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The SEI Fellows Program

We are now taking applications for the 2018 Entrepreneurship Fellows ProgramApplications are due by Monday, November 6.

Entrepreneurs embrace new ways of thinking. Where others see only challenges, they see opportunities. Entrepreneurs are fueled by passion. Some are driven to start businesses; others spark ingenuity within an existing workplace. No matter which path they choose, all entrepreneurs contribute to sustained economic growth.

To grow the stream of talented entrepreneurs willing to start new businesses and innovate within existing ones, the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute (SEI) offers the Entrepreneurship Fellows Program. This year-long program fosters entrepreneurial-minded students by providing an intensive, high-quality educational experience to a select cohort of undergraduate and graduate students at LSU.

Fellows meet business leaders from across the region and are exposed to the entrepreneur networks that are vital to dynamic economies. Fellows also are encouraged to become active participants in regional economic development efforts and are taught to apply principles of entrepreneurship wherever they are needed, from high-tech startups to established firms, to non‐profit organizations.

Benefits of the program:

  •  Certificate program in entrepreneurship and innovation
  •  Formal mentorship program
  •  Summer internship experience in entrepreneurship (MGT 4020, three credit hours)
  •  Networking events with industry and community leaders
  •  Speaker series and annual symposia
  •  Site visits to regional companies and institutes

Program requirements:

  • Completion of spring and fall seminars, three credit hours each semester
  • Completion of a pre-approved summer internship, up to three credit hours
  •  Involvement in a formal mentorship program
  •  Attendance at guest speaker presentations
  •  Participation in site visits to regional companies and institutes
  • Attendance at select SEI, E. J. Ourso College of Business, and LSU networking events with industry and community leaders
  •  Membership in the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO)
  •  In addition, although not required, students are strongly encouraged to participate in an entrepreneurship competition during their Fellows program.

Applicant requirements:

This program is not limited to business students. Any student with a strong interest in innovation and entrepreneurship will be considered. Previous fellows have majored in agriculture, engineering (all disciplines), computer science, psychology, political science, textiles, as well as a variety of business majors.  

Students are expected to incorporate their knowledge from prior academic and work experiences within the Fellows curriculum. Additionally, enrollment in other entrepreneurship courses is encouraged. For undergraduates, this includes minoring or majoring in entrepreneurship. Graduate students are encouraged to enroll in an entrepreneurship area of specialization such as the one offered by the Flores MBA program.

Application process:

Admission to the Entrepreneurship Fellows Program is limited to a select number of exceptional students with a passion for entrepreneurship and who meet all academic program enrollment requirements. Applications will be accepted during the fall semester with the program beginning in spring.


  • Completed application. Applications are due by Monday, November 6.
  • Résumé detailing work experience, credentials, current GPA, honors or awards received during high school or college
  • A personal statement (500-700 words) describing your interest in the Entrepreneurship Fellows Program. Include compelling reasons that you should be selected and describe your ambitions and career plan.
  • One or two letters of recommendation

See the application form for complete submission instructions. Materials above must be received by November 6, 2017. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Following a review of applications, a select number of students will be invited for personal interviews. Those selected for interviews will be notified via email.​​

Questions: Franz Lohrke, advisor Entrepreneurship Fellows Program


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