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July 6 - August 5, 2015

First-Ever New York City Trip: July 20-24!


Intense Five-Week Career Skills Program for ALL majors

As an Institute participant, you'll spend five weeks living on Wofford's campus (during Summer School Second Session) learning the skills and behaviors necessary for career success in every field (including non-profits, health and law). Working individually and in groups, you'll spend five days a 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 career. It doesn't matter if you major in art 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. 

Put your classroom research and problem solving skills to work

No matter what career you choose, your work will involve problem-solving, information synthesis, research and communication. As an Institute participant, you'll put all of these skills to work on one of four real-world consulting projects. With a small team of students, you'll take all the classroom training you've received at Wofford and put it to work solving a problem for a business or non-profit (like Michelin, globalbike, the Nudge app, OTO Development and others). Our team will guide you every step of the way, and you'll learn transferable skills 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, technology, professional presentations, 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, prominent entrepreneurs 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 have ample opportunities to develop your own vision for leadership, while developing an understanding of your own strengths and how to best use the strengths of your team members.  

Travel to NYC with the Institute!

For the first time, the Institute is going on the road. We'll spend five days in New York City touring world-famous companies and making contacts that will assist you in your career search. The cost of the trip, including air fare, meals and lodging, is included in the registration fee.
There will be a visit of interest for all majors and career interests. Currently, planned visits include: 
  • Carrot. This Brooklyn-based creative agency was recently named one of Crain's Top Places to Work in NYC. Carrot specializes in social campaigns and digital innovation.
  • Christie's. We'll visit the New York Saleroom and offices of this world-famous art and art auction house.
  • Wells Fargo. The Wells Fargo Headquarters for global banking and capital finance is a must-see for students interested in banking, finance or investment careers.  
We're setting up more visits, plus entertainment and fun during our stay. More details will be added soon...