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Unexpected Lessons In My GBSN Internship

Posted By Rachel Aiken, Wednesday, August 01, 2012

For the past two months I have had the privilege of interning at the Global Business School Network, and I cannot believe it is already coming to an end. I am a Business Administration and Mass Communications major at Washington and Lee University and I will be beginning my senior year in a few short weeks. I can honestly say that this summer has helped shape my idea of what I want for life after college. I am coming away from this internship with not only experience in communications but also a lot more knowledge about business education and GBSN’s mission.

Coming into this internship, I expected to learn about the communications and marketing side of GBSN, but I was not prepared for the knowledge and respect I would gain for the company and their mission. In addition to working on the website, learning how to use Salesforce and countless other marketing tactics, I also learned the value of an MBA and the importance of advancing business education in developing countries.

One thing that is special about GBSN and this internship program is how tight-knit the office is. Whether it was having the CEO, Guy, pull me into his office on my second day and ask me about myself before telling me all about his experience and why he started GBSN, or sitting in on a board meeting, I do not think you can get the same experience as an intern in a big office. While I have friends whose internships consisted of answering telephones and passing the time playing on their computers, I am so grateful that is not the experience I had at GBSN. From the beginning, I was given quite a bit of responsibility and I was always busy with things to do.

I really have gained invaluable experience, confidence, and knowledge from this internship that I could not have learned in a classroom. I am so thankful to Page, Lisa, Nora, Guy, and Sarah for an incredible summer internship.

Rachel Aiken served as Communications Intern at GBSN in the Summer of 2012. She is originally from Tennessee and taught English in Kenya before joining GBSN.

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