Applying What You Learn
Your Foster College education provides the right balance of business knowledge and practical skill development. Class projects, research, field experiences, internships and more allow you to put your education to work in preparation to begin your career.
Team Building and Leadership
Learn the foundations of team dynamics and develop your team building and teamwork skills through an intensive, weekend Team Dynamics course taught by experts from the nationally recognized Executive Development Center. Collaborative projects both in and out of the classroom allow you to hone these important business skills, preparing you to be an effective team member and team leader in your new career.
Working in Real-Time
As seniors, all Foster College of Business students participate in the Strategic Management and Business Policy Capstone Course. This exciting, hands-on course pairs students with clients of the Robert and Carolyn Turner Center for Entrepreneurship for a semester to year-long consulting project. The real-business learning opportunity provided by this Capstone Course sets Bradley’s Foster College of Business apart from other business schools.
During the course you’ll work in a five-person team, which combines students from marketing, finance, management, accounting, and economics. Early in the semester, you’ll meet your client – a business or non-profit organization from the community with a project for your team to accomplish. Faculty members support your team with in-class lectures, data collection projects, and weekly meetings to supervise progress and provide counsel. During the final portion of the course you’ll meet once a week with your client to discuss the project.
Unleash Your Inner Entrepreneur
Project Springboard is a business plan competition that encourages the entrepreneurial spirit of Bradley University’s students. If you have an idea for a new product or service, Project Springboard is an excellent venue to test it and, if you win, gives you the capital and support to launch your new business.
Working in small groups of 3-5 students, your team will create a business plan to introduce an innovative product or service. Business plans are evaluated by a group of financial venture capitalists, and cash prizes are awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. In addition, 1st place winners receive additional capital for business start-up, plus business services from area sponsors.
This exciting competition offers students important mentoring opportunities and special resources, software and workshops. Through the collaboration of area businesses, Project Springboard offers Bradley students a unique opportunity to cultivate entrepreneurship and learn the challenges and rewards of business start-up. The first place team receives office space, logo and business cards, and can immediately begin working with an experienced group of investors, marketers, lawyers, insurance advisors, and accountants—so that, potentially, over the course of a year a successful business is developed and launched.
Gain On-the-Job Experience
Over 80 percent of Foster College students undertake at least two internship experiences, many with Fortune 500 companies. Bradley’s Smith Career Center can help you find the right internship placement and give you the assistance and tools to secure it. In addition to on-the-job experience, internships often convert into full-time employment for many students. Foster College of Business graduates routinely gain full-time career positions with top employers including, JP Morgan, State Farm, Caterpillar, Boeing, PepsiCo, Northern Trust, Apple Computers, and Kraft.
Smith Career Center counselors will help you develop a career plan, ready your resume, pinpoint promising job fairs, and provide interview tips to help you land your first job. For the past five years, at least 94 percent of our graduates were either putting their degrees to work or attending graduate school within their prospective fields within six months of graduation.