Our Summer Programs
In just seven days, Washington Business Week places students in a dynamic simulation where they role play as industry professionals, launch a company, sharpen their communication skills, and solve real-world challenges.
Students take the lead as their team races against the clock to develop a world-changing idea and pitch it to potential investors at the end-of-week competition. Guided by a mentor from a local business, students learn to work as a team, explore careers, take a test run of university life, build a network with professionals and future leaders, earn college credit, and maybe even win a scholarship.
Each day students and their companies dive into real-world business simulation in the career pathway they’ve chosen. Students make “real life” decisions as a team and participate in interactive projects with other teen companies. Business leaders from around the state share their experiences and challenges, and provide valuable insight and direction as they mentor the teams.
It’s not all work, though! There are also plenty of opportunities for fun during the week including dances, campus tours, a talent show, and plenty of free time activities!
For 41 years, we have provided 60,000 high school students with a competitive edge on college readiness, career advancement, and overall life success. Discover what thousands of young people now know about themselves – how to make an amazing impact in the 21st-century workplace.
Summer Program Locations, Pathways and Dates
Seattle University | Seattle, WA | June 25 – July 1, 2017
Business, Advanced Business, Healthcare
Registration Deadline: June 13
Gonzaga University | Spokane, WA | July 9 – 15, 2017
Business, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Agri-Energy
Registration Deadline: July 5
Pacific Lutheran University | Tacoma, WA | July 23 – 29
Business, Advanced Business and Healthcare
Registration Deadline: July 18
Summer Programs Facts
- 49% of Summer Program attendees receive financial assistance
- 100% receive college credit (2 transferable credits from Edmonds Community College)
- Students come from 27 of the 39 Washington counties
- 530 students attended Summer Programs in 2016
Praise from Our Alumni
“What an awesome experience it is to be surrounded by adults and mentors that push you to achieve your highest potential!” – Jordan, Oak Harbor High School
“I think that having this opportunity was an excellent stepping stone on her path to transition from high school to college.” – Gonzaga Healthcare Week Parent
“I loved that we were given independence; we made our own decisions on how to run our company.” – Megan, Issaquah High School
“He just seems much more…mature. He has more focus and more confidence regarding what he wants and what he needs to do to get it.” – Pacific Lutheran Business Week Parent