Benjamin Ertl

Class Year



Phillips, Wis.


International Political Economy, German

Benjamin Ertl was ready for a challenge when he chose to double major in international political economy and German. “German and IPE go very well together,” he said. “And I am confident that the classes I’ve taken have helped me to approach problems with a totally different perspective.”

Benjamin has been involved in the Carthage men’s swim team, studied abroad in Germany, and he recently acquired an internship at Retailbound, a marketing consulting company outside of Chicago. “Most of my favorite moments come from being on the swim team, but a lot of others come from the small successes and the weekends that strengthen friendships,” he said.

“Carthage`s educational program provides a specialized, personal, and free-flow learning environment where I can thrive.”

Benjamin Ertl, ’15

Career goal

“I hope to become involved in business, both domestically and in Germany, helping to grow and expand through sales and market analysis.”

How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?

“I think different professors have different roles in impacting your education. For example, when I took the required Western Heritage classes, I spent some time outside of class talking with Michael Pugh about abstract subjects that I would have never thought I`d be talking about. Then there`s my German professor Dr. Baer who has never ceased to offer me valuable guidance in and outside of class. He has helped me apply for many scholarships, assisted me in study abroad, and is always there for questions or a good joke. Professor Cyr, while admittedly I don`t see him enough, has this aura of wisdom about him that I can look up to. He cares about my educational experience and is likely to share valuable insights involving life, politics, and careers.”

Favorite class

“Introduction to International Relations was my favorite class, because it was my first class that had something to do with my political and economic interests. Also right off the bat, the final was a 10-page research paper, which really forced me to understand the college experience.”

Campus involvement

“I am involved with the Carthage men’s swim team. It’s the toughest sport on campus. What else is there to say?”

Toughest class

“Microeconomics. The professors absolutely make sure you know your stuff, and it’ll appear on tests. Indefinitely.”

Internships or on-campus employment

“I have an internship right now at Retailbound. I found it on my own, and so far so good.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I have studied abroad in Germany, which was one of the best experiences of my life. I learned so much about the culture and language.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“Most of my favorite moments come from being on the swim team, but a lot of others come from the small success you see, and the weekends that strengthen friendships.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spots are wherever my friends are. Besides maybe the cafeteria.”

Biggest surprise so far

“Just how all the classes and experiences are finally coming together in my last year here at Carthage. Sophomore and junior year seem to drag on, and you’re not quite sure what all this new found information means. But to have it all come together and mean something at an educational and personal level is surprisingly cool.”

What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?

“I think he would be proud but still pushing me to do more, and to probably play more video games.”

Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?

“Do you want to study abroad? Do you get excited about global events? Are you fun to hang out with? Then major in German and IPE.”