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Internships Are Essential To Your Professional Development

Posted By Miebi Ifie, Friday, January 03, 2014

As a graduate student pursuing a double MA degree in economics and international relations, internships are considered an essential part of the program. It is essential because it teaches students more than just the theories in class. It brings us in contact with real life situations which give us the opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge learned. It also exposes us to our likes and dislikes and creates a career path for us. With an interest in economic development in developing countries, the education sector is very relevant to the development of the economy as a whole. This internship has exposed me to the importance of management education as it relates to development. It also introduced me to the American work culture, which is totally different from my background.

After 4 months at GBSN, I am leaving with expertise and knowledge that will not only benefit my resume but also supports my long term goals. As an international programs intern, I was able to further develop and apply the skills I've retained from the classroom and other previous internships. I quickly learned that in order to make the most of your time and excel as an intern, you need to get involved in the organization, be ready to learn, take on new tasks, work under deadlines, pay attention to detail, etc. The guidance I received from the entire GBSN staff, made it easier for me to excel.  The support and encouragement of the staff also make the period of my stay an enjoyable one.

A highlight for me was creating the GBSN Program Archive Database. This allowed me to learn a lot about GBSN and truly understand its mission. Another major highlight was participating in international webinars as a panelist/participant. This exposed me to ideas from professionals around the globe and pushed me to learn more on becoming an expert in my field. 

I am truly thankful for the opportunity to have interned at GBSN and to have been a part of such a dedicated team. They are truly inspirational in the work that they do, and I hope one day soon I can make my way back to DC! Looking to the future, I am eager to finish my double MA, and move on to start my PhD. 

My first time seeing the White House!

My last day at GBSN

Miebi Ifie was the Programs Intern at the Global Business School Network for the 2013 Fall Semester. She returns to Syracuse to finish her double MA degree in Economics and International Relations.

Tags:  international relations  internship  program development  Syracuse 

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