The ELEVATE Program at the Busch School of Business is an initiative to support students professionally and financially. ELEVATE stands for Earn while you Learn: An Experiential and Virtuous Approach To business Education. The ELEVATE Program is an innovative approach to a cooperative education model that solidifies students’ professional skill sets in partnership with employers and provides opportunities for meaningful, paid work experiences. 

Students who are accepted into the program will elevate the value of their business degrees by participating in 4, 8, or 12-month co-op experiences, full-time or part-time, with company partners. 

The program is defined by the following principles:


  • Earn

    Earnings from the program (minimum wage or above) will help you subsidize the cost of your degree.
  • Experience

    Through experiential learning, you will complement your studies and gain professional working experience above and beyond the typical internships in extended work contracts.
  • Learn

    By carefully combining your coursework and work experiences, you will still be able to complete your degree in 4 years.
  • Grow

    Your work experiences will focus on the current labor market’s biggest needs, giving you a competitive advantage in the job market.

Applications are currently open for Fall/Spring 2022 cohort. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis after the application period opens.

We have a resume template, that has been approved by our network of employers, as well as a cover letter template that explains how best to highlight your experiences and noteworthy achievements. 

  • ELEVATE Timeline

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  • Employer Partner Information

    We hope to work with you to establish a meaningful relationship with your organization that will positively impact the job ecosystem.

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  • Meet Our Employer Engagement and Experiential Learning Manager

    Meet Our Employer Engagement and Experiential Learning Manager, Hannah Cundey.

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  • ELEVATE Testimonials

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