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
- BMGT471F (Executive Seminar in Logistics, Transportation and Supply Chain Management I) - Fall
- BMGT478D (Applied Research in Intermodal Transportation and Logistics; 3 credit course) 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 (while they are in the program).
*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 (email@example.com) in order to be credited with completing Supply Chain Fellows.
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.
Examples of companies where Supply Chain Fellows have interned or received full-time offers:
- Northrup Grumman Corporation
- Supply Chain majors. (You may apply if you are in the process of applying to Smith as an internal transfer student, but Fellows admission would be contingent upon admission to the Smith School, College Park.)
- Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
- Rising seniors preferred; rising juniors may apply if BMGT370 and BMGT372 will both be completed by end of fall semester junior year (while student is in the program). Active participation in the Supply Chain Management Society is a plus in applying to the program.
Applications for Supply Chain Fellows for 2017-2018 are open December 1, 2016 through February 13, 2017 at midnight.
- 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. Address your letter to the faculty champion for this Fellows program.
- Note: Cover letter and resume must be submitted in pdf format.
Questions? Read our Fellows FAQs.
Emily Heavin (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the Director of Smith Fellows programs.