Students Enthusiastic About Internships and SU
Students enrolled in the inaugural program are excited about the London internships, expecting them to enhance their study-abroad experience.
Junior Ben Ornstein, a finance major with a marketing minor, call the London opportunity "incredible." The Chappaqua, N.Y., native says it was the promise of an internship that drew him to the program. Since September, he's spent two days a week as an analyst for Holiday Crowd Group, a London-based, vacation-home real estate company.
A few weeks before leaving for London, Ornstein said he was looking forward to meeting British colleagues and establishing relationships he hopes to maintain going forward. He believes the internship will increase his marketability when he graduates from Susquehanna.
Ornstein's classmate Leah Kassalen received word of her internship with the Young Adults Theater in Islington (YATI) in mid-summer. The Pittsburgh native, who is working in YATI's accounting department, said she was attracted to Susquehanna because of the GO program, the opportunity to study in London, and the ability to accumulate the 150 hours of accounting credits required to sit for the CPA examination.
"Normally, it would take five years and a master's degree before I could sit for the CPA. I'll be able to save a year's tuition." The fact that the business school is embedded in a liberal arts college is an added bonus, says Kassalen. "The core curriculum has made me more well-rounded. Even in science class, we were exposed to different points of view." She looks forward to further broadening her experience in London.
A central Pennsylvania native, Megan Duck '19 says she was attracted to the business school because of its commitment to study abroad, its exceptional placement rate for accounting majors, and the chance to join the university's swim team. The opportunity to intern in London was an added bonus. Duck is spending the semester working in the London office of EducAid, an educational network in Sierra Leone.
Junior finance major Kris West is ecstatic about his internship with Hetherley Capital Partners, a specialist hotel investment, operations, and asset management firm in London. The Roselle, N.J., native says his sister studied in London through another university and had a great experience. He had considered the London program from the time he was a first-year student, but the internship opportunity made it all the more attractive.
"The GO program is unique, and these internships are not typical internships. They'll provide an opportunity to interact with co-workers from another culture."