Young Women's Institute

Your business career is anything you want it to be

The Young Women’s Institute introduces young women to the college experience and business career opportunities. Students are selected from around the country to spend a week at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. While at IU, students:

  • Participate in workshops with top Kelley School of Business faculty
  • Interact with Kelley alumni and current students
  • Prepare a real-world business case project
  • Build leadership and communication skills
  • Connect with like-minded women interested in business

Application criteria

The Young Women’s Institute is a selective program open to women finishing their junior year of high school (rising seniors).

A minimum GPA of a 3.5 on a 4.0 scale is required, and factors such as extracurricular involvement and application essays will influence selection decisions. (Please consider exploring other IU pre-college summer programs if you do not meet these criteria.)

Funding and travel

The Young Women’s Institute is funded by the Kelley School of Business Undergraduate Program and corporate partner EY. Participants need to cover only transportation to and from Bloomington and personal expenses. All other program costs will be covered.

Day One

  • Check-in
  • Meet and greet with pizza
  • Case overview
  • IU campus tour

Day Two

  • Workshops: International Business and Accounting
  • Presentation: Team Presentation Skills
  • Workshops: Marketing and Operations
  • Etiquette Dinner

Day Three

  • Workshops: Entrepreneurship and Finance
  • Presentations: IU Admissions and Kelley Undergraduate Program
  • Workshop: Business Law
  • Dinner with coaches
  • Presentation preparation

Day Four

  • Group presentations
  • Awards ceremony and lunch
  • Check-out

Why YWI?

Participants select one session to attend.

YWI surrounded me with like-minded young women with a similar drive and desire for success as me. I made connections with so many people and developed relationships I still lean on today. In three short days, I learned valuable business presentation skills I was able to use throughout my senior year and it blew my teachers away.

Maggie Harrison, BS’21, Economic Consulting with a minor in Theatre and Drama

More information?

Contact us at or call 812-855-4474.