Union Pathfinders:
Union College Pathfinders

Hear just a few of our notable alumni talk about how they've used their Union education as the foundation for success in a variety of interesting careers.

Catherine Ziac '14  works at a notable financial institution in Manhattan.
Catherine Ziac '14 works at a notable financial institution in Manhattan.

Business & Finance

See where Union takes you:
  • Matt Baumgartner '95, founder and owner, Bombers Burritos Bar
  • Barbara Burek '75, VP of international sales, PepsiCo
  • Robert Holland '62, board chairman, Spellman College; general partner, Williams Capital Partners; former president and CEO, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
  • Alan Horn '62, CEO, Disney Studios
  • Sabrina (Rau) Kanner '80, executive VP for design and construction, Brookfield Financial Properties; oversaw rebuilding at Ground Zero
  • Douglass Karp '97, co-founder, Lids; VP, New England Development
  • John Kelly III '76, senior VP and director, IBM Research
  • Eric Langner '12, advisor, Citigroup Global markets
  • Katherine Manko '12, client service associate, Private Wealth Management, Rockefeller & Co.
  • Nicholas Matt '67, president, Saranac Brewery
  • David Pacyna '83, CEO, Transmission and Distribution Divisions, Siemens Energy
  • Richard Templeton '80, president and chief executive, Texas Instruments
  • Carol Wrenn '82, president, Animal Health, Alpharma
  • Devin Wenig '88, president, eBay Global Marketplaces
  • Jennifer Winkelried '10, analyst, Goldman Sachs Asset Management

According to the Wall Street Journal, "undergraduate [business] degrees focus too much on the nuts and bolts of finance and accounting and don't develop enough critical thinking and problem-solving skills through long essays, in-class debates and other hallmarks of liberal arts courses."

At Union, students gain an essential understanding of global issues and diversity perspectives, key components of our curriculum. In addition, Union offers 5-year M.B.A. and M.B.A. Healthcare Management Programs in partnership with the School of Management of Union Graduate College.

How to pursue at Union:

Possible majors:

A variety of majors and minors will help students succeed in the business world and in programs of advanced study. These include Asian Studies, Economics, English, Engineering, Managerial Economics and Mathematics.

Campus academic & honorary societies:

Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international economics honor society

Clubs and organizations:

Economics Club, Entrepreneurship Club, Investment Club

Internship opportunities:

AYCO; Goldman Sachs; Golub Corporation; IBM (Poughkeepsie); Kern, Suslow Securities; Morgan Stanley, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network; Target; Union-IBM Global Summer Internships

Suggested terms abroad:

An economics international exchange at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, or with the IESEG School of Management in Lille, France