The College of Business and Economics (CBE) Professional Development Program prepares students to communicate effectively, interact professionally with both internal and external audience, and develop leadership skills for today’s challenging global business environment.

Be prepared. Get connected. Make an impression.

Participating in the Professional Development Program creates a competitive edge when applying for internships and jobs. It is a great way to interact with alumni and learn from experienced professionals, improve networking skills and create that important professional network.

All business undergraduate students, across our three degree programs, are automatically enrolled in the Professional Development Program. The program uses a point system to track students’ participation. Events usually take place at 4:15 or 7 p.m. and last approximately 50 minutes.

Twelve total points must be accrued to receive the Professional Development Achievement Award: four required points and eight flexible points, which are accumulated by attending workshops and activities.

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Four Required Activities

  1. Meet with Career Counselor for a Career Planning Session
  2. Attend Career Fair
  3. Participate in an Externship
  4. Attend a Networking Event

Eight Flexible Points

  • Examples of these events include, but are not limited to:
  • Resume, Cover Letter and Interview Skills
  • Ethics and the Job Search
  • LinkedIn: Creating Your Professional Identity and Social Networking
  • Developing Your Personal Brand
  • Professional Behavior: Social Interaction and Conduct during Meetings/Dinner
  • Case Interviews
  • International Business Day Trips*

Point balances can be checked by e-mailing Keith Gustafson, visiting the College of Business and Economics Undergraduate Office (RBC 395) or by calling 610.758.4498 to ask directly.

Professional Development Program workshops and events are advertised via e-mail, by handouts and on the monitors in Rauch Business Center. View the fall 2017 schedule [PDF].

Interested in becoming part of the Professional Development Program Advisory Council? Learn more!

*The program conducts International Business Days to immerse students in the everyday activities of a global company. Students listen to a strategic business presentation, participate in a roundtable discussion and then spend time networking with alumni. Past trips were to Manhattan and Philadelphia-based investment firms, a leading global bank, and the United Nations. Future trips will include New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.