This summer, Denison proudly presents a specially curated suite of free summer programs that will sharpen thinking, build skills and forge experiences and connections that will put students ahead in careers and academics.
Essentials of Business 2020
Business exploration to boost your resume and help you win at work from day one.
Through Essentials of Business 2020, students will gain practical, resume-boosting experience highly valued by companies. Students will apply liberal arts thinking to commercial problems, connect personally and build their network with influential business leaders, and gain skills to prepare for success from day one in any career.
Presenters and Leaders
Leveraging the university’s extraordinary alumni network and corporate community connections, our list of presenters and program leaders grows daily. Students will learn from and work with C-Suite and other executives from Fortune 500 companies and innovative start-ups, including Matt Harrington ’84 (Edelman), James Anderson ’85 (WarnerMedia), Melissa McManamy ’96 (Accenture), Ty Henkaline (Singularity University), Jeanine Bassett (General Mills), and many more.
Choose a specific functional track from the following:
- Finance & Accounting
Learn from finance and management executives as you dive into topics covering corporate finance, investment banking, commercial banking, private equity, venture capital, insurance and public accounting and more.
- Human Resources & Recruiting
Learn about professional and organizational development, diversity in the workplace, compensation and benefits and other human capital topics as you work with and learn from talent experts from Fortune 500 companies, consulting firms and more.
- Information Technology & Data
Work with and learn from corporate data scientists and career data consultants as you dive into cloud computing, network systems, business intelligence, consulting, information security, software web development and more.
- Marketing & Sales
Explore advertising, brand management, content marketing, digital marketing, public relations and more with marketing and brand executives from Fortune 500 companies and award-winning creative agencies.
Schedule Overview: June 1 - July 2
The time commitment will vary based on the student’s choice of functional track and optional sessions. Students will devote approximately 6 to 10 hours per week in a combination of online learning courses, skill-building workshops, and one-on-one coaching.
After an online kick off with Denison alumni, parents and career staff, students will jump into business basics through online, self-paced learning modules that are beneficial to all students (regardless of major or interest areas) including Business Fundamentals and Excel. The modules will be complemented by alumni panels and presentations to help students contextualize their learning. This introductory week will also introduce students to the four functional tracks. At the end of the week, students will meet individually with a Knowlton Center Career Coach to reflect on their experiences during the week, choose a functional track focus area for the remainder of the experience, and set goals for the remainder of the program.
During the following three weeks, students will build upon their knowledge and skills in a broad functional track of their choice. During this part of the program, students will continue to access a combination of online resources, members of the Denison community, and business leaders. Within the selected functional track, students will take a deeper dive through the following types of sessions:
- Fundamentals: Required and elective modules from LinkedIn Learning and OnBoard
- The Function in Practice: Live sessions with alumni, parents and friends of Denison to provide an insider look into the workplace.
In addition, all students will have the opportunity to participate in the following types of sessions:
- Skill Building: Project Management, Creativity in the Workplace, Strategy, Leadership
- Innovators, Leaders, & Disruptors: Trends and current hot topics such as: Corporate Social Responsibility, Women in Leadership, Global/International Business, Why Coding Matters
During the final week of the program students will have the opportunity to participate in an alumni- or parent-led project to consolidate and apply their learning from the prior four weeks. These experiential sessions may include:
- A short-term consulting project for the leader’s organization
- A crash course in a particular interest area for the students
- A thorough review of a business-style case study provided by the group leader
The Red Frame Internship
Real businesses. Real problems. Real insider connections. Total Denison support.
Through a five-week hands-on consulting project, participants will gain real-world experience while being supported, coached and mentored at every turn by a facilitation group of staff, alumni and business leaders. By the end of five weeks, student-consultants will have seen multiple business problems through from start to solution.
As a Red Frame Intern, participants might be asked to:
- Review digital customer engagement data for insights to improve newly implemented digital customer service tools.
- Create new journey maps for customers to reduce points of friction, or to develop ideas for re-branding a product or service.
- Envision entirely novel solutions that help a client increase efficiency while simultaneously improving the quality of experience.
Schedule Overview: May 26 - June 26
To ensure participants gain substance and value, students will spend about 20 hours/week engaged in this opportunity. (No, not on Zoom the whole time!).
- Morning session (between 10-Noon Eastern): All participants together as a full group—gaining exposure to tools, knowledge and resources that will make our project outcomes more successful.
- Afternoon session (1-3 hours): Participants work on their own or within their team.
Lisska Summer Mini Courses
Engage in intellectual conversation with your favorite faculty members and fellow students as you explore topics including political ideologies, the legacy of the Vietnam war, food history across time and culture, and even GRE preparation.
Topics and Presenters
- Political Ideologies (with Dr. Pool)
- Economic Justice (with Dr. Burczak)
- Plagues and Peoples: From the Black Death to Covid-19 (with Dr. Davis)
- In Touch/Out of Touch: Creatively Crafting a New Normal (with Sara Abou Rashed)
- The Legacy of the Vietnam War (Dr. Katz)
- A Hopeful Book Club for an Uncertain Time (with Sarah Scheuer and Elena Rogers) will meet for 6 weeks, every 2 weeks. Books will include Wild by Cheryl Strayed, When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, and The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
- Applying to Medical School and Dental School (with Sam Swentosky and guest speakers). Topics include the application process, the MCAT, DAT, and campus visits
- Food History Across Time and Culture (with Alexandra Dayka)
- GRE Study Group (with Jess Spitzer and guest speakers)
- Forging Creativity in Isolation (with Adam Venrick and Scotia McMullen)
- Intro to Excel: tips and tricks to make your life easier (with Matthew Kelsey)
- Crafting your Career in the Arts (with Michael Morrison and Katherine Peter in the Eisner Center): The Eisner Center is offering a series of panel discussions with recent grads and professionals working in the fine arts. We’ll talk through questions and anxieties about pursuing a career in the arts with young alumni and folks who have walked that path and have insights to share. We’ll take a closer look at areas such as arts administration, arts marketing, and production (sound, lights, projection) with an eye towards the practical steps of developing a career in the arts. Sessions will last about an hour, and students can opt in or out of the sessions as they like.
Courses are filling up fast. Interested students should contact the Lisska Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Level-Up Leadership Challenge
Take your leadership to the next level! Learn alongside veteran student leaders and alumni who will share their tips and tricks for building strong teams and getting things done. This seminar is ideal for both emerging leaders in campus organizations and experienced leaders looking to strengthen their club or team.
Program Sequence and Topics
Each of the two tracks of the Level-Up Leadership Challenge lasts one week, or “double-up” by completing both weeks. Sessions will occur daily, Monday through Thursday between 1:00-3:00 PM ET. Each day will conclude with a leadership challenge activity that applies the content of the day to real-world leadership situations on campus. Participants are expected to commit to the full eight hours of a track to complete the Challenge.
Each session will be co-facilitated by a veteran student-leader and a knowledgeable content expert from the Denison staff/faculty. Participants will work in small cohorts designed to provide space for rich feedback and putting ideas into action.
The Leadership Fundamentals track emphasizes the core leadership competencies to build successful teams. But don’t expect cookie-cutter lectures! Each session will be facilitated by a content expert in that area. Plus, the time will be focused on putting the principles to work for your organization or team. Come ready to use practical skills to address real-world leadership challenges.
Graduates of the Leadership Fundamentals track will be prepared to:
- Plan and run an effective meeting
- Create goals that align with a group’s purpose and vision
- Motivate teams and reduce group apathy
- Delegate tasks and adopt strategies for project completion
- Build effective teams and manage group conflict
- Network and collaborate with key partners and stakeholders
Being a leader is a personal commitment, and that means that it can affect all aspects of a leader’s life and well-being. The Leader-Wellness track examines the holistic practice of leadership and the skills that can help sustain leaders and teams over time. Students will learn to practice resilient and balanced leadership on campus and beyond.
Graduates of the Leader-Wellness Track will be prepared to:
- Set balanced personal and team boundaries
- Practice skills for resilient leadership
- Network and build mentor-mentee relationships
- Apply personal strengths towards team leadership and management.
- Analyze ethical leadership dilemmas
Win the Challenge!
Finish each of the daily challenge activities to complete the Level-Up Leadership Challenge, then document your achievement! Graduates will be equipped with the leadership skills that employers are looking for. Better yet, the Level-Up Leadership Challenge is designed to prepare positively impact our Denison community through student leadership roles on campus. Apply the daily challenges to your campus org and “level-up” what your club achieves next year!