Undergraduate Program

Supply Chain Management Fellows

The Supply Chain Management Fellows Program is a unique opportunity for SCM students to apply their academic studies to real-world logistics, supply chain, and transportation operations. This prestigious program made possible by the Intermodal Association of North America’s annual Scholarship Award to the Smith School allows students to take core and reserved classes together, participate as leaders in the Supply Chain Society, visit the country’s busiest distribution and transportation sites, network with industry leaders, and compete in academic case competitions. The industry exposure gained through the Fellows Program supplements the Smith School’s nationally ranked SCM curriculum and prepares graduates for successful careers in transportation and logistics operations.

Dr. Tom Corsi is the Faculty Champion for this program.

Curriculum - One-year program

2015-2016 Cohort

  • BMGT471F (Formerly BMGT 488L; Executive Seminar in Logistics, Transportation and Supply Chain Management I)  - Fall
  • BMGT499C (Executive Seminar in Logistics) OR Participation in a semester-long co-op* - Spring

2016-2017 Cohort

  • BMGT471F (Formerly BMGT 488L; Executive Seminar in Logistics, Transportation and Supply Chain Management I)  - Fall
  • BMGTxxx (Applied Research in Intermodal Transportation) OR Participation in a semester-long co-op* - Spring

Pre-requisites: Applicants should enroll in BMGT370 and BMGT372 junior year; rising juniors and transfer students may be considered if they have taken both BMGT370 and BMGT372  or will complete both courses by the end of their fall semester junior year.

*Students who apply for and are selected to participate in a co-op during their spring semester must submit a copy of their position description to Emily Heavin (edoane@rhsmith.umd.edu) in order to be credited with completing Supply Chain Fellows.

Co-curricular activities/events

Activities of Fellows include (all activities are fully funded and require no expenditures on the student’s part):

  • Executive Leadership Seminars- Lecture series led by transportation, logistics, and supply chain management industry executives from major railroads, motor carriers, steamship lines, port authorities, logistics providers, and transportation equipment leasing companies.
  • Annual trip to the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) Intermodal EXPO.  BMGT471 requires Fellows students to attend EXPO and fulfill course requirements through assigned activities at the event. Students unable to participate in this trip will complete alternative assignments as part of their BMGT471 course requirements.
  • Academic Case Competitions- The top Supply Chain Management Fellows have the opportunity to compete against students from the nation’s other elite supply chain management programs. Fellows annually participate in the Intermodal EXPO Academic Challenge – Annual Student Competition and the IANA Logistics & Supply Chain Management Case Competition hosted at the University of North Florida.
  • In order to facilitate the placement of Fellows students in internships and full-time positions with IANA’s member companies, IANA and The Smith School’s Office of Career Services have jointly developed The Intermodal Job Portal. This online recruitment tool directly connects Maryland’s Supply Chain Fellows to the entry-level hiring needs of the intermodal industry. 

Read more about Activities of the Supply Chain Management Fellows, including past speakers and trips to industry facilities.

Fellows Application Eligibility

  • Supply Chain majors. (May apply if in the process of applying to Smith as a transfer student.)
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Rising seniors; rising juniors may apply if BMGT370 and BMGT372 have been completed by end of fall semester junior year. Active participation in the Supply Chain Management Society is a plus in applying to the program.


Applications for Supply Chain Management Fellows  for 2016-2017 will officially open January 4 and are due February 8, 2016 at midnight. Students will be notified of admission status by February 26, 2016.

  • Online application form.
  • Cover letter – Explains why you want to be a part of this program, what you can bring to the program, and what you hope to gain from participating.
  • Resume.

Questions? Contact Emily Heavin  at edoane@rhsmith.umd.edu.