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Beacom Students Prepare for Post-Graduation Careers

Student at USD Speed Networking Event. Beacom School of Business students met with potential employers to learn about internships and job opportunities.

VERMILLION, S.D. – On March 29, University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business students attended Speed Networking, an event designed to bring together employers and potential employees. Fifteen employers from the area attended to promote internship and full-time career opportunities.

“This event is such a great opportunity to create a strong connection face-to-face with employers. They provide advice within the workplace and are willing to answer questions or concerns,” stated junior marketing major Jessica Jandera.

“Speed Networking was great way to connect regional employers to students to prepare them 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. Employers enjoyed the event because it gives them a chance to meet our students and create a pipeline for future employees,” said Mandy Hanson, manager of the Beacom Career Success Center.

One-third of the event attendees were Beacom graduate students and the remaining attendees were Beacom undergraduate students.

Employers in attendance included:
First Premier
Great West Casualty Company
Great Western Bank
Heyl Companies
Howalt+McDowell/Marsh & McLennan Insurance
Kolberg Pioneer
Land O’Lakes
Sanford Health
State of South Dakota


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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News