Information Technology and Business Transformation Fellows

Fellows program applications for coursework beginning fall 2019 will be open from Nov. 26 through midnight, Feb. 18. The deadline for Accounting Teaching Scholars and the Lemma Senbet Fund is Feb. 15. Go to program page for application link.

2017-2018 ITBT Fellows Cohort

Information Technologies have not only increased the efficiency and effectiveness of business operations and communications, they are also a critical driver of innovation in generating new business models. Every type of enterprise today – from financial services to manufacturing to retailing to healthcare is being transformed through the capabilities of information technology. 

The Information Technology and Business Transformation (iTBT) Fellows Program aims to identify, train, and connect students who are passionate about leveraging the latest technologies for driving digital innovation and business transformation, and equip them with the combined business, analytics, IT, and communications skills required to be the future leaders in this field. By participating in experiential learning and a series of extra-curricular activities, students will be exposed to a unique experience that develops a deep understanding of topics such as:

  • Application of information technology to create business value
  • Data analytics and business intelligence
  • Cyber security and fraud detection
  • Healthcare information systems
  • Ubiquitous and mobile computing
  • Social media and marketing intelligence
  • Cloud computing and software-as-a-service

In addition, this fellows program will provide students the opportunity to interact with the faculty in small classes as well as collaborate with faculty on state-of-the-art industry and research projects. The fellows in this program will also assist faculty in integrating emerging technologies into the undergraduate IS curriculum.

Zeinab Karake and Louiqa Raschid are the faculty champions for iTBT Fellows.

Watch a fellows student testimonial.

Curriculum: one-year program

  • BMGT301(Introduction to Information Systems) — Fall, if not taken before entrance to iTBT
  • BMGT 302F (dedicated fellows section of Business Computer Application Programming)  — Fall
  • BMGT 402F (dedicated fellows section of Database Management Systems) — Spring

Co-Curricular Activities

iTBT fellows are required to participate in at least two co-curricular events each semester such as:

  • IS Careers Night 
  • TechFest 
  • CIO Forum Networking Event 
  • Speaker Series on Information Systems Technology & Innovation
  • CoMIS Case Competition; winning team goes on to compete at University of Minnesota

Career Connection 

Examples of companies where iTBT fellows have interned or received full-time offers:

  • Deloitte 
  • KPMG
  • Accenture
  • Grant Thornton LLP

Eligibility Requirements

  • Open to all business majors.
  • Rising junior or senior. You may apply if you are in the process of applying to Smith as an internal transfer; however, your admission is contingent upon your admission to the Smith School, College Park.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Completion of BMGT301 by the start of the program (preferred, but may take BMGT301 and BMGT302F concurrently in fall semester).


Applications for iTBT fellows for 2019-20 are due February 18, 2019, at  11:59 p.m.

  • Online application form.
  • Cover letter: Should be addressed to the faculty champion for this program and explain: 1) WHY you want to be involved in this fellows program; 2) WHAT will YOU add to the program; 3) HOW will it fit your academic/career plans. Limit 1-2 pages, PDF only.
  • Resume.

Note: Cover letter and resume must be submitted in PDF format.

Questions? Read our Fellows FAQs or contact