Business Administration & Accounting Special Opportunities

We offer a number of exciting opportunities for students interested in business, accounting, and finance beyond the classroom and graduation. Here are just a few.

THE BAKER-SIMPSON WOMEN’S ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

This extraordinary opportunity is available to motivated, capable, and creative Hartwick students from all academic majors who identify as women. Simon Baker ’93 works with Hartwick faculty to create this immersive, mentored professional internship experience at San Francisco start-up companies.

The student experience begins with a one-credit preparatory course the spring semester before the summer of the entrepreneurship experience. Following their on-site work, Baker-Simpson Fellows mentor the next year’s program applicants.

Entrepreneur Simon Baker ’93 started the Baker-Simpson Entrepreneurship Fellowships at Hartwick in 2014 with the support of his mentor and friend Barclay Simpson. Baker, Sharon Simpson, and the PSB Foundation continue to support the initiative, reimagining the successful model as the Baker-Simpson Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program.

An economics and French double major at Hartwick, Simon Baker played DI soccer for the Wick. He is the founder and CEO of BakerAvenue Asset Management. The company is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in New York, Dallas, and Seattle.

NDC Internship in Economic Development Finance

Are you perplexed or frustrated by economic, financial, political, and social systems in the US that continue to favor some groups of individuals but limit the success of other groups of individuals?

Do you want to make a difference in the wealth gap by directly impacting the structures that provide access to capital and opportunity to individuals in communities across the nation?

Do you want to distinguish yourself and your College by working on something bigger than you, something that makes a tangible difference in our world?

Get Paid! The NDC Fellowship at a Glance

The National Development Council’s President, Daniel Marsh, class of ’74, has worked with Professor Carlena Cochi Ficano (pictured above), and Hartwick’s Director of Planned Giving Pat Dopazo to set up an in-depth internship experience this J Term for Hartwick students.

The National Development Council works with small businesses and communities by directing capital to support the development and preservation of affordable housing and small business entrepreneurship. This helps create jobs and advances livable communities with social infrastructure investment. NDC also researches the impact of City housing & economic development investments. NDC’s goal for the Fellowship is to allow students an opportunity to gain a valuable applied experience in affordable housing and economic development. This is a paid opportunity, and compensation will range depending on year in school.

“I am excited to help small businesses get the help they need during these challenging times,” said Madison E. Wayman ’23, one of four 2022 interns. She will be joined by classmates Chris Kenney ’23, Tara M. Tilley ’22, and Timothy P. O’Connor ’23.


VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE (VITA) PROGRAM


Hartwick College serves as an IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program/Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Tax Assistance site since AY2019.  We are the only VITA/TCE site in the region to offer ALL YEAR no-cost tax service. This program offers an extraordinary professional experiential learning and development opportunity for our students.

Coordinated by Assistant Professor Li Luo (CPA), our site provides free tax consulting and preparation service to the local community as well as across the country, to serve low to middle-income individuals including those facing physical and other disabilities and international residents and foreign students & scholars unfamiliar with US tax laws.

Hartwick IRS-certified students prepared 392 federal and/or state returns, achieving a 100% acceptance rate with zero errors. Their combined 300+ hours of on-site and virtual service saved people in need $61,870.00 in preparation and filing fees, and secured combined refunds and Economic Impact Payments (stimulus checks) of $568,435.00 in 2021.

 

In-person services: Mondays and Tuesday

  • Golisano Hall (2nd floor) at Hartwick College
  • Every Monday and Tuesday from February 7th to April 18th (except Hartwick College Spring Break)
  • Dates: Feb. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28; March 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22; April 4, 5, 11, 12, 18
  • 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
  • Or by appointment: call (607) 432-1980 to schedule the appointment; MASK required and full-vaccinated with booster

In-person services: Saturdays:

  • Huntington Memorial Library
  • Every Saturday from February 7th  to April 18th (except Hartwick College Spring Break)
  • Dates: Feb 5, 19, 26; Mar 5, 12, 19; April 9, 16
  • 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. and 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.
  • Or by appointment: call (607) 432-1980 to schedule the appointment; MASK required and full-vaccinated with booster
  • In addition, we also have FSA (Facilitated Self Assistant) service available on Fridays (2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, and 4/15) from 9:00am – 11:00am and 1:00pm – 3:00pm. The NYS Tax Department employees will walk you through your income tax returns, step-by-step, as you complete your own taxes. It’s quick and easy! For information or to schedule a session, contact FSA.Appointments@tax.ny.gov.

FSA Program
Find an FSA Session

For Zoom, Drop-off and other FSA services please call (607)-431-4338 or email vita@hartwick.edu

 

THE GRIFFITHS CENTER FOR COLLABORATION & INNOVATION

The hub for outside-the-box thinking and creative problem solving on campus is the Griffiths Center for Collaboration & Innovation (GCCI). The GCCI offers students a work environment to develop ideas, meet outside experts and practitioners, produce prototypes, and refine solutions.

STUDENT-FACULTY RESEARCH COLLABORATION

Our collaborations are challenging and fun experiences where students work one-on-one with a business faculty member on topical academic research. Students acquire vital skills such as articulating an interesting research question, conducting a review of the literature, constructing and analyzing data, and writing for an academic audience. This experience prepares students for graduate programs in business and related disciplines.

Opportunities outside the classroom

Hartwick students participate in club investing, entrepreneurship competitions, and leadership development.

INVESTMENT CLUB

The student run Investment Club provides unique hands-on experience in stock investment and portfolio management as well as a venue for meeting and learning from veteran investors, experienced financial professionals and peers from other university investment clubs.

UNIVERSITY INNOVATION FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

A competitive year-long campus leadership opportunity in innovation and entrepreneurship that culminates in sponsored travel to Google and Stanford University.

DECA

Hartwick’s long-standing student-run Accounting & Business Society has recently affiliated as a chapter of the national DECA organization at the collegiate level. This affiliation grants us access to leadership, entrepreneurship, and business planning conferences and competitions across the country and around the world.

Move-Up Global (MUG)

Through faculty partnerships with a Boston-area start-up called Move-Up Global (MUG), Hartwick students have gained opportunities to help bring healthcare and education to remote villages in Rwanda. Our students worked in teams on projects that included: website development, social media, marketing, and fundraising efforts. They also connected virtually with educators in Rwanda to understand local needs.

These projects served as a perfect opportunity for students to work together on a team of cross-trained colleagues who gained real-world experience…all funded through FlightPath. Students across majors ranging from art, business, education to political science have participated.

The MUG relationship also led to the creation of a new J Term program that will send students to Rwanda to continue this work.

DOING BUSINESS IN JANUARY TERM

Each January Term, the Business Administration and Accounting Department develops an international program specifically for its upper-class majors. Previous course destinations include: Italy, India and China. These courses include cultural excursions but highlight interactions with American and foreign businesses operating overseas.

CLARKSON 4+1 MBA PROGRAM

As a Clarkson 4+1 partner institution, Hartwick shares an articulation agreement that ensures that our students have the ability to plan their undergraduate program to include courses that serve as prerequisites for the Clarkson MBA. By meeting these requirements, students will be able to complete the Clarkson MBA in one year.

Also, as a graduate of Hartwick College, any student who enrolls in the Clarkson MBA program will automatically be awarded the Clarkson 4+1 Fellowship:

  • $10,000 Tuition Scholarship
  • $4,000 Travel Scholarship
  • $3,000 graduate assistant position
  • A streamlined application process

The list of courses that follow shows the equivalent courses at Hartwick that fulfill the prerequisites to complete the One Year MBA program at Clarkson. Hartwick College Course Equivalents (in italic) are as follows:

  • Accounting: Financial and Managerial ACCO 101 and ACCO 102
  • Economics: Micro and Macro ECON 101 and ECON 102
  • Corporate Finance BUSA 280
  • Operations/Production Management BUSA 348
  • Computer Science: Information Systems CISC 120
  • Statistics and Quantitative Methods MATH 108 or MATH 308
  • Law and Society BUSA 310
  • Organizational Behavior BUSA 230
  • Principles of Marketing BUSA 240

For more information about this program, contact Dr. Carlena Cochi Ficano, Chair of the Department of Business Administration and Accounting at ficanoc@hartwick.edu.

4+1 PROGRAMS IN SUSTAINABILITY

Hartwick College has developed a bachelor’s/master’s degree articulation agreement with Glasgow Caledonian New York College (GCNYC). The agreement allows students to earn a bachelor’s from Hartwick in four years and a Master of Science in Business for Social Impact and Sustainability or a Master of Science in Sustainable Fashion in one year of intensive study.

Hartwick offers a dual degree program that allows students to develop a specialty in sustainability. The articulation agreement provides multiple opportunities for Hartwick students to enroll in a fast-tracked master’s program that can be completed in one year.

Benefits of Hartwick’s GCNYC partnership include:

  • Streamlined application process – application fee waiver and one letter of reference.
  • Hartwick seniors with a GPA of at least 3.0 are eligible to complete an online GCNYC course tuition-free (a $4089 value). Course credit will be applied to either the Master of Science in Business for Social Impact and Sustainability or the Master of Science in Sustainable Fashion program upon matriculation.
  • Hartwick graduates will receive substantial scholarships:
  • Those with a 3.5 GPA or higher at Hartwick receive a scholarship of $10,000 and a graduate assistantship of $3,000 with GCNYC’s Center for Social Impact & Innovation.
  • Those graduating with a GPA of 3.0 – 3.49 at Hartwick receive a scholarship of $7,500 and a graduate assistantship of $3,000 with GCNYC’s Center for Social Impact & Innovation.

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY AFFILIATIONS

Hartwick College shares an affiliation agreement with Syracuse University for a number of their Masters Programs. In each instance, Syracuse University will accept Hartwick students into their programs who meet the following criteria:

  • GPA of at least 3.0
  • GMAT score of at least 600
  • Demonstration of strong characteristics of leadership
  • A continued record of good citizenship and character
  • Completion of an undergraduate degree
  • Space availability in the chosen program

$25,000 Guaranteed Scholarship

Prerequisite Course Requirements: N/A

$10,000 Guaranteed Scholarship

Syracuse’s MS in Finance requires a number of prerequisites which can be met by achieving a minimum grade of C in the following Hartwick College Courses.

Syracuse MS in Finance Prerequisite Requirement:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Managerial Finance
  • Data Analysis/Business Statistics
  • Economics for Managers

 

Hartwick College Equivalent Course

  • ACCO 101 Financial Accounting
  • ACCO 102 Managerial Accounting
  • BUSA 280 Finance
  • BUSA 260 Quantitative Business
  • ECON 100 Principles of Macroeconomics and
  • ECON 102 Principles of Microeconomics

$10,000 Guaranteed Scholarship

Prerequisite Course Requirements: N/A

$10,000 Guaranteed Scholarship

Prerequisite Course Requirements: N/A

$10,000 Guaranteed Scholarship

Prerequisite Course Requirements: N/A

$10,000 Guaranteed Scholarship

Prerequisite Course Requirements: N/A

$10,000 Guaranteed Scholarship

Syracuse’s MS in Accounting requires a number of prerequisites which can be met by achieving a minimum grade of C in the following Hartwick College Courses.

Syracuse MS in Accounting Prerequisite Requirement

  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting I
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting II
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Principles of Taxation
  • Auditing

Hartwick College Equivalent Course

  • ACCO 101 Financial Accounting
  • ACCO 102 Managerial Accounting
  • ACCO 321 Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACCO 322 Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACCO 491 Contemporary Issues in Accounting
  • ACCO 342 Taxation I
  • ACCO 421 Auditing

NOTE: Students will be required to take Cost Accounting and ACC 756 Advanced Financial Accounting as part of their academic plan at Syracuse.  This will extend the curriculum to 33 credit hours.  Therefore, degree completion may require more than two semesters of study.