Programs & Scholarships

Hong Kong Travel Program

The nature of this independent study is to provide an opportunity to learn about international business and global financial market and experience in Hong Kong, the banking center for Asia.  Charlie Kelley, a 1975 graduate of Gustavus, expresses his perspectives of sponsoring this independent study in hoping to change the lives of students for the better with this opportunity, thinking it will get them out of their Minnesota bubble, and helping them learn about the investments field, due to the uniqueness of Hong Kong and China’s importance in the financial world.

Once selected during the fall semester, the students will meet monthly with Charlie Kelley to get oriented to his background in investments at Compass Capital in downtown Minneapolis.  The following January prior to the departure to Hong Kong, the students will conduct research writing a 15-20 page research paper on their findings about the objectives of the independent study. By April 1, approximately 2 months after the trip to Hong Kong, the students will deliver a 30 minute presentation summarizing their ORID Reflection data to Charlie, Jim Rothschiller, faculty of the Economics and Management Department, and the students from the Gustavus Finance Club.

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India Travel Program

Co-sponsored by Concordia College and Gustavus Adolphus College, this unique program provides the opportunity for globally-minded students to explore in theory and practice the two main models and sectors of global business in India: social entrepreneurship of NGOs and corporate market capitalism of transnational companies.

India is one of the world’s most dynamic and diverse societies. In the post-colonial era, India has grown to become the 10th largest economy with 1.2 billion citizens.  While the country has one of the fastest growing economies, it also suffers from entrenched poverty, illiteracy, environmental degradation, corruption, poor infrastructure, and a rigid caste system.  New global market capitalism has created immense new wealth.  India now ranks 4th in number of billionaires.  Yet it continues to be third tier in human development, ranking 134th among 186 nations, with a per capita GDP of just $1,400 a year.

Through their internships, students will learn about and make contributions to:

  • Small, collective business that use entrepreneurial principles to create economic opportunity and positive social change such as women’s empowerment, micro-financing, and sustainable rural community.
  • Large corporate businesses that use market principles to create economic opportunity and positive social change such as new wealth and expanded access to quality goods and services.

January Career Exploration

As students at Gustavus must take at least two J Term courses, one of the many opportunities is to do a Career Exploration.  This is where they will seek out an opportunity to see a career first hand during the month of January.  To earn academic credit the students must meet at the career site at least 30 hours a week for the four weeks during the J Term.  They may be doing work, but it is also acceptable if they are just a job shadowing.  There will be some assignments to go along with the hours at the location to help the students get the most out of this opportunity such as updating their resume, and conducting a few informational interviews to find out more about various careers in that organization.

Gusties Connect! January Term courses in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

We offer a unique, direct link between students and alumni with a study away J-Term course. Students connect with an alumni group somewhere in the United States to explore alumni owned and operated businesses, challenge ideas about how to creatively solve complex issues, and work on a substantial business project with an organization. Alumni host students for events, receptions, and one-on-one networking opportunities, too. J-Term 2016 is in Las Vegas, with site coordinator Paul Schiminsky ’93. J-Term 2017 will be in Seattle, where students will focus on technology start ups and small businesses, as well as how technology is being innovated every day. The Seattle course will engage Kari Patrasek Merz ’99 as the site coordinator.

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Mairs and Power Award for Investment Study

Putting the vision of alumni Mark ’83 and Terri ’83 Henneman into action, the Mairs & Power Award for Investment Study supports and celebrates the career aspirations of two women planning careers in the world of finance. Noting the lack of women at top levels of the financial field and the unique difficulties women face within the financial world, Mark and Terri crafted a multi-year Award that includes a generous financial scholarship, fee remission for coursework related to taking the Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) exam, and support for a trip to New York while studying for the CFA. Most importantly, however, the Award brings with it mentoring relationships with Mark and others in his firm who can significantly help women in the beginning of their careers create a network of professionals in the financial fields.

For more information click here.

Mairs and Power Award Recipient
Mairs and Power Award Recipient

Mayo Innovation Scholars

The Mayo Innovation Scholars Program is an innovative experiential learning opportunity for students at participating private colleges and universities in Minnesota that gives students first-hand research and marketability analysis experience with leading Mayo inventors and researchers. Students work in teams of four, with at least one science major and one business major on each team, to complete research projects that ultimately assist Mayo Clinic Ventures in the assessment of ideas for new products submitted by Mayo Clinic researchers

Interested juniors and seniors majoring in either science, nursing, or business may apply for an internship position with the Mayo Innovation Scholars Program.

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