Stein Fellows Spend the Summer Abroad
While living and working abroad, the late Eric Stein ’69 realized the importance of building international business competency in students. Prior to his death in 2006, he generously created the Eric Stein Fund for International Experience, an endowment that enables students in the Sigmund Weis School of Business to intern with companies around the world.
This year, four students were named Stein Fellows and spent their summer working abroad.
Brandon Jackson ’16, an Olyphant, Pa., native studying business administration with emphases in global management and finance, did an internship at the New Zealand Post, a state-run enterprise providing postal service to the island nation. There he worked with members of the sustainability team on a corporate wardrobe project aimed at reducing uniform waste. Jackson says the experience convinced him to pursue a career in the “sustainability space” of the business world.
Colleen Scanlon ’16, an economics major from Wharton, N.J., spent the summer working with field loan officers at Temmbeka Social Investment Co. in Cape Town, South Africa. During the internship, she created and launched a mobile app that will aid them in their work. Scanlon, who also participated in the London program, says “studying abroad in London taught me who I was, but interning in South Africa showed me who I want to become.”
Jeremy Hand ’16, a business administration–finance major from Macungie, Pa., worked with the lead project management team at Hellenic Aerospace Industry in Greece. Hand says the internship greatly increased his understanding of the financial aspects involved in project management of a manufacturing business. Moreover, he had the opportunity to present his résumé to representatives of Lockheed Martin, where he hopes to work someday.
Efthimios Mastrokyriakos ’16, an accounting major from Shamong, N.J., did an internship with the accounting firm CFO Services in Dublin, Ireland, where he learned about the differences in U.S. and Irish accounting practices. Echoing the sentiments of all the fellows, Mastrokyriakos says, “Being a Stein Fellow was a life-changing experience, and it will have a huge impact on my life going forward.”