Career Exploration and Optimization "CEO" Summer Program

Take control of your career and earn your CEO certificate, too!

Through the self-paced, summer CEO program, you will learn about your own career interests, strengths and leadership potential, begin to develop your professional network and participate in career development opportunities with our corporate partners. Upon completion of the program, you'll receive the CEO Certificate (awarded by Accredible).

For full consideration, applications must be submitted by April 12th, 2024.

    "This program helped me learn more about the career paths I am looking into and I feel as though it gave me a running start!"

    "This program was great! It truly gave me insight about what I can expect in my future career."

    "Loved how flexible it was and how much I learned about myself through the modules in the program."

    Program Overview


    Designed for any Gies student who is exploring career opportunities and who wants to build their professional network!  Past participants included freshmen-seniors.


    Participants will complete engaging online, self-paced modules including: CliftonStrengths Assessment, Personality/Values and Interests Assessments and a leadership assessment.  In addition, you will learn about potential career paths, determine your "fit" for a variety of careers.

    Plus, you'll get to network with alumni during live sessions on Zoom.   We host a variety of panels with recent grads and experienced professionals.

    The summer culminates with our signature experience--a one-on-one informational interview with a professional in a business career path that aligns with your interests.  Students often say that this is one of the most impactful activities they have at Gies!


    The program launches June 11th and you will have through August 5th to complete the program in order to earn your certificate.  The modules can be done at your own pace, you can choose to complete the modules weekly or do several at a time.

    Application Information and Outcomes

    Application Deadline

    Application will open on April 3rd. Selected participants will be notified in late April. Space is limited!  For full consideration, applications must be submitted by April 12th, 2024.

    CEO LIVE! Events

    Participants are invited to participate in virtual LIVE! events with our employers and alumni throughout the summer. You'll build your network and develop professional relationships while learning practical information about your career path! Plus, we'll help you connect personally with a professional in your desired industry.

    Outcomes and Impact

    Students who complete all modules will receive the CEO Certificate (awarded by Accredible). Plus, you'll end your summer feeling more confident about your career choices and with an expanded professional network!

    Bonus: this is a great professional development experience to add to your resume and LinkedIn profile!

    Earn your CEO certificate and badge!