News & Events

We have so much to be thankful for this year! First of all, we would like to thank you for supporting DrakeIBiz over the past several years. Our students would not be able to achieve their dreams and goals without your participation and support! Here are a few reasons for us to celebrate...

  • 23% annual growth in DrakeIBiz majors over the last 3 years.
  • 28% annual growth in study abroad among CBPA students.
  • Drake International Management students working with Iowa-based organizations such as Greater Des Moines Partnership, and Principal Financial Group on internationalization issues.
  • Professor Kappen receiving honors for best international dissertation research at the Academy of Management and being named Program Chair of the largest national Academy of International Business chapter.
  • Signing an agreement with Universidad de los Andes earlier this year and visiting Chile with Dean Terri Vaughan to expand internship and study abroad opportunities.

As always, please feel free to send us YOUR stories and updates by emailing, joining us on LinkedIn, or tweeting your pictures and updates to @DrakeIBiz!

Far East Expo

"Studying abroad in Shanghai, China was one of the best experiences of my life. Because of that, I always knew I wanted to go back to China." Samantha Williams is now teaching at the Southwest University of Political Science and Law (SWUPL) in Chongqing, China. She reflects upon her desires to refine her life goals and how learning and being a part of the culture in China will help her in her life as a business person. Read more about Samantha's journey.

Far and Away

The Drake University men's soccer team played the eight games in Guadalajara, Mexico, where a partnership with the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, better known as Monterrey Tec, enabled the Drake men's and women's soccer teams to experience the best of both worlds: studying abroad and participating in international competition. Read more in this article featured in the spring 2015 issue of NCAA Champion magazine.

Frank's Fixies Co.

Frank’s Fixies is a bicycle company based in Des Moines, Iowa, established in late 2013 by Aaron Hermsen and Joaquin Valdes after they got inspired during their days as foreign students in Shanghai, China. Read more about their journey here.

4 Ways Studying Abroad Will Help Get You a Job

"I spent six months traveling and studying in the Middle East...I improved my Arabic, gained historical insight vital to my field of study, and became a more independent and confident human being. Here are three ways doing a similar study abroad trip will help land you a job and jump start your career after graduation." Read more from 2013 graduate Cody Austin and his experiences in the Middle East.

DrakeIBiz Newsletter – October

Welcome to the October edition of the DrakeIBiz Newsletter! We are excited to see a rise in the number of new International Business majors even since the beginning of the year! Our faculty was been busy all summer developing new courses, promoting study abroad, engaging our DrakeIBiz alumni and working with local companies! Click here‌ ‌to see our October Newsletter and subscribe to future newsletters to stay in touch. Spread the word that International Business is the perfect second major!  Recruit a friend and claim your international prize by tweeting to @DrakeIBiz with the hashtag #IBJoining!

DrakeIBiz Newsletter - August

Welcome back to campus and to our August DrakeIBiz Newsletter! We are excited to welcome a record number of new International Business majors in the Class of 2018! Our faculty have been busy all summer developing new courses, promoting study abroad, engaging our DrakeIBiz alumni and working with local companies! Click here ‌to see our August newsletter and subscribe to future newsletters to stay in touch. Spread the word that International Business is the perfect second major!  Recruit a friend and claim your international prize by tweeting to @DrakeIBiz with the hashtag #IBJoining!

#IAmDrake

Dr. Mitchell was honored to give this year's Fall Convocation address to the incoming class of 2018!  In his remarks, he talked about the future of the International Business program and drew from DrakeIBiz student experiences to address the convocation theme "I Am Drake"!  Read the full convocation speech here.

Drake's Approach to Globalization

"International Business at Drake doesn't get enough recognition. I've learned more about our rapidly globalizing world being in this program than I would have anywhere else..." Read more from Mollie Wheeler.

Learning to Tackle the Real World

"After graduation I began a full-time position at Kemin Industries as a Marketing Coordinator in the Food Technologies division.  In this role, I work with colleagues in Asia, Europe, and South America on a daily basis..." Read more from Mackenzie Russo.

DrakeIBiz Newsletter - July

Welcome to the new DrakeIBiz July Newsletter. ‌Browse stories about Professor Kappen's experiences at the World Cup in Brazil, Brooklyn Contreras' study abroad and internship with Principal Financial Group in Chile and other summer DrakeIBiz happenings! To subscribe to future newsletters, click here.

Jeff Kappen's travels to the World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

Brooklyn Contreras' experience in Chile has shaped her view of the world.

CBPA News
December 2, 2016
Students in the Drake University College of Business and Public Administration had the opportunity to learn from Drake alumni and professional managers about post-graduation career opportunities during Finance Career Night on Wednesday, Oct. 26.
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