EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING TOURS: 2016-2017
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an "Experiential Learning Tour"?

The annual College of Business Experiential Learning Tours will give you a chance to take a closer look at the variety of industries and career opportunities available to business majors. You’ll develop your professional skills as you meet with senior-level executives at leading companies and network with JMU alumni who live and work nearby. Each tour agenda includes company visits, networking events with JMU alumni and small group dinners where students will meet and learn from successful business executives. 

When are the 2016-2017 Tours
OVERNIGHT TOURS (CONFIRMED FOR THE 2016 - 2017 ACADEMIC YEAR): 

New York City, NY: May 7-12, 2017

Application Deadline was Friday, January 6, 2016 at 11:59 pm. - APPLICATION PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED

  • Resume Submission: All applicants are required to submit a resume. Please email your resume (PDF or WORD file) to: cobundergradprograms@jmu.edu by the application deadline.
  • Recommendations: TWO recommendations are required. At least one of the recommendations MUST come from a JMU faculty member. The individual providing the recommendation must complete the recommendation form located online, here. (If opening the form in Google Chrome, it will be writable; if opening in another format, once the form is open, download it into Adobe Acrobat Reader DC to fill it out online.  Once completed, the form should be saved using the student’s name. The form should then be emailed to: cobundergradprograms@jmu.edu. Please ask the recommender to place your full name in the subject line of the email.)
  • Required Interview: Qualified applicants will be invited to an interview at the beginning of November.  An interview committee of faculty and staff will meet and evaluate each candidate                           

Estimated Tour Cost: $350-$450 (transportation on your own)

Are meals and lodging included in the tour cost?

Lodging is included in the tour cost. Some meals are included, but bring money to cover meals that are not part of a JMU-sponsored activity.

Who is eligible to apply?

JMU sophomores,  and juniors who are identified as business majors and are in good standing with the university. First preference goes to sophomores and juniors. Seniors are not eligible for the New York City Tour. Previous tour participants may apply; however, preference will be given to students who have never attended a CoB Experiential Learning Tour.

Are all majors included on this tour?

New York City (May, 2017):  This tour is open to all majors, but will focus on industry areas that are of interest to accounting, economics, finance, and quantitative finance.

How do I apply?

APPLICATION PERIOD FOR THE NEW YORK TOUR IS CLOSED.

How do I get to the tour location?

Students attending the Washington, DC Metro Area and New York City tours will be responsible for their own travel arrangements.

What is the College of Business looking for in an applicant?

Preference will be given to sophomores and juniors. Your application should include a professional-looking resume, and you should demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Strong interest in exploring career options
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Willingness to work hard
  • Good interpersonal skills
What does the College of Business expect from tour participants?

You are required to attend at least one pre-tour meeting on campus. On the tour, be prepared to ask questions and show interest in the presentations and career fields. You will be expected to:

  • Act and dress professionally.
  • Attend ALL scheduled events and be ON TIME to all sessions.
  • Research the companies to be visited ahead of time.
  • At the end of the tour, write a one page reflection on your experience.

Students who do not meet these expectations will be asked to leave the tour at their own expense.

Who selects the tour participants?

After initial screening by the CoB Office of Experiential Learning, the most qualified applicants will be invited for an interview with the selection committee, comprising CoB faculty and staff.

I attended an Experiential Learning Tour last year. May I apply for a tour again this year?

Yes! We’re excited that you had such a rewarding experience. However, preference will be given to students who haven’t been on an Experiential Learning Tour.

I would like to attend a tour but I have limited financial resources. Is there assistance available?

We do not want financial hardship to stand in the way of any student taking advantage of this rich opportunity. To request a tour fee waiver, please send a written request indicating the reasons you’ll need financial assistance to Associate Dean Molly Brown at brownmg@jmu.edu. Please include your name and the words “learning tour fee waiver” in the subject line of your message. Your request will be kept confidential.

Additional Questions?

Contact Samantha Collier, Director, Office of Experiential Learning, at colliesb@jmu.eduor 540-568-7415

or visit Samantha in Room 205M, Zane Showker Hall.

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