Welcome High School Students
Summer Business Institute
The Portland State University Summer Business Institute (SBI) is a unique opportunity for high school students to explore the world of business with PSU business faculty and local business leaders. The institute will focus on diversity within the business community in Oregon, enabling students to gain experience through the lens of B corporations, social responsibility and sustainability. The institute is specially designed for students of color and those with culturally diverse backgrounds.
The Summer Business Institute looks forward to welcoming historically underserved/underrepresented rising high school sophomores and juniors from throughout Oregon, SW Washington and beyond to experience college first-hand and prepare for a successful enrollment and college career. Students meet with Portland business leaders, engage in college-level coursework, and participate in a community of peers from across the state.
The 2020 Summer Business Institute will be entirely remote over the course of nine days, and the daily time commitment is about two to four hours depending on their progress on their group project. We are able to offer loaner laptops or tablets to students who may need them.
- Participants will choose from the following:
- Participate in a discussion with an industry partner (content: partner's background and journey to their current career).
- Take a virtual tour of local business.
- Participate in an industry panel discussion in collaboration with our Athletic & Outdoor students.
- The Pitch:
- Students work with a group mentor (current or former PSU Business Student) and create a pitch topic and presentation for the final.
- Two hours daily commitment (potentially more hours as the final pitch approaches).
- Shark Tank Style Pitch:
- July 31 - The group meetings will be scheduled based on student and mentor schedules.
- The duration is based on the group's progress on the pitch and the mentor's lead.
- Final Pitch:
- July 30 - Students pitch their business idea to a panel of judges. The "winning" Pitch group will have the opportunity to apply for the Oregon CleanTech Challenge and continue to work with PSU as they participate.
Throughout the program students will:
- Learn various areas in business such as Marketing, Accounting, Business Law, Ethics, Management, and Leadership.
- Attend workshops on the admission process, financial aid, and financial literacy.
- Earn one elective credit to utilize at PSU and other accredited colleges and universities throughout the United States.
The School of Business welcomes an opportunity to have us host an SBI information session for parents and students at your school or organization. If you would like to set up an information session and or have any additional questions, please contact Evan T. Green (email@example.com).
SBI program participation is based on the rising grade level of enrolled high school sophomores and juniors.
The 2020 SBI will be entirely online.
I was inspired to sign up for SBI because I was interested in business and thought it would be a great opportunity to learn more about it, I absolutely loved my SBI experiences! I got to attend classes, visit local businesses, and make lots of new connections.
- Karina Antunez-Dian, '22
Apply to the Summer Business Institute
The Summer Business Institute application is due no later than July 10 by 5 p.m.
Essays and letters of recommendation can be automatically uploaded to the online application.
Supporting financial documentation must be mailed to:
The School of Business
PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97207
C/o Evan T. Green Summer Business Institute
Acceptance and Notification
The Summer Business Institute Program will send you a notification via email that your application was received. We are unable to accept telephone calls regarding the status of student applications while they are processed. Students will be sent a letter by email and receive a phone call regarding the outcome of their application within two weeks of each submission deadline.
Timeline - Dates below are subject to change
|January 17, 2020||Summer Business Institute application opens|
|May 31, 2020||Early bird registration deadline (No program fee)|
|June 15, 2020||Pre-Registration deadline ($25 program fee)|
|July 10, 2020||Registration deadline ($50 program fee)|
|July 20-31, 2020||SBI Program begins at PSU campus|
|July 31, 2020||SBI Pitch Fest|
Summer Business Institute FAQs
My child is currently an 11th grader. Will they participate in the 11th grade program or the 12th grade program?
SBI program participation is based on the rising grade level of enrollment for the summer of 2018 school year. Current 10th graders will participate as 11th graders and current 11th graders will participate as 12th graders.
Will there be a parent meeting to learn more about the program?
Parent meetings will be held at select schools prior to the application due date. Contact your school’s gifted coordinator, administrator, or counselor to learn if a parent meeting can/will be offered. You may also contact SBI to learn about parent meetings held at other schools.
Who provides the teacher recommendation?
Applicants should ask a teacher, counselor, or coach to complete the recommendation. The recommender should be a person who can evaluate the applicant’s academic performance and potential for success at SBI.
Recommenders may access the recommendation form here. It is the participant’s responsibility to ask their recommender ahead of time, provide the link for accessing the form, and follow up with them to verify completion of the form by the application deadline.
How are courses assigned?
All Summer Business Institute participants will receive one free business elective credit via an official transcript upon their completion of the program. This elective can be transferred to any university, though we hope you will use it toward a PSU degree. Each student must attend every single day of the Institute in order to receive this free credit.
Does my child have to attend the entire session?
Participants are required to participate for the entire duration in order to gain the full experience of the program as well as to pass and earn the college credit. Students who are not available for the entirety of the program should consider applying next year.
When are parents expected to pay the program fee?
Due to the tremendous amount of financial support from our community partners and local organizations in conjunction with the Portland State University School of Business participation in SBI is $50. Each participant must commit to attending every single day of the institute and students and their parent/guardian(s) will be notified of their admission status in May. At this time, participants will be asked to sign and send in a Non-Degree Entry form with the $50 registering the participant for the 1 credit course. Participants will also sign a contract stating that if the participant drops out from SBI two weeks from the start date of the Institute the participant will not be refunded the $50 used to hold their spot in the program.
Can my child reapply to the Summer Business Institute?
Yes! SBI is designed to deliver a unique experience. Participants are encouraged to reapply as many years as they are eligible.