The Ernest M. Hodge Institute's Entrepreneur-In-Residence Program (EIRP) provides NSU students the opportunity to interact with for- and not-for-profit organizations as they prepare to pursue their professional careers in the private and public sectors. The EIRP, while serving as a bridge between business students and the business community, gives students the opportunity to apply what they've learned in the classroom, and demonstrate the practical value of their knowledge to prospective employers. The EIRP will enable students to serve as consultants to prospective entrepreneurs as well as to actual for- and not-for-profit businesses seeking growth opportunities in the Hampton Roads area under the guidance of clients' senior executives and NSU faculty. These experiential-learning opportunities provide students with useful insight into the characteristics of successful entrepreneurship, business management and effective leadership.
The EIRP also helps students:
- Improve the critical-thinking skills so prized in the business community
- Develop improved oral and written communication skills
- Acquire team-building skills
- Enhance their capabilities in the design and development of management consulting presentations
- Develop social skills
- Preview career opportunities
- Build business networks
To maintain the quality of the educational experience, admission into the EIRP is selective. Admission requires: (1) a GPA of 3.0 or higher; (2) a letter of recommendation from a faculty member/advisor; (3) an interview with the staff of the Hodge Center; and (4) a notice of acceptance from the Director of the Ernest M. Hodge Institute for Entrepreneurship. Upon successful completion of EIRP, students earn 3 elective credits toward graduation.