Summer Economics Institute

AmCham Slovenia in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Slovenia links academic and business career through student internship program – Summer Economics Institute (SEI).
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Summer Economics Institute 

Student Program

 

For those who are...

  • interested in economics and how the world works,
  • interested in business and gaining work experience,
  • entrepreneurial but don't know where to start.

The Summer Economics Institute (SEI) aims to each year give top 20 Slovenian university students a US-style hands-on introduction to business and economics in the real world, the tools to create new businesses – the foundation of entrepreneurship and an opportunity to intern at AmCham Slovenia member companies.

This year we will also welcome several American university students to SEI to see how AmCham companies work in Slovenia, what makes a small EU country like Slovenia tick, how the Slovenian economy and entrepreneurship ecosystem works and much more! An excellent way to bring together Americans and Slovenians to make new friends, share new experiences and maybe even start new businesses.

An innovative American approach to learning!

The SEI student internship program is a highly selective program giving 20 Slovenian students the opportunity to explore internship possibilities with AmCham Slovenia member companies, as well as providing students with an overview of business, economics and entrepreneurship organized by the US Embassy Ljubljana through a two week Lean Start Up program with a US Professor of Entrepreneurship plus targeted seminars, site visits and invited speakers.

This is not about textbook economics – SEI means learning by doing whether interning at an AmCham company or hearing directly from Slovenian experts about macroeconomics, financing a business idea, or using social media to promote a new product. For students who think business is not for them, we say: think again…or better yet, try it yourself!

We listen to the business ideas of young people, encourage the development of their business models, and build the entrepreneurial mindset of future leaders.

 

We listen to the business ideas of young people, encourage the development of their business models, and build the entrepreneurial (self) consciousness of future leaders.

 

 

 

The program consists of:

   A two week Lean Start Up program with a US Professor of Entrepreneurship with the aim of encouraging students to pursue entrepreneurial activities,

   site visits to companies and institutions,

   lectures and discussions with exceptional guest speakers,

 

Companies often subsequently give a concrete job offer to the intern they cooperate with through SEI, so the SEI program also caters to the human resources potential of all employers seeking promising, young staff.