USD Offers Boost to New Job Seekers

Summer Business Institute Geared toward Liberal Arts, Humanities, Science Majors and Recent Graduates

Regardless of their chosen major, many college students will find themselves in a business environment after graduation. College students and recent graduates who want to boost their opportunities no matter what their major might be can take advantage of a new program offered by the University of San Diego.

The Summer Business Institute is an intensive program that provides an opportunity for current college students and recent college graduates to immerse themselves in business topics. The Institute takes place from May 29 to June 22 and focuses on developing business skills needed to succeed in the current marketplace.

"Whether students choose to pursue careers in law, education, health care or other fields, their future in today's workplace is greatly enhanced by a foundational understanding of business concepts and exposure to the language of business," said Jason Lemon, dean of USD's Division of Professional and Continuing Education.

The Summer Business Institute is offered by USD's School of Business Administration in partnership with the Division of Professional and Continuing Education to help students learn from experts and build a foundation of business skills in accounting, finance, marketing, management, organizational behavior, international business, economics and corporate social responsibility. The summer program helps students differentiate themselves and network with business faculty and local business leaders. In addition to learning from business experts who will translate academic learning into practical applications, students can also take advantage of career services support for resume building, networking, and learning negotiation skills.

Other prestigious universities around the country, including Stanford and Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business, are offering similar programs. USD's program is the first of its kind in southern California for college students.

"We believe this is a valuable investment that will give students a competitive edge because they will understand how to apply business principles to any career choice and position," Lemon said. "In addition, students will be able to add completion of the Summer Business Institute to their resume and educational experience, or show a future employer their team project and use their newly acquired skills for networking, interviewing and salary negotiations."

USD's School of Business Administration is ranked 40th in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek for undergraduate business education and was awarded an A+ for teaching quality. The school is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the premier business school accrediting body.

The cost for the program is $8,000 and includes instruction, books, learning materials, room, board, and excursions for the program. Applications for priority enrollment will be accepted through April 20, after which applications will be on a space available basis. For more information go to or call (619) 260-4585.

The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls some 7,800 undergraduate and graduate students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The fall 2007 establishment of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies brings the University's total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Leadership and Education Sciences, Law and Nursing and Health Sciences.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.