Internships are an important component of professional development for business students. Many students complete one to three internships prior to graduation. The goal of an internship is for students to obtain real world experience, applying knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. Most internships are paid, averaging $8-10 per hour, with rates higher, depending upon the nature of the work. Students work approximately 8-10 hours per week during the school year. Summer internships are normally full-time.
The College of Business and Public Administration hosts fall career fairs for Accounting, Finance, and Actuarial Science students. The college also participates in the university’s Internship and Career Fair each spring, open to all majors. These events give students the chance to personally connect and network with company representatives. Handshake, Drake’s online job posting system allows students to search and apply for positions. Many companies also come to campus for on-campus interviewing. The Career Services Manager is available year round to assist students and is housed in the Career and Professional Development Center, sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank.
Examples of companies that recruit and hire Drake students: Allstate, Aviva, Berkshire Hathaway, ConAgra Foods, EMC Insurance Companies, ING, JPMorgan, Nationwide, Principal Financial Group, Meredith Corporation, Towers Perrin, Wells Fargo.
The College of Business and Public Administration's approach to business studies exposes students to a multidisciplinary methodology with background in leadership, operations of businesses, work cultures and functions. It is particularly appropriate for students who anticipate a career in management.