Student Opportunities

International/Global Experiences

Because of today's highly interconnected global business environment, international business experience is priceless.

China Trip

Every few years, business students travel to China to learn about Chinese culture, government and international business. On our latest trip, a group of 20 students traveled with Professor Dick Elliott to Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong. They visited with Chinese CPAs and several businesses, including 3M, Cargill, General Electric (GE), Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, and visited popular sites such as Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall, Temple of Heaven and the Forbidden City. Explore images from that trip in the gallery below.

Guatemala Trip

New in 2011! A group of business students traveled to Guatemala over spring break with Professor James Smith to establish three computer training centers and teach computer skills to villagers in rural Guatemala as a means of improving their livelihood.


Every Northwestern business student completes at least one semester-long internship. An internship provides realistic, hands-on experience and valuable networking. Many students find it opens the doors to a full-time position after graduation. It is a great opportunity to apply what you learn in the classroom and experience the business world in a more realistic environment.

One of the primary benefits of an internship is that it allows you to “test the waters" to determine whether or not a particular area or company is a good fit with your interests and skills. For more information on internships, visit the Center for Calling & Career.

Day trips to local corporations

Business classes regularly visit local corporations within the Twin Cities to experience a variety of business organizations—from Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurial start-ups and non-profits.

In addition, guest speakers from the business community commonly visit our classrooms. These experiences give you the opportunity to learn about these companies and make valuable contacts in the business world.

Some of the companies we've visited this year are Andersen Corporation, Children's Hospital, Cummins, Ecowater, Land O' Lakes, Medtronic and Whole Foods. 

Leadership Center

The Leadership Center at University of Northwestern provides students with the opportunity to develop their leadership qualities and abilities in order to influence the world for Jesus Christ. You can deepen your abilities and understanding of leadership by adding a Leadership Minor and getting involved in the Leadership Development Program. Northwestern champions the "servant-leader" as its guiding model of leadership. Learn more about the Leadership Center.

Eagle Scholars Honors Program

The Eagle Scholars Honors Program exists to challenge high-ability students to academic achievement beyond the normal rigors of college course work. Students are expected to perform at a high level in both quantity and quality of their academic work as a testimony to the Christian call to excellence. Learn more about the Eagle Scholars Honors Program.

Off Campus and Study Abroad

Northwestern Students have the opportunity to participate in off-campus study and study abroad programs.  Gain a new experience and even complete an internship in another part of the country or around the world! Learn more about Off Campus and Study Abroad Programs.