Lakeland launches student-run business enterprise
Lakeland University is launching a new and innovative experiential learning opportunity that will better position students for post-graduation employment.
Lakeland’s new student-run business enterprise will allow students to create, develop, manage and lead business ventures while developing the next generation of emerging leaders.
Students will be hired this spring into executive roles that will shape the student-run enterprise moving forward. Positions include chief executive officer, chief financial officer, chief marketing officer, chief talent officer and president of the Develop U division.
“This new venture will put students in positions to make real-world business decisions, lead teams of their peers and be responsible for all aspects of the businesses from financial success to marketing strategies,” said Scott Niederjohn, Lakeland’s senior vice president for cooperative education and economic development. “These powerful experiences will provide students with an opportunity to develop an entrepreneurial mindset that is applicable in any field of study.”
Initially the program will create four divisions:
These paid positions are open to undergraduate students in any academic major. The positions will start this summer.
“This first group of student executives will make important decisions that will shape this enterprise for future growth,” Niederjohn said. “It will be an amazing opportunity to students to learn how to strategize and innovate for long-term success.”
Lakeland is modeling its program after colleges with successful and proven student-run businesses. The university is creating a Board of Directors that will be filled with local business leaders to help guide the students in their work. The board will work directly with the student executives, overseeing high-level direction, policy and strategy of the student-run business ventures.