UVA Career Accelerator + Propel - Frequently Asked Questions

Please see below for commonly asked questions regarding the Propel program. 

Do I need to be a certain major to participate in Propel?

No! Propel is open to all majors, though particularly useful for students in the College of Arts & Science! The skills gained through Propel apply to many different career and educational paths. 

Do I have to sign up for all five sessions of Propel or can I sign up for just one session?

You do not have to sign up for all five sessions. Each session can stand alone with its unique project and there are no pre-requisites for any of the sessions. Students register for each session separately. 

Can I participate in more than one session?

Yes! Please make sure that you are available for the specific session dates though. Students who register for a session, but then do not participate will not be allowed to participate in future Propel sessions.

Do I have to participate in the Management Consulting Bootcamp if I am doing the Propel program?

The Consulting Bootcamp is not a requirement for participating in Propel––but, we highly recommend that students sign up for the Bootcamp as well. They are designed to pair well together––completing the Bootcamp will further hone the skills you develop through Propel and enhance the quality of the projects you create. 

If I’m a rising 2nd year student, can I participate in Propel? What if I am a May 2020 graduate?

Yes, but preference is given to rising 4th and 3rd years. Propel’s target audience is rising 4th and 3rd year students who do not have summer internships, especially those who lost their internships due to Covid-19. Each session is limited to 100 students and registration is on a first come, first serve basis. If additional spots remain available after the priority registration window closes, rising 2nd year students and May 2020 grads will be able to register for the program.

What is the time commitment of participating in Propel? What if I participate in both the Management Consulting Bootcamp and Propel?

We predict that Propel will approximately be a 10-12 hour per week commitment that includes orientation, time to work on client projects with your team, time to work with your mentor/coach, and your final capstone presentation. The Management Consulting Bootcamp is about a 4-5 hour per week commitment that includes the 1.5 hour live lecture and optional exercises*. Together, doing both Propel and the Management Consulting Bootcamp will likely be a 12-15 hour per week commitment. 

If you want to take advantage of the supplemental learning materials in both programs, this time commitment could go up to approximately 20 hours per week, which is about the equivalent of a part-time job. Taking advantage of all of the supplemental learning materials will help students who are participating in Propel to gain as much experience as possible despite not having a formal internship.

*Note – the Management Consulting Bootcamp does have a few weeks where the time commitment will be closer to 6-8 hours per week due to a few special projects

What’s an example of the type of project we will be working on for Propel?

Projects will address a wide variety of business challenges from market research and marketing strategy, digital transformation, product development, and social entrepreneurship. For example, you might help a small business respond to the impact of Covid-19 or support a company to perform a market analysis for a new product they would like to launch.

I’m in a different time zone than Virginia. Can I still participate in Propel?

Yes! Make sure you indicate your time zone in the registration form so we can try to pair you with teammates in similar time zones. 

Can I choose my team members?

Yes, you can sign up as a team by entering your preferred teammates’ names in the Propel registration form. Each individual team member must register on Handshake in order to participate. Registering as a team is completely optional! Students are welcome to register as individuals and we will assign you a team. 

My Wi-Fi at home is bad or I have limited access to the internet. Can I still participate?

Since this is an online program, students MUST have reliable internet access to US websites. Internet access is required for students to participate in the program. 

Can I participate in Propel if I already have a full-time internship this summer?

Propel is designed for students who could not secure full-time internships this summer due to Covid-19. We are trying to support these students the best we can and would appreciate if students with full-time internships do not register for Propel so that students in need can take advantage of the experience. 

Is it mandatory to participate in Propel’s orientation? 

Yes, the orientation session is mandatory for all team members and typically occurs in the morning of the first Monday of the Propel session. 

I am working part-time or taking a class this summer. Will I be able to participate in Propel? What if I have to miss a meeting?

It depends on the hours of your job/class. Orientation, company discovery calls, and the final capstone presentations are mandatory. Orientation is mandatory for all team members and typically occurs in the morning of the first Monday of the Propel session, company discovery calls will likely occur on Tuesday evenings at 5:30pm EST, and the final capstone presentations and closing ceremony will occur on the final Friday of the session within the 9:00am-3:00pm EST window. 

I just registered for Propel, and didn’t know I could have also participated in the Management Consulting Bootcamp! Is it okay to join the Bootcamp late? 

Ideally, we hope students can participate in all of the Bootcamp sessions, but no worries if you just heard about it! Please feel free to register and join as soon as possible, even if it’s before your Propel session begins so that you can take advantage of the learning and apply it later. 

I am on the waitlist for a Propel session. I am a rising second year or May 2020 graduate. What should I do?

As Propel is designed for rising 4th and 3rd year students who do not have summer internships, especially those who lost their internships due to Covid-19, you may have more trouble finding a spot in the Propel program. If additional spots remain available after the priority registration window closes, rising 2nd year students and May 2020 grads will be able to register for the program. You will be notified via email if you are moved off of the waitlist. However, the Management Consulting Bootcamp is available for any UVA student! Additionally, the Career Center has other opportunities to gain experience this summer. Check out UVA’s Coursera offerings, the Career Center’s Virtual Opportunities for Summer 2020 page, and the Career Center’s Gain Skills & Experience page for more opportunities!

I am on the waitlist and I am a rising 4th or 3rd year. How will I be notified?

You will be notified via email if you are moved off of the waitlist. We will make waitlist decisions if any slots become available after the registration close dates. In the meantime, please be aware of our other programs for this summer. The Management Consulting Bootcamp (Propel’s companion initiative) has a larger capacity than Propel. Additionally, the Career Center has other opportunities to gain experience this summer. Check out UVA’s Coursera offerings, the Career Center’s Virtual Opportunities for Summer 2020 page, and the Career Center’s Gain Skills & Experience page for more opportunities!

I can no longer participate in the Propel program. What should I do?

If you can no longer participate in the session you are enrolled in, you must withdraw your RSVP in Handshake before the registration close date and email Laura DelPrato (ld4mc@virginia.edu). Please note that if you do not complete your commitment or no show for this program, you will not be able to participate in future sessions.