Global Pathways for Students Program

Fellowships to prepare undergraduates for careers in global business

Knowledge, skills, and connections.

Those are all key to building a successful career in global business.  At the World Trade Center Institute (WTCI), we help build the next generation of leaders through our Global Pathways for Students (GPS) program. 

College sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to participate. They tour global businesses headquartered in the Mid-Atlantic and meet with executives so they get an inside look at how different organizations work and make the professional connections needed to stand out in the competitive job market. Participants are called Albrecht fellows, in honor of GPS and WTCI founder Dr. James Albrecht.  

Support the GPS Program

Help cultivate our region's next generation of global leaders by supporting this program.

Apply for the GPS Program

Click on the button below to apply for the next cohort of Global Pathways for Students which begins in the summer of 2023.

Program at a Glance 

  • Learn about company business strategies and cultures
  • Get advice on how to apply and interview for jobs at companies
  • Hear first-hand stories of how people became company leaders
  • Build long-lasting working relationships with like-minded peers and mentors
  • Participate in a leadership and communications workshop
  • Learn how to make the best use of LinkedIn
  • Students for the 2022 cohort will meet daily August 22-26, September 9 and 23, October 7 and 21, and November 4

Learn from the Pros

Albrecht Fellow Shaing Ideas

GPS sessions are led by business leaders and other WTCI network experts, all affiliated with Mid-Atlantic entities that work globally – such as Under Armour and the World Bank. This kind of real-world learning cannot happen in a classroom. Check out the entities that provided speakers for the 2021 cohort. Speakers for the 2022 cohort will be announced soon.

Top Reasons to Participate:

  • For students: Learn about global business and leadership from well-established executives at various venues, including WTCI events. 
  • For educators: Get assistance in preparing your students for careers in global business.
  • For business leaders: Help the Mid-Atlantic attract and retain top talent, including at your company or nonprofit. 

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Albrecht Fellowships

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Become a Fellow

Approximately 25 fellows are selected each year. Applicants must demonstrate an aptitude for high-level leadership, a trajectory that shows achievement, strong communication and interpersonal skills, and the willingness to make a commitment of their personal time to participate in the program. The cost to be part of the program is $250.  

“This is a program with so much intentionality related to making connections. There’s nowhere else you can go as a college student to get access to these business leaders."

- Aeliana Lomax of Loyola University Maryland, 2018 Albrecht Fellow

Program Founder:
Dr. James Albrecht

The idea to create the Global Pathways for Students program came from Baltimore icon Dr. James Albrecht. The program marries two of his lifelong interests: youth education and global business. Bringing those interests together under the umbrella of WTCI was a natural, as Dr. Albrecht has been involved with the organization for more than three decades. He was a member of the first WTCI Board of Directors. The aptly named Albrecht Fellowships are awarded to participants of the Global Pathways for Students and Youth Diplomats programs.

Jim Albrecht - Albrecht Fellowships Founder

2022 Albrecht Fellowships Committee

  • Jim Albrecht: retired group vice president, McCormick & Company
  • Miji Bell: associate dean, public affairs & communications,
    Princeton University, School of Public and International Affairs
  • Peter Bowe: retired CEO, Ellicott Dredges
  • Joe Cumello: vice president and head of global marketing, Ciena Corporation
  • Brant Matthews: vice president of global strategic procurement, McCormick & Company
  • Caroline Quijada: principal associate of international development, Abt Associates
  • Shelly Talcott: senior director of integration & initiatives, Corus International
  • Sylvia Toense: head of global brand marketing, T. Rowe Price
  • Tracey Durant: executive director of the Office of Equity, Baltimore City Public Schools

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Need More Info?

For more information about Global Pathways for Students, contact Director of Fellowships Charise Liggins.

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