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Applied Learning Grants Fund International Internships

By Felicia Krieg
December 2016

Robert Hartman ‘18, a management information systems and analytics major, had always wanted to work in international business.

This past summer, he was able to secure an internship abroad at DHL Global Forwarding in Munich, Germany.

Internships and other hands-on learning experiences often come at a price, but Applied Learning Grants at SUNY Plattsburgh, which first became available in fall 2015, can help offset that cost for students. The grants are made possible by alumni gifts to the Plattsburgh College Foundation.

The funding Hartman received covered his housing costs for the two months he was in Germany for the internship. The grants can also cover costs like transportation and program fees, said Morgan Pellerin, a career counselor and Applied Learning Grant coordinator at the college’s Career Development Center.

Applied Learning a ‘Test of Skills’

“Students who take part in an applied learning experience are able to test the skills they have developed in the classroom and utilize them in a real-world context,” Pellerin said.

“My understanding of international business and the German language is much better than it ever was before.”

“These experiences will help them better relate their skills to those required for the careers they are interested in after graduation,” he said.

Hartman spent three weeks in each of the company’s four divisions, getting experience with sea and freight import and export procedures.

He returned from the experience with increased German language skills and valuable first-hand insight into a work environment with a different culture than many American companies.

“My understanding of international business and the German language is much better than it ever was before,” Hartman said. “Being able to work in Germany was a fantastic opportunity.”

After college, Hartman aspires to do cyber security consulting for a major corporate company.

Students who have received Applied Learning Grant funding for the spring semester include Tierra Chess, a junior management information systems, finance and economics major, who received funds to study at the Fondazione CUOA Business School in Italy. As part of the experience, Chess will visit the United Nations, World Trade Organization and learn more about international business practices.

Junior political science major Stephanie Samuels also received funding to intern with the Asian American Institute in Washington, D.C. as part of the Washington Internship Institute.

Other experiences the grants have helped fund this year include senior broadcast journalism major Shauna Beni’s internship at NY1 News in New York City and senior expeditionary studies student Alexander Connor’s experience attending the Eastern Snow and Avalanche Conference in New Hampshire.

Students can contact the Career Development Center for more information about Applied Learning Grants.


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