Our Mission:

The Center for Student Professional Development (CSPD) is a comprehensive Fox School of Business and Management resource focused on preparing students for entry into the professional business environment. This is accomplished through workshops, mentoring and internships that complement the content knowledge/tools taught in the classroom.

CSPD simultaneously offers a variety of services connecting students with employers, thereby supplying regional employers with a diverse source of talent known for a strong work ethic.


Our Primary Goals:

  • To offer business students opportunities to develop the essential communication/interpersonal skills and ethical values needed to excel in today’s competitive global economy.
  • To work closely with Student Professional Organizations, for purposes of career building, networking and development of leadership skills while emphasizing the importance of business ethics.
  • To cultivate relationships with alumni and regional corporations resulting in internship and full-time career opportunities for students and start-up partnerships for research projects, executive training and outreach activities.
  • To integrate The Fox School students into the business community and serve as a value added recruitment tool for employers, thereby creating a dynamic synergy between The Fox School and its corporate partners.

CSPD Professional Development Model

Circle of Professional DevelopmentImpression Management
Development of written, oral, visual, and non-verbal communications that persuade and inspire others.

Personal Development
Use of self-reflection to develop a course of action to improve specific skills that increase one’s potential.

Career & Industry Awareness
Demonstration of an understanding of the workplace, various industries, and career options through exploration, research, and experiential learning.