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Business Student Opportunities

The Shields School of Business provides students with opportunities to learn in and out of the classroom. From our award-winning academic clubs to the Spring Break in London study abroad program, business students have multiple options to add real-world experience to their resumes.

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  • Expand Your Resume

    At Saint Francis, we want to provide you with plenty of opportunities to learn about business from respected leaders, participate in hands-on training, and to become involved in the community.  Whether your interests include learning more about international business, managing a stock portfolio, or creating solutions for real businesses through our Small Business Development Center, there are ample opportunities to become involved and to expand your resume.

  • Clubs & Societies


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    SFU’s chapter of the international, non-profit Enactus (formerly SIFE - Students in Free Enterprise) organization brings together a diverse network of university students, academic professionals, and industry leaders for the shared mission of creating a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business. The efforts of our Enactus chapter have impacted thousands in our community. Our Enactus chapter is also award-winning; we have been the regional champion in competitions in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016! Learn more about Enactus

    Society of Economic Analysis

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    The SEA provides students with the opportunity to compete in a national competition known as the College Federal Reserve Challenge as well as other regional competitions. The club also works on research projects, prepares editorials in local newspapers, organizes events to increase economic literacy on campus, and has taken trips to the New York stock exchange and the IMF in Washington, D.C. Select students have also participated in both undergraduate and professional research conferences.

    Sigma Beta Delta

    Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society

    Our chapter of the Sigma Beta Delta international honor society was founded on campus in 1995. The purpose of Sigma Beta Delta is to encourage and recognize scholarship and achievement among students of business, management and administration, and to encourage and promote personal and professional improvement and a life distinguished by honorable service to humankind.

    The Investment Club

    Members of this organization manage stock portfolios and gain numerous educational opportunities by participating in programs about investing and economic trends. The club regularly hosts financial and investment seminars on campus and sponsors field trips to New York City to visit the stock exchange and other financial organizations.

    SFU SHRM Student Chapter

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    The Saint Francis University Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) or the SFU SHRM Student Chapter helps to provide Saint Francis University students with the opportunity to gain knowledge and insight into the effective management of human capital in the field of Human Resource Management through affiliation with the Cambria-Somerset Human Resource Association and the SHRM organization.

    The SFU SHRM Student Chapter also works to promote the exchange of work-related experience of established business professionals with the theoretical academic perspectives of student and faculty members through open forums and information exchanges. Through expanded knowledge, camaraderie, respect and mutual support among chapter members and through our affiliation with the SHRM and our sponsoring chapter this organization helps to encourage the acquisition, growth and continuation of careers in human resource management.

    Internships & Networking

    Excellence through Community Service Entrepreneurship and Leadership (EXCEL) 

    The (EXCEL) position is designed to enhance a business student’s learning opportunity through a non-credit internship at the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The student works with the Center’s consultants and staff to assist small business clients with business planning, market research, financial analysis, marketing plan development and feasibility studies. The position provides a stipend of $1,500 per semester, payable at the end of each semester.


    Students are encouraged to participate in business internships to gain three to fifteen credits toward their degrees. Saint Francis has established relationships with area businesses that offer students many opportunities. Students may also pursue other internships as approved by the department chair.

    Study Abroad

    Spring Break in London

    The international Spring Break in London course is offered annually to undergraduate and graduate students during spring break. The group travels to London and gains unparalleled international business experience. During the trip students: are treated to an official welcome meeting at the Anglo-America Center; participate in a walking tour of the financial district of London led by a noted London journalist; go to a lecture by noted economists; receive a lecture by and tour of the Lloyds of London Insurance Exchange; receive a lecture by and tour of the Bank of England; and visit Windsor Castle. There is also free time available for additional activities including: sporting events, Jack the Ripper walking tour, day trip to Paris, museums, and theatre productions.

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    Students for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (SEED) Scholarships

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    Annually one to three SFU first-year students receive a scholarship from the on-campus Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The SEED Scholarship is designed to provide students with an enhanced learning opportunity through a professional business internship at the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Selected students serve as ambassadors for the School of Business and as a knowledgeable resource to real entrepreneurs.

    Lectures & Presentations

    Dr. Albert Zanzuccki Endowed Chair in Business Lecture Series

    Named for Dr. Albert Zanzuccki, the loyal and legendary accounting professor, outstanding department chair, and successful institutional advancement associate, as an honor for his many contributions to SFU. “Dr. Zan,” as he is regarded, was honored with this living tribute to his life and work at SFU by alumni John and Sheila Connors. The endowed chair allows SFU to bring prominent business leaders and speakers to campus to lecture to our students and the community. Notable past speakers include:

    • Tom Peters, named one of the “100 most powerful people in Silicon Valley” and widely credited with almost single-handedly inventing the public management guru industry
    • David Chilton, author of Canada’s all-time best-selling book, The Wealthy Barber
    • Dr. Ken Dychtwald, founder and CEO of Age Wave and a visionary on the lifestyle, marketing, and workforce implications of an aging population
    • Dr. Michael Mandelbaum, International Studies Director of Johns Hopkins University and a noted scholar on globalization, the economy, and political science
    • Mr. John Kornitzer, founder and CEO of Kornitzer Capital Management and the Buffalo Funds, a no-loan mutual fund group, and founder of Great Plains Trust Company
    • Steve Sheetz, Chairman of the Board for Sheetz, Inc., a local family owned and operated convenience store chain

    The Executive-In-Residence series

    This series invites successful alumni and business professionals from the region to engage in one or more days of dialogue and discussion with business students.

    Undergraduate Business Student Poster Session

    This annual symposium showcases the various research projects of our undergraduate business students.