The Silver Scholars Program

A unique opportunity for college seniors to earn an MBA in three years directly after graduation and move more quickly toward their career goals.

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As a Silver Scholar, you will spend your first year at Yale SOM developing the basic skills and mindset of a manager through our innovative core curriculum. During the second year, you will complete a full-time internship; this extended work experience will help you put your business education into practice, develop your leadership skills, and give you a competitive advantage as you pursue a permanent position. In your third year, you will return to campus for the conclusion of the MBA program, taking electives at Yale SOM and elsewhere at the university in the areas that most interest you and support your career goals.

While at Yale, you will learn from our renowned faculty of scholars and active practitioners, and you will have the benefit of your classmates' diverse life and work experiences. The Yale SOM Career Development Office will help you examine possible career paths, develop your networking and interview skills, and pursue an internship and a post-MBA position. The Yale SOM alumni network will serve as a resource during your job search and throughout your life.

The Silver Scholars Program was created in 2001 to celebrate Yale University's tercentennial and the 25th anniversary of Yale SOM.

at a glance

First Year

Yale SOM Core Curriculum

Second Year

Extended Internship

Third Year

Yale Elective Courses

Adam Goldfarb

Adam Goldfarb ’05

Internship: Lower Manhattan Development Corporation
Current job: Chief of Staff, Connecticut State Department of Education

“Having MBA skills and a business school-informed approach and professionalism at a young age helped differentiate me from other young people who initially have only their effort to offer to employers.”

Alia Aziz

Alia Aziz ’14

Internship: Research Analyst at Edgewood Management LLC
Current job: Vice President/Research Analyst at Alliance Bernstein, International Large Cap Growth & Emerging Markets Growth team

“I applied to the Silver Scholars program because I wanted to flesh out my skill set and broaden the choices I had in my job search. The core curriculum did just that. It was definitely a steep learning curve, but it was absolutely vital to my success in my internship at Edgewood Management.”

Kelly Xu

Kelly Xu ’17

Internship: EMC Corporation (Supply Chain Sustainability)

“Business school opened up so many doors and showed me how many job opportunities there were. SOM taught me how to think about my career choice systematically in terms of industry, function, and career path.”

Daniel Kent

Daniel Kent ’16


“One thing that I learned during the integrated curriculum was to research and synthesize large data sets, both qualitative and quantitative, and rapidly produce a coherent analysis. That’s a skill that I am using frequently during my internship.”

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Career Path

Silver Scholars have secured internships at organizations such as Booz Allen Hamilton, Boston Consulting Group, CARE, Coca-Cola, Dow Jones, Motorola, Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, Pfizer, Time Inc., the U.S. State Department, and Vanguard. Graduates of the Silver Scholars Program have gone on to full-time positions at organizations including Barclays Capital, Boston Consulting Group, British Petroleum, Citigroup, Google, Kimberly-Clark, Mercy Corps, Nationwide Insurance, the New York Times Company, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the U.S. Treasury.

Who We're Looking For

Silver Scholars are chosen for their combination of intelligence and common sense, maturity and curiosity, passion and compassion. Each has made a difference and distinguished him- or herself in a particular field of interest. We are looking for college seniors who will be future leaders in business, government, and nonprofit endeavors.

Applying to the Program

Applicants to the Yale SOM Silver Scholars Program complete the same online application as the full-time MBA program. Additional instructions for Silver Scholar applicants: 

Only current college seniors are eligible to apply. Your graduation date must be on or after December 1, 2016. If you have any questions about eligibility (if you have had previous full-time work experience, if you went directly into another graduate program, etc.) you may email us for more individualized guidance.

Silver Scholars must provide two letters of recommendation; one (1) letter from an academic instructor and one (1) letter from an employer. Academic recommendation: This should be a faculty member who has taught you in class and graded your performance. Employer recommendation: This is someone for whom you have worked professionally in some capacity during college: full-time during a summer internship or part-time during the academic year. If you have no work experience, then you may secure a letter from an extracurricular activity or volunteer organization in which you have been actively involved.

If invited to interview, Silver Scholar applicants have one half-hour interview with one or more members of the Silver Scholars Committee. The interview will focus on your personal goals and interests, and your academic background.

International students are welcome to apply. If your undergraduate degree is a three-year course of study, you are eligible to apply in your final year.

For the Work Experience section of the application: List any part-time or summer internship experiences you would like to highlight for the Silver Scholars Committee. Alternatively you may fill in "Not applicable," and we will use your résumé to glean any relevant experiences.

For the Activities section of the application: You may use this space to highlight extracurricular activities in which you are involved at your academic institution or with outside organizations.