The Small Enterprise Education and Development (also known as SEED) program in Utah State University’s Jon M. Huntsman School of Business sends student interns to several countries to teach entrepreneurs to grow their own businesses.
Last week it won the Excellence in Co-Curricular Innovation award from the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurs.
Mike Glauser, executive director of the Huntsman School’s Center for Entrepreneurship, said there is nothing like USU’s SEED program anywhere.
“We actually train students for one full semester in small business consulting and entrepreneurship and micro-finance,” said Glauser. “Then we send them to a country for a full semester so it’s not just a 10-day global trip.
“They actually live in a country for an entire semester after they’ve been trained. Then they teach dozens of families, individuals and families, how to start and build businesses.”
The SEED program sends student interns to Ghana, Peru, the Philippines and the Dominican Republic.
During their semester abroad interns help write business plans, launch new ventures, set goals, create budgets, develop accounting practices and organize inventory management systems.