Albers School of Business and Economics
Centers and Programs

Summer Business Institute

  • An on-campus experience for college-bound juniors from African-American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American Indian heritages.


    The Program

    The Albers Summer Business Institute (SBI) offers high school juniors the opportunity to explore various aspects of university life. Whether you are interested in business or economics, we provide students the experience of staying in university dorms, taking classes taught by university professors, visiting the corporate headquarters of our program sponsors, and much more. The curriculum includes hands-on classes in such business areas as marketing, finance, economics, accounting, business law, ethics, international business, and management. You will learn what it really takes to earn a degree and how to select the college that is right for you.

    During the four days you will be on campus as an SBI student, current Seattle University students will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and provide you with guidance in your coursework. In addition, there is plenty of time for social activities and getting to know the Seattle University campus.

    “We are pleased to be able to bring these outstanding high school students to campus and introduce them to the possibilities of studying business and a career in business,” said Joe Phillips, dean of the Albers School of Business and Economics. “Many businesses are striving for a diverse work force and are actively seeking students of color with business degrees. There will be many opportunities for these students and they need to know what their career options will be with the right preparation.”

    The first Summer Business Institute, with 18 students, took place June 23 - 26, 2003. Albers partnered with Gary Thomas, instructor of business and marketing at Garfield High School, to coordinate the SBI program and help identify a good mix of students who have the necessary grades and coursework to attend college.

    2008 SBI participant Alyssa Vaughan, a senior at University Prep in Seattle, said of her experience, “I learned a lot about the business world and specifically what I would like to study while in college. We went to companies such as Costco and Qwest and learned about their techniques for success. The program really taught me a lot to help with my future.”

    Lexie Rindler was both a participant and later a counselor with SBI. Read about her experiences on both sides of the program.

    Carl Marino took over the position of Director of SBI in 2009. He built upon the solid foundation that Thomas established.

    Beginning in 2015, Duron Jones transitioned into the role of SBI Director. Duron has over eight years of service in education. He is not only an alumnus of Seattle University (Business Management major), but also an alumnus of Seattle Public Schools. He has worked with both students and adults on college and career access & planning, international & summer programs (including SBI), and developing innovative school models. In 2014, Duron was awarded the Spirit of Community Award by Seattle University's Center for Service & Community Engagement.