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Business Administration

Fiona Hope interned with Territory Discoveries tourism company as part of the Augustana in Australia program.
  • Careers/internships
  • About the program
  • What students say

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."


Antonio Owens '15: peak experience

"My peak experience was during my junior year when I took a management concepts course with Fred Smith. During that course, I finally realized what I wanted to do after I graduated... it truly did help guide me to the perfect internship I earned in New York that upcoming summer and was the reason I declared my major in business management."

Laura Behnke '15: found it!

Laura Behnke will begin working full-time with Crowe Horwath LLP in September. "I really didn't know what I wanted to major in," she said. "I took Principles of Accounting my sophomore year. I found that it was something I was pretty good at, and it interested me. I met with Dr. Delaney in the accounting department to talk more about the major; after which, I knew I wanted to go into accounting."

Survey: Augustana business students rate experience higher

The business program at Augustana College is outperforming other colleges and universities across the nation when it comes to students' satisfaction with their academic experience, according to local and national polling data.

Adam Populorum '15: Augustana, for many reasons

Adam Populorum '15 will start work as a project manager and implementation consultant for Epic Systems in Madison, Wis., after graduation.

Nathan Kyes '15: personal growth

Nathan Kyes '15 will attend Wake Forest University for a master's in accountancy and then start full-time at Deloitte. He used Augie Choice to go to Trinidad and Tobago with the men's varsity soccer team.

Andy Shearouse '15: expanded focus

"I interned in the EDGE Center during the summer before my freshman year and already knew that I wanted to take a leadership position in the center. Yet my focus has changed as I shifted to studying computer science and marketing, which are majors that were not on my radar my freshman year."
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