Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Business Schools and Employment

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Business Schools and Employment

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Business Schools and Employment.

Business programs are among the most popular of programs on U.S. college campuses. One reason is the career and financial success of graduates in the field. Graduates with degrees in business receive some of the highest entry-level salaries of all recent graduates -- ranging from mid $30,000 to mid $40,000 for undergraduates, and starting at around $50,000 for MBAs. And the internships business students receive are often an excellent entree into their first job.

"Internships give students an employment edge," says North Carolina A&T career counselor Leon Warren. "With an internship, a company has an opportunity to look at the student, and vice versa. If a match is made, then there is usually a job offer. And sometimes, students who go to work for the company they interned with are treated to a higher salary than others who had never worked for the company."

At Florida A&M, summer internships are a requirement of business majors. And because the program is international in scope, the final internship frequently is done abroad -- in places like Niger, Russia, mainland China, Brazil and France.

"Our students do an average of three internships, in three different industries, and usually in three different locations," says Dr. …

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