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Business Administration


Fiona Hope interned with Territory Discoveries tourism company as part of the Augustana in Australia program.
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Augustana’s full-time director of business internships works closely with students to place them in their ideal internships, both national and international. Ninety percent of business students complete internships, compared with 75 percent nationwide. Recent placements include AT&T Global Accounts, Caterpillar, Chicago Bears, Deere & Company, Edward Jones, Kraft Foods and the American Red Cross.

The college’s three-term academic calendar allows students to pursue internships and international study. The college offers a variety of programs, including an eight-week business internship in Sydney, Australia, or in London, England. Also, the Business Administration Department supports programs to Vietnam and Russia.

Recent placements include AT&T Global Accounts, WGN-TV, Chicago Bears, John Deere, Merrill Lynch, Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the American Red Cross.

During the annual Business Day, students job-shadow and spend one-on-one time with local employers.

2013 graduates

Here's a sampling of what 2013 accounting graduates are doing:

Ben Heaton was offered a job at Deloitte LLP in Davenport, Iowa, as an audit assistant.

Kimberly Olson spent a term interning at State Farm Insurance and got a job as an auditor at Selden Fox, LTD, in Oak Brooke, Ill.

Augustana offers majors in business administration and international business. Each business administration major also completes a concentration in one of five areas: management, marketing, finance, international business or management information systems.

Before beginning coursework in their specialty, all business majors complete general courses in economics, statistics, accounting and business writing.

The department’s focus on written and spoken communication is reinforced by small, interactive classes. The class size for business administration generally averages about 20.

Business administration is one of Augustana’s most popular academic programs.

Facts and distinctions

The department has 11 full-time faculty members, eight of whom hold a Ph.D.

The department's international study terms are programs in Australia, London and Russia.

Augustana has four clubs specifically geared toward business majors: Beta Upsilon Sigma (Business Club), Investor's Club, Advertising Developers and the Augustana Accounting Association.

Matthew McIntyre ’12, interned at Case IH in Racine, Wis.

“The Augustana Business Department taught me a lot for life after college. I feel well prepared in any situation and with any task that is thrown my direction because I feel I received such a broad education from our professors."

Paul Kleinhans-Schulz '14, interned at the Cedar Rapids Kernels minor league baseball franchise in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

"The Business Administration department does everything possible to help students succeed in the real world after college. They offer great student organizations that help students learn about what professionals do in their line of work and how students need to prepare to enter the job market after college."

More Than I Imagined: Paul Kleinhans-Schulz

Paul Kleinhans-Schulz '14 started work as an account executive with the Quad Cities River Bandits after graduation. And no wonder: The business major had four sports-related internships, including one in Sydney, Australia.

More Than I Imagined: Austin Zarbuck

Austin Zarbuck '14 is at The Ohio State University on a fellowship to earn a master's in accounting. "I thought I knew two things — that I did not want to be an accountant and that I wanted to be done with school in four years. Now I’m starting a career in accounting with plans to continue schooling. Both are things that I’m passionate and excited about."

More Than I Imagined: Hiba Ansari

After accounting internships that included Deere & Co., Hiba Ansari '14 is beginning as a business analyst for a management consulting practice in Des Moines. In the future, she’d like to pursue an MBA and start her own business.
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