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About the Institute Institute group 2014
July 6 - August 6, 2015

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Intense Five-Week Professional Skills Development Program for ALL majors

The 2015 Institute has been enhanced with a one-week trip to New York City and features direct industry exposure in one of the world's greatest business centers. When we're not in NYC, you'll spend five weeks living on Wofford's campus learning the skills and behaviors necessary for professional success in every career field (including healthcare, non-profits and law). Working individually and in groups, you'll spend five days each week learning by doing, receiving in-depth instruction and hands-on practice. Students who successfully complete this certificate-earning program will have a significant advantage when launching their careers. It does not matter whether you major in history, finance or theater: the skills developed in this program are of equal benefit to all and immediately recognized as valuable by employers and graduate schools. 

Learn Problem Solving through Real-World Consulting

No matter what career path you choose, your work will involve problem-solving. As an Institute participant, you'll work on one of four real-world consulting projects with a small team of students. By using your classroom training to solve a problem for a business or non-profit (like Michelin, globalbike, the Nudge app, OTO Development and others), you'll learn transferable skills and real-world experience that will make you a stand-out candidate for jobs and graduate schools. 

Develop Marketable Skills  

The classroom portion of the Institute will provide you with the tools necessary to effectively manage the consulting project (project management, business technology, professional speaking, time management, teamwork and design thinking skills). In addition, you'll learn self-development skills such as business etiquette, personal finance, time management, and negotiating. 

Leadership Experience 

Organizations of all kinds need leaders who can implement rapid change. Each week, top executives in a variety of industries will teach you the characteristics and habits of leaders. Prominent entrepreneurs and senior executives from a variety of organizations will speak at various times during the Institute, giving you advice and inspiration. You'll also have ample opportunities to experience leading a group, and you'll develop an understanding of your own strengths and how to best use the strengths of your team members - a key component of leadership.  

Have fun

What would a summer be without some fun? During The Institute, you'll work hard, but you'll play hard, too. Each week, you'll enjoy some quality downtime with your peers, including our famous BMW Driving Experience Day! You'll also enjoy getting to know a diverse group of students and the bonding that comes from sharing a significantly rewarding experience. From informal gatherings, to cook-outs, to pick-up volleyball sessions, to movie night, our students emerge from The Institute with new friends for life. All of our outings are included in the registration fee.