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John Spittell

Wagner Distinguished Chair of Business & Management, Executive-in-Residence

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401



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4 Ways to Experience Your Education

1. Enrich Your Experience With Our Distinctive Programs in Business.

  • StartUp Term is a selective and rigorous study that takes students from business plan to sales pitch over the course of a term. During this time, they'll develop a product, build and maintain a website, compile financial projections and collaborate in a dedicated 24/7 off-campus work space. The program teaches students the meaning of entrepreneurship and familiarizes them with project management in real-life situations.
  • The Business Intensive Seminar has been designed by a Knox alumnus for motivated and curious Knox students. It is built upon Knox's core focus on critical thinking skills to help prepare students to enter the professional business world. Participating students work in assigned teams and work on projects that hone their business, finance, marketing, and innovation skills. The program is open to students finishing up their first year as well as current sophomores, and immediately follows Spring Term finals.

2. Explore life after Knox through an internship.

Internships are an integral part of pursuing a minor in business and management at Knox. The Bastian Family Career Center can help you find one that best matches your goals and interests. A few places where Knox students have interned include the Center for American Progress, Council on Foreign Relations, Boeing, Ameriprise Financial, and Caterpillar.

Here are a few of ways Knox students have recently integrated their business skills and knowledge through an internship:

  • Summer analyst, Goldman & Sachs, New York, New York. Phelipe Graske '18.
  • Marketing intern, Connections Marketing, Chicago, Illinois. Ginger Phelps '18.
  • Management intern, College Works Painting, Galesburg, Illinois. Alex Contreras '18.
  • Market research intern, Ipsos, Harry Carpenter '18.
  • Associate, First National Bank of Scotia, Sam Burgess '18.

3. Study Off Campus

Our students take advantage of more than 50 off-campus study programs. London Semester, which offers options in international business, international relations, and the humanities, is of special interest to business students. Business students have also recently studied in Chicago, Washington D.C., China, Singapore, and the Philippines.

4. Learn From Experts in the Field

The Knox Business Club fosters connections between students and local business owners as well as individuals working in the larger financial community via alumni receptions, excursions to businesses, and networking events. Run by students, the club hosts speakers and panels and offers career resources. Recent club activities have included visits to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Morningstar, John Deere, the Chicago Climate Exchange, and the Booth Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago.

In addition, students have the opportunity to network with alumni throughout the year through programming like the Business Intensive Seminar and the Chicago Business Trip, which provide close mentorship and collaboration with Knox alums in the business world. 

Knox frequently brings speakers to campus who are experts on timely topics related to business and management. Some recent examples are:

  • "Entrepreneurship and Financing: Why Wall Street Matters" James R. Haslem, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton
  • "The Future of Banking," William Longbrake, CFO, Washington Mutual
  • "Needles and Haystacks: Detecting Terrorist Financing Moving through Banks," Max Tappeiner '99, ABN AMRO Bank
  • "The Business/Financial Side of the Medical World, " Dr. Michael Arnold '80, Physician

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Printed on Monday, May 20, 2024