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June 23-28, 2024

Full Tank Automotive Camp is an amazing opportunity for driven students to explore their automotive curiosity at a residential summer camp at Northwood University from Sunday, June 23 to Friday, June 28, 2024.

Experience the Automotive Industry

At Full Tank Automotive Camp, students will be able to experience the automotive industry and life at Northwood before they graduate from high school. Create connections and network with other automotive students, faculty, and industry-experts.

Why Attend Full Tank Automotive Camp?

With the guidance of current Northwood University Automotive Marketing students and faculty, campers learn how entrepreneurs, corporate marketers, assembly plant supervisors, and operations managers drive success in a global free enterprise society. This also allows students to experience what college life is like at Northwood. 

The lessons and skills that campers learn can influence their future leadership in business — whether their career is inside or outside the automotive industry.  

This camp is designed for students interested in auto shows, car collections, plant tours, design, or auto museums related to a S.T.E.A.M. career in the automotive industry. 

S – Sales
T – Training
E – Engineering
A – Accounting
M – Marketing

Skills Students Learn at Full Tank Auto Camp

There are many core business skills that campers will learn at Full Tank, including:

  • Learning how dealership profits center work
  • Discovering your individual skill set and how those skills relate to the automotive industry
  • Collaborating in teams
  • Problem-solving in a business setting
  • Communicating through advertising
  • Learning about the past, present, and future of the automotive industry 

Scholarships Available

We have a limited number of scholarships available for students who may need assistance in covering the cost of the camp. Our goal is to support as many students as possible through private donor scholarships from several generous supporters.

Please complete the scholarship section of the application to be considered for a scholarship.

Generously Sponsored by General Motors

We are honored that General Motors is interested in developing the next generation of automotive leaders and has generously invested in the Full Tank camp. This camp allows students to explore and experience a variety of automotive-related career opportunities. It also offers fun activities as students meet others with similar interests as automotive enthusiasts.

Fun Activities at Full Tank Automotive Camp

This is a hands-on, experiential learning camp! Your experiences will include:

  • A classic car show, hosted by Hagerty
  • Meeting Autumn Schwalbe, a Northwood University alumuna and race car driver
  • Hearing from automotive experts from around the world through the Automotive Hall of Fame
  • Field trips to various automotive-inspired locations, like the newly-renovated Sloan Museum of Discovery
  • Behind-the-scenes tours of local dealerships
  • A Great Lakes Loons baseball game at Dow Diamond
  • Daily mini-challenges to stimulate your curiosity and creativity; like creating your own car commercial
  • Scavenger hunts to fully immerse you in campus life at NU
  • Recreational activities in the evenings at sports complexes on campus
  • A graduation ceremony for your family to celebrate your accomplishments at camp!

Total Costs to Attend

Full Tank Auto Camp is valued at $1,500. However, the support of private donors allows us to reduce the cost to students.


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Full Tank Auto Camp FAQs

This camp is designed for high school students, entering into high school as freshman in the fall of 2024, sophomores, juniors and up to graduating high school seniors, class of 2024.

All students entering 9th grade through 12th grade are encouraged to apply. A group of Northwood professionals will carefully review each application and respond via email. Applicants will also receive more information about the cost of the camp and the scholarship application in the near future.

This is an overnight residential camp that is chaperoned with security and medical care on the grounds. The camp will take place at the Northwood University Campus in Midland, Michigan with buses transporting students for extra circular activities for fun and exploration within the state of Michigan. Accommodations will also take place in the dorms on the Northwood University Campus. The camp takes place Sunday, June 23th, 2024, with drop off from 3-6 pm. We hope to conclude the program with a special ceremony on Friday, June 28th (more details coming soon). Parents, students, and industry professionals are welcome to attend this ceremony.

  • Refillable water bottle
  • Ready-to-eat snacks
  • (We provide breakfast, lunch and dinner, but we strongly recommend that students bring their own snacks in between meals.)
  • Bedding: blanket(s), pillow(s) and towels
  • Toiletries
  • Clothes/hangers
  • Shower shoes
  • Small fan (optional)
  • Laptop computer (optional)
  • Tablet computer (optional)
  • Sunglasses (optional)
  • Sunscreen (recommended)
  • Cell phone (optional)

Full Tank Auto Camp is an active learning environment. We want students to be comfortable. As a general rule, students should dress in the same manner as they would at their school.

As a private university, we are uniquely positioned to offer a safe camp experience for students.

Full Tank Auto Camp is located on the campus of Northwood University in Midland, Michigan (4000 Whiting Drive, Midland, Michigan 48640).

Students will be supervised by faculty and staff during the day-time and Resident Assistants in the evening. Resident Assistants will be staying in the housing area to ensure the comfort and safety of all (24-hour supervision).

Northwood has excellent safety and security professionals who continuously monitor the campus.

Safety and Security Phone:

The Northwood campus has just two entrance points, which allows for the safe and effective management of campus entry. The campus is closed to entry at night.

All campers will need to complete the required Camper Permissions Form. A link to the form will be available soon. Parents/guardians must complete the form for any camper under the age of 18.

Questions? Please call 989-837-4289 or fill out the form below.


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