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. 

    Key Features: 

    • Live in college dorms for duration of program
    • Attend business & economics classes taught by university professors in areas such as marketing, accounting, business law, ethics, management, and much more
    • Visit corporate sponsors' headquarters
    • Participate in a team business plan competition
    • Workshops on the admission process, financial aid, and financial literacy
    • Work with, as a team, an undergraduate from Seattle University's business school
    • Fun activities such as ice cream socials, usage of gym and field, and more 

    The After Program:

    The Albers Summer Business Institute is dedicated to supporting students towards the goal of some form of college after high school. Students will be invited back to campus after the completion of the program for: 

    • Personal Statement Workshop (Sept/Oct)
    • Scholarship/FAFSA Workshop (Nov/Dec/Jan) 

    Application Notes:

    If you are a member of one of the following organizations, please let us know on your application. 

    • Boys & Girls Club
    • Washington FBLA
    • Washington DECA
    • Academy of Finance
    • AVID
    • Upward Bound
    • College Access Now
    • Y Scholars 

    Program Sponsors:

    Stay tuned!

    A Word From Our Dean:

    "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."


    SBI was established in 2003. 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.

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