North Central College - Naperville, IL

International Business

Why choose international business at North Central College?

Here you’ll cultivate the “sixth sense” required to do business abroad—and that will make all the difference to your professional success. Of course you’ll master core business practices, identify market trends, explore financial markets and so on. But you’ll also develop an instinct for what’s appropriate in a given situation, for what’s being left unsaid and for the ways different communication styles and customs can affect business transactions abroad.

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  • Intern, Nexedi, Lille, France
  • Contract negotiation intern, Sourcebooks Inc., Naperville
  • Immigration assistant, World Relief, Aurora, IL
  • Finance advisor’s assistant, Smith Barney, Naperville
  • Marketing/promotional intern, Sourcebooks Inc., Naperville
  • E-commerce marketing intern, ULTA Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc., Bolingbrook, IL
  • Intern, Merrill Lynch, Oak Brook, IL
  • Intern, Sam’s Club, Batavia, IL
  • Intern, Wizdom Systems, Naperville


Recent graduates of international business include:

  • Chief financial officer, NeoPhotonics, San Jose, CA
  • Financial consultant, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Naperville
  • Web writer, Design & Promote, Chicago
Management, Marketing & International Business triple major

Much of Mitchell’s college career revolved around one idea: location. Mitchell took advantage of both nearby Chicago and study abroad for internships to advance his career in business.

“The quick and easy access to Chicago and the surrounding suburbs makes finding internships and jobs much easier.”

In addition to taking advantage of off-campus opportunities, Mitchell utilized his time on campus to become involved with the Entrepreneurship and International Business Organization. He helped with a project to import Greek olive oil for domestic sale. He also aided a professor in research and formed relationships with other faculty.

“A student can walk into any professor’s office and get advice...

International Business

When Mitchell set his sights on North Central College, he was thinking global.

“Our school offers an abundance of opportunities for students to gain international experience,” he says. “Many of these opportunities can be paired with internships and other opportunities to gain business experience abroad.”

As a junior, Mitchell interned with Hendrickson International, a company that operates on a global scale. He also studied abroad in Costa Rica and is researching the travel industry with a North Central professor.

Mitchell plans to work in the international real estate industry after graduation. He credits his readiness to operate on a worldwide scale to the involved professors of North...

International Business major

Gail wanted to improve her Spanish, so she decided to spend a term studying in Costa Rica. The trip had a profound effect on her that went beyond mastering a second language.

“It ignited a fire in me to keep traveling,” she says.

As the president of Enactus and its direct-trade business, NCC’s Best, she’s had plenty of opportunities to explore the world. Along the way, her fluency in Spanish has come in handy.

“The majority of our products are from Africa and Central America. During our annual trip to Guatemala, I was part of a group giving presentations in Spanish to producers of coffee and textiles,” she says.

Gail is enrolled in a five-year program that will allow her to graduate...

International Business major

Two areas of study were necessities for Cameron during his college search: international business and Chinese. He chose North Central because it offered both and many opportunities to get involved.

By the end of his first year, Cameron had already plunged into the North Central experience. He became co-president of the Chinese Club and got involved with the Entrepreneurship and International Business Organization. He landed an internship at an Internet marketing company through campus networking and, in his second year, studied abroad at Peking University in China.

Cameron says his international business major is a “natural combination of my interests, skills and ambitions,” and looks to set a...