July 27, 2016
It's not unusual for some students to take their Global Opportunities (GO) requirement a step further by spending their summer interning at organizations around the world—from South Africa to Spain.
Catherine Johnson is working with the nonprofit organization Ikamva Lisezandleni Zethu, or IkamvaYouth, based in Cape Town, South Africa. The organization helps disadvantaged youth pursue higher education or employment.
"Inadequate education is a serious problem for many of South Africa's youth, especially those who live in poverty," said Johnson, a senior international studies major from Niskayuna, N.Y.
Johnson works in the main Cape Town office in the morning, often writing proposals for funding. In the afternoon, she travels to the organization's Nyanga branch in one of the poorest parts of Cape Town, to tutor students.
"I studied abroad in Cape Town during the fall 2015 semester, and absolutely fell in love with the country," Johnson said. "I'm just incredibly thankful I had the opportunity to study abroad because I know that the experiences I've had have helped me grow as a student, an American, and as a person."
In the port city of Valencia, Spain, senior business administration major David Miller is interning with the startup shipping company Shipeer. Miller, of Ithaca, N.Y., is assisting in making a business plan, as well as budgeting and financial work, for the company.
"My fall semester in London absolutely assisted me in assimilating into a foreign culture. I am more confident about aspects of life in a large, foreign city," Miller said. "Experience in an industry and in a foreign country makes a job candidate more appealing. The professional development I am gaining is significant."
More than 10,000 miles away in Melbourne, Australia, Marc LeDrappier, a senior finance major, is interning with The Blue Rock, a company that advises businesses in areas of accounting, law and wealth management, where he is producing report analyses along with financial modeling.
LeDrappier, of Warren, N.J., hopes to leverage his international experience by pursuing a career in finance.
"I hope to develop some relationships and to learn different business techniques and solutions that provide a company the boost they need to grow," LeDrappier said. "I also hope to grow as an individual and learn the intangibles that come along with the 9 to 5."
Students in Other Locations
- Pamela Harvey, senior, graphic design internship, David and Yosef Strategy and Branding, Tel Aviv, Israel
- Bria Parker, senior, market research internship, iMode, Seoul, South Korea
- Danielle Ramsey, junior, hospital internship, Gap medics, Dominican Republic
- Elizabeth Richart, senior, human resources support internship, FTI Consulting, Sydney, Australia
- Ryan Ross, junior, Woodenfish Foundation, Taiyuan, China
- Maya Zauberman, junior, library assistant internship, Open University of Israel, Tel Aviv, Israel