Career Development

You’ve got the drive, energy and discipline to study hard and dream big. Let us help you level up your ambitions in management with our wide-ranging career development options. From our nationally renowned Business Externship Program to courses in personal and professional branding, you can participate in innovative curricular and co-curricular programs, as well as work with advisors, alumni and professors to develop your professional skills.

And it doesn't stop there: At the Zhang Career Center, you have opportunities to attend career-related events and participate in management student organizations. Let's work together so you can bring your A-game to the world.

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Target your dreams right at the center

Whether you’re in the general exploratory phase, looking for a business externship or an internship, or ready to search for a job, we’ve got you covered.

Career advisors are available by appointment or during drop-in hours and will also provide information on career development events and resources.

You'll also have access to Handshake, WMU’s employment website. You'll be able to set up an account, publish your resume and view internship and full-time job opportunities, among other career-related activities.

Management majors at Western Michigan University may earn credit for approved student internships. Contact the department for more information.


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Connections that hone your skills

Your academic education is just one part of your professional journey. As a student at Western, you'll also get focused support on strengthening your social and emotional skills. Tap into networking opportunities with companies seeking to fill positions with WMU students through organization such as the Society for Excellence in Human Resources, Leadership and Business Strategy OrganizationDECA at WMU,  and more.  Attend Business Bash or visit Experience WMU to find the right organization for you. 

Looking for other ways to develop professional skills? Take advantage of events at the Zhang Career Center.

Getting linked in to WMU Haworth

All students should consider using social media as a professional resource. Join the WMU Haworth College of Business on LinkedIn to network with other students, alumni, employers and friends of both the college and the Department of Management. If you’re looking for helpful tips on how to best approach and manage your social media from a professional point of view, Career and Student Employment Services offers a social media management guide.

Christina Stamper Quote

  • It is critically important that students have a well-rounded educational experience. Joining a student organization, especially one that supports your particular major, provides several benefits. Networking with industry professionals, developing new knowledge and skills, and socializing with peers who have similar interests will support your personal and professional development.

    Dr. Christina Stamper, professor of management

Alumni success stories

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    Graduate Research Assistant, Cornell Industrial and Labor Relations Graduate Degree Program; Director of National Recruiting, Summer Venture in Management Program, Harvard Business School

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    Owner/Operator, Dabney & Co. - Cocktail Bar and Lounge; Pricing Manager, Epredia

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    Lead Academic Counselor, The University of Chicago Charter School