Expand your professional skill set and gain a competitive advantage in finding an outstanding full-time job by participating in the new Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy. This select opportunity is a two-course sequence that helps students develop advanced leadership, project management, and professional communication skills and then apply them to a semester-long strategic management consulting project. The first course, Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy I (ELA I) will help students hone their leadership and project management skills. Through weekly discussions, guest speakers, and applied activities, ELA I will prepare you to actively manage and lead all phases of a business project. Topics covered include client management, advanced project management skills, professional communications, how to have tough conversations at work, and how to structure and lead a meeting for optimal results.

After completing ELA I, students will be prepared for the second course in the sequence, Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy II (ELA II). Students enrolled in ELA II will work in small groups under the direction of experienced entrepreneurs and C-level executives to provide strategic management consulting services to Iowa-based organizations.. Students will independently communicate with their client, learn to employ the latest techniques for assessing competitive markets and identifying growth opportunities, and ultimately develop recommendations and prepare a final report for their client. It will be a great opportunity to enhance a student’s resume and expand their professional network.


Criteria to Apply

  1. Currently a third-year student with 75 semester hours of completed coursework as of Jan. 16, 2024 
  2. 3.0 cumulative OR major GPA 
  3. Completion of course prerequisites as follows:
  • Management majors (NOTE: must be declared Entrepreneurial Management track): MGMT:2100 Introduction to Managment 
  • Enterprise Leadership majors: ENTRE:2000 Entrepreneurship and Innovation OR ENTR:3350 Entrepreneurial Strategy 
  • Entrepreneurial Management or Technical Entrepreneurship certificate students: ENTRE:2000 Entrepreneurship and Innovation OR ENTR:3350 Entrepreneurial Strategy 

Application Components
As part of the application for ELA, students will be asked to submit the following:

  1. Short personal statement: In 200 words or less, please share why you are interested in joining the Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy. What do you hope to gain from this experience and how do you envision applying the skills that you learn?
  2. Updated resume (one page max)
  3. One letter of recommendation: Recommendation should be from a faculty member, supervisor, or someone who can reasonably speak to your professional skills and leadership qualities. 

Deadline to apply: Friday, March 8, 2024

Contact Courtney McClellan with any questions regarding the application.