Wednesday, May 26, 2021 — For Dunham School of Business and Public Policy Students

AU's women's lacrosse team makes history

Campus Shot

It’s been an exciting post-spring semester for the 27 members of the AU women’s lacrosse team. The Spartans finished the 2021 season with an 11–4 overall record and a 5–0 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference record, and earned the program's inaugural NACC and NACC tournament titles. Earlier this month, the team won its first NCAA Division III Tournament game — not only a first for AU, but for any member school of the NACC. Congratulations, Spartans!

A Message from the Dean

Greetings from Dunham Hall:

With Memorial Day weekend upon us, we welcome the kickoff of summer! There has been very good news on the public health front as COVID-19 cases continue to fall and vaccinations rise. This means that as a nation, we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. What does this mean for AU? Well, overall, it is good news! We are welcoming our MBA Plus One students back for a fully face-to-face experience starting on June 1. We are looking forward to a return to similar normal operations in the fall, with the caveat that we are always adapting to external public health guidance. For now, though, things are looking good. Keep watching for regular updates from the university in the coming weeks.

In today’s newsletter installment, I would like to focus on the topic of internships. Completing an internship while pursuing your degree provides you with the ability to learn new skills, apply what you have learned in the classroom to the real world, and increase your chances of receiving a full-time job offer once you graduate. In many cases students will complete several internships during their studies, further growing their skillsets and enhancing their employment prospects.

In addition to completing an internship for the experience, many internships may also qualify for course credit toward your graduation requirements. Both our undergraduate and graduate internship courses enable you to complete site-supervised, internship-based experiential learning while being mentored by a faculty expert in your chosen field of study. The internship courses provide additional instruction, support, and opportunities to further invest in your career readiness. Currently, we are accepting applications for fall 2021 internship credit with a July 1 deadline. The spring 2022 internship application deadline is November 1, with the summer 2022 deadline being March 1. For more information on completing an internship for credit, visit our internships webpage.

While internships are not necessarily required for all majors in the Dunham School of Business and Public Policy, they are highly encouraged in all cases. Now is the time when organizations are evaluating their staffing needs as they reopen for the coming months. 

Internship opportunities are posted daily through Handshake, the Dunham School’s closed digital professional network on LinkedIn, and through the Dunham School’s career listserv. For more information, please contact Brianne Di Pasquantonio, business internship program manager, at or 630-844-7574. 

On-campus Housing
There is still availability in AU's residence halls for the 2021–2022 academic year. Experience campus life and enjoy the accessibility of residing close to classes combined with the convenience of on-campus dining. The university plans to allow off-campus visitors in the residence halls. You can apply for housing directly or via the Okta login page by selecting “Apply for Housing.” If you have any questions, please reach out to or 630-844-7881.  

COVID-19 Update
Finally, I have some reminders relating to COVID-19 to share with you: AU has changed its guidelines for the summer 2021 term. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear a mask on campus, or to maintain social distancing. This applies indoors and outdoors. For those who are not fully vaccinated, face coverings and social distancing are still required.

We must all remember as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shares guidelines, that the federal, state, and local governments are determining their own policies around vaccinations. At AU, we continue to monitor all vaccine-related topics. Ideally, you are monitoring the rules, too. For example, if you will be participating in an internship this fall, several of our partners are requiring proof of vaccination. If your internship site requires vaccination and a mask, you must abide by those expectations to fulfill your experience at that facility even as the state moves into the next phase.

Also, AU's COVID-19 phone line (630-844-7500) will close effective 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 27. Moving forward, should you experience COVID-like symptoms or believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, please contact your primary care provider or your county's public health department for assistance. 

Enjoy the start of summer, Spartans! 


Toby J. Arquette, PhD
Dean, Dunham School of Business and Public Policy
Key Dates

May 31, 2021 Memorial Day – no summer classes

June 1, 2021 MBA Plus One 2021–2022 cohort begins

June 28, 2021 Summer Module II begins (8 weeks)

June 28, 2021 Summer Term II begins (5 weeks)

July 1, 2021 Fall 2021 Dunham School internship application due

July 5, 2021 Independence Day Observance – no summer classes

August 23, 2021 Fall semester classes begin

November 1, 2021 Spring 2022 Dunham School internship application due 

What we're reading

The groundbreaking for the construction of Eckhart Hall, the first building on the Aurora campus, took place 110 years ago on May 31, 1911.

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