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ELC Projects

Build valuable project management, communication and presentation skills while serving as a consultant in the business world. As a member of an Experiential Learning Center (ELC) team, you will work with a faculty coach and other NIU graduate and undergraduate students tackling a challenge faced by a real organization. ALL business majors are encouraged to apply as projects have a cross functional focuses.

ELC Application Process

Check back for the Fall 2014 application dates and deadlines.

For more information please contact: Joan Petros at (815) 753-8414 or jpetros@niu.edu.

Summer 2014 Project

Introducing an International experiential learning opportunity!

Business Reinforcement Program: Plan Padrinos

The Plan Padrinos is an international experience in which students act as junior consultants for small businesses in Colombia with other students from around the globe. The program is based out of Universidad Externado de Colombia in Bogota, which is one of the most prestigious private universities in Colombia.

Plan Padrinos allows small businesses to gain valuable business guidance and fresh perspectives from business students. Students gain leadership skills, self-confidence, and the experience of applying business knowledge to a real organization. In total, the program has worked with over 1,300 students from all over the world and 780 companies.

Two NIU business students will be selected to participate virtually on an international team during the weeks of May 19 – June 14. Travel to Bogota, Colombia will take place June 8 – 15 with transportation and most meals provided. During the trip to Bogota, students will work directly with a small business, providing business guidance. Joan Petros will accompany the students. If you are interested in participating in an international student consulting experience, please apply for this project. You will be contributing your ideas and talents to the development of a small firm in Colombia. All business majors may apply.

To learn more, watch this YouTube video Or, complete a Google search and select the video with the title: Business Reinforcement Program: PLAN PADRINOS