MGSI is held every July for three weeks. Students will come to Appalachian State's campus learning about business and developing professional skills. Among the activities is a group project that involves developing a business plan. Each group presents its plan to a panel of business professionals at the end of the first two weeks. The experience includes exploratory travel to various business and cultural sites.

Overall participants will: 

  • Learn about basic business principles, entrepreneurship and major business subjects in Discovery Series sessions taught by outstanding faculty
  • Participate in leadership development and team-building activities
  • Explore professional and career opportunities
  • Meet and interact with business leaders
  • Enjoy activities such as outdoor courses, cultural events and other social interactions
  • Gain insight into how business affects their lives and futures
  • Build executive skills through resume development, interview and etiquette workshops
  • Develop meaningful friendships with their leaders and fellow participants
  • Experience individual academic, personal and professional growth 

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MGSI participants engage in many activities outside of the Appalachian State campus. These include several outdoor events in the mild summer climate offered by the North Carolina mountains. Previous groups have spent a day at Grandfather Mountain, Valle Crucis Community Park, hiked Blue Ridge Parkway trails and explored local rivers on tubing trips.

The program also includes travel excursions with on-site visits and cultural activites. Students have attended baseball games, visited museums and monuments, site visits to the NYSE, Bloomberg, Google, Nike, The Hershey Company, and enjoyed a Broadway play, among many other events.

Residence Life

MGSI participants experience residence life on a college campus firsthand while living in a residence hall for the first two weeks of the institute.

Four ASU college student program leaders are present on the floors each night and interact with the participants each day.

Appalachian Food Services provides three meals each day, or as otherwise arranged by the program director. While on campus students have access to health services, Belk Library, and certain computer labs.