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This program is a collaborative effort of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and corporate partners whose goal is to broaden the employment pool, provide soft skill education, and internship development opportunities to diverse students in Engineering, Business, and Information Science & Technology (IST) majors.  The program is designed in order to help prepare underrepresented undergraduates for the seamless transition to the workplace by targeting skills with academic preparation.

In order to be considered for the program, applicants must meet the following minimum cumulative GPA of:

  • 3.0 for most Business majors;
  • 3.0 for Finance and Accounting majors;
  • 3.0 for Engineering majors; or
  • 3.0 for Information Science & Technology (IST) majors.

In addition, students must be able to work in the United States without sponsorship.  Selected students will engage in mandatory, bi-weekly developmental meetings in order to develop soft skills and business practices for a semester. During this time, students will also partake in a research project for one of the corporate partners.  Upon completion of the course, students will then intern with their respective corporate sponsors for the following summer.

The course (mandatory bi-weekly meetings) focuses on six main skills development areas most sought after in the workplace.  They include:

  • diversity and inclusion;
  • networking & branding;
  • communication skills;
  • emotional intelligence;
  • self-awareness; and
  • business professionalism.

During this program, corporate site visits will be incorporated, as well as a formal graduation dinner, where participants will present research on their corporate sponsors.

For more information about the application requirements and process, click on Apply to Program.