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Business Students Develop Relationships With Regional and National Employers

Photo of Beacom Networking Event. Beacom School of Business students attend a speed networking event to connect with potential employers.

VERMILLION, SD – On March 22, University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business students attended a speed networking event designed to connect employers with potential employees. Area employers attended to promote full-time career and internship opportunities.

"As a graduate student at USD, I love the opportunity that this event gives me to meet employers here on campus through the Beacom School of Business,” said MBA student Amy Widman. “What I like about this event is that it gives me an opportunity to meet and network with many different and diverse employers, which opens my eyes to job and internship opportunities that I might not otherwise have considered."

A total of 63 students and 18 employers attended the networking event.

“This event was a great way to connect employers to our Beacom School of Business students,” said Mandy Hanson, manager of the Beacom Career Success Center. “Networking events like this help prepare our students for the workforce by informing them about employment and internship opportunities, current trends in the industry, and educating them on the needs of various industries and employers. Employers enjoy the event because it gives them a chance to meet our students and create a pipeline to their future workforce.”

Employers in attendance included:
Beef Products Inc.
Dean Foods
First Premier Bank/Bankcard
Great West Casualty Company
Great Western Bank
Howalt+McDowell/Marsh & McLennan Insurance
Northwestern Mutual
SD DLR (South Dakota Division of Banking)
SDBHR - Department of Revenue
SDBHR - S.D. Legislative Audit
Washington National


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