You are here: Home / News Release Archives / 2013 / July / High School Students Learn About Penn State, Business Majors in Two-Week Summer Program

High School Students Learn About Penn State, Business Majors in Two-Week Summer Program

At the end of June, more than 20 high school students—some from as far away as California and Texas—gathered at Penn State for the Business Opportunities Summer Session (BOSS) at the Smeal College of Business.
July 25, 2013

2013 Business Opportunities Summer Session participants
More than 20 rising high school seniors attended the 2013 Business Opportunities Summer Session program this summer.
At the end of June, more than 20 high school students—some from as far away as California and Texas—gathered at Penn State for the Business Opportunities Summer Session (BOSS) at the Smeal College of Business.

The two-week program, focused on giving underrepresented students a close-up look at Penn State and business education, brought students to campus to live in dorms, take real classes, and meet students, faculty, and staff in Smeal and across the University.

“One of the great benefits of this program is that students get to spend time on campus and really see what it’s like, not just to take classes but to be a part of the Penn State community.”

“Students come to BOSS because they’re interested in business and trying to decide if it’s the path for them,” said Jamie Campbell, Smeal’s assistant dean of diversity enhancement programs. “While they’re here, we educate them on what business majors are available and give them the opportunity to see diverse populations in administrative, faculty, and student roles here at Smeal and in the University as a whole.”

While here, students actually get to try out business curriculum. They attend sessions in subjects like business writing, finance, marketing, business law, actuarial science, ethics, and supply chain.

Participants also had the opportunity to visit Ernst and Young, one of the corporate partners supporting the BOSS program, to network with executives there and get a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to work at a Big Four firm.

Throughout the two weeks, students work in teams to create and design their own businesses. They give a final presentation at the end, demonstrating their creativity and the things they’ve learned in their classes.

“The participants create and develop their own ideas, and in the six years we’ve run this program, we’ve still never seen the same business idea presented twice,” said Campbell.

But the program isn’t all classes and homework. Led by four Smeal student chaperones, the participants were introduced to the University and the surrounding town as real college students. They attended a State College Spikes baseball game, used the White Building for recreation, and even took a trip to nearby DelGrosso’s Amusement Park, all while learning the complexities of running a state-of-the-art baseball stadium and amusement park.

“One of the great benefits of this program is that students get to spend time on campus and really see what it’s like, not just to take classes but to be a part of the Penn State community,” said Campbell. “Even if they don’t end up choosing a business major, we would still love to see these students choose Penn State.”

Recent News
Price-Fixing Whistleblower and FBI Informant To Deliver Shoemaker Lecture at Penn State 15 Oct

Mark Whitacre, the corporate whistleblower who revealed price fixing at Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) and spent more than eight years in federal prison for tax evasion and fraud, will deliver a lecture entitled “When Good Leaders Lose Their Way” from 6 to 7:15 p.m. on Nov. 6 in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus.

Penn State Executive Programs Receives Gold Award for Junior Achievement Partnership 14 Oct

For its work with Junior Achievement USA, Penn State Executive Programs has won Chief Learning Officer magazine's highest executive education partnership award. The 2014 Gold award for Excellence in Academic Partnerships recognizes academic institutions that have partnered in the past year with an organization to teach its employees about a key business issue.

Urban Outfitters, Inc. Chief Development Officer Discusses Leadership and Challenges, Opportunities in the Fashion Retail Industry 10 Oct

David Ziel, chief development officer of Urban Outfitters, Inc., spoke to a full audience in the Struthers Auditorium of the Business Building today, as part of the college’s Executive Insights series.

Urban Outfitters, Inc. Chief Development Officer David Ziel to Speak at Smeal Leadership Lecture Series 01 Oct

David Ziel, chief development officer of Urban Outfitters, Inc. will share his perspectives on business and leadership with the Penn State Smeal College of Business on Friday, October 10. His visit is part of the college’s Executive Insights series and the Melvin Jacobs Retail Leadership Lecture Series.

Penn State Smeal MBA Students Use Improv Comedy to Enhance Communication Skills 30 Sep

During their two-week orientation to the program, members of the Penn State Smeal MBA Class of 2016 called upon improvisation comedy techniques to improve their communication and networking skills in a session with CSz Business. A new initiative this year, the MBA Improv Communications session offers a number of exercises aimed at improving listening skills, brainstorming techniques, and teamwork.

More Recent News... More Recent News...