Why employers love Tippie grads

Here's the inside scoop: It's because the Tippie experience is extraordinary—not just inside the classroom, but beyond it.

Consult for a Fortune 500 client. Score a global internship in Paris. Pitch your business idea to potential investors. Lead a student organization on campus. Discover what makes Tippie hard to beat for beyond-the-classroom experience.

Experiences that get you noticed

Learn how to launch a business, put together a marketing plan, and refine your business communication skills. Build the connections and the skills you need for careers in investment banking, insurance, marketing, business analytics, and more. Tippie’s centers and institutes are your gateway to a specialized college experience.

JPEC Entrepreneurship

Iowa Entrepreneurship

Learn to think like an entrepreneur—to climb the corporate ladder or turn your big idea into a new company, with free consulting help and seed money for your startup.

Finance Undergraduate Hawkinson Investment Banking

Hawkinson Institute

Dedicated to getting students career-ready for jobs in investment banking—open to finance and accounting majors.

Vaughan Institute Risk Management Insurance

Vaughan Institute

Preparing students for beneficial careers both in corporate risk management and insurance—one of the state’s largest industries.

Marketing Institute Undergraduate

Marketing Institute

Employers are impressed with the experience Marketing Institute students receive while working on projects for real-world clients.

Center Writing Communication classroom

Frank Business Communication Center

Designed to help business students improve both their writing and presentation skills. Peer advisors help students edit and improve their classroom projects and papers.  


Gain real-world experience and test drive careers with resume-boosting internships. Internship experiences run the gamut, from sports marketing at the University of Iowa Athletic Department to trading analyst at JP Morgan.

Explore internships


Student organizations

Joining student organizations is a defining part of the Tippie experience. Find your community on campus by getting involved with a club or association. Choose from over 500 student orgs on campus or from over 20 specifically for business students—from Women in Business to HawkTrade to the Fashion Management Club.

 Student organizations

Alumni Story
Katelyn Wheeldon

“Every day was different.  It was really neat to see how partners, managers, and directors would reason through some of these gray-area questions. It was a lot of responsibility and a very good learning environment.”

Global experiences & study abroad

Here, global is more than backpacking in Europe. In addition to study abroad opportunities in dozens of locations, you can pursue global internships or add to your world view with experiences on campus, like joining an international student organization or earning an International Business Certificate.

Study or intern abroad


If you want to take an in-depth look at a topic that interests you and you’re good at working independently, think about doing academic research. You can work with Tippie’s internationally respected faculty on an honors thesis or a research project where you collect, analyze, and present data. Along the way, you’ll build skills that are invaluable in your future career or in grad school.

Research opportunities

Real-world experience

At Tippie, even your classroom is packed with beyond-the-classroom experiences. That’s because a growing number of courses have an “experiential” component—consulting with a small business, completing tax returns for community members, managing a stock portfolio for an investment board. Real work. Real world. Real resume booster.

Experiential courses


Alumni Story
Katelyn Wheeldon

Pivot from Iowa City to Brazil

Katelyn Wheeldon (BBA16) had an interest in Brazil since in high school. She came to Tippie with most of her gen-ed requirements completed, except for a world language course.

“I really wanted to become fluent in Portuguese and develop an understanding for the culture of Brazil."

When she found out that she could complete an accelerated Portuguese course in just one year, it was the launch pad for her five months studying in Florianópolis, Brazil.

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