Student Development



Student Development

St. Kate's sales students have a wealth of opportunities to learn and prepare for successful careers -- both in and out of the classroom. These opportunities include workplace internships, competing in sales competitions, learning from nationally known guest speakers, participating in leading business conferences, and others. Here is a just a sampling of the many learning opportunities our sales students have throughout the year:

_MG_7502.jpgEvery year, our sales students complete valuable internships at many of Minnesota's leading corporations and organizations, including 3M, Upsher-Smith, Ecolab, Medtronic, Boston Scientific and others. Many of these internships turn into full-time job opportunities; others help students land permanent positions with other leading employers. Internships  have helped our students make thoughtful career decisions about their futures.

If your sales organization is interested in working with St. Catherine University sales students, contact the Center for Sales Innovation, Director, Mary Jacobs to discuss opportunities.

Sales Competitions
_MG_7251.jpgOur sales students compete on national stages with students from other universities across the country.

We compete in Indiana, Great Northwoods Sales Warm-up in Eau Claire, RBI National Sales Challenge in New Jersey as well as DECA Collegiate National competitions and the Katie’s Entrepreneur Organization (KEO).

Students prepare extensively for the real world experience of selling a product or service at a competition and the benefit of feedback from professionals who are judges.

Business Conferences and Tours
Throughout the year, our students participate in many of the leading business, medical device, healthcare and other conferences that are regularly offered in the Twin Cities.

  • Healthcare Sales majors attend the Life Science Alley Conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
  • Sales and Marketing majors tour 3M's Innovation Center to learn how the company innovates new global products.

Guest Speakers
Our renowned professors use their industry contacts to regularly bring in regionally and nationally known guest speakers into our classrooms. Recent speakers have included professionals from 3M, ING, Thomson-Reuters, Upsher-Smith, Enterprise, Comcast, SuperValu, the St. Paul Saints baseball team and others.

Skills in the classroom
Students are learning skills in their classes that have an immediate impact on their careers. Business tools that organizations use in their operations are taught in the Sales curriculum.

Student Organizations
St Kate’s is a member of Collegiate DECA where students enhance their business acumen even more beyond the classroom with case studies, simulations and competitions.

The Katie’s Entrepreneur Organization (KEO) is an active student business club with a variety of excellent guest speakers and topics that enhance the experience of our students.