BLDP Code of Conduct

Business Leader Development Program Code of Conduct

  1. Seminar: The BLDP seminar is my first-step in the program. While BLDP seminars are pass/no credit at present, the work is graded and scored just like a conventional class. Regular attendance and participation are of paramount importance given the nature of the program. As a member of BLDP, I will:
    1. Attend the seminar regularly (one absence allowed with make-up assignment).
    2. Arrive on time for the seminar unless prior arrangements have been made.
    3. Be aware of all seminar policies and responsibilities as outlined in the course syllabus.
    4. _______ Actively participate in each class session.
    5. Conduct myself professionally with all executive speakers and on all field trips.
    6. Send thank you notes as assigned to our guest executives.
  2. Shadowing: The Executive Shadowing Program matches you with an executive to spend time with, learning about their career. If I apply and am selected for this program, I will:
    1. Initiate contact with my executive and schedule a mutually-acceptable time.
    2. Follow through with my appointment as scheduled.
    3. Contact the BLDP Director immediately with any problems or questions.
    4. Follow through with thank you notes and a summary submitted to the Director.
  3. Representing BLDP and the School of Business: As a BLDP member, you may volunteer to represent the BLDP, the School of Business, and/or our campus at various events. If participating, I will:
    1. Conduct myself professionally at all times.
    2. Prepare for speaking in advance and share accurate information with the audience.
    3. Arrive on time and be appropriately dressed.
    4. Speak respectfully and factually without bias or misrepresentation.
  4. BLDP Events and Attendance: BLDP offers many events such as workshops, executive lunches, and other networking activities. If I sign up, I will:
    1. Arrive at the event on-time.
    2. Cancel in advance if unable to attend.
  5. Professionalism: BLDP members are expected to exhibit professionalism on campus and in the business world. As a member of BLDP, I will:
    1. Adhere to best practices regarding social media use (e.g. no inflammatory posts).
    2. Maintain a positive presence on LinkedIn (if applicable).
    3. Act courteously and professionally in your role as a BLDP member.
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BLDP Shadowing Days Application

After being notified of a match, students are responsible for providing personal information to the matched executive (e.g., current resume and cover letter with information on career ambitions). The information on this application is for internal use only, for us to match you as well as possible with and executive from among our alumni database.

BLDP Application

The Spring 2021 Application is now open! 

Priority will be given to applications received by Sunday, November 15, 2020. Applications are accepted until all seats are filled. Space is limited, so apply early!

The seminar application process is our gateway for entry into the program. Upon acceptance into BLDP, students will be emailed their acceptance letter plus a special permission number allowing registration for the BLDP seminar.


Seminar applications are solicited each semester and require

  1. completed application form (submitted online and found elsewhere on this website),
  2. a personal essay, and
  3. two letters of recommendation (one academic; one other).

Rutgers-Camden students are invited to apply to apply for enrollment in the BLDP seminar. All applicants are expected to meet both of the following selection criteria:  Have sophomore standing or above and have an overall GPA of 3.0 or above. First-semester transfer students will be evaluated based on their GPA earned at Rutgers. Students who fail to meet these admission criteria may still be allowed to apply for (and possibly enroll in) the BLDP seminar, but they will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

The director balances evaluations to make final decisions on people accepted for the seminar (up to a maximum of 15-20 each semester).

Students who are admitted to the BDLP are rquired to adopt the BLDP Code of Conduct. A signed contract is required from each student.

Students may count activities toward “leadership units” that were initiated prior to taking a seminar, as long as those activities occur primarily during their enrollment in their academic program.

Application for Admission to BLDP Seminar

Applications For BLDP Seminar will be ongoing until class is filled.

  • * Indicates a required field.

  • Contact Information

  • Academic Information

  • Please enter a number from 0 to 500.
  • Transfer students only.
  • Employment Information

  • List relevant employment history

  • EmployerPositionDates of Employment 
  • School Leadership Information

  • Provide evidence of leadership initiative while enrolled in school by listing all school-based organizations and activities in which you have held a leadership role while a student.

  • OrganizationRoleDates 
  • Community Leadership Information

  • Provide a list of community or volunteer activities in which you engaged in a leadership role.

  • OrganizationRoleDates of Activity 
  • Essay

  • Please write a short essay between 150 to 350 words, in which you discuss the reasons why your application should be considered for the Business Leader Development Program, including what you hope to gain from the program and what you can contribute.

  • Additional Submission Instructions

  • For your application to be complete, this form and TWO REFERENCE LETTERS must be on file in the Director's office. Ideally, you will receive one letter from an academic source (e.g., a former or current instructor), and one from a business source (e.g., a former employer - even if for a part-time or volunteer position). Your letter writers should mail them directly to: Dr. Oscar Holmes IV, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, Rutgers University, School of Business, 227 Penn Street, Camden, NJ 08102 or email the letters to

    Please only submit one application. If you experience any technical problems or need to submit the application again, please contact

    Thank you.

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