Summer Business Academy

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The most innovative, productive and successful organizations attract prepared leaders and managers from a wide range of business sectors spanning an increasingly diverse workforce. Professionals from historically underrepresented groups are advancing into leadership roles across many professional areas and as a result, are being recognized as essential additions to the functioning of current and future business, government, and entrepreneurial organizations in the Baltimore-Washington region, the nation, and the world.

To facilitate the growth and cultivation of diverse leaders in the region and beyond, we created the Carey Summer Business Academy (Carey SBA). Its goal is to support the graduate business exploration of rising college juniors and seniors by offering exposure to the latest management and leadership theory and applications. This takes the form of a one-week academically-centered experience that offers participants a robust learning environment to enhance their knowledge of business education and how a graduate degree can fit into professional development. The residential program provides participants with both experiential learning and real-life consulting experience. 

Participants have a unique Johns Hopkins Carey Business School experience with exposure to current leadership practices and models such as design thinking, case training and competitions, roundtable discussions with alumni, project-based learning opportunities to work on problems faced by local businesses, and one-on-one training with Carey Business School experts, along with engaging community leaders and diverse perspectives in Baltimore City. The week culminates with students presenting their findings and recommendations via an actual case analysis to a panel of expert judges from a local sponsoring organization. 

The Carey SBA program includes:

“Explore Your Leadership Skills” Sessions

Participants will explore their passion with this deep-dive series of industry-specific workshops that explore and build upon their career interests.

Career Workshops

Led by Carey’s Career Development Office, these workshops are geared toward participants’ experience levels with a focus on career assessment, coaching, and overall career support to help clarify their interests. In the process, students develop critical insights into their personal brand, as well as skills in articulating a value proposition and a winning pitch. 

Corporate Visits

Corporate visits give participants the opportunity to view workplaces first-hand and network with professionals in a variety of fields. Participants gain exposure to the diverse corporate landscape of the Maryland-Delaware-Washington, D.C. region, including the areas of finance, energy, health care, and more. Previous visits have included such industry leaders as Exelon and Under Armour.  

Admissions Criteria

Participants are selected based on academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, and personal characteristics. Because the Summer Business Academy is designed to help promote educational diversity and opportunity in business, we also take into consideration additional criteria of the applicant:

Identifies as a member of a group that is currently underrepresented in business schools and corporate America (e.g., African American, Black, Hispanic, Native American, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender); 

Is the first family member to attend college, or from a family with little business education or experience; and

Is from a school whose graduates are historically underrepresented (e.g., attends an HBCU, Women’s College/University or attends a community college as part of a four-year degree).

International students are not eligible.

Program Location
Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
100 International Drive
Baltimore, MD 21202

For more information, please contact:
Roger Williams
Senior Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
(410) 234-9277

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