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Internships & Careers


Paid internship opportunities are available during the school year and summer. Internships help majors gain valuable on-the-job experience and a competitive edge in today’s job market. A number of internships are available with organizations in the Des Moines area including: The Principal Financial Group, Wells Fargo, Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Firestone, MidAmerican Energy, and state and local government agencies.


Graduates often begin their careers in management training programs or specialist positions. They advance to supervisory, middle management and senior level positions in business activities such as staff assistance, operations, human resource management, franchise management, and consumer relations. Graduates also pursue unique leadership roles in profit, not-for-profit, and public organizations. Drake graduates are in the management hierarchy of leading companies throughout the world, including Procter & Gamble, Hallmark, Ralston Purina, Dun & Bradstreet, Hy-Vee, Target, Marsh and McClennan, US West Communications, Von Maur, Keystone Resort, Maytag, Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., Frito-Lay, ConAgra Inc., American Mutual Life, United Parcel Service, and The Principal Financial Group.

March 9, 2018
Students in the Drake University College of Business and Public Administration met with faculty, staff, and community leaders last month to celebrate and support the role of women in leadership.