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Scholars program

The Scholars Program is a unique one-year apprenticeship that places MBAs in externships with industry practitioners and creates a community of current and future business leaders invested in rural America. Students gain hands-on experience and access to professional development and career opportunities through the ROI network, while firms benefit from high-quality student contributions, a talent pipeline, and industry connections through the ROI network. The Scholars Program is run by the ROI leadership team in conjunction with Business for Impact, along with contributions from the ROI Advisory Board.

Program Components

Scholars work with corporate partners engaged in rural economic development to gain experience and insights from industry practitioners


Scholars contribute to policy recommendations, white papers, and other ROI thought leadership initiatives

Thought Leadership

Scholars participate in networking, professional development and mentorship opportunities


Program Calendar

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