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 ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

This immersive internship opportunity, made possible through the continued generosity of Simon Baker ‘93, allows motivated students to explore their aspirations in and around social entrepreneurship, innovation and social impact.

Students begin their experience with a one-credit course that provides an introduction to the tenants of design thinking, entrepreneurship and innovation.

During spring break, the fellows will participate in a weeklong immersion program in Los Angeles and San Francisco where students visit some of the most innovative and well-known global organizations, including Instagram, Ideo and Stanford University d.School.

This fellowship and all of its components, including tuition, books, travel and associated fees, are covered in full. Additionally, students are able to earn up to a $10,000 stipend.

To be considered, students must submit an application on Handshake. Required elements of the application are a statement of purpose, transcripts, and resume.

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 Entrepreneurial Leadership Program.

An economics and French double major at Hartwick, Simon Baker played D1 soccer for Hartwick. 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.

For more information, please contact Dr. Michael Walsh at walshm@hartwick.edu

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.

Articulation Agreements for Graduate Programs

Hartwick College has agreements with Clarkson University for an MBA, Glasgow Caledonian New York College for masters degrees in Sustainability, and Syracuse University for a number of their masters programs.

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