The business and corporate sector comprises a vast segment of the economy. Within organizations, one can think of business roles as referring to those responsible for ensuring that an organization remains viable and can continue to pursue its mission.

There is a wide range of jobs that support the business functions of a company, regardless of what the company does. These jobs include management, staffing, finance, planning and logistics.

It's important to look beyond the consumer-facing role of a company when searching for opportunities that interest you. All companies — and many nonprofits — rely on business roles to help them grow and to continue to carry out their mission. 

You can do additional research on this field in the Firsthand Guide to Business Administration Jobs

Gaining experience

One popular pathway into business is through rotational programs. Some large companies offer these programs, which allow new hires to experience a variety of roles within an organization. Many of these programs are two years in length, and culminate in a placement in a leadership or management role within a function in the company.

Seeking out alumni who work in an industry of interest to you is a great way to learn about their career journey and get their advice. Conducting industry research to determine your target organizations and then reviewing postings on their websites is the best way to find opportunities for internships or full-time work.

Hiring process and timeline

Many larger organizations recruit interns and full-time candidates in the fall, but some will recruit throughout the year depending upon their needs. Identifying organizations of interest and then checking their websites regularly or speaking to alumni who work there will offer insights into their specific recruiting cycles.

Professional organizations and associations

Professional organizations and associations are membership-based groups comprised of people working in a similar field. They can be helpful resources for students to learn more about a field, develop connections and discover related opportunities. You can search for related organizations and associations using a database provided by the Princeton University Library

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