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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.

Recent graduates

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

Brian DeSimone '12 is the social media content lead at 120 Sports.

Ben Heaton '13 was offered a job at Deloitte LLP in Davenport, Iowa, as an audit assistant.

Kimberly Olson '13 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."


Zarbuck '14 wins Elijah Watt Sells Award

Austin G. Zarbuck '14 is a winner of the Elijah Watt Sells Award, given to CPA candidates who have obtained a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination and passed all four sections of the examination on their first attempt.

Thome '73 named executive VP at SLM Corporation

Paul Thome '73 has been named executive vice president at SLM Corporation, commonly known as Sallie Mae. Thome serves as the company’s chief administration officer and president of Sallie Mae Bank, a position he has held since 2011. He graduated from Augustana with a degree in business administration.

Hannah Sundwall '15: dreaming big

Hannah Sundwall dreams of becoming a general manager for a major league baseball team. "I never thought that I would hold multiple executive board positions, including being the president of three clubs, working for a major league baseball team or moving across the country for a summer to a city I had never been to and move in with people I never met."

Anna Moorhead '15: impact

Anna is a business administration major with a focus in marketing and finance and a minor in Scandinavian studies. She is currently seeking work that "has an impact internationally or through cross-cultural connections in the organization...through the liberal arts [education], I have learned and experienced many things that have altered, developed and challenged my interests and passions"

Alysia Givens '15: exceeding expectations

Alysia Givens has been suprised that she could get a degree and focus on 3 diverse fields and achieve success. "Originally I thought I would have to choose and focus on just one area. I did not know four years ago that I would be able to graduate with a degree in psychology and business, as well as a minor in creative writing."

Seth Davis '15: self guidance

Seth Davis is a business administration marketing major with a political science minor who never saw himself as having a set plan for what he wanted to do as a career. "I learned, most of all, to trust myself. Whether it is on a baseball field or in a classroom, I feel much more comfortable looking for guidance within myself."
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