Outstanding students enthusiastic for Washington Internship
09 Aug 2011
Many people dream of living and working in a country outside of Australia sometime during their working life. It's an opportunity not all get to experience, but a group of enthusiastic Business School students this week learned how the dream can become a reality if they get selected to participate in the Washington DC Internship Program.
The University of Sydney Business School and the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney have again joined forces with the University of California Washington Centre (UCDC) to offer business students the opportunity to participate in a nine week internship program over the 2011/2012 summer break. Combining theory with practical experience, twenty students will complete a compulsory UCDC unit and an additional elective unit, all whilst completing a professional placement within a top US institution. In addition, students will receive 12 credit points from their overseas study towards their degree at Sydney University.
Eager to hear about the exclusive and rewarding experience of studying and working in Washington DC as part of their studies, more than 120 students attended the information session and were asked, by the Associate Dean (Undergraduate), Associate Professor Philip Seltsikas, whether they had the drive and determination to work towards achieving admission to this unique program.
Associate Professor Seltsikas joined the Chief Executive of The United States Studies Centre, Professor Geoff Garrett, First Year Undergraduate Program Director Dr Leanne Piggott and two students from the 2011cohort that travelled to Washington DC on a panel of speakers at the information session. Students Mark Khunnithi and Dominique Yong spoke of their experiences in the program, emphasising the benefits of being immersed in a different culture and returning with the ability to look at business through a global lens. They spoke of the dynamic American college experience and the challenging but rewarding work.
Professor Geoffrey Garrett emphasised the international competitive edge the program presents and his insights into why this unique experience is invaluable to business students and the opportunity for both financial need and outstanding academic achievement scholarships. He highlighted the prestige of the University of California Washington Centre and the global benefits attained from working at the heart of the United States Congress.
Students were also informed about the generous scholarships available in conjunction with this program. As was the case for last year's students, the United States Studies Centre has established a number of scholarships to assist students with costs of the program. In addition to this, scholarships have been donated by The Turnbull Foundation, which was established by United States Studies Centre Board Director and former Lord Mayor of Sydney, Lucy Turnbull and her husband, Federal Member for Wentworth The Hon Malcolm Turnbull.
Visit the program web site for additional details.