Why You Need to Get to Washington Business Week
Washington Business Week is committed to providing high school students with university-level, experiential learning and hands-on mentorship from industry leaders. If the fact that more than 60,000 high school students have participated in Washington Business Week doesn’t convince you to attend, then here are a few more reasons:
- Have Fun— You will learn a lot from this intensive real-world experience, and you can also expect to have a great time! Some fun activities include dances, a talent show, a volleyball tournament, movies, exploring the campus, and just hanging out with new friends.
- Live on Campus— Get a glimpse of college life, living in the dorms and eating college food.
- Build Your Resume— Hundreds of businesses sponsor Washington Business Week by donating money and volunteering employee time. Their investment in this program is an investment in their future workforce. By having Washington Business Week on your resume you will stand out to future employers.
- Improve Your College Application— Many colleges and universities screen applicants based on their involvement in programs like Washington Business Week. Having our program on your application is a definite boost. Plus, your Company Advisors might also write a referral letter to help you get into the college of your choice.
- Earn 2 College Credits— Through our partnership with Edmonds Community College you can even earn 2 elective college credits just for successfully completing the program!
- Win a College Scholarship— Scholarships are available through support from local businesses, partners and universities.
No idea what you want to do after high school?
If you’re unsure as to what you want to do for a career, no problem. In fact, that is one of the best parts of the Washington Business Week teen summer program. It is designed to help you figure out what career paths interest you! Our summer programs and pathways give you the low down on the ins-and-outs of careers in business, healthcare, and manufacturing. In fact, this is one of the only teen summer programs in Washington that brings in professionals from a wide variety of career fields who are interested in one thing—YOU! Their goal is to help you see how your talents and skills translate into the professional world.
Not interested in a career in business?
If you’re into sports, running a company can be as difficult as bringing together a squad of athletes. If you’re artistic, you’ll have an opportunity to create new products, trade show displays, and other marketing materials. If you’re into numbers, there’s business math, spreadsheets and other financial challenges. If you haven’t got a clue, just trust us and hold on for a fun-filled week.
You can’t avoid being involved in the business world. If you use a computer, drive a car, buy candy bars, participate in sports, or have a doctor’s appointment, you are engaged in “business stuff.” It’s part of life. It’s also very important that you understand how business works. We promise that Business Week is going to make your life easier because you’re going to be smarter about how the real world works. Remember, business is in everything!
Who Can Attend Washington Business Week?
- Any current high school student — grades 9–12 (including graduating seniors).
- Any type of schooling — students attending public, private, internet or home schools are invited to participate.
- No business experience necessary — whether you’ve taken every business class at your school or have never done anything in business before, our unique program and interesting pathways will challenge you without overwhelming you.
- No GPA requirements — All that is required is that you come with an open mind and an excitement to learn about business and careers.
What About Students Who Don’t Live in Washington or the Northwest?
Out-of-region students are welcome to attend our programs. Each summer we have a number of international students attend, too. Any student residing outside of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, or Alaska will be required to pay the full $1,620 tuition, as student sponsorships are from Northwest businesses. Please contact the Business Week office at firstname.lastname@example.org to set-up a payment plan, if necessary. Your state may have a similar program—visit BizKids to learn more.