Participating students complete a full-time, semester-long work experience abroad. Alumni of the program have completed internships with employers such as VW, Eppendorf, Schaeffler, GfK, DHL, Groz-Beckert, spartoo, kindsstoff, IWD, Kramer Levin Naftalis and Frankel LLP, Addidas, Motomodo, Bosch and Windel.
Porter Family Professional Development Center
The Porter Family Professional Development Center offers consultative one-on-one meetings to create an action plan that will help you secure the internship or job that best suits your career goals. The Porter Center also hosts workshops, provides daily drop-in hours and works closely with the Student Professional Development Center to ensure business talent have access to a variety of recruitment options, including on-campus interviews.
Business German Program
At the heart of the Business German Program is a unique instructional approach that exposes you to the language and culture of the German workplace on the first day of study. No prior knowledge of German is required. Alongside regular German coursework (German 121-332), you will register for Business German Labs, in which you will complete short online modules that focus on German business-related topics. Lab topics vary according to the goals of each group of students, but typically include topics such as preparing a German résumé and cover letter, writing business correspondence, giving a business presentations, and interviews. Students may also elect to prepare for the prestigious Prüfung Wirtschaftsdeutsch, a certificate test in Business German that testifies to your proficiency in business language.
Business German Speaker Series
The Business German Speaker Series brings representatives from German-based businesses in the Southeastern U.S. to Elon for the purpose of discussing their respective fields, how their fields will develop in the coming decade, what students should do to prepare themselves for internships and employment in these fields, and how knowledge of the German language and culture is indispensable for a successful business career.
Business and Culture in the Francophone World
This course is an introduction to the culture of business and professional relationships in the Francophone world. Through the analysis of authentic texts from French and Francophone business contexts, you will better understand the global marketplace and its current socio-economic and cross-cultural issues. You will gain the linguistic, intercultural and critical thinking skills necessary to pursue work or internship opportunities in a French-speaking country.
Madrid was an amazing opportunity to learn European business, Spanish and Spanish culture. Six months wasn’t enough; I wanted two years to explore Europe and make long-lasting friends.
Dylan Zanker graduated in 2018 with degrees from Elon and the Universidad Pontificia Comillas. While abroad, he interned at Trump Tower in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and wrote the thesis, “How to market a luxury brand, a case study in Punta Del Este, Uruguay.”