VAND E RBILT A CCE L E RATOR速
Accelerator速 Summer Business Institute
DO MORE THAN YOU EVER IMAGINED.
VANDERBILT SUMMER BUSINESS INSTITUTE
The U.S. News & World Report ranking of Vanderbilt University, often referred to as a “new ivy.”
On the cover: Read the story of Sasha Pines, Accelerator, Class of 2015, at owenworldshapers.com.
Give yourself a killer résumé. In just 28 days. In four fast-paced weeks, you can get both the knowledge and hands-on business experience to help you land an exciting internship and make connections with potential employers. Designed for undergraduates and recent college graduates—especially those who did not major in a business-related field—Accelerator is a nondegree program that combines classroom learning with projects that allow students to act as consultants, solving real problems for real companies and presenting their ideas to management. The Vanderbilt Advantage the nuts and bolts of marketing, logistics, finance, operations and branding as well as soft skills such as client service and presentations
by doing real projects for real companies
on working in (and leading) teams
your career prospects with résumé review, mock interviews and networking exercises
28 The number of days that you will get to spend in Nashville and at Vanderbilt as part of Accelerator.
The percentage of time that you will be working as part of a team in a consulting capacity.
a “taste” of a graduate business program
Undergraduates and recent college graduates (any major) with a strong record of achievement and the desire to learn and apply new concepts.
Class profile* Class size—64 Women—45% Recent Graduates—10% Rising Seniors—35% Rising Juniors—45% Rising Sophomores—10% Undergraduate GPA—3.41 Companies that American Airlines, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, have sponsored Captain D’s, Coca-Cola, FedEx, Humana, Lexus, Nissan, Accelerator projects** PNC, Sony BMG Entertainment, Whirlpool, William Morris * Multi-year average ** Consulting clients vary from year to year but are selected to represent a variety of industries and organizations, large and small, for-profit and non-profit.
Coca-Cola FedEx Nissan Just a few of the firms that have sponsored Accelerator projects in the past.
In the class of 2015, the percentage of students who wanted a summer internship and got one through Accelerator.
Day in the Life:
Ilana French Robbins As a rising senior pursuing a major in Economics and a minor in Corporate Strategy, Ilana is already using the skills she learned through her Accelerator experience. A native of Westchester, New York, she loves living in Nashville and going to school at Vanderbilt.
I knew I wanted to go into business, so I talked to other students here who had gone through Accelerator. They said it was an incredible experience—and they were right!
Wake up and get ready for a fast-paced day. It’s never the same from one day to the next.
Faculty host different breakout sessions for professional development—like how to dress for a business environment, or how to use Photoshop, or interviewing skills. We can choose what interests us most.
Breakfast (on most days) at Owen—and (on some days) at Starbucks with colleagues on my team to review our 2:45 PM work on one of our consulting projects or review details Today, we have a class in Entrepreneurship with for a presentation. Professor Michael Burcham (the knowledge I got from the professors at Owen was amazing). Two afternoons a week, we’d have free time. 8:00 AM On most days, we have class after breakfast. One day it might be creative advertising. Another might be 4:00 PM managerial economics. On the “presentation days” Project time again. This morning, we worked on Surgical when groups present their ideas to a “client,” such as Care Associates. Now, we switch gears to something Nissan, we’d wait in the lobby to make our 10-minute completely different—Warner Music Nashville. pitch and then watch other groups.
On days without presentations, our teams work on our projects until lunch. We usually have two projects running at once, which makes it feel like the real business world.
After dinner, our teams work on projects. For each client, our projects involve evaluating the 3C’s— the company, customers and competitors—and developing the “big idea” for the business challenge they’ve given us.
Catered lunch at Owen. Depending on what our team needs to do, we often make it a working lunch.
Maybe one night out of six, we’re done for the evening when the building at Owen closes. Not tonight, though!
Real clients. Real projects.
Real opportunities. In four short weeks, Accelerator students handle several real-world consulting projects. Applying what they learn in class, students work in teams to devise real solutions to real business problems for five real companies. Then, competing against other teams, they present their ideas to the companies’ key executives (people you might not meet in an ordinary internship). Take a look at what past students have worked on:
The client: Wrigley Members of the Wrigley project winning team
I did not anticipate how much I would learn and grow from the Accelerator program and interning with Wrigley. Working on the Wrigley project, I was forced to take on an innovative approach that allowed me to think outside of constraints. Our team created a deliverable that met all of Wrigley’s needs, which opened the door for an internship. Throughout the experience, I resorted to the skills and knowledge I gained from Accelerator.
Wrigley is a recognized leader in confections with a wide range of product offerings including gum, mints, hard and chewy candies and lollipops. Wrigley’s world-famous brands—including Extra®, Orbit®, Doublemint® and 5™ chewing gums, as well as confectionery brands Skittles®, Starburst®, Altoids® and Life Savers®—create simple pleasures for consumers every day. With operations in approximately 50 countries and distribution in more than 180 countries, Wrigley’s brands bring smiles to faces around the globe. The assignment: Wrigley asked Accelerator students to be front-end innovators in the office space, in order to create new break experiences in the workplace. The result: Accelerator teams presented their research and findings to an executive panel from Wrigley. The top two teams presented to Wrigley’s Executive Board, which included Casey Keller, President of Wrigley Americas. The winning team of eight students secured an internship with Wrigley in July to implement their findings.
Hilary Horvatits Vanderbilt Accelerator | 2015
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VANDERBILT SUMMER BUSINESS INSTITUTE
DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS. DEVELOP YOUR SKILLS. DEFINE “What Accelerator has taught me is that I am capable of pursuing my dreams. It has developed me into a leader and team member I didn’t know I could be.”
Vanderbilt Accelerator | 2015 Undergraduate Institution: Washington and Lee University Undergraduate Major: Economics and Politics Anticipated Graduation Year: 2016
“I learned a lot about the business world and bettered myself not only as a student, but also as a person. It’s a very fulfilling experience.”
Vanderbilt Accelerator | 2015 Undergraduate Institution: Colgate University Undergraduate Major: History and Political Science Anticipated Graduation Year: 2017
“I went into it not knowing very much about myself or my role in the business world, but afterwards I feel like I have a better idea of what my next career steps are.”
Vanderbilt Accelerator | 2015 Undergraduate Institution: Vanderbilt University Undergraduate Major: Asian Studies Anticipated Graduation Year: 2017
“I would say that this is as close to a real-world consulting experience as you can get without being a full-time consultant. Phenomenal experience overall.“
Vanderbilt Accelerator | 2014 Undergrad Institution: Vanderbilt University Undergrad Major: Economics & Mathematics Anticipated Graduation Year: 2016
NE YOUR GOALS. Accelerator gives you classroom learning in the business fundamentals—from marketing and branding to finance, operations and logistics—all from Vanderbilt’s world-class faculty. But that’s just the beginning. On top of that, you’ll learn how to work in teams on projects for real companies, with invaluable advice and feedback from faculty and MBA coaches on everything from your business ideas to your presentation skills. You’ll receive career counseling, too, which will help you sharpen your interviewing and networking skills, as well as develop your résumé. You’ll be hard-pressed to find another summer program that gives you so much in 28 days.
Accelerator Bounce Back Scholarship: Accelerator alumni who apply for and are accepted to an Owen Graduate School of Management degree program are automatically granted a $5,000 scholarship applied toward tuition for that program.
We’re a different type of business school. We’re competitive, not cutthroat. We lead with ideas, not egos. We’re adding to our repertoire and our résumés, all at once.
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