When I received a confirmation letter from Nicole Zefran that the Global Business School Network gave me a position of a Summer Resource Intern, I was very excited. For me it was a great success, because I was looking for an internship in the area of education and I wanted to be a part of a company that works on an international level. GBSN is my dream place, as it is dedicated to improving business education worldwide through capacity building programs, consulting services, networking educators and giving students an opportunity to be involved in experiential learning. GBSN is open to new progressive ideas and welcomes diversity, which is very important for me, as I am an international student from Russia, who is trying to get as much experience as possible while studying in the USA.
I feel extremely fortunate to have been given the opportunity to be a part of this unique organization and to work with high-level professionals. My direct supervisor was GBSN's Director of Operations, Page Buchanan. It's safe to say she is the best supervisor I've worked for, who always shares her positive emotions and friendly smiles with colleagues. What I appreciated most about working for Page, was despite her insanely busy schedule, she always made time to sit and talk through a project with me, offering important recommendations and feedback. I like the fact that the GBSN team involves all of its interns in its daily activities: meetings, project discussions, brainstorming and strategizing. Even though an internship is on a temporary time frame, I really felt like I was an integral part of the GBSN team.
The internship gave me a better understanding how business education works in developing countries. I gained an immense amount of knowledge while working on compiling, organizing and maintaining relevant research, cases, articles and informational resources to build GBSN's internal library on Action-Based Learning and Case Method Teaching. I realized how important and useful these approaches in education are. Nowadays, lectures and bookwork alone are not sufficient enough to develop good leaders, who have to make 'real life' decisions. Action-Based Learning and Case Method Teaching is a great opportunity for students to see how the "real world" works.
However, time flies and my amazing internship at the Global Business School Network has come to the end. It is always sad to say ¨good-bye¨ to the people and places that become close to your heart. That is why I say: “GBSN, I hope to see you again!" Pictures of my summer in Washington D.C. below.
Enjoying "Food Truck Tuesday" at Franklin Square
The GBSN team for our "Intern Farewell Lunch"
Irina Shcheglova is returning to Kent State University to complete a Masters degree in Evaluation of Education