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Business Administration

Ninety percent of business students complete internships, compared with 75 percent nationwide. 

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Augustana offers majors in Business Administration and International Business.

Business Administration majors choose an area of emphasis: management, marketing, finance, international business or management information systems.

International Business majors also take foreign language classes, and study and intern abroad.  

Careers and internships

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. 

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. The Business Administration Department also supports programs to Vietnam and Russia.

Recent placements include AT&T Global Accounts, Caterpillar, WGN-TV, Chicago Bears, John Deere, Edward Jones, Kraft Foods, 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:

Dylan Sortillo '18 is a sales consultant for the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix, Ariz.

Leo Nguyen '18 is a communications associate at the Coalition on Human Needs in Washington, D.C.

Mitch Johnson '18 is an actuarial assistant at Horace Mann Educators Corporation.

Zhiqing (Janice) Wu '18 is a business program manager at Microsoft in Seattle. She was a 2018 Forbes Fellow.

Lauren Goggin '17 is working in IT-Cybersecurity Consulting at Plante Moran in Chicago.

Michael Danials '17 is a senior auditor at Deloitte in St. Louis.

Trang Jenny Ho '17 is an auditor at Deloitte in Los Angeles.

Andrew Beveroth '16 is a corporate staff accountant at Wahl Clipper Corporation in Sterling, Ill.

Sarah Oberg '16 is working for John Deere in accounting and finance and pursuing a doctorate at Loyola University, Chicago.


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.

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.


Augustana College is affiliated with the CFA Institute, a global, not-for-profit organization, that is the world’s largest association of investment professionals. 

Affiliated institutions embed a significant portion of the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Program Candidate body of knowledge, including the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct, into their curriculums.

What students say

Matthew McIntyre ’12, is a demand planner at Case IH in Milwaukee after completing an internship

“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; assistant general manager of operations with the Quad Cities River Bandits in Davenport

"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."

Janelle VanWatermeulen '11, business administration-marketing and management; Employed full-time at John Deere Dubuque Works in Dubuque, Iowa, and attending graduate school part-time to earn the MBA

"I graduated from Augustana in only three years. My peak experience was working part-time at John Deere Seeding Group in Moline, Illinois. I worked at John Deere for three years while at Augustana, and my last summer I was able to travel to China for work! It was an amazing experience, and one I will remember forever."

April Runde '13, international business and Spanish; Pursuing a career as an entrepreneur and successor of her family's startup business, Nack Enterprises, which is involved in the recycling industry

"I am in a better place than where I thought I would be four years ago. I came to college to improve upon my academics, but it is obvious that I have also bettered myself as a person. Today, I have a clearer view of where I stand morally, politically and socially. Augustana has provided me with the opportunities to study abroad in Spain, France, Vietnam and Hong Kong. Each experience was fantastic in its own right, but I feel especially moved by my time in Vietnam. I am forever a different, finer person because of it."

Danilo Panici '15, business administration-finance, accounting; Completed internships with Lincoln Way Community Bank as a commercial lending intern and Griffith Laboratories in the corporate finance/accounting department; currently a fixed asset lead with Mars, Chicago

"The business administration department really goes out of their way to help students succeed in the classroom and out in the real world. The variety of classes I took helped me succeed in the two internships I have completed so far. I know that once I graduate, I will be prepared for any job that is
thrown at me-thanks to my advisor and the faculty in the department."

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