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Accounting and Finance


Students studying accounting and finance at Carthage have many opportunities to enrich their education. Special programs and opportunities include:

Velocity Consulting

Velocity Consulting is a full-service marketing agency run entirely by Carthage College students. The organization was created in 2010 to give students the opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom in a meaningful way by giving them real-life work experience before leaving college. It is the first organization of its kind in the United States.

Smeds Executive Internship Program

This program allows students to apply their coursework in real-world settings and enables companies and organizations to employ students for real-work projects while evaluating them as potential employees. Participating companies/organizations have included Abbott Laboratories, Johnson Controls, Diversey, Deloitte, the Milwaukee Symphony, and Jockey International and Sea World.


J-Term is a month-long period of study in January in which all academic departments offer innovative courses on campus, as well as study tours in other countries. Many accounting and finance students use J-Term to fill an academic requirement. Accounting and Finance Department professors have also led students in study tours to Beijing, Sweden, and other international destinations.

A.W. Clausen Center for World Business

The A.W. Clausen Center for World Business is both a first-class learning facility and an active presence in the business community. The Center has brought prominent speakers to Carthage, hosted economic seminars and conferences, and is committed to community service through outreach to secondary and primary schools. The facility itself has the handsome appearance of a corporate headquarters, with state-of-the-art technology to help students develop professional presentation skills. Students have their own board room, and classrooms are small to encourage lively group discussion.

ScienceWorks: Entrepreneurial Studies

Founded in 1994, ScienceWorks: Entrepreneurial Studies in the Natural Sciences is the nation’s first and most established undergraduate technology entrepreneurship and career preparation program. Nationally recognized and widely publicized, ScienceWorks provides students with opportunities to explore and develop skills and knowledge needed to succeed in their careers and potentially create new enterprises. The program includes a one-year course sequence, normally completed during the junior year, that covers all aspects of business. During their senior year, students study and develop full-scale business plans in partnership with a technology business, company, or organization. The program is offered as a minor.

Student Organizations

Carthage accounting and finance students can get involved in a number of student organizations dedicated to putting what’s learned in the classroom into practice. Join the Carthage Accounting Association, Volunteer Income Tax Assistant (VITA), the Finance and Investment Club and more.

Chapman Executive-in-Residence Program

The Chapman Executive-in-Residence Program brings prominent business leaders to Carthage to speak to business students about their experience, careers, and current issues in their fields.

Business and Professional Coalition

The Carthage Business and Professional Coalition comprises the leading business, civic, professional and governmental leaders in southeastern Wisconsin. Members meet regularly for luncheons at Carthage that feature guest speakers and discussion. Carthage accounting and finance students are regularly invited to these presentations. Guest speakers have also met with students in their classes. 

Field Placements and Internships

Field placements and internships give students valuable experience in a real work environment. Students work as interns for area businesses and other organizations, usually during J-Term or summer break, or through the Carthage in Chicago semester-long program. Two types of field placements are available: Self-designed field placements and department field placements.

Carthage student Sean Conley '15 held an internship with Satori Energy in Chicago. The company does business in deregulated energy markets, and is led by President and Carthage alumnus Dave Wiers '98.Carthage student Sean Conley '15 held an internship with Satori Energy in Chicago. The company does business in deregulated energy markets, and is led by President and Carthage alumnus Dave Wiers '98.

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