On April 4, 2015, ISBE and NCA sponsored the Spring Business Activities Fair, where some of the most prominent business-oriented student groups on campus were in attendance. However, as a freshman attendee, I felt a bit overwhelmed with all of the information that was supplied to me in such a short amount of time. I realized that I didn’t remember who I met, and I didn’t remember what group did what anymore. At the end of the day, I really wasn’t that much more informed than before I went to the fair. So, do you find yourself wanting to join a business group but not sure of which one to join? Don’t have the time to meticulously research every student group? Take this quiz to figure out which Northwestern business is the best fit for you!
Instructions: Start at the “Start Here” sign, and decide whether you agree of disagree with the statement. If you agree, follow the green arrow. If you don’t, follow the red arrow.
If you got: PURPLE
Your business field: Marketing
Mark is ISBE’s Marketing group. It’s a student run advertising agency that work with real clients to solve real marketing problems, whether they may be other student groups, start-ups, and local businesses. It allows you to gain hands-on experience with brand positioning, logo design, public relations, and social media campaigns.
For more information: http://mark.nuisbe.org/
If you got: DARK GREEN
Your business field: Community Engagement
MBA stands for Minority Business Association, and it focuses on creating minority leaders in their respective business fields. You will get a chance to listen to many speakers, learn general business skills, and to use what you learn to give back to the community through education and experiences.
For more information: http://www.nuisbe.org/minority-business-association/
Out of the 11 ISBE groups, MoneyThink focuses on giving back to the community. It’s dedicated to educating inner-city high school students in Chicago, many of which do not receive proper education in financial literacy. The goal of MoneyThink is to improve the health of our economy through financial education.
For more information: http://www.nuisbe.org/moneythink/
If you got: GREY
Your business field: Corporate/Business Relations
ISBE Corporate Relations
The Corporate Relations team deals extensively with corporations that want to increase their profile on the Northwestern campus. It works with pitching and recruiting corporate sponsors, and meeting the needs of these sponsors. Corporate Relation members are excellent communicators that facilitate a good relationship between ISBE and its sponsors.
For more information: http://www.nuisbe.org/corporate-relations/
If you got: YELLOW
Your business field: Finance/Microfinance
Lend President Vickie Chi says LEND is less of a business group and more of a community service group. It lends up to $10,000 to Evanston entrepreneurs, and work with them to develop their businesses. It focuses on creating new opportunities and helping these entrepreneurs reach financial self-sufficiency. Lend is a great way of giving back to the community from a financial angle.
For more information: http://lendevanston.org/
ISBE NUMI (Northwestern University Microfinance Initiative)
Northwestern University Microfinance Initiative is another one of ISBE’s 11 different sub-groups. It provides individuals with the financial assistance to start and run their own businesses, and allows students to help out the members of our community. NUMI also provides opportunities to work with microfinance initiatives abroad.
For more information: http://www.nuisbe.org/numi1/
If you got: LIGHT GREEN
Your business field: Economics
Undergraduate Economics Society (UES)
UES is the Economics club for Northwestern undergrads and strives to promote interest in the fields of business and economics. There are many opportunities for speaker events, networking, and connection with people around you. President Megan Corey says, “UES offers competition experiences that’s not just consulting.” Which is true, since they have a Goldman Sachs trading competition that just opened up.
For more information: http://groups.northwestern.edu/ues/
If you got: LIGHT BLUE
Your business field: Business Journalism
Northwestern Business Review is “THE business publication of Northwestern University, according to editor Jake Axelrod (Weinberg?, ’16). It’s a place where people who are interested in writing about business gather to write about the subjects they’re passionate about. If you are interested in becoming a published writer, then NBR is the organization for you.
For more information: http://northwesternbusinessreview.org/
If you got: ROYAL BLUE
Your business field: Tech/Web Development
For more information: http://tech.nuisbe.org/
If you got: WHITE
Your business field: Consulting
Consultants Advising Student Enterprises is an organization dedicate to consulting student-run businesses. It helps them make the best decisions by advising them through measurable results attained from research. It also seeks to educate the members in various consulting and analytic skills.
For more information: https://northwestern.collegiatelink.net/organization/case
Analytics is the student-run consulting firm that caters to not only student groups but also local businesses. Like the name, members are trained to have highly analytical minds in order to solve real-world problems pertaining to Northwestern University or other clients. Analytics is for you if you’re interested in data collection and consulting careers.
For more information: http://analytics.nuisbe.org/
If you got: ORANGE
Your business field: Entrepreneurship
Epic is Northwestern’s entrepreneurship group that strives to educate and inform more people ob entrepreneurship. It holds many events during the year, many of which are open to the public. The three major events are: Project Pitch, Wildhacks, and NU Venture Challenge. According to President Terence Chan, Epic is a great way to get involved because you get to meet different people with different ideas and passions.
For more information: https://www.nuisepic.com/
Arch Capital provides an opportunity for members to start their own business through education and funding. It provides them with opportunities to connect with resources, network with sponsors, and gain experience through working with real start-ups. It also helps students manage their businesses once they have started.
For more information: http://www.nuisbe.org/arch-capital/
If you got: RED
Your business field: Investment Banking
Investment Management Group is dedicated to students with a passion in investment. With only a 10% acceptance rate, it is one of the most selective business groups on campus. According to IMG Exec Board member Spencer Park (Weinberg, ‘16), IMG “is most proud of the placement of their alumni”, many of which have landed internships/jobs at top business firms like Goldman Sachs, McKinsey, and Morgan Stanley.
For more information: http://groups.northwestern.edu/img/
Northwestern Capital Management
NCM is a $10,000 investment fund that educates students about investment. Members take an investment class fall quarter and afterwards, become a part of the fund where they perform real-world investment analytics to manage real portfolios. They also conduct research to look for new investment opportunities.
For more information: http://www.nuisbe.org/northwestern-capital-management/
If you got: PINK
Your business field: Business Career Development
Alpha Kappa Psi (AKPsi)
AK Psi is Northwestern’s leading business fraternity. With over 70 members, they focus on mostly on networking and career development. Brothers receive professional mentorship (on things like interviews, business dinners, etc.) and access to an extensive alumni network. Also, just like a social fraternity, AKPsi Vice President Kammer Strachan (Weinberg, ‘17) says that the group “holds many social events in additional to professional events, and many members end up being great friends” as well.
For more information: http://groups.northwestern.edu/akpsi/