Growing up I visited my home country Brazil regularly, and would often notice and question why there was such a discrepancy in wealth and living standards between my country of origin and my country of residence, the U.S. Thanks to my undergraduate classes in international development I have learned theories to explain this discrepancy. However, these classic modernization, dependency, and world system theories fail to explain and solve the issue of international development. It is extremely difficult if not completely impossible to pinpoint any set of causes for these issues. Nevertheless, in my experiences, I have realized that an important hindrance to development is the lack of practical business knowledge in the developing world.
Months ago, when I was beginning my Summer 2014 internship search I found GBSN, a nonprofit that focuses on promoting development by enhancing management education in the developing world. Instantly, the organization attracted my attention. I applied to the internship and was excited to accept a summer position as the International Communications and Event Planning intern. During my time at GBSN I had two main responsibilities. First, I worked with the Network Assistant, Nicole Zefran, in administrative support and external relations. Second, I worked alongside the Director of Operations, Page Buchanan, to create a new organizational website.
During my time at GBSN I have labored over html codes, laughed with my co-workers, and learned a plethora about international development, management education, and international business. I cannot rank any one experience above others, but it was very welcoming to have every staffer engage with the interns and even participate in our World Cup shenanigans. It is these same people that participated in the shenanigans that are not only taking calls with Deans of schools in Singapore in the early hours of the morning, but are also responsible for a significant chunk of growth in management education all around the world. From helping establish new business schools in Pakistan to enhancing the quality of MBA programs in Kenya, GBSN is a small nonprofit with tremendous impact. I am proud to say that I have been a part of this organization and this movement.
With an abundance of impactful projects, it is often easy to overlook the individuals that have made GBSN what it is today. From the quirky, but insanely smart and amiable CEO and Founder Guy, to the meticulous Page, to the efficient and diligent Nicole, the office is often filled with a diversity of talents and personalities. As I enter the final year in my undergraduate studies, I will certainly remember the work that GBSN does to support management education in the developing world, but it is my experiences with the staffers and my fellow interns that will remain eternal.
Enjoying the World Cup USA game with my fellow interns and CEO, Guy Pfeffermann
Celebrating 'Food Truck Tuesday' in Franklin Square
Rodrigo Futema will be traveling to Madrid, Spain next semester for a study abroad program through American University