Undergraduate Business Education
Business Administration and Marketing Programs
Participate in the top university business internship program in Oregon (ranked number one by the Business Education Compact). At Concordia University, 100 percent of the students in the Business Administration and Marketing programs have the opportunity to complete an internship. The vast majority of business internships turn into full-time employment opportunities upon graduation. As compared to other universities which do not offer internships, Concordia graduates are in an enviable position; they can earn a job offer and begin their careers immediately upon graduation.
The purpose of this internship is to help students apply academic knowledge to a supervised work environment. The internship brings together academic preparation with an actual employment situation providing the students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge, communication, decision-making, and problem solving skills.
Students enrolled in the Business Administration or the Marketing degree program may wish to travel overseas on trips arranged by AIFS, AHA, or IE3. Students may enroll in courses with accredited institutions in other countries and transfer their credits to help satisfy CU required degree requirements provided the grade is a C grade or higher. More specifically, students who complete an internship overseas with AIFS, AHA, or IE3 may satisfy Concordia's Internship requirements. Students must check with their academic advisor to evaluate the transfer of course work completed at other accredited institutions who partner with AIFS, AHA, or IE3. To learn more about opportunities to study abroad, see the Director of Internships in the School of Management or the Director of International Studies.
Students may complete coursework and/or internship with AIFS (The American Institute For Foreign Study, Inc.). AIFS and its family of companies organizes cultural exchange programs throughout the world for more than 50,000 students each year and arranges insurance coverage for our own participants as well as participants of other organizations. The group, a privately owned U.S. corporation with wholly owned overseas subsidiaries, has annual revenues in excess of $130 million. Since our founding in 1964, more than a million students and teachers have participated in AIFS programs worldwide.
Students may also complete coursework with AHA International. AHA International offers students, faculty members, and institutions opportunities to develop intercultural competence through international experience and education. Although AHA does not sponsor internships, students who wish to receive college credit to satisfy Concordia internship requirements based on an overseas educational experience, must obtain approval from the Internship Director, School of Management.
Students may also complete internships with IE3 Global Internships. IE3 Global Internships (formerly Global Graduates - The Oregon International Internship Program) was created by the Oregon University System to provide university students in the Pacific Northwest with an improved understanding of global issues and equip them with professional experience and international competence. Since the beginning of the program in 1995, over 1200 interns have been placed in at least 82 countries worldwide. Students earn academic credit on their home campuses while abroad on their internship. IE3 Global Internships arranges placement and provides pre-departure orientation, international health insurance, learning tools, monitoring and support. A program fee is charged in lieu of tuition. The program fee includes academic credit (up to 12 quarter credit hours the first term). Most forms of financial aid can be applied toward the costs of an internship.
Masters of Business Administration Program
An MBA internship provides for an executive or key management level experience in a local business/corporation. Internship opportunities serve as an integrative, hands-on learning experience using the analysis, general management, and planning tools learned during the program.
These are a few of the many sponsors who have provided internship opportunities to Concordia students enrolled in School of Management programs:
- Agri-Business Council of Oregon
- Bonneville Power Administration
- Boys& Girls Clubs of Portland
- Christie School
- City of Portland
- City of Vancouver
- Enterprise Rent-A-Car
- Freightliner Corporation
- Hazelnut Growers of Oregon
- Hewlett-Packard Company
- In Focus
- Intel Corporation
- John L. Scott Realtors
- KATU, Channel 2
- KXL, 95.5 FM
- Marquis Companies
- Mercy Corps International
- Mt. Hood Athletic Club
- Multnomah Athletic Club
- Nature Conservancy of Oregon
- Oregon Business Magazine
- Oregon Department of Education
- Oregon Department of Revenue
- Oregon State Fair/Expo Center
- Oregon Zoo
- Portland Beavers/Timber Soccer
- Portland Family Entertainment
- Portland Fire Women’s Basketball
- Portland General Electric
- Portland Rose Festival Association
- Portland Trailblazers
- Portland Winterhawks
- River Place Athletic Club
- Rose Quarter
- Sherwin-Williams Company
- Standard Insurance Company
- Tektronix, Inc.
- U.S. Bank
- U.S. Export Assistance Center
- Volunteers of America
- Wells Fargo Bank
- Widmer Brothers Brewing Company