Class Type: Variable Credit (1-4 units) - participants meet in an online class once per week

Academic Focus: an exploration of the social, cultural, and political debates currently shaping business culture, especially as they pertain to interns and internships

What you need to know:

  • Internships can be in ANY field anywhere in the world
  • Students are required to attend a Business Culture specific Information Session and secure an internship prior to applying
  • Unlike other classes, CFS does not provide internship placement assistance for FSBC.  Students who participate in this class are required to secure their own internships prior to applying to participate in the class. 
  • Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
  • Offered in Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer quarter
  • FSBC (388) students log in weekly for a 1.5 hour seminar class as well as participating in a class blog
  • Class are typically on a Monday or Wednesday evening (CST)
  • Class can be taken for 1,2,3, or 4 credits (read more about how CFS credit works)
  • Internship time commitment varies from 8-36 hours/week (read more about how CFS credit works), students work with their employer to negotiate internship hours
  • The course does satisfy Northwestern's Undergraduate Registration Requirement (URR)

Students with Chicagoland area internships may not be eligible for Field Studies in Business Culture.
This class is designed and intended for students who secure internships outside of the Chicagoland area and these students are prioritized. Under certain circumstances applicants with Chicago area internships may be considered. Exceptions are made on a case by case basis. Students under consideration for exceptions will typically be wait listed for this course until after the application deadline has passed.

Course Description

While interning at companies or organizations throughout the country, students in this online-only seminar will explore key social, cultural, and political problems shaping business culture today, especially as it pertains to interns and internships.  Through course readings, online discussions, and asynchronous assignments, students will learn how business culture has evolved over the past century, and shaped our understanding and engagement with difficult social issues, including technological change, racial and gender diversity, economic inequality, and work-life balance.  By the end of the quarter, students will be able to think aboutspeak about, and act more knowledgeably within the complex world of contemporary business culture.

Course work: blog posts, class presentations, course readings, interviews, self-guided field trip and reflection paper, final research project

Graded on: participation, blog posts and responses, field work assignment, and final project

2017-2018 Instructor: Nick Dorzweiler

Types of Internships that relate to the Field Studies in Business Culture class = ALL

Internships can be in ANY field.  Students are responsible for securing their internship.

Apply for Field Studies in Business Culture

Applying for Field Studies in Business Culture requires:

  • Having an internship.
  • Attending an information session (in person or online). The information session will provide directions on how to apply to the course.
  • Applying during the application period for the quarter you wish to take the class in. Applications will be accepted until the published deadlines OR before if the class fills (applications reviewed on a rolling basis, class size 14 students).
If you have questions about FSBC, please contact us at or call 847-467-0605