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Get a running start on your future

The Summer Institute for Emerging Managers and Leaders (SIEML) offers an all-expenses-paid immersive business and career leader­ship experience for undergraduate students who are interested in developing their leadership and professional skills, and have an inter­est in attending a graduate business program. Students from all majors who are currently in their sophomore or junior year at an HBCU (Historically Black College and University) or an HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution) are encouraged to apply. 

As a participant in the program, you will learn from world-class educators from the six University of California graduate schools of busi­ness, meet industry leaders from throughout California—one of the country’s most thriving hubs for enterprise and innovation, partic­ipate in dynamic hands-on workshops that will immerse you in principles of business and entrepreneurship, build analytical, technical and management skills, and gain opportunities and insight to pursue a graduate degree in business.

Our objective as a systemwide initiative is for the UC business schools to reflect the diversity of California and increase the enrollment of historically underrepresented groups. To help us achieve this goal, we provide SIEML participants with resources to help prepare them to start their careers, and apply for admission to a UC graduate business school. In addition to the business and career focused topics, SIEML also gives participants the opportunity to meet and net­work with UC graduate admissions professionals, and offers workshops to help demystify the application process. SIEML alumni who complete the program receive application fee waivers to all of the UC graduate business schools, and, at minimum, a one year full fee and tuition fellowship if they are admitted into a UC graduate business program.

SIEML 2023 hosted by UCI Paul Merage School of Business

As a systemwide initiative, the SIEML immersion program rotates among the University of California’s six business schools. This year’s program will be hosted by the youngest and fastest growing campuses in the University of California system, the UCI Paul Merage School of Business. UCI's Merage School combines the academic strengths and best traditions of the University of California with the cutting-edge, entrepreneurial spirit of Orange County in the heart of America's Tech Coast. Three dynamic MBA programs – plus PhD, undergraduate business, and several specialized master's degrees – deliver the school's thematic approach to business education: sustainable growth through strategic innovation. The Merage School consistently ranks among the top 10 percent of accredited business schools in the nation and boasts a world-class faculty, strong alumni network and close individual and corporate relationships.

On behalf of the UCI Merage School community along with its 15,000 alumni across the globe, we are honored and excited to be the host campus for this year’s SIEML. We are looking forward to welcoming all SIEML students to share our experience of UCI Merage School’s key principles centered around Inclusive Excellence and preparing Leadership for a Digitally Driven World.

SIEML means business

SIEML is committed to ensuring that students receive an unrivaled experience during their time in the program. Workshops, classroom topics, and site visits create opportunities for personal development, acquiring business skills, becoming familiar with industry practices, and networking with peers, world class instructors and industry leaders.

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Put your best foot forward

  • Build effective communication skills
  • Give compelling presentations
  • Learn about leadership, ethics and business values
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Gain essential business skills

  • Train in business analytics
  • Prepare business and economic models
  • Practice negotiating
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Observe real world business practices

  • Discover business best practices with industry overviews
  • Ask questions of industry leaders, UC business school alumni, and recruiters during panel discussions
  • See how it’s done with company site visits
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Make valuable connections

  • Connect with university leaders, faculty, and alumni
  • Engage with industry leaders and experts
  • Build a community with SIEML peers through team building activities and experiences