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Accounting and Finance

Opportunities

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

Velocity Consulting

Members of Velocity ConsultingMembers of Velocity ConsultingCarthage’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.

Field Placements and Internships

Field placements and internships give students valuable experience in a real work environment. Students work as interns for area businesses and other organizations, usually during J-Term or summer break, or through the Carthage in Chicago semester-long program. Two types of field placements are available: Self-designed field placements and department field placements.

Carthage student Sean Conley '15 held an internship with Satori Energy in Chicago. The company does business in deregulated energy markets, and is led by President and Carthage alumnus Dave Wiers '98.Carthage student Sean Conley '15 held an internship with Satori Energy in Chicago. The company does business in deregulated energy markets, and is led by President and Carthage alumnus Dave Wiers '98.

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.

J-Term

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 and finance professors regularly lead study tours to such destinations as China, Sweden, and England, where students meet executives and see firsthand how global businesses operate.

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.

Student Organizations

Carthage accounting and finance students can get involved in a number of student organizations dedicated to putting what’s learned in the classroom into practice. Join Velocity Consulting, the Carthage Accounting Association, Volunteer Income Tax Assistant (VITA), the Financial/Investment Club, and more.

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.

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 accounting and finance students are regularly invited to these presentations. Guest speakers have also met with students in their classes. 

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    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2019), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

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    • Carthage’s Velocity Consulting was the first 100% student-run full-service consulting agency in the country. Students gain incredible experience while providing marketing, branding, accounting, finance, and other support to regional clients. Other schools have since copied the Velocity model, including Harvard University.

    • Taking you past just studying the theories of business, Carthage’s READY™ Curriculum Design, a proprietary student-centered philosophy, helps develop the best-prepared business students.

    • Located in the heart of the Chicago-Milwaukee business corridor, you will have plenty of options for internships and jobs.

    • Carthage accounting, finance, management, and marketing professors regularly lead J-Term study tours to such destinations as Sweden, England, Ireland, and China, where students meet with executives and learn first-hand how global businesses operate.

    • Carthage has been named a top producer of Fulbright Fellows three years running: 2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

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    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …

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