Student Opportunities

Beyond the classroom

Undergraduate Students

  • Get involved in ENACTUS and develop outreach projects that improve the quality of life for people locally and around the globe
  • Participate in the annual Governor’s Cup Competition
  • Travel abroad and earn course credit in another country
  • Be involved in business clubs such as Professionals in Progress or the John Brown Investment Group
  • Develop marketing plans for actual clients
  • Gain real-world experience by interning at local Fortune 500 companies
  • Apply to the Leaders Scholars Institute and experience a four-year leadership program

Graduate Students

  • Build a professional network
  • Use network and education to achieve a career change
  • Participate in a study abroad trip
  • Build career around study abroad program
  • Experience a uniquely Christian worldview
  • Utilize JBU Grad Business’ strategic relationship with Milestone Leadership
  • Learn from faculty who are both practitioners and academicians

JBU Online Students

  • Be part of a large JBU alumni network
  • Build a professional network
  • Take advantage of a schedule designed for working adults
  • Learn from faculty that combine theories and textbooks with “real world” experience
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ENACTUS

 

In the past 10 years Enactus JBU has implemented a water purification system in five communities in Guatemala. Now a clean water provider can sell water at a fraction of the cost of competitors, enabling more people to have clean water.

JBU Enactus

ENACTUS (Entrepreneurship in Action) is an international non-profit organization that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize university students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills needed to become socially responsible business leaders. Participating students form teams on their university campuses and apply business concepts to develop outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need (http://enactus.org/).  They then present those business concepts at competitions on the regional, national and even world levels.  JBU's ENACTUS team placed first at the national competition in 2017 and won $10,000.

JBU's vision is to changing lives around the world through education and service that equips people, builds communities, and inspires hearts. JBU students are currently building homes for refugees in Uganda, providing communities in Guatemala with access to clean water, creating jobs for adults with disabilities in document destruction, and empowering women in Guatemala with business skills to grow their jelly business.

ENACTUS JBU is both a club and a class offered for university credit. The current team has over 50 members from 10 different countries, studying 11 different majors. Is there a place for you? Yes. Reach out to enactus@jbu.edu for more information.

To see photos and get more information about what our students are working on, check out https://www.facebook.com/EnactusJBU and https://www.instagram.com/enactusjbu/.

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GOVERNOR'S CUP COMPETITION

 

JBU teams have won over $100,000 in prize money from the Governor's Cup Competition.

Governor's Cup Business Plan Competition

Your first three years in the College of Business at JBU all come together your senior year during the capstone business class called Strategic Management. In this course, students work in teams to create a business and write a business plan detailing the first five years of operation. At the end of the semester, each team sends their business plan to a competition called the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Competition.

Twelve teams are selected from all of the entries, and they travel to Little Rock, Arkansas, to present their business plan and compete for cash prizes. Not only are the prizes a great incentive, but investors and experienced business people judge the presentations and plans, and provide critical and useful feedback.

The top three from this Arkansas competition win prizes, and the top two teams travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, to compete against the top two teams from Oklahoma and Nevada and have another opportunity to win more cash prizes and interact with investors and business people. More information about Governor's Cup is provided here.

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

 

Business students can study abroad where they learn about international business and other cultures and gain college credit.  Undergraduate study abroad experiences are typically in Central America whereas graduate students have gone to such places as Asia, South Africa and also Central America.

Business Clubs

Professionals in Progress

Professionals-in-Progress (PIP) is a student club sponsored by John Brown University (JBU) and a student chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).

PIP connects JBU business students to professional development opportunities and promotes professional preparedness (i.e. soft skills) in business vocations. PIP accomplishes its mission through the following facets:

  • discussion, mentorship, and partnerships with professional organizations.
  • Regular meetings to discuss relevant business topics
  • Mentorship with eligible JBU alumni via the Alumni Mentorship Program
  • Connections with its parent organization and professional organizations that promote professional development in business-related fields.  

For more info, contact us at pip@jbu.edu.

John Brown Investment Group

The John Brown Investment Group is a mutual fund managed by business students who devote 5-10 hours per week actively monitoring the fund's long/short equity holdings, generating ideas for new positions, and supporting the group's various educational and professional community events.

The purpose of the John Brown Investment Group  is to provide JBU business students with real world experience to learn more about the stock market and to engage passionate JBU Business alumni as advisers to current JBU undergraduate students.  Furthermore, the group seeks to equip JBU students with Chrisitan values to make an impact on the world.

American Marketing Association

The American Marketing Association (AMA) student chapter of the national American Marketing Association organization works to connect JBU business students to marketing professionals and provide opportunities for growth in the field. The chapter hosts events to highlight local professionals, companies and trends; competes in American Marketing Association National Competitions; and, provides tools and resources for students.

JBU's AMA chapter is sponsored by professors and professionals.

 

 

 

INTERNSHIPS

 

Potential employers want to see that graduates have gained practical experience through internships. Therefore, supervised learning involving field experience in a business firm is required as part of JBU's undergraduate business program.