North Central College - Naperville, IL

Business isn't all business

Studying business at a small liberal arts college makes perfect sense—and dollars and cents. That's because you can enjoy music, travel, athletics, theatre or any other passion you have while gaining valuable preparation for the business world through internships and campus activities. Beyond classes in accounting, finance, economics, marketing and management, North Central gives you endless opportunities to develop your leadership skills, resumé and business talents, while having plenty of fun, too. Your agenda could include any (or all) of these great opportunities:

American Marketing Association

Learn more about the fascinating world of marketing and advertising by networking with visiting speakers and helping prepare a case study for a major corporation like Kodak or Nintendo. You can also join your peers and professors at a national convention in New Orleans. "The case is an amazing experience—it gave all of us the opportunity to work on a project that could have had real-world implications," says Brett Hulett, marketing and management major. "Just knowing that some of our ideas could have made it into Nintendo's strategic marketing plans was really exciting!"

Entrepreneurship and International Business Organization

Gain hands-on experience in import/export projects while obtaining entrepreneurial experience, too. International business major Carolina Hirsch worked in Mexico on a three-person team seeking a Mexican distributor for a U.S. elevator company. She met with distributors, advised the company about using services provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce and served as translator. "That was probably my most interactive, hands-on business experience at North Central," she says.

Entrepreneurship and International Business Organization

Gain hands-on experience in import/export projects while obtaining entrepreneurial experience, too. International business major Carolina Hirsch worked in Mexico on a three-person team seeking a Mexican distributor for a U.S. elevator company. She met with distributors, advised the company about using services provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce and served as translator. "That was probably my most interactive, hands-on business experience at North Central," she says.

Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE)

Experience the challenges and benefits of importing coffee and other goods from developing countries. NCC's Best is a student-run business that not only seeks to turn a profit but also raises awareness about socially conscious products. "We enable the producers to enter global markets and earn appropriate living wages off their goods," says Meghan Steinbeiss, a political science major. SIFE members are both business and liberal arts majors, who can all participate in an annual excursion to Guatemala to meet the coffee farmers. "I enjoy being a part of this organization because it not only enriches my own life, but also the lives of others," adds Meghan.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

More than 25 accounting majors are volunteering to help people in the community with tax preparation. They become certified to provide free federal and state income tax assistance for the elderly, non-English speaking individuals, and
low-income families and individuals. "Last year, every client I worked with received a refund, and I could tell that each one of them was so happy," says Jessica Andersen, an accounting major. "A few would tell their life stories and become emotional and it was so rewarding because you can't be sure those individuals would have figured out their total correct refund. If you're willing to put in the time and the effort, you get a great introduction to the practical side of taxes with ample guidance from the professional volunteers. And this is a great opportunity to get involved in the local community."

And More

Other students participate in the annual Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization convention at McCormick Place in Chicago and the Self-Employment in the Arts Conference in Lisle, IL. International travel and internships are available through extensive study abroad programs and short-term trips are offered during D-Term. In December 2011, a trip to Nicaragua led by Jeff Anstine, associate professor of management, will examine the topic, "Tourism, Indigenous Products and the Global Economy." Business students can also enjoy annual short-term trips to Greece and Turkey with Robert Moussetis, associate professor of international business, who uses the excursion to present the challenges and opportunities of southeast Europe.

29/03/2011