020 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

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Winter Quarter Projects:

  • Application Deadline: Sunday, January 9, 2021 at 5:00 pm.
  • Student Training: Monday, January 18, 2021 | 5:30 – 7:00 pm.
  • Project Kick-off: Wednesday, January 20, 2021 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
  • Final Presentation: Wednesday, March 3, 2021 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

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Spring Quarter Projects:

  • Application Deadline: Sunday, April 3, 2021 at 5:00 pm.
  • Student Training: Monday, April 12, 2021 | 5:30 – 7:00 pm.
  • Project Kick-off: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
  • Final Presentation: Wednesday, May 26, 2021 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

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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.