Published on January 30, 2020 by Morgan Black  
Professional Development

Samford University’s Brock School of Business plays a crucial role in today’s workforce development, especially in the Birmingham market. Of May 2019 graduates, 44% chose to stay in Birmingham to enter the local workforce, many of whom were not originally from Birmingham.

These statistics are attributed to the school’s commitment to maintaining exceptional career services and professional development programming to ensure the employment of its graduates. One way Brock School of Business represents this commitment is through its Office of Professional Success which provides every student with personalized career counseling. Through this office, students participate in a professional development course which hones critical professional skills related to interviewing, networking and communication through a variety of co-curricular events.

Simultaneously, the office manages the Academic Internship Program which provides students the opportunity to gain practical experience in a professional work environment. Many internships are offered in Birmingham, but there are opportunities available across the U.S., and internationally.

“We are blessed to be located in Birmingham where we have such generous community partners,” said director of professional success Kathryn Boyd. “From sharing information and networking with our students at events that we host, to providing internships and hiring recent graduates, our local business community provides tremendous support to our school and our students.”

“Samford University’s Brock School of Business attracts skilled students from around the nation – and our state and regional economy will continue to grow as more students decide to build their careers in Birmingham,” added Leigh Davis, vice president of Economic and Community Development for Alabama Power. “It’s the shared responsibility of our business community to retain the top talent that Brock School of Business produces and showcase the many advantages of calling Birmingham home. There is an energy in our city, from strong corporate partners that offer great career paths to an active tech-based ecosystem that supports entrepreneurs and new businesses – Birmingham has the right resources available for success.”

Ninety-seven percent of Brock School of Business students complete competitive internships before they graduate, and 99% percent of graduates are employed or enrolled in graduate programs six months following their graduation from Samford.