Center for Excellence in International Business

Welcome to the Center for Excellence in International Business (CEIB) at Northern State University!
Since 1991, the CEIB has aimed to expand and promote the knowledge and practice of international business and entrepreneurship to inspire and enable students to think globally in three ways:
  1. Academic programs: The international business major or minor and the entrepreneurship minor
  2. Exposure to world-class entrepreneurs and business men and women through regional conferences, experiences, and opportunities
  3. Opportunities for students and faculty to present ideas and research during Global Entrepreneurship Week or at other CEIB-hosted events

CEIB is accredited by the Network of International Business Schools (NIBS); accreditation is pending from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Career Opportunities

CEIB has graduates from the international business program in the following areas: agriculture, airlines, banking and finance, consulting, customs brokerage, education and training, entrepreneurship, government and U.S. Customs, hotel management, human resources, import and export administration, insurance, international sales, marketing, international law, interpretation and translation, manufacturing, purchasing, trade associations and travel agencies.

Get Involved

Any Northern student is welcome to participate in CEIB activities! During Global Entrepreneurship Week in November, CEIB hosts an entire week of events. Highlights include the Business Idea Pitch Competition and a business mocktail reception with students and local business owners.

CEIB History
Created by Northern State University in 1994 in cooperation with the Governor's office of Economic Development (GOED), the Center for Excellence in International Business (CEIB)€™'s initial mission was to facilitate training programs to assist individuals, businesses, and agencies in doing business internationally and to create and host an international business conference in Rapid City, S.D. Activities in the first 18 years included:
  • Faculty training€
  • Creation of a study abroad program€
  • Support for students to travel abroad
  • The International Business Conference
By 2011, the study abroad program had grown into its own department, freeing up resources for the CEIB to focus on new initiatives.
In 2012, the CEIB's mission was restructured to include entrepreneurship. This new directive has led to new student-centered programming such as participation in Global Entrepreneurship Week, with activities like an Idea Pitch Competition and speakers. CEIB has also recognized the importance of networking for entrepreneurial students, so has sponsored their attendance at regional entrepreneurship conferences and startup weekends. These new programs help support the existing academic program and activities in international business.
Today, the CEIBs mission is to expand and promote the knowledge and practice of international business and entrepreneurship to inspire and enable students to think globally.
Goal 1: Enhance international business and entrepreneurship academic programs
Goal 2: To develop ethical and entrepreneurial students for a global society
Goal 3: Provide entrepreneurial, international, research-oriented knowledge and experiences that expose students and faculty to different values, cultures, languages, and business practices around the world
Vision: The Center of Excellence in International Business will be preeminent in the state of South Dakota in promotion and knowledge creation in practice, pedagogy, and research in international business and entrepreneurship.

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