Remote International Internships Open a Future of Opportunities for Students

By Samantha Carpentiere ’20

“At a time when so many opportunities were taken away from students, I’m thankful for the alumni donors who helped make these international internships possible,” Matthew Rousu, dean of the business school, says. “I’m also thrilled that our students seized the opportunity to gain skills during the summer.”


For finance and economics double major Thomas Dinneny, his remote experience with Forte Markets in London blossomed into an unparal- leled employment opportunity.

“I was excited when they told me that they wanted to eventually hire me full time,” exclaims Dinneny. “I was also excited because this intern program from SU could prove to be an effective way of landing internships and jobs for business school students in the future.”

Throughout his internship, Dinneny researched and analyzed various topics to provide consulting services for clients. Some of his projects included preparing a presentation that analyzed and compared the 2008 financial crisis and the 2020 COVID-19 crisis, as well as creating e-learning courses for clients on topics such as open banking and regulation technology.

Currently, Dinneny is working part time as a consulting intern for Forte Markets while he continues his studies at Susquehanna. Along with continuing his summer internship duties, he has also ventured into the company’s legal technology space, creating e-learning courses for a certification program that will be offered.

“I’m looking forward to doing more big things for Forte, even if it will be challenging during the school year,” Dinneny says. Despite having to balance his workload with his academics, he feels his summer internship and student-athlete experiences at SU prepared him to manage his time.

“I really believe that SU’s blend of a liberal arts education within the business school provided me with the business and research skills needed to do the job effectively and efficiently,” Dinneny says.


Likewise, in London, Elizabeth Ludwig, a luxury brand marketing and management and strategic communications double major, took her events management knowledge to Hire Space. She developed social media content, conducted business development on LinkedIn, researched and developed reopening guidelines for the UK events industry due to COVID-19, and further assisted with the development of the Saver Events Program that Hire Space started.

“I’ve learned quite a bit about how companies have tackled the pandemic and even assisted in tackling it firsthand [with Hire Space],” Ludwig says.


Meanwhile, in Asia, Sydney Santiago, a marketing major, was immersed in digital marketing for multinational healthcare company Baxter Interna- tional in Hong Kong. She conducted marketing research and developed a marketing plan that would allow the company to expand its outreach to new digital platforms.

“I have gained much insight regarding the healthcare industry, as well as different aspects of digital marketing,” Santiago explains. “I was also able to enhance my communication, presentation and teamwork skills through this experience.”


Down under in Oceania, Ubaid Samadi, a finance major, interned remotely for one of New Zealand’s big four banks, the Bank of New Zealand. During his internship, Samadi created a research report on the development of small- to medium- sized enterprises in New Zealand and how to ease their transition to a digital, post-COVID world.

“The internship has benefitted me immensely. I am prepared for a post-COVID world where everything is digitalized, and I’m confident to enter the work force now, more than ever,” Samadi says.

The Bank of New Zealand and Baxter International Internships were arranged by Susquehanna's partner, Global Academic Ventures.

Ludwig, Dinneny, Santiago and Samadi all say their biggest challenge was the time difference between themselves and their coworkers. After much trial and error, Dinneny says he was able to set a schedule and manage his time so that he could overcome those struggles and become more efficient with his time and effective with his work.

However, despite the obstacles they faced working for an international company remotely, these students agree that their global and inter-cultural fluency greatly benefitted from their internship experiences and the academic course offered alongside it.

Created and instructed by Associate Director of Employer Engagement and Adjunct Faculty for Personal Development Alexandra Grill, the MGMT-503 Business Internship course supported students throughout their remote experiences and helped them process and connect their work to both their academics and future career goals.

“[The course] provided a lot of reflective material throughout the internship for students to take some time to think about their internship experiences so far,” says Ludwig. “I am very grateful the business school opened this opportunity for students, allowing me and several other students the opportunity that we may not have had otherwise [due to the global pandemic and international travel restrictions],” Santiago adds.

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