Business Opportunities

International Business and Leadership Summit

A life-changing opportunity to gain business experience unlike any other

Make a difference in the world today

Support people and families in the developing world and make a positive impact as you learn

Create real solutions for real businesses

Work directly with entrepreneurs in developing nations to solve the problems facing their businesses

College application assistance from experts

Prepare for college with included test preparation, scholarship and admissions assistance


The U.S. State Department
And many more!
From organizations like:
Disney Land
The Pentagon
Sysco Systems
Booz Allen Hamilton
Johnson & Johnson
Georgetown University

Create solutions with leading experts

Research problems and present your solutions to a panel of international development experts
Chip Kunde, VP of Government Relations, Sysco
Wike Kaiser, Senior VP, Citigroup
Brian N Wenny, Sr Scientist, NASA
Bill Stefan, Director for Enterprise Management, Department of Defense
And many more!
Mentors include:
Rick Kuehn, Commander, 452 Airlift Control Flight, U.S. Air Force
Ahmed Mohammed, Director of Talent Acquisition, Dartmouth College

Explore career options with industry leaders

Explore career opportunities with over 400 mentors from organizations like the FBI, Exxon, the Secret Service, and on Capitol Hill

Connect with peers from across the country

Explore the nation's capital and have fun with peers from all over the U.S.

Meet foreign leaders and diplomats

Meet leaders and diplomats at foreign embassies in Washington, D.C.

Transform the World Today

Join the best and brightest high school students from around the country to help transform the world! At the International Leadership and Business Summit (ILBS) you will collaborate with international development experts as you explore solutions to real-world problems facing small businesses in Northern Nigeria. Professional mentors will hone your leadership skills and acquaint you with the needs of developing communities. Best of all, you will be creating REAL solutions for REAL business owners across the globe. This unique experience means your work will have an immediate impact. You are never too young to make a meaningful, authentic impact in our world!

Over the course of six days, student teams will form partnerships with small business owners in Nigeria. Your team will address real challenges of these entrepreneurs by researching, designing and presenting potential solutions to a panel of business development experts. If your team’s proposal is selected, your business owner will receive a grant to implement the solutions you have developed.

The ILBS offers a truly unique experience—a direct connection with your business partner. Our staff in Nigeria and on-site at Georgetown will help you learn about each business, its owner and the challenges that hinder continued growth.

Students will also have the opportunity to join the Leadership Initiatives’ International Business Alliance Program (IBAP), a competitive leadership program in which students spend 12-18 months working with Nigerian businesses. As a Summit participant, you will bypass the application process and continue working with your business partner and/or another business. Students may also form teams at their school.

Members of IBAP will receive college search and application assistance, individualized letters of recommendation, one-on-one conferences with highly qualified mentors, free online SAT prep courses from TestRocker, scholarship application assistance and other services. Most significantly they will have the satisfaction of continuing to change and impact lives around the world!

Program Highlights

Solve real problems facing businesses in the developing world

Connect with business owners in Nigeria and research solutions to the problems they face

Learn from experts in international development

Work with staff from the U.S. State Department, World Bank, foreign embassies, USAID, NASA, the Pentagon, and top U.S. Companies

Scholarship, admission, and testing resources

Receive college search, scholarship, addmissions and testing resources

Explore career opportunities with industry leaders

Meet students from across the country and enjoy exlusive tours in the nation’s capital

A Unparalleled Educational Experience

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College Admissions Guidance & Assistance

In addition to the first of its kind experiential learning our programs offer, all participating students will also have access to services and support that will help them gain acceptance into the college and program of their choice and excel. College admission officers and experts participate in our programs to teach students about the admissions process and offer ideas and advice on all aspects fo the process including applications, SAT/ACT testing methods and scholarships. Each student will also get a college acceptance evaluation so that they can better understand their opportunities and find areas of improvement.

All students who participate also receive one year  of free online SAT or ACT preparation courses from TestRocker, scholarship application assistance from Scholly, and five admission essays up to 650 words each professionally edited by our our writing partners University Initiatives.

One Year of SAT and ACT Training

One year of free access to TestRocker online test preparation. Students on average increase their SAT scores by +280 and their ACT scores by +4

Exclusive Advice from Experts and Officials

Get admissions advice from experts, univeristy insiders and admission officials. Each student will also receive a college acceptance evaluation to learn what opportunities they have and how they can become a stronger applicant.

Scholarship Seach & Application Assistance

Students will have access to Scholly, a service that has helped students win over $70 million in scholarship funding. Scholly helps you find scholarships, apply, track deadlines and status, and offers other helpful resources.

Professional College Essay Review & Editing

All students can have five admission essays up to 650 words each professionally edited by our our writing partners University Initiatives.

How does the program work?

You and your fellow student leaders will work in teams and collaborate with Nigerian business owners via Skype. Your team will consider a particular problem, develop a sustainable solution and assist in the implementation of the proposed solution. A Leadership Initiatives development expert from Bauchi State, Nigeria will be on site at each program session to collaborate with you as you create achievable solutions.

Along the way, your team will update your progress on a webpage (view a webpage presentation here) that will showcase your solutions and the progress your team has made. Each web page remains online for four years and is a valuable resource for you to highlight the results and impact of your collaboration as you pursue college admissions and scholarships.

At the end of the program, your team will present your challenge and solution to your peers, program faculty and a panel of experts from Leadership Initiatives (watch an example presentation here). Teams with the top presentations and business solutions will be awarded a grant for their business partners in Nigeria to develop and implement their solutions over 12 to 18 months. Leadership Initiatives will create a promotional video showcasing the solutions of winning groups to use for college and scholarship applications.

All students who participate in ILBS will receive an invitation to join Leadership Initiatives’ International Business Alliance Program (IBAP). IBAP is a highly-competitive mentorship program in which students spend 12-24 months working closely with businesses in Nigeria. Students who join IBAP will receive college search and application assistance, four professional mentors and two college recommendations (one from your business partner and one from your Leadership Initiatives mentor).

Review a sample program schedule

Georgetown University

Washington, D.C.

2018 Program Dates to be Announced

All of our programs are hosted by historic Georgetown University in the heart of Washington, D.C. During the program, students will experience life on the campus of one of our nation’s top universities and have the opportunity to explore the capital. Previous programs have offered tours of the Smithsonian, National Mall, Capitol Hill, foreign embassies, and more.

What our students are saying

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