Real-World Experience at Bertolon School of Business
Amari Heywood-Gonzalez testimonial
"I worked as a Lead Student Success Fellow at Bertolon which helped me grow as a person and a student. This job taught me how to lead a staff, manage my time better, and work on my networking skills."
- Amari Heywood-Gonzalez '18, Marketing
Faculty Practitioners and Hands-On Projects
Our faculty bring real-world experience to their courses and bring industry leaders into the classroom to share their expertise. Students complete in-class projects that reflect the work they’ll eventually be tasked with after graduation, with feedback from current practitioners.
Bertolon students are encouraged to complete at least one internship in their business concentration before they graduate. Most internships are for credit and are paid and many internships lead directly to career opportunities after a student graduates. Internships can be planned for the fall, spring, or summer. The Assistant Dean Director Student Success works closely with Bertolon faculty and Career Services to identify and secure internship opportunities with businesses and non-profit organizations. To receive credit, students participating in an internship must work a minimum of 120 hours during a semester. Faculty advisors work with students and their site supervisor to ensure the internship is successful and the student is gaining new knowledge and skills.
The only facility of its kind on the North Shore, the Cabot Wealth Management Lab gives business students access to data and tools used by investment professionals, allowing the next generation of Salem State students to access the world of finance. Twelve Bloomberg terminals bring together real-time data on global markets, international news and research, powerful analytics, communications tools and world-class execution capabilities.
The wealth management lab was made possible through the generosity of Rob and Rachel ’98 Lutts of Cabot Wealth Management. Additional supporters include the Charles Schwab Foundation, St. Jean’s Credit Union Charitable Foundation, Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, North Shore Bank and Salem Five Bank Charitable Foundation.
Student Managed Investment Fund
The Student Managed Investment Fund gives finance students experiential learning opportunities in portfolio management and the investment management process. Students take on the roles of portfolio manager, chief analyst, student trustee and analysts, analyzing and investing designated funds into a variety of securities. The goal is for students to create returns on the fund, growing the assets available to invest and ultimately creating scholarships for future students, philanthropy coming full circle. The fund was launched in 2019 with the Individual Projects in Business Administration course and was funded by donors Rob and Rachel ’98 Lutts, Make a contribution to the Student Managed Investment Fund.
The IRS's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs offer free basic tax return preparation to qualified individuals. The VITA program has operated for over 50 years, offering free tax help to people who generally make $57,000 or less, persons with disabilities; and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. The VITA Program, staffed by student volunteers concentrating in Accounting, has been a public service offered by the Bertolon School for the last twenty-four years.
Salem State University offers a wide variety of study abroad programs that will fit into any major, schedule, or budget. Students can study abroad for an entire year, a semester, during winter break, or over the summer. We have programs offered through affiliated program providers, or you can go on a faculty-led program offered during spring break or the summer. Explore the study abroad programs at Salem State