The Educational Enhancement Fund provides support for Kogod students to participate in professional development opportunities, including business-focused professional conferences, case or other competitions, leadership development activities, and other experiential opportunities. Portions of this fund are generously provided through the Richard and Shelley Glanell Birnbaum Education Enhancement Fund as well as the Derek and Cheryl Jones Experiential Learning Fund.

More specifically, the Jones Experiential Fund supports unpaid internship or global experiences for students from historically underrepresented populations who demonstrate strong connections to the black, African-heritage, and Caribbean communities through academic engagement, leadership, or community service.

Once approved, students will work with faculty, Kogod's Student Development team, the Kogod Office of Career Engagement, and the Kogod Center for Business Communications, and Kogod Global Learning to prepare for their experience.

Some of the key things you will be required to complete include:

  1. Complete the education enhancement fund application (note that an application must be submitted at least two weeks in advance of the opportunity date to be considered).
  2. Connect with Kelsey Wali, Kogod's Student Development Coordinator, to discuss and finalize your application.
  3. Meet with your team, faculty sponsor, Center for Business Communications, and/or the Office of Career Engagement depending on the opportunity.
  4. If you will miss class or other responsibilities due to these activities, discuss with and get approval from your faculty/supervisors/advisors in advance.

Many opportunities will be highlighted in the weekly Kogod Student News newsletter, or in CareerSource, but these are not all-encompassing lists. Click here to be added to the email list and find out as opportunities become available.


  • Students must be an undergraduate student with a declared major or minor in Kogod or a graduate student enrolled in a degree-granting program through Kogod.
  • Students must also be good standing with the university and Kogod (including but not limited to Student Conduct probation, academic probation, and Academic Integrity violations). While the university standards to be in good academic standing are lower, priority consideration will be given to undergraduate students above a 2.5 cumulative GPA or graduate students above 3.25.
  • Students can receive funding (as outlined below) that is approved in advance by the Director. For priority consideration, requests must be submitted at least 10 business days in advance for destinations within 50 miles of DC or 20 business days outside of that radius. All reimbursements or payments must be approved in advance of departure or event dates.
  • We want to encourage all eligible students to participate in opportunities so preference will be given to those not previously funded in the current academic year. Multiple opportunities for a single student may be available but are not guaranteed.
  • If applicable, students will get permission from and work with faculty in advance to plan for missed class time, assignments, exams, or other course-related materials.
  • After their participation, students will plan a wrap-up activity to demonstrate what they learned through their experience that may be used in marketing, on social media, or other public forums (this may include video or in-person presentations, blog posts for the Kogod website or social media, or other creative means developed by students and the Director).
  • In order to be paid for or reimbursed by Kogod (if applicable as outlined in these guidelines), lodging must be at the event-sponsored hotel and rooms shared if multiple people are attending the same event. Lodging outside the event-sponsored hotel or if there aren't listed accommodations by the event organizer must be approved in advance by the Director.
  • Kogod will make every assurance that lodging is covered for each student as outlined through these guidelines and as approved by the Director. However, students should also have a credit card available on their person in the case of extenuating circumstances to cover the own lodging expenses out of pocket to later be reimbursed by Kogod.
  • Meals and transportation to/from airports will be the responsibility of the student and not covered by this fund.
  • If a student commits to an opportunity and then later withdraws, they will be responsible for reimbursing Kogod for expenses already made on their behalf.
  • In any opportunity where a student must submit a resume, resumes must be reviewed and approved by the Kogod Office of Career Engagement.
  • Depending on the level of interest in an opportunity, there may be pre-work required such as a mini-competition or similar assignment to determine a team who will represent Kogod.
  • Students must choose a faculty member or work with the Director to find a faculty member in the field appropriate to the subject matter of the competition to act as their advisor.
  • Students will be required to have at least one rehearsal with the Kogod Center for Business Communications in advance of the competition.
  • In most cases, the cost of registration will be covered by Kogod in addition to lodging or transportation.
  • Students may only be part of one team that is sponsored for a competition through the Educational Enhancement Fund each fiscal year.
  • Should a student individually or as part of a team, place or be awarded at a competition, they may be eligible to be sponsored for additional opportunities within the current fiscal year.
  • Kogod will pay the cost of a student's registration at the career fair portion of the event. Conference registration (if separate) will be paid for by the student unless otherwise indicated.
  • If a student is presenting at a conference, their conference registration, travel, and lodging may be paid for by Kogod.
  • Depending on the location of the conference, travel expenses may be paid for by Kogod.  This will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
  • Memberships in accredited or faculty-sanctioned professional associations that are relevant to a student's academic program and/or career goals may be paid for by Kogod.  Pre-approval is required.  
  • The registration fee for conferences will be paid by Kogod. Students will be responsible for transportation, lodging, meals, or other expenses unless otherwise indicated.
  • Preference will be given to those who are active members or leaders in a recognized business club on campus.
  • If a student is presenting at the event, their registration, travel, and lodging will be paid for through this fund.
  • These funds are for Kogod-sponsored short-term international programs only. Students applying to AU Abroad programs can apply for funding through the AU Abroad office.
  • Preference will go to students who have not had the opportunity to study abroad during their current degree program.

Example Opportunities

Ascend Convention
Enhance the presence and influence of current and future Pan-Asian business leaders and serve as a collective voice for Pan-Asian business communities.
August 20-22, 2018
San Francisco, CA

Prospanica Conference & Career Expo
Dedicated to empowering the Hispanic community to achieve their full educational, economic, and social potential.
September 12-14, 2018
Milwaukee, WI

Black MBA Conference & Career Expo
Leads in the creation of educational opportunities and economic growth for Black professionals.
September 25-29, 2018
Detroit, MI

Reaching Out MBA Conference
Educates, inspires, and connects lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender MBA students & professionals/alumni, and their related graduates at business schools around the world.
October 4-6, 2018
Minneapolis, MN
**note that this opportunity is only open to LGBTQ-identifying students

National Association of Black Accountants
Dedicated to bridging the opportunity gap for black professionals in the accounting, finance and related business professions.
October 4-6, 2018 (Eastern Region Student Conference)
Norfolk, VA

MBA Veterans Career Conference and Expo
A professional networking and advocacy organization dedicated to connecting military veteran students and alumni of the world’s top-ranked universities with employers who value their elite academic credentials, military leadership abilities, and limitless career potential.
October 11-12, 2018
Chicago, IL
**note that this opportunity is only available to MBA students who are military veterans

Net Impact Conference
Mobilizes new generations to use their skills and careers to drive transformational social and environmental change.
October 25-27, 2018
Phoenix, AZ

Asian MBA Career Expo
Connect top Pan-Asian and Asian American talent with career opportunities across the globe through events, an online community, and our job board.
November 16, 2018
New York, NY

National Association of Women MBAs Conference & Career Fair
Dedicated to advancing women into leadership.
February 28-March 2, 2019
Philadelphia, PA


Please contact Kelsey if you have any questions or want to get involved.