The Tuck Business Bridge program, which for 18 years has provided rigorous business education to liberal arts undergraduates during the summer, will add a December session to its offerings in 2014. Any undergraduate or graduate student can apply to the December program, but it was designed for Dartmouth College students, who are required to attend classes on campus during their sophomore summer. A December session gives sophomores, juniors and seniors the option to benefit from Bridge but also use the summer after their junior year for internships, which are increasingly turning into full-time jobs upon graduation.
The typical Summer Bridge program is four weeks long and includes instruction from renowned Tuck faculty in areas such as financial accounting, managerial economics, marketing, and corporate finance, among others. It also features team projects in company valuation and market assessment, industry explorations, and coaching in job interviews and writing resumes and cover letters. The December program is largely the same curriculum but condensed into three weeks.
Since its inception in 1997, almost 4,000 undergraduates have attended Bridge. Many have reported feeling more confident in interviews and more capable in their careers as a result of the Bridge curriculum. About thirty percent of Bridge alumni have gone on to receive an MBA degree from a top-ranked business school, such as Tuck.
“I came away from Bridge with a deeper understanding of various industries, real experience doing case interviews, and an exposure to a variety of subjects taught at the business school level,” said Katherine Nimmo D’14. “The program was a distinguishing factor in my interviews, and I can honestly say that I think Bridge is the reason I got my job offer.”
In 2014, December Bridge will take place December 1-19. Students will be housed in Dartmouth’s undergraduate residence halls. Application deadlines are June 1, August 1, and October 1. Tuck is committed to recruiting a diverse class for all its programs, including Bridge, and Bridge’s significant financial aid program will be available for the December program as well.
“The Bridge Program has done wonders to increase the career readiness of thousands of students,” says Robert Hansen, a senior associate Dean and the Norman W. Martin 1925 Professor of Business Administration at Tuck. “We look forward to being able to reach even more Dartmouth students with this new timing.”