Albrecht Fellowship for College Students

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 Albrecht Fellowship for college students. 

College sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to participate. They tour global businesses headquartered in the Mid-Atlantic and meet with executives. This gives them an inside look at how different organizations work and the opportunity to make professional connections needed to stand out in the competitive job market.

The program they participate in is called Global Pathways for Students. It runs for 10 days in August, as well as several days in September and October. Participants are called Albrecht fellows, in honor of fellowship and WTCI founder Dr. James Albrecht.  

Support the Albrecht Fellowship

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

Apply for an Albrecht Fellowship

Now accepting applications from college students. Apply by May 20th to be considered for the 2023 cohort.

Fellowship at a Glance 

  • Learn about business strategies and cultures
  • Get advice on how to apply and interview for jobs at companies
  • Hear first-hand stories of how people became 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

Learn from the Pros

Albrecht Fellow Shaing Ideas

Fellowship 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 a recent cohort

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. 

Faces of WTCI

A Healthy Outlook

Not wanting to sit idle as internships and summer jobs evaporated due to the pandemic, Keren Herrán applied for the WTCI Albrecht Fellowship. Not only did she broaden her horizons by learning more about global business, but she made a lifelong connection with an invaluable mentor.

Become a Fellow

Approximately 30 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. The application deadline is May 20th. 

“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

Fellowship 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

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

The sponsor of the Albrecht Fellowship is:


Need More Info?

For more information about the Albrecht Fellowship, contact Gina Buck or Nina Bankova at fellowships@wtci.org.

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