Elevate your learning, accelerate your career

Hands-on, experiential learning bridges the classroom with the real world, giving you a competitive edge in the job market.

Through Tippie RISE, you'll acquire job-related skills to advance your career preparation, expand your global view, and build your professional network.

Choose your Tippie RISE experience

Only one experience is required for graduation, but each extra experience you complete prepares you that much more for the real business world. Students who do so will be recognized formally at graduation.

Direct admit students admitted for fall 2015 or later and all students (direct and standard) admitted to the Tippie College of Business for fall 2016 or later must successfully complete at least one of the following Tippie RISE experiences to graduate:

Research with faculty
Internship course 
Study abroad
Experiential course

Research with faculty

Want to take an in-depth look at a topic that interests you? Do you have the initiative and self-motivation to be your own boss? Consider researching under the mentorship of a UI faculty member. 

If you have a research topic in mind, find a faculty mentor with experience in that field who can mentor you through the research process. If you don't have a specific topic, you may be able to work with a faculty member on his/her own research. Start by asking the faculty in your desired major what undergraduate research opportunities they have available. Once you have agreed upon a research project with a faculty mentor, register for one of the approved research courses below. 

How you'll benefit

You'll enhance critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, build a strong relationship with your faculty mentor, and practice collecting, analyzing, and applying data. You also learn so much about the topic of your research! Research experience is incredibly valuable in preparation for jobs in data analytics, marketing research, financial valuation, and more. And if you are thinking of going to graduate school, research experience is often a requirement!

Approved research courses

Mentored Research
Honors Thesis in Accounting 
Honors Thesis in Economics
Honors Thesis in Finance
Honors Thesis in Management
Honors Thesis in Marketing 
Honors Thesis in Management Sciences
Undergraduate Research (URES:3992, 3993, 3994, 3995)

Want to learn more? Watch this video to hear about one student's research experience.

Alumni Story
While at Tippie,, Tom Niblock (BBA07) merged his economics and religious studies majors to build a career as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer.

"We wrote a paper together, and I presented it at a conference through the honors program and at the Iowa Statehouse in Des Moines."

Internship course

As you are searching for a professional internship, make sure to refer to our guide to finding valuable internships. Then, you will need to register for an internship course to meet Tippie RISE. Internship courses are designed to ensure you have a valuable and meaningful learning experience in which you take on job responsibilities and team projects related to your academic program and career goals and that you also familiarize yourself with a particular business field, explore career options, develop professional connections, and hone job-related skills.

How you'll benefit

At the beginning of your internship course, you'll set goals with your supervisor so that you are both on the same page about the many skills and experiences you want to acquire. Then, throughout the semester or summer, you will reflect on what you are gaining from the internship and how you can further your learning. In addition to giving you feedback about your goals and progress, the course instructor is also there for you as a resource for any concerns or challenges you may encounter during the internship. 

Approved internship courses

There are a number of internship courses approved to satisfy Tippie RISE. Make sure to choose one of the options at the link below.

Internship course options

Want to learn more? Watch this video to hear about one student's internship experience.

Study abroad

Experience life abroad during our short-term, summer, semester, or academic-year programs. Tippie also hosts our very own mini-sessions in London and China.

Your choice of study abroad program will depend on many factors, such as where and when you want to study, what type of courses you'd like to take, how long you plan to be abroad, and affordability.

How you'll benefit

You'll expand your worldview, learn about other cultures, gain the ability to work in a cross-cultural setting, and improve language skills if you study in a non-English-speaking country.

Learn more

Want to learn more? Watch this video to hear about one student's study abroad experience.

Alumni Story
Torrance Windham (BBA16) knew only a few of France’s high points, but now he has extensive knowledge of its commerce and culture.

"Going to Paris was my first time flying and first time going abroad—and it was an amazing experience."

Experiential course

Experiential courses give you real-world experience while still having support and guidance from your classmates and instructor.

You'll make an impact outside the classroom in a variety of ways, such as consulting with a small business, creating a marketing plan for a local organization, or completing tax returns for community members.

How you'll benefit

You'll complete professional projects within a structured timeframe, gain awareness of a particular business or industry, build specific job-related and general professional skills, and make connections with representatives and managers from the company. 

Approved experiential courses

 

Want to learn more? Watch this video to hear about one student's experiential course experience.