Accelerator

Students share why the Vanderbilt Accelerator program is unique.

ACCELERATOR® OVERVIEW

As you consider what’s next in your career preparation, you might be wrestling with questions like these: “Where can I learn business fundamentals if I’m not majoring in business?” Or, “How can I get real-world experience while I’m still in college?” Or even, “What are the benefits of doing a summer business internship?” With Accelerator, you don’t have to choose between learning business fundamentals or gaining real-world experience. You get both in just 28 days. Vanderbilt’s Accelerator®—Summer Business Institute is a four-week certificate program for college students and recent graduates that combines classroom learning with real consulting projects. You’ll be taught business fundamentals by Vanderbilt’s world-class faculty, and then you’ll put that knowledge to work devising solutions to business challenges for companies like American Airlines, Coca-Cola, FedEx, Wrigley and Habitat for Humanity. Throughout the summer business program, you’ll also receive career coaching and leadership development to help you grow personally and professionally. Read more about this unique program in The Vanderbilt Advantage.    

Spotlight

David Noel

SEO Specialist, Eyeball Digital

Two years after graduation from college, David Noel had begun a promising career. But he still wasn’t sure what kind of career he really wanted. So he invested 30 days in Accelerator, he says, “to get me out of my comfort zone and engage me in learning at an exponential pace.” He put his Accelerator experience to good use, launching his own digital company, which in turn led to a jump-started career in a whole new field.

David A. Owens

Professor for the Practice of Management and Innovation

Dave Owens is a well-established authority on innovation and new product development who has lended his expertise to Fortune 500 companies and students alike.

By the numbers

76

The percentage of time that students work as part of a consulting team in the Accelerator program.

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