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Business Ethics in Practice

Three business students are putting their SCU education to use and getting a taste for how ethics are practiced in real-world business. As part of the Business Ethics Internship, sponsored by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Conor, Ashley, and Sarina are interning with Cisco Systems’ ethics and compliance team, each working in a different capacity. We have spoken to them all about their experiences so far and their thoughts on ethics and business.

Conor Boone
Senior, economics and philosophy double major
“I think one of the main things I have been able to apply from my Santa Clara education is critical thinking – something that has been a huge part of my time as a student.”
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Ashley Derakhshandeh
Senior, finance major
"Santa Clarahas provided me with a strong academic and moral background that has proved to be really applicable through my internship."
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Sarina Jwo
Senior, finance major
"Business and ethics are not black and white. I've learned that ethics is often applied to circumstance, but there's also a need to preserve the company's integrity and commitment to its shareholders. The difficulty is maintaining that balance."
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