The last three months here at GBSN have been incredible. The tasks that I was assigned have been incredibly stimulating as well as very fulfilling. As the research and programs intern I was tasked with a variety of different projects.
As a financial mathematics and statistics major I was looking for an internship that could help me develop a new set of skills. Being in an industry that I was not intimately familiar with, working at GBSN has granted me the opportunity to expand my repertoire. I have learned an incredible amount about capacity building, management education, and developing an international network. The knowledge I have gained is invaluable and because I was always on one project or another I was exposed to many different facets of the industry. These could be anywhere from researching potential locations for future conferences to researching Ph.D. programs to learning how to navigate and use Salesforce to emailing deans for top business schools around the globe.
I was fortunate to have interned here in during the 2015 Conference in Manila, Philippines because it was a very busy and exciting time. I was able to contribute in a very real and tangible way and I was able to see how it directly affected the conference. The conference is one of the biggest events that GBSN puts on and it was great to jump in and be a part of it.
One of my biggest responsibilities was setting up and administering the GBSN Expert Link platform powered by Trusted Peer. I was able to work with some great individuals on the Trusted Peer team as well as onboard many professors and deans from business schools around the world. GBSN granted me a great level of trust in coordinating logistics and it has been a great experience in learning how to implement a new tool and server.
I’d like to give a big shout of to the GBSN Staff - coming from Santa Barbara, California I was out of my element coming to Washington, D.C. However, the GBSN staff made me feel right at home from day one. From talking about Economics with Guy, the founder and CEO to reminiscing about Santa Barbara with Page, the COO to working with Lisa on drafting reports and learning about her family to writing success stories with Amanda to learning about Nigerian customs and traditions with Tope - I was very fortunate to land in such an accommodating and inviting place. Moreover, I’d like to give a huge thanks to my supervisor Nicole – she juggles a million things at once, but is still super chill. She’s one of the most efficient and helpful individuals I’ve ever met. I definitely couldn’t have done it without her. Moreover, the other two interns - Alex and Samara – are very talented individuals and I wish them the best in whatever they pursue.
I will carry the knowledge I have gained as well as the friends and connections I’ve made here for the rest of my life.
Rohan Munsif is the Research & Programs Intern at the Global Business School Network. He will return to finish his senior year at the University of California, Santa Barbara studying Financial Mathematics and Statistics.