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Internships: More Than Just Skills Development

Posted By Melissa Dorow, Friday, May 30, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
As a business school student, naturally I subscribe to the notion that a quality business education is of great value. In an introductory international business course, the value of business education was solidified in my mind when we discussed the EPG model and international strategy.  The tendency towards ethnocentrism, particularly among multinational enterprises in developing countries, was a troubling concept for me.  Why the lack of trust in developing-world managerial talent?  Would it not be more efficient and financially viable to acquire management talent in the developing world instead of relocating home country talent with little to no cultural knowledge?  Management talent exists in the developing world, but potential managers in the developing world lack training and resources, a deficit which is detrimental to both local and global economies. 

When I first learned about GBSN, I could not believe I had found an organization and a position that aligned so well with my values and interests.  After I joined the team, Guy Pfeffermann graciously treated me to lunch at his favorite restaurant near the office.  His explanation of how and why he founded GBSN is truly compelling.  I knew I was joining a group of dedicated people working hard to make a lasting impact, yet sometimes it still amazes me that such a small group of people can achieve so much in depth and scope.  Under the direction of Guy and Page, GBSN set a great example of how a non-profit organization should operate. 
               
My internship experience allowed me to work on multiple projects and with every member of the GBSN team.  As a member of the communications team, I worked most closely with Page and Nicole, who always kept me busy with marketing and communications tasks.  I especially enjoyed the challenge of website development, an area in which I had little experience thus far.  Look out for some much-needed improvements to the website over the next few months!  Through this internship, I was also able to apply what I was learning in my event management courses.  I worked with Doug on sponsorship research and proposals, and I helped Lisa prepare for the Technology Summit in Singapore and the upcoming GBSN and EFMD Joint Conference in Ghana.

While I developed many skills during my internship experience, from website administration and design to sponsorship proposals, event planning, and everything in between, I will be walking away with so much more.  GBSN has proved to me the importance of hard work, organizational and prioritization skills, and honesty about limitations. I learned how to build and maintain great working relationships through professionalism and integrity.  I can honestly say that I always looked forward to coming to the office because everyone was committed to GBSN and to each other.  The GBSN staff is truly a team, and I thank them for welcoming me as part of it.       

Melissa Dorow has spent the 2014 Spring Semester as GBSN's Communications and Event Planning Intern.  She will continue her final year of undergraduate studies at The George Washington University School of Business pursuing a B.B.A. with concentrations in International Business and Event Management and a minor in German.

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