Internships and Research

Internships and Research

Internships allow you to refine your skills, broaden your perspective and make valuable professional connections. Most of our business-to-business sales majors participate in internships during their junior and senior years.

As students, alumnae Cameo Gillson and Laura Dunlap found internships at 3M. Dunlap was a sales rep for the Industrial and Transportation business unit; Gillson worked on customer research for future services.

Other St. Kate’s internship sites include:

  • AssurX
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Ecolab
  • Mead Johnson Nutritionals
  • Owens & Minor
  • Upsher Smith
  • Verscene

More companies are looking for the opportunity to get in front of St. Kate’s students, says Lynn Schleeter, Center for Sales Innovation director. “They build internships that match our curriculum,” she says.

Our students also gain a competitive edge through the:

  • Center for Sales Innovation, which provides educational opportunities to students and sales professionals. Staff at the center also work with senior sales executives and sales development managers on opportunities for student internships and employment.
  • Professional Partnership program that connects you with St. Kate’s alumnae mentors in companies such as Wells Fargo, Cargill, Pfizer and Searle Pharmaceuticals.
  • “Business Practicum” course that blends a supervised internship with seminars to evaluate the technical and behavioral issues you encounter. Seminar topics include communicating with your boss, using social media, dressing for work and navigating office politics with coworkers.

Research opportunities

The Mayo Innovation Scholars program brings together students from a variety of undergraduate disciplines to research Mayo Clinic invention ideas and create business and marketing plans for the medical practice. Learn more in our University magazine, SCAN »

St. Kate’s Assistantship Mentoring Program (AMP) is an innovative, paid work-and-learning experience that pairs students in their junior or senior year with faculty or staff mentors on a specific project. Alumna Jenna Bowman was a research assistant for a corporate guidebook on Gen-Y workers. Learn more about AMP in our University magazine SCAN »