Jackson Rapp ’24 — This summer, I participated in the Business Innovation Program (BIP) through the Center for Innovation, Business & Entrepreneurship (CIBE) at Wabash College over the summer. Within this program, I worked 30 hours per week for Archon Tech Strategies and spent an additional ten hours a week in productive lectures with various Wabash alumni. Based in Carmel, IN, Archon Tech Strategies provides technology solutions that are flexible and customizable to meet customer needs. The BIP lectures have developed a combination of soft and hard skills to prepare us for successful futures in the business world. These skills included Excel skills, developing better emotional intelligence (EQ), and networking skills. In addition to developing these skills, we also ran through Harvard Business School case studies to put ourselves in the shoes of other successful start-ups.

Outside of the BIP, I spent my summer working virtually with Archon Tech Strategies, where I engaged with the marketing, quality assurance, and project management teams. Each week I rotated between departments where I completed various tasks such as developing SEO ads, running usability tests and using their software to check for potential bugs. At the end of the internship, my coworkers and I completed a final project. We developed a slides deck and gave a professional presentation to a group of investors.

None of this would be possible without Associate Dean Roland Morin ’91, CIBE Senior Fellow Anthony Mendez ’20, and the rest of the leaders and participants in the BIP. A great thanks to all of them for their hard work this summer to give students the experience we need going into the workforce. Lastly, I want to thank the sincere donors of Wabash College for funding this terrific opportunity.