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Business Student Organizations and Honor Societies
Student organizations are an essential part of the undergraduate experience. In addition to striving for good grades, participation in organizations is an excellent way for you to diversify your Pitt experience and develop hands-on leadership skills essential to a career in business. Each organization is designed and equipped to run like a small business where members coordinate speakers from the corporate community, arrange site visits to local offices of financial institutions and accounting firms, sponsor social activities for members, and much more. Not only will you develop new skills and talents and make new friends, but you will also enhance your employment potential.
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Business Student Organizations
- Alpha Kappa Psi
- Alpha Kappa Psi is a co-ed professional business fraternity dedicated to the advancement of individuals within a business environment. AKPsi was founded upon the principles of educating our members and the public to appreciate higher ideals in business and to further the individual welfare of members during college and beyond. We are an extensive organization, with over 200,000 current and past members, on hundreds of campuses worldwide. Students of all majors and years who are hoping to one day thrive in the business world are welcome to visit our rush informational meetings. Contact Brad Lalli (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
- American Marketing Association
- Pitt AMA is a student organization affiliated with the professional Pittsburgh American Marketing Association. Through guest speakers, site visits, skills workshops and occasional projects, we work to provide group members with extracurricular professional development opportunities in the general field of marketing. Please contact Adam Leggieri at email@example.com for more information.
- Ascend is the premier non-profit professional association that enables its members, corporate partners and the community to realize the leadership potential of Pan-Asians in global corporations.
- Ascend reaches 13,000 people with 37 professional and student chapters located in major business hubs and campuses. Ascend membership is open to individuals of all ethnicities and business backgrounds.
- http://www.ascendleadership.org/ or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Aspiring Business Professionals
- Aspiring Business Professionals is a business organization concerned with providing applicable, hands-on experience within all facets of the business world. Its mission is to combine business with service through charitable and service events in cooperation with leadership development programs, as well as developing members into professional men and women. Activities will include fundraising events, professional seminars and workshops with businessmen and women, networking opportunities with corporate guests, in addition to numerous charitable and service opportunities. Membership is geared towards students in the College of Business Administration, but is open to all students interested in learning more about the business world.
- Beta Alpha Psi
- Beta Alpha Psi is a national honors fraternity that enhances the university educational experience by providing interaction with finance, information-systems and accounting professionals, conducting technical and personal-development programs through campus, regional and national meetings, and promoting and encouraging community service. Throughout the fall and spring semesters, BAPsi invites a variety of business information professionals to present timely and informative topics to our student members and any other interested students. They also participate in and organize a variety of community-service opportunities each semester. Students must have both cumulative and major QPAs of at least 3.5 to be eligible for membership.
- The Business Review
- The Business Review is primarily a writing organization devoted to analyzing current news and business topics. Each of our writers pursues relevant interests to them and applies their specific knowledge learned from the classroom and the workplace to critically evaluate trends and analyses that they have encountered. From there, these articles are published on our online website, where their articles can become focal points of discussion for others that can contribute their own thoughts and develop the concepts even further. This in turn allows for our members to enjoy a unique advantage in approaching employers since our members have already developed a concrete portfolio that they can talk about it in interviews. Members are required to come to the monthly meetings and write a minimum of three articles a semester.
- Contact Ivy Kolpon at email@example.com.
- Delta Sigma Pi
- Delta Sigma Pi is America's foremost professional fraternity for men and women pursuing careers in business. The University of Pittsburgh chapter, Lambda, was founded in 1921. We focus on professional growth, academic excellence, giving back to the community and enjoying ourselves along the way. We accept all College of Business Administration students as well as students pursuing an Economics Degree in The School of Arts & Sciences with a GPA of a 3.0 or higher. Please contact Chelsea Limbacher at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Enactus brings together a diverse network of university students, academic professionals, and industry leaders around the shared mission of creating a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business. By contributing their talents to projects that improve the lives of people worldwide, Enactus participants are demonstrating that individuals with a knowledge and passion for business can be a powerful force for change.
- The University of Pittsburgh Enactus was created in 2009 by Stephanie Campbell, who is now a sophomore in the College of Business Administration. From three students in a dorm room to a certified 40 member organization, Pitt Enactus operates and engages in several different projects in the greater Pittsburgh region and on the University's campus. Recently, they competed in the Enactus Regional Competition in Cleveland, Ohio, and USA National Expo in Minneapolis, Minnesota in which they received the Rookie of the Year Award and First Runner-Up, a testament to their growing influence and strength. You may be any major and may be an undergraduate or a graduate student at Pitt to join. http://www.business.pitt.edu/student-entrepreneurs/sife/index.php
- Please contact Blake Carroll at email@example.com for more information.
- Fashion Business Association
- The Fashion Business Association (FBA) strives to connect students interested in the fashion industry while increasing knowledge of the business aspects of fashion by improving communication, networking, and leadership skills. As the only professional organization at the University of Pittsburgh that focuses on the fashion industry, FBA aims to increase the knowledge of their members through hosting professional, social, and networking events. These events include, but are not limited to: hosting speakers from local businesses, site visits to businesses within the Pittsburgh area and beyond, as well as fundraising, networking, and community service events. FBA gladly accepts membership across all majors from students in good academic standing. Feel free to check out our blog pittfashbiz.tumblr.com. Please contact Sabrina Haran at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- The Investment Banking Club
- The Investment Banking Club is designed to help high potential undergraduate students establish placement as analysts at top investment banking firms. The Investment Banking Club aims to provide its members with intensive industry knowledge, advanced skill sets, and a professional network to assist in achieving prominent positions in today's leading investment banks. We work to clarify the common misconceptions held by so many students who hope to work in this industry, and our members receive a better understanding of its nature. The IBC pursues this mission by educating its members about the financial services industry and the processes involved with obtaining internships and full time opportunities within leading firms. The IBC also hosts panel discussions, workshops, finance training, and other various events to provide its members with employment opportunities with both regional and global investment banks. In addition, the IBC strives to host corporate presentations that may potentially lead to investment banking recruitment opportunities. For more information, please contact Andy Canovali at email@example.com.
- Phi Beta Lambda
- University of Pittsburgh Phi Beta Lambda is an undergraduate Professional Development organization that focuses on bringing business and education together in a positive working relationship though innovative leadership and career development programs.
- www.pittpbl.com or Rose Choi at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Roberto Clemente Minority Business Association
- The Roberto Clemente Minority Business Association (RCMBA) is the quintessential resource for minority students matriculating through the College of Business Administration here at the University of Pittsburgh. We are dedicated to academic excellence, visionary leadership, diversity, and service to the Pittsburgh community.
- Please contact Tosen Nwadei at email@example.com for more information.
- Society for International Business
- The Society for International Business (SIB) is a student-run organization, sponsored and funded by the International Business Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Throughout the course of the year our members have the opportunity to participate in the World Quest Competition, to attend an International Business Panel, Information Sessions on the Certificate for International Business and Study Abroad, and monthly international dinners. SIB also organizes 1-2 site visits every year with international companies. Although primarily a component of CBA, SIB also welcomes students of the School of Arts & Sciences and College of General Studies. Commonalities include, but are not limited to, a GPA above 3.0, and a genuine interest in global studies and business development. Many SIB members are also pursuing their Certificate in International Business.
- Our mission is to equip our members with the necessary skills and experiences to become well-rounded professionals in the global workforce through awareness of the underlying differences in cultures and business practices around the world.
- Please contact Alexa Verink at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sports Business Association
- The Sports Business Association works to serve as an advocate for the needs and concerns of business students interested in sports. We also hope to act as a liaison in regards to adding sports business courses into the CBA curriculum. We will provide our members with ample opportunities to network with professionals in the world of sports so that they can best prepare themselves for life after college. The organization provides networking opportunities with numerous athletic institutions and hosts speakers on topics related to careers in sports. Site visits and facility tours will be held each semester, as well as volunteer opportunities with the University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department. Membership is open to interested CBA, A&S/Business dual, and other students with an interest in sports business.
- http://www.pitt.edu/~sorc/sba1787/ or Pat Gannon at PJG19@Pitt.edu
- Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)
- See Enactus, above.
- The Trading Pitt
- The Trading Pitt is the only club at the University of Pittsburgh, and one of the few across the United States that focuses on what it takes to trade today's markets. Whether its understanding how to utilize futures to develop an interest rate view, or day trading equities – the Trading Pitt focuses on real application. The best way to learn, we believe, is actual practice using your knowledge base. Understanding financial markets is about adaptation, trading is about discipline. These two concepts together are what makes good traders and what the Trading Pitt hopes to produce. We have two types of membership - Blue and Gold - however any meeting is open to those that want to come. Feel free to email any questions you have about our organization or trading in general to email@example.com or check out our website at www.thetradingpitt.com
- Undergraduate Finance Club
- The Finance Club brings networking and career opportunities to CBA students, with emphasis in Panel events that feature speakers from various facets of the business world. Any CBA students are welcome to join. There are other networking opportunities, such as the Golf Outing and the RISE Symposium.
- http://www.pittfinanceclub.org or Keith Conti at firstname.lastname@example.org
- University of Pittsburgh Accounting Association
- The UPAA is a group dedicated to helping students learn more about potential career paths in accounting. We host presentations and site visits, as well as some charity events. Our goal is to help our students network both with each other inside the organization, as well with professionals outside the organization. Member dues are $20. While there is no mandatory attendance, we encourage our members to attend as many events as possible in order to get the most out of our organization.
- Please contact Nick Vicari at email@example.com for more information.
- Women in Business
- Women in Business is a social, professional, and community service-based organization in CBA that focuses on the development of young women into business professionals. There are two general body meetings every month on Sunday evenings with guest speakers and networking opportunities. In addition, there are events throughout the semester that cater to networking with professionals from the greater Pittsburgh area. Our primary service initiative in the spring semester is Relay for Life, and the Women in Business team has consistently placed among the top fundraising organizations at Pitt. Women in Business is a great way to get to know other women in CBA, gain valuable leadership experience, and enhance yourself as a business professional.
- "Like" us on Facebook at "University of Pittsburgh Women in Business" or follow us on Twitter at @pittwib.
- Pitt Women in Business: firstname.lastname@example.org Lisa Tennis - Women in Business President: email@example.com
Business Honor Societies
- Beta Gamma Sigma
- Beta Gamma Sigma is the national honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International. It is equivalent to Phi Beta Kappa in the liberal arts. Membership is by invitation only to qualified Juniors and Seniors.