Our Champions On The Breakfast of Champions


This story might be called The Breakfast of Champions meets The College of Champions. But that would just be bragging on our part.

But is it really bragging when we point out what epic employees Walton College students make? We don’t think so.

We think our students are awesome and so does General Mills. General Mills even put their picture on replica boxes of Wheaties – The Breakfast of Champions.

In the past year, the U.S.-based global food company hired 17 Sam M. Walton College of Business students for full-time and intern roles. According to Renee Clay, managing director of the Walton College Career Center, that makes the Fall 2015-Spring-2016 the most successful recruitment season since the college’s partnership with General Mills began more than 15 years ago.

“Historically, General Mills has been one of our most steady hirers, even during economic downturns,” Clay said.

The Walton College students work in business management associate and business management associate intern roles for the North America Sales Division in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Cincinnati, Ohio; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Scottsdale, Arizona; Tampa, Florida, and Bentonville. Two Walton College sophomores are serving as campus leaders for the 2016-2017 academic year. They promote General Mills careers on campus.

The Wheaties box was a special recognition of General Mills’ relationship with the college and the students.

“The University of Arkansas continues to be one of our top schools. Renee Clay and the Walton College Career Center team are world class. We can always count on the students that are utilizing this amazing resource to be prepared and quality candidates. In today’s business environment, the recruiting function is no different than any other time- and money-constrained resource. Consistently, the candidates we engage with at the University of Arkansas are prepared and of the highest quality; this makes our time on campus both easy and difficult; unfortunately we can’t hire every single one of them,” Curt Curtis, regional recruiting manager for General Mills stated.

General Mills brands – such as Wheaties, Cheerios, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Haagen-Dazs and Cascadian Farm – are sold in more than 100 countries on six continents. The company had global sales in 2016 of $16.6 billion. A Harris Poll ranked General Mills as one of the top 20 companies in the United States.

“From a professional standpoint, General Mills is a joy for our career center to work with,” Clay said. “Our Walton College Career Center team and the GMI Recruitment team from General Mills share a deep sense of genuine interest in our students and their professional progression.”

She said General Mills is always one of the first companies to volunteer to help the career center with panelists for workshops, support with programming and a number of other areas. “The Walton College is proud to be one of General Mills’ core recruitment schools,” Clay said.