For Students

Are you interested in starting your own company?
Do you want to work for an entrepreneurial venture?

The skills and understanding you will need are available through the
Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management Minor

StudentsThe course work in the minor will help prepare you for a successful entrepreneurial career and you can work directly with entrepreneurs at the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship when you take "The Entrepreneurial Experience."

The Entrepreneurship minor is open to ALL MSU students interested in gaining practical management skills. In the class, BMGT 463: The Entrepreneurial Experience, students are paired with a local company to learn first-hand which skills are needed to solve business issues dealing with management, marketing, and finance. This class places students in the position of consultants to start-up companies while they work in a small team with other students and the members of the firm to which they are assigned.

While BMGT 463 is a required course for the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management minor, it is an invaluable experience to all students interested in entrepreneurial ventures. Students deepen their understanding of starting a business while attaining essential on-the-job experience. In the past, students have worked on projects dealing with product-value analysis, market research, and venture capital funding. The skills learned through this course at the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship are important tools that will help each student to stand out to prospective employers and to begin their own business ventures. We encourage students from all colleges at MSU to enroll in the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management Minor or to take "The Entrepreneurial Experience." But don't just take our word for it, your peers have had a lot to say.

Many students choose to participate in an internship opportunity with a local business. We interviewed senior business student,
Ellie Van Dyke about her internship experience:

Student Entrepreneurs in Action (SEA)

Local businesses and organizations can now apply for a college intern from the SEA program to work with them from 10-20 hours weekly. For additional information about this program, please contact Linda Ward, Director of Programs at or phone 406-994-1995.

Poster for the 2016 London Study Abroad Program

2015-2016 London Study Abroad Program

The Jabs Entrepreneurship Center is planning a 2 week Summer Study Abroad in London Entrepreneurship and Small Business Trip! Take the class this spring (3 credits) and travel this summer June 6-19th. Plenty of time left to do an internship or go to work!!

Please come to an information session this week or Monday, October 19th for more details or stop by Gary Bishop or Linda Ward’s Office, Jabs 214 or 216. A syllabus is available at the info sessions. There will be 10-12 slots for this trip. The JJCBE application is due to, Jabs 214 by Monday, Oct 26th at noon for first consideration.

Juniors, Seniors, graduating seniors, and master’s students are welcome to apply. Finalists will be notified and then you will be given a link of the Office of International programs to apply there. There are a limited number of scholarships for entrepreneurship travelers of $1,000 to be applied to your airfare.


Tuesday, October 13th, 12:00-1:00, Jabs 204 Conference Room
Thursday, October 15th, 4:00-5:00, Jabs 204 Conference Room
Friday, October 16th, 12:00-1:00, Jabs 204 Conference Room
Monday, October 19th, 5:00-6:00, Jabs 204 Conference Room