Students studying business at Carthage have many opportunities to enrich their education. Special programs and opportunities include:

Velocity Consulting

Carthage’s Velocity Consulting was the first 100% student-run, full-service consulting agency in the country. Members gain incredible experience and build a strong portfolio while providing marketing, branding, graphic design, web development, accounting, finance, product testing, and editing services for area businesses and nonprofits. Past clients have included Johnson Outdoors, Snap-on Inc., Kenosha County, Expanded Technologies, and the Urban League of Racine. The organization was created in 2009 to give students the opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom in a meaningful way and gain real-life work experience before leaving college. Other colleges have since copied the Velocity model, including Harvard University.

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Smeds Executive Internship Program

The Smeds Executive Internship Program allows Carthage students to apply their coursework in real-world settings, and enables companies and organizations to employ students for real-work projects while evaluating them as potential employees. Participating companies/organizations have included FexEd, Snap-on Global, KPMG, Charles Schwab, Lavelle Industries Inc., the U.S. Department of State, Abbott Laboratories, Johnson Controls, Diversey, Deloitte, the Milwaukee Symphony, Jockey International, and more.

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January Term, or J-Term, is a month-long period of study in January in which all academic departments offer innovative courses on campus, as well as study tours in other countries. While many business students use J-Term to fill an academic requirement, others gain valuable global experience by traveling abroad. Carthage accounting, finance, management, and marketing professors regularly lead study tours to such destinations as China, Ireland, Sweden, and England, where students meet executives and see firsthand how global businesses operate.

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A. W. Clausen Center for World Business

The A. W. Clausen Center for World Business is both a first-class learning facility and an active presence in the business community. The center has brought prominent speakers to Carthage, hosted economic seminars and conferences, and is committed to community service through outreach to secondary and primary schools. The facility itself has the handsome appearance of a corporate headquarters, with state-of-the-art technology to help students develop professional presentation skills. Students have their own board room, and classrooms are small to encourage lively group discussion.

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Chapman Executive-in-Residence Program

The Chapman Executive-in-Residence Program brings prominent business leaders to Carthage to speak to business students about their experience, careers, and current issues in their fields.

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Business and Professional Coalition

The Carthage Business and Professional Coalition comprises the leading business, civic, professional and governmental leaders in southeastern Wisconsin. Members meet regularly for luncheons at Carthage that feature guest speakers and discussion. Carthage business students are regularly invited to these presentations. Guest speakers have also met with business students in their classes.

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Located in the heart of the Chicago-Milwaukee business corridor, Carthage students have plenty of options for internships and jobs. Recently, Carthage business students have landed internships with Jockey International Inc., Caterpillar Inc., Hospira, Deere & Company, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, KPMG, United Way of Racine County, and much more. Internships give students valuable experience in a real work environment.

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Volunteer Income Tax Assistant (VITA)

This IRS program offers free tax help to low- to moderate-income people. Students who volunteer for VITA gain valuable knowledge in preparing tax returns as they perform an important community service.


Enactus, open to all majors, is an international nonprofit organization that empowers businesses and people in the community to create a better, more sustainable world. Through Enactus, students take skills learned in the classroom and apply them to real world problems. Projects may focus on market economics, success skills, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, business ethics, or environmental sustainability. Enactus encourages active hands-on learning, teamwork, leadership development, communication, enhancement, and educational growth. Every spring, an Enactus team competes at a regional competition, where the team presents its projects to a panel of business leaders and professionals. There are more than 200 partner companies who sponsor Enactus and provide networking opportunities for Enactus students. Learn more about Enactus on The Harbor, Carthage’s student involvement website. 

ScienceWorks: Entrepreneurial Studies

Founded in 1994, ScienceWorks: Entrepreneurial Studies in the Natural Sciences is the nation’s first and most established undergraduate technology entrepreneurship and career preparation program. The program offers a minor in entrepreneurial studies for science students.