FAQs

How would joining Competitive Advantage benefit me?

Like many things, you get out of Competitive Advantage what you put into it. But if you come willing to learn and engage with others, here’s what you can expect:

  • You’ll learn from experts how to prepare for your career — or how to position yourself if graduate school is the right next step.
  • You’ll discover the tools you need to finish college strong. We’ll bring focus to your career path — whatever that path might be — from business majors to pre-med, law, engineering, marketing or any other potential occupation.
  • You’ll develop valuable relationships as you meet students from other Consortium-related schools and learn how to make the most of those connections.
  • You’ll have the opportunity for one-on-one meetings with our Corporate Partners and can apply for internships or full-time employment with a variety of Fortune 500 companies.
What does it cost?

There is no application fee. If you are chosen from among those who go through our competitive selection process, the only cost is getting to and from the event. Hotel, meals and activity fees are covered through corporate sponsorships. Corporate partners and universities are investing in your future to underwrite your participation.

Why doesn’t it cost more?

Support for Competitive Advantage comes from a number of top U.S. companies and some of our schools. These companies support diversity and recognize the importance of an inclusive workforce that represents the customers they serve. They provide funding because they know they’ll be meeting with some of the best and brightest underrepresented minority students in the country and will be truly excited to meet you and provide tools for your ongoing success. Schools support our efforts because they understand that multiple resources are needed to ensure student success.

How do I apply?

Submit your application, unofficial transcript and resume through our online application page. The deadline for submitting is July 1, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. CST.

When will I find out if I was accepted?

You will receive notification by July 15, 2019.

Will I be interviewed as part of the application process?

No, interviews are not required.

Why was Competitive Advantage created?

Competitive Advantage is a product of The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, which has worked for more than a half-century to increase diversity in business education and corporate leadership. Now, we’re using our expertise and extensive network of connections to help drive college and career success among members of historically underrepresented minority groups — African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans — at the undergraduate level.

Does that mean I need to be a business major?

No. Competitive Advantage is open to any college undergraduate from our participating pilot schools on any career path.

What’s the conference going to be like?

You’ll need to arrive at the hotel by noon on Friday, then get ready for a busy afternoon of networking. Saturday will also be packed with activities. We finish after lunch on Sunday, when you’ll depart for home. You’ll have one-on-one time with corporate partners, a mini-career fair, career and graduate school exploration exercises as well as a variety of activities targeted specifically to your year in school, in addition to time to get up and move around.

What about meals and accommodations?

You’ll be paired with another Competitive Advantage scholar who you’ll room with at the conference hotel. The dress code for the conference is casual, but bring a business causal outfit, too.

You’ll eat well! We’ll provide lunch and dinner the first day, three meals on the second day and breakfast and lunch before you leave on the third day. If you have special dietary needs, we’ll make sure you’re covered.

Can a faculty member or campus administrator nominate me?

Yes! Have them visit our website at gainyouradvantage.org and look for the “Refer a Prospect” link in the main menu. They can submit your information there.

Can I recommend someone who might be a good candidate?

Absolutely! You can use the same referral link mentioned above.

Where can I learn more?

If you have specific questions about Competitive Advantage that you don’t find answered here, you can contact Angel McKay, manager, corporate development at mckaya@cgsm.org or call 636-681-5553. You can also learn more about The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management here.

Why this program versus others?

We have a longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion and an admirable track record for fulfilling our mission. In other words, we have the experience. Plus, our deep connections with our member universities, extensive alumni network and strong corporate partner relationships set us apart.