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Undergraduate Student Programs

Explore the scholarship and consulting opportunities the Consulting and Business Development Center has for you.

Undergraduate Scholarships

The Consulting & Business Development Center supports undergraduate scholarships at the UW Foster School of Business. These student fellows receive funds that support their education at the University of Washington.  To further their education, student fellows participate in real-life consulting projects provided by the center that sharpens their professional skills, increases their marketability and grows their networks.

ABBS (Association of Black Business Students) Endowed Scholarship

Provide assistance to undergraduate students in Business Administration, with preference given to students who have had a deep cultural experience within the African American culture. Contact Undergraduate Programs Office

Asian Pacific Islander Endowed Scholarship

Provide assistance to undergraduate students at the Foster School of Business, with preference given to students who have had a deep cultural experience within the Asia or Asian/Asian Pacific Islander culture. Contact Undergraduate Programs Office

Scott & Ann Marie Robertson Endowed Scholarship

Provide assistance to students who are first-year undergraduates at the Foster School of Business, graduates from Seattle Public Schools, is an under-represented minority at the Foster School, and/or have community service and/or work experience. Contact Undergraduate Programs Office

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 or from other under-represented groups of color. Contact Undergraduate Programs Office

Rotary Club of Seattle, Business Mentors Scholarship

Provide assistance to undergraduate students who participate in the Center’s Business Management Consulting Program.  Scholarships are awarded based on students’ ability to showcase exemplary leadership, cross-cultural communication and application of business knowledge. Contact Wil Tutol

Fellowship Programs

Throughout the academic year, fellows are expected to complete a set number of hours towards their practical education through consulting projects offered by the center. Hourly requirements are assigned through a point- based system, where fellows must acquire 50 total points before the end of the assigned academic year. Opportunities to attain the points required are available via the student consulting programs listed below.

Student Consulting Programs


Consultants serve their clients to solve complex business problems. We offer students hands-on experience as consultants in projects that include business strategy, operational techniques, management, finance, accounting, and marketing. Our programs range in length from one week to one quarter.

76% of students who participated in these programs report that their experience helped them obtain their first job after graduation.
92% reported that their experience helped them perform better than their colleagues.
For details about specific programs, click on the headers below.

Teams of undergraduates work with businesses from under-served communities as part of this marketing/management class offered winter quarter. Teams consist of 4-5 students, mentors from the Seattle Rotary Club, and professional advisors from local consulting firms. For more detailed information, email Wilfredo Tutol. (winter quarter)
Total Points Awarded: 50 points

The Business Impact Group (BIG) Consulting Program is comprised of young talented individuals whose primary goal is to assist in the development of small businesses in economically distressed/emerging communities. Participating students conduct projects with corporate leaders, small business owners, community leaders, elected officials and other undergraduate students. BIG members are also given the opportunity to network throughout various industries, enhance their professional growth and expand their qualifications and skill sets.
As part of this program, teams of undergraduate students and professional advisors work with local businesses on short-term projects, which are managed by the Business Impact Group (BIG). Projects are 6-8 weeks long and offered fall, winter and spring quarters.
To learn more about the club’s activities and how to join, please visit the BIG website.

Total Points Awarded: 25 points

Target is committed to working with suppliers that are local, diverse, and reflective of the economic makeup of region. With this in mind, seven small local businesses have been selected to act as potential suppliers to Target stores. These businesses will act as clients to the student teams who will work with the owner to create a pitch promoting the client as a supplier to Target.

The student teams will present their pitch to a panel of judges. The judging panel will be comprised of professionals from Target as well as other professionals from the Seattle business community and the small business owner. In the first round of the competition, the student teams will compete against four other teams who have created a pitch for the same business owner.

In the Undergraduate Track, one winning team will be selected from each client’s set of teams. In the Graduate Track, two winning teams will be selected from each client’s set of teams. In the final round, each business owner will be represented by the winning team(s) from their particular track. There will be 6 clients and 24 student teams in the undergraduate track of the competition and 2 clients and 10 student teams in the graduate student track.

Cases Distributed

Thursday, February 15, 5:30-6:30pm in Paccar Hall 290

Virtual participation: If you cannot join us in person for the information session, then you can join virtually and we will send you a link that will connect you to the session. If you have questions during the session, then you can email them directly to Keisha Jackson, Assistant Director of the Consulting and Business Development Center. If you plan to utilize this option let Keisha and I know so that you can receive the case materials via email at 5:25pm.

Competition

Friday, February 23, 9:00am-2:30pm
More detailed schedule to follow

Teams

Each team will consist of three or four UW students. At least three of the four team members MUST be available for the presentation.

Awards

Top teams will each receive:
$500 per person (graduate students)
$250 per person (undergraduate students)

Contact

Keisha Jackson | lnjacks@uw.edu
Assistant Director | Consulting and Business Development Center

Beta Alpha Psi students work with small business clients to determine their financial performance and health. Local bankers and accountants provide advising to students. For more detailed information, email Wilfredo Tutol. (8 weeks, fall quarter)

Overview

The Consulting and Business Development Center is looking to hire four undergraduate students who will work as consultants to small minority owned businesses for the summer quarter. Each student will work with three companies and provide, on average, 130 hours of consulting services to each firm over a 10-week span. 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.

Duties

  • 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 collaboratively with a business mentor provided by the center.
  • Communicate progress on a weekly basis to supervisor.
  • Track “billable hours” and ensure that each client receives the agreed upon quality and quantity of services.
  • Deliver final client reports to each company and supervisor.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.

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 will begin working Monday, June 19, 2017 and the program will conclude on Friday, August 25, 2017. Students will have one paid holiday (July 4).

Apply

The application will open on Monday, February 20, 2017 through Wednesday, March 29 (closing at 11:59 p.m.) To apply submit a resume and cover letter through HuskyJobs. Be sure to address your experience working in multicultural environments, business and creating solutions. Also, indicate in your cover letter which internship you would like to apply for (Seattle or Tri-Cities). Note: the Tri-Cities internship is based in Seattle with 5-7 daylong trips to the Tri-Cities.

Interviews: Candidates will be invited for interviews the week of April 3, 2017.

Contact

Keisha Jackson
lnjacks@uw.edu