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Beacom Students Explore Opportunities During Meet the Industry Event

Meet the Industry networking photo Students from the Beacom School of Business discuss internship and employment opportunities.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Seventy-one students from the Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota met with representatives from 13 national and regional employers to discuss internship and full-time job opportunities and build networking skills at Meet the Industry on November 30.

Meet the Industry allowed students the chance to build relationships that could lead to employment after graduation and helped students gain confidence interacting with business professionals. Of the 71 students in attendance, 64 undergraduates representing eight Beacom majors participated. Seven joint degree and graduate business students also attended.

“This event was a great way to connect regional employers to our Beacom School of Business students," said Mandy Hanson, manager of the Beacom School of Business Career Success Center. "We had employers from numerous industries come to campus to share information about their company, and part-time, full-time and internship opportunities. Networking events like this help prepare our students for the workforce by informing them about employment opportunities, current trends in the industry and educating them on the needs of various industries and employers."

Firms that attended included Avera, Beef Products Inc., Daktronics, First Premier Bank, Heyl Companies, INTL FCStone, Mattress Firm, Metabank, Raven Industries, Sanford Health, Sioux Corporation, gpac and Wells Fargo.


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.