Undergraduate International business majors are encouraged to incorporate a study abroad experience during their sophomore or junior year. Drake has an international studies office with highly qualified staff to work with you and your adviser to plan a study abroad trip that furthers your goals. While the most popular programs for Drake students are in Europe, there are study abroad opportunities in all parts of the world, and semester at sea programs also are available.
Internship opportunities are available during the school year with businesses in the Des Moines area. Summer opportunities extend to other regions of the country. These paid internships allow you to gain additional experience in international-related business operations. Summer internship programs, such as the Iowa Council for International Understanding and the Iowa Management Association Program, are available to students on a competitive basis. Organizations with possible internships include The Prudential Financial Corporation, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Minnesota Mutual Life, Wells Fargo, Kemin Industries, and state government agencies with international involvement.
International Business majors often enter as specialists or trainees in multi-national corporations, which may include assignments allowing for international experiences. Graduates are prepared to advance through specialist, supervisory, and managerial ranks in multinational corporations, international trading companies, government agencies, and international institutions such as the Export-Import Bank, World Bank, and Overseas Investment Corporation. Many international business students add a second major in a functional area such as accounting, finance, marketing or management. The functional area major helps employers in placing the graduate within an organization.