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beyond the classroom

department of economics and finance

To put theory into practice,
it takes 
real-world experience.

It’s one thing to gain knowledge in a classroom. It’s another thing to put it to use in real-world situations. As a Mastodon, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to work with professors and area business leaders to implement what you learn.

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DSB alums working at Zimmer Biomet


Your new experience awaits.

You’ll receive our full support as you navigate your internship. We are invested in your success, and we will help you take the next step outside the classroom in preparation to take on the business world.

internships and experiential learning

  • Gain experience in your field with real projects, clients, and employers
  • Improve chances of gaining employment after graduation
  • Explore careers and gain realistic expectations
  • Receive support from Purdue Fort Wayne
  • Apply classroom theories to the work environment and gain insight to future class topics
  • Grow your network and establish valuable references

Your advisor and a faculty mentor will help you have a beneficial experience where you can earn academic credits and gain real-world business experience.

In your junior and senior year, or as a master’s student, you may be offered the opportunity to work on research topics with professors. This would allow you to actively participate in ongoing research projects or to develop a unique path, guided by an expert in the field.

If you work on a research project with a professor as an undergraduate student, you will have the opportunities like academic conferences, student competitions, and a research symposia.


Sharing economic expertise.

Purdue Fort Wayne and the Department of Economics and Finance take pride in working for the betterment of our community. If you are a teacher of economics for grades K–12, we will work with you to promote the teaching of this area of the Doermer School of Business. For more information, contact John Kessler, director, at [email protected] or 260-481-6493.

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Live, and learn, with the business Herd.

This is where you can make your love of business an even bigger part of your life. This section of student housing puts together business majors for networking and entrepreneurship opportunities. It’s the perfect place to fuel your business passion and create lifelong connections that can create opportunities for your future.

Student Organizations

Get involved. Get experience. Get what you want from college.


Opportunities to add to your classroom knowledge.

Be on a team that operates a competing commercial bank. This take place over a two-year period under simulated economic conditions.

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In the Fed Challenge, a national competition sponsored by the Federal Reserve Board, teams of three to five students assume the role of advisors to the Federal Open Market Committee in the conduct of monetary policy. Purdue Fort Wayne competes in the regional competition held by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Teams make a 20-minute presentation and are then questioned by a panel of the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C., for the final competition.

As a student in the Fed Challenge, you will apply theoretical topics in macroeconomics and monetary policy to the actual, current economic situation. You’ll also assemble and process current macroeconomic information and data, moving beyond a theoretical understanding of monetary policy to a detailed understanding of the implementation of monetary policy.

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Study Abroad

The world is your classroom.

We live in a global economy, so business majors need a keen global awareness and cultural appreciation. You’ll be able to hone these skills in our special studies in international business course and by studying abroad.