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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 2024 hosted by UC Davis Graduate School of Management

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 at one of the nation’s top ranked universities and the most comprehensive campus in the UC system, UC Davis - home of the Graduate School of Management

The Graduate School of Management (GSM) is known for its collaborative learning environment distinguished by globally visible research faculty, entrepreneurial students and innovative curricula that integrate teamwork, responsible business leadership and hands-on opportunities such as Industry Immersion and international consulting experiences. We offer nationally ranked programs at Davis and prime locations in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area: Full-Time, Part-Time MBA, Online MBA, and specialized masters in accounting and business analytics. We tap into the cutting-edge research at UC Davis combined with the innovation hub of Silicon Valley and beyond. 

On behalf of the UC Davis Graduate School of Management community along with its 5,000+ alumni and over 305,000 UC Davis graduates 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 focus on collaborative leadership and making a positive impact on the 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