For college undergraduates — and recent grads — looking for a crash course in business skills to help land a job, summer bridge programs offer enormous benefits, as the Wall Street Journal reports in a story today. Designed for students whose colleges don’t have an undergraduate business program, summer business institutes like Vanderbilt’s Accelerator help round out a traditional liberal-arts education for employers seeking candidates with relevant business skills.
At Vanderbilt, for example, students receive 100 hours of classroom instruction from the same faculty members that teach in the Owen Graduate School of Management‘s top-ranked MBA program. In addition, student groups work on real-world projects for major companies like Bridgestone, Sony Music Entertainment, FedEx, and HCA Healthcare. At the end of each session, executives from these companies critique the projects, offering students both valuable business lessons and opportunities for personal interaction.