The Professional Business Institute (PBI) is a five-day residential business camp where students are exposed to economics, accounting, marketing, finance, management, information systems management, and entrepreneurship. You will work closely with Raj Soin College of Business faculty, staff, local business executives, and Wright State students in an experiential learning environment to help define and discover your interest in a business discipline.
You will have the opportunity to get a taste of college life by staying on campus in campus housing and the opportunity to win a $500 scholarship to Wright State University. No matter your career interest, you will benefit from a little business.
This year the Professional Business Institute will be held June 2-6, 2019.
Thank you to this year's sponsors!
- Synchrony Financial
- US Bank
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Professional Business Institute (PBI)?
PBI is a five-day residential camp for high school juniors and seniors where you work in teams to solve real business challenges. On the first day, you are introduced to the program, visit the host site, and learn about the business challenge you will be working to resolve. Over the next three days, you will take part in activities and learning sessions that provide the tools and techniques for analyzing their challenge.
On the last day, groups will pitch their recommendations to a panel of experts.
First place team members will receive a $500 scholarship towards a bachelor degree at Wright State University.
Who is eligible for PBI?
High school students who are interested in studying business and who will be sophomores (grade 10), juniors (grade 11) or seniors (grade 12) during the following academic year should apply to this program. At this time, we are unable to accept applications from students in lower grades.
When is the application deadline?
The application deadline for priority consideration is Friday, March 29, 2019. Space is limited and admission is competitive. While applications are accepted after the priority deadline, candidates will be waitlisted and granted admission only if space becomes available.
All applications require a letter of recommendation from a teacher or school counselor. Your application is considered complete once the online application form is submitted and the recommendation letter is received.
When will I know if I have been admitted?
We will notify accepted applicants during the second week of April.
How much does PBI cost?
PBI is subsidized by financial contributions from sponsors and there is no cost for you to participate. If you are admitted, you are required to submit a $50 deposit to hold your spot, but the deposit is refundable upon successful completion of the camp.
What does life look like during PBI?
PBI participants will stay on campus and are supervised 24 hours a day. Activities are planned from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. You will have access to our faculty to learn more about all the facets of business as well as experience some of the fun activities that happen on campus at Wright State.
What about my parents?
A parent or guardian must check-in along with the participant on Sunday afternoon. Your parents or guardians are invited to stay for the official welcome and the meet-and-greet with the administrators and faculty. Parents and guardians are encouraged to arrive early on Thursday to attend the final presentations and the graduation reception before check-out.
What should I wear?
During the camp, you should wear your regular, everyday clothes. For the site visit, you will need comfortable clothing and footwear. Business attire (or business casual) should be worn for the presentations on the final day.
What about food?
We will provide regular meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). You should bring their own snacks, drinks, and/or money for vending machines on campus.
Who can I talk to for more information?
For more information, please contact Ms. Franchesca Alford (937) 775-2812 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.