Summer Business Institute

A Summer Experience Committed to Business and Entrepreneurship

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It's Never Too Early to Explore the Opportunities in Business

Do you have a high school student (currently in grade 9, 10, or 11) interested in business? Are they interested in experiencing college-level entrepreneurship, marketing, and economics classes? 

The Albers Summer Business Institute (SBI) at Seattle University is a great way for them to sample the instruction, interactions, and opportunities that business school offers. SBI is a credit-bearing, project-based summer business residency for high school students focused on social entrepreneurship.

The program allows participants to explore entrepreneurship, data visualization, and other business concepts and functions in more depth. While SBI is open to all rising 9th to 12th graders, students with historically marginalized identities are strongly encouraged to apply. 

SBI 2024 Key Facts

Applications for Summer 2024 have closed.

Summer Business Institute Dates: July 15-26, 2024
Online Asynchronous: July 15-19, 2024
Residency at Seattle University: July 20-26, 2024

Who can apply: 9th through 11th grade students interested in business. Students with historically marginalized identities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Fees: Thanks to the support of our gracious sponsors, the program is free to apply and has a $50 registration deposit.

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What Students Experience at SBI

A group of students in a case roomFor over 20 years, the Summer Business Institute has given rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors a rare sneak peek of life at business school. For one week, they get to experience a wide range of activities, including:

  • Participating in undergraduate courses
  • Attending classes with university professors
  • Developing a business with a team to present in front of corporate leaders
  • Working with mentors who are undergraduates at Seattle University
  • Attending exclusive visits with our corporate partners
  • Participating in social activities
  • Experiencing dorm life
  • And much more!

Upon completion of the program, participants receive two college credits.

Why SBI?

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$50 program fee for qualified students

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Fun-filled Week

Lectures, team projects, networking, company visits, and more

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Focus on the Future

3 College Credits Upon Completion

One of the Best Summer Camps for High School Students in the Seattle Area

Two SBI students experiencing dormitory lifePast participants of SBI have been overwhelmingly positive about their experience. Out of students surveyed about the 2020 program:

  • 85% stated that the program met or exceeded their expectations
  • 85% said they would recommend the program to their peers
  • 95% said that based on this experience, they will apply to some form of post-secondary education their senior year

A number of SBI alumni have not only gone on to college but were also inspired to start their own business ventures. The program opened their eyes to the possibilities offered by the business school and gave them the confidence to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.

SBI Alumni Benefits

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Your experience with Seattle University is about more than your time with us during the summer. It is about creating opportunities for success towards your post-secondary goals. We will provide you with digital resources and support in college planning, career development, and financial literacy after you successfully complete your time with the Albers Summer Business Institute. 

What SBI alumni say about the program "A Glimpse of Business School at a Relaxed Level."

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Viola Sloniker-Tabares

"I really enjoyed the group work where we had to come up with a business idea and present it to everyone. My group came up with the idea of a mobile van that did hair. We all dressed up for the presentation. I was super proud. In the end, I got a glimpse of business school at a relaxed level. And I wouldn't have been as confident about college if I hadn't gone."

SBI participant, 2017

For Inquiries about SBI

Gerald Corporal

Program Director, Summer Business Institute

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