OSU Sales Academy

The OSU Sales Academy is dedicated to promoting leadership and professionalism in the field of sales. Our goal is to introduce sales fundamentals to students through the use of hands on workshops and sessions led by leading industry sponsors. Students are given the opportunity to interact and network with industry sales executives at Sales Academy events as well as participate in regional and nationwide sales competitions. By combining courses offered through the College of Business, Sales Academy and Sales Club activities students across all degree programs can enhance their degree with a Certificate in Professional Selling upon program completion.  The academy is open to students of all majors!

Student Benefits:
  • Receive sales training from industry experts
  • Learn about sales positions and career opportunities within various industries.
  • Gain sales experience to get a head start on your career.
  • Enhance your value to potential employers with a Certificate of Professional Sales.
  • Compete in Nationwide and Regional Sales Competitions
  • All OSU students (business & non-business majors) are invited to participate!

 

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Certificate in Professional Selling

Through the Oregon State Sales Academy, students have the opportunity to earn the Certificate of Professional Selling. The program is designed for OSU students interested in a career as a sales professional or interested in learning sales skills. The certificate will enhance the value of any student resume and degree program at Oregon State. It is an accomplishment that gives students a competitive advantage within the sales career field.

Benefits:
  • Gain a competitive advantage when seeking employment post-graduation
  • Network with executives from Fortune 500 companies
  • Opportunity to compete in regional and nationwide sales competitions

 

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How do I earn a Certificate of Professional Sales?
  1. Submit an application form online
  2. Complete the following coursework prior to graduation:
    1. Corporate Sales Training Modules
    2. 8 Sales Academy Sponsor led workshops
  3. Attend the Intro to Sales Academy Workshop (offered online and onsite)
  4. Compete in Oregon States Sales Competition or National Competition (varies per academic year)
  5. Attend a College of Business Career Fair and meet the Sponsor Event (offered each term)
Additional participation opportunities: 50 points minimum required before graduation.
  1. Take additional sales classes
    • Personal Selling MRKT 488
    • Personal Selling Skills and Techniques MRKT 489
  2. Compete in additional sales competitions
  3. Attend Corporate Tours
  4. Schedule an Employer Job Shadowing
  5. Refer a friend (must apply for Sales Academy to earn credit)
  6. Join Sales Club
  7. Internships

 

Pacific Office Automation Northwest Collegiate Sales Competition

2021 Pacific Office Automation Northwest Collegiate Sales Competition

The third annual Pacific Northwest Collegiate Sales Competition brings together students from area universities to test their sales skills and abilities to close the deal. Hosted by the OSU Sales Academy, the competition is sponsored by leading national companies including title sponsor, Pacific Office Automation, and corporate sponsor American International Forest Products.

All networking and competition events will be at the OSU Portland Center.

Competition Rules and Format

 

All student participants compete individually in a 12-minute first-round sales role play. The six highest-scoring students move on to the final round. The final round consists of a 12-minute sales role play. The role plays will be based on a unique scenario involving the sale of Pacific Office Automation products to a fictional buyer, played by POA representatives. Students are evaluated on their sales skills during the role play by a panel of judges provided by our sponsors.

You are invited to the welcome reception on Friday evening at the OSU Portland Center. Judging information and logistics for the 2021 Northwest Collegiate Sales Competition will be sent announced at a later date.

The individual competitors who earn the highest number of points from the judges in the final round win cash prizes.

$1,500 – Winner

$1000 – 2nd Place

$500 – 3rd Place

Each participating college or university may send multiple students to the competition. Each university also names a faculty coach who assists in preparing students for the role plays during the weeks prior to the competition and attends the competition with the students. Training materials will be provided in the weeks leading up to the competition.

TBD

For more information on the 2021 Pacific Office Automation Northwest Collegiate Sales Competition please contact Caitlyn Gill, Sales Academy Director.

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Sales Academy Partners

Students who complete the Certificate in Professional Selling through the Oregon State Sales Academy have a competitive advantage when applying for internships and jobs. These students are trained in competitive selling  and are noticed by business leaders across the country and hired more often than other candidates

Sponsorship Opportunities

Our Sales Academy is possible due to the contributions of our sponsors. In turn, our sponsor have a pulse on the best sales talent in the university. Check out our sponsor benefits below. 

 
Gold Sponsor Benefits- Coming in 2021
 
Silver Sponsor Benefits
  • Engage in a speaking opportunity in front of academy students by teaching a Sales Academy Workshop
  • Advise on sales academy content with Sales Academy Director
  • Brand and target internships and full time jobs directly to academy students
  • Engage with academy students at annual “Meet the Sponsors” networking event
  • Meet a variety of students and your potential sales talent:
    • Send up to four (4) judges to each of the following:
      • Annual case competition (exposure to all 750+ third year business students)
      • Annual POA Pacific NW Sales Competition in Portland (exposure to OSU Sales Academy students and sales students from multiple universities)
    • Send two (2) judges quarterly to a pitch competition (exposure to 1,000+ students of all majors)
    • Complimentary attendance and prominent placement at the POA Pacific NW Sales Competition Sales Career Fair
  • Complimentary attendance at the Fall College of Business Career Fair
  • Enjoy brand prominently placed on academy materials, including website and social media
 
Bronze Sponsor Benefits
  • Engage with academy students at annual “Meet the Sponsors” networking event
  • Interact with academy students at the POA Pacific NW Sales Competition in Portland
    • Send up to two (2) judges to the annual PNW sales competition
    • Complimentary attendance and prominent placement at the POA Pacific NW Sales Competition Sales Career Fair
  • Meet a variety of students and your potential sales talent:
    • Send up to two (2) judges to the annual case competition (exposure to all 750+ third year business students)
    • Send one judge to the quarterly pitch competitions (exposure to over 1,000+ students of all majors)
  • Enjoy brand prominently placed on academy materials, including website and social media
 
For more information or to get involved as a sponsor please contact

Christine Roth, Industry Relations Manager - christine.roth@oregonstate.edu| 925-818-3661

 

Get Involved

Sales Academy hosts a variety of events throughout the academic year including sales career fairs, sales competitions, and professional development workshops. These events provide students with an opportunity to develop their communication skills and enhance their confidence. We also offer student internships within Sales Academy. These executive level positions simulate real world sales positions.  All events and internships are open to any OSU students, regardless of major.

    

Internships

The Sales Academy will have several internship opportunities available. Check back for more details at a later date.

For more information or to get involved with Sales Academy, please contact our Sales Academy Director

Caitlyn Gill, MBA
Director, Sales Academy
College of Business
Austin Hall 409
2751 Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331

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