About the Institute
July 8 - August 2, 2013
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Intense Four-Week Program
The Institute is an intense four-week resident program that will provide you with a substantial set of skills directly applicable in the 21st-century workplace. Students who successfully complete this certificate-earning program will have a significant advantage when launching their career. 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
A real-world consulting assignment from a for-profit or non-profit organization experiencing difficulty in a particular area forms the centerpiece of the program. Your team of students will meet with senior management of your assigned company, discuss the relevant issues, project plan the assignment, investigate options and develop solutions. Your team will present findings and recommendations to the organization's leadership in week four. This is not a simulation or a theoretical assignment. This is a hands-on consulting project that will prepare you for the challenges you will face in environments after Wofford.
Develop Marketable Skills
The classroom portion of the Institute will provide you with the tools necessary to effectively manage the consulting project. In addition, you will develop effective presentation and public speaking skills that are critical for long-term success, regardless of your career choice. You will also learn self-development skills such as business etiquette, personal finance, design-thinking and time management.
Prominent entrepreneurs, leaders and senior executives from a variety of organizations will lecture at various times during the Institute, providing insight into the characteristics of effective leaders. You'll also gain leadership experience through consulting project work and through learning to assess and develop your strengths and the strengths of your teammates.