December 15, 2022
By Claire Curry
Nearly all business students receive financial aid to support their international internships and, in some cases, like Julian Deshommes’, the trips are fully funded by scholarships such as the Stein Scholars Program. Previously offered to rising seniors, the program is changing this year to begin accepting applications from rising juniors as well, says Hualu Zheng, assistant professor of management and marketing and co-chair of the SWSB International Programs and Internships Committee.
“From our experience, we felt that some students would have to give up this opportunity because they are getting full-time [paid] summer internships domestically,” Zheng says. (While international internships count for college credit, they are generally not paid positions.) By opening the program up to rising juniors, students can benefit from working abroad and still have time to complete a second, paid internship before their senior year.
“We know how globalization has changed the way we do business,” Zheng says, “and we also know that the best and only way for our students to learn about international business is to actually get into another country and experience the culture.”