When I began searching for colleges I knew that I wanted a school in the northeast, and Champlain had a fantastic reputation for their business school. As a prospective business major, that was a particularly important factor. Along with Champlain's international education affiliations and small class size, the school seemed a fitting next step for me, coming from a small high school with a prevalent international population.
I've enjoyed the International Business program because most of the courses actually utilize applied knowledge, not just theoretical practices. All of my professors have extensive experience doing business abroad, and what they are able to share with us from their careers is invaluable to our own education.
This program also gave me the confidence to apply for the Freeman Family Foundation Grant, which is allowing me to pursue an internship with Dunn Global in Shanghai during the summer of 2015. This is the most important opportunity to me as far as my experience with the international business program is concerned.
I'm hoping that my experience internationally will set me apart from other students entering the workforce when I graduate in 2017. Not only will I have completed an international internship in China, but I plan on studying abroad in New Zealand during my junior year. Upon graduating, I hope that that wealth of experience and the subsequent internship opportunities will help me enter the job market with confidence.
Seth, International Business MajorNorth Grosvenordale, CT ROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
Derrick knew from the start that this was the right major for him.I chose International Business because I want to travel. I love learning about the world, different cultures and different people. The introductory course that International Business majors take when they first get here really shows you how you're going to be able to interact with different people. I feel like this major is the best at Champlain because it goes with everything.
Through his extracurricular activities, he was able to find a greater community outside the classroom.I'm pretty involved with the International Roundtable, a group at Champlain which is a safe space for all sorts of political opinions and backgrounds. We structure a debate; it's interesting, and it works. I feel like we're learning a broader view of why people advocate for certain things.
I also joined Quest, a men of color affinity group. We have different topics to discuss, like a spoken word poetry day where we broke down the different poems and how they related to our personal experiences. It was a good support group during my first year-a great family. We look forward to it each week, and we want to team up with other affinity groups around Vermont.
With the help of his former advisor, Derrick landed an internship with Vermont Congressman Peter Welch.Scott Baker, the Dean of the Stiller School of Business, was my advisor before he became Dean, and he has been a guiding force since I've been here. He gave me tips, sent me to academic coaching and was really supportive. He even helped me get my internship for the office of Congressman Welch. I enjoy working with Congressman Welch a lot because he is very human. I attend events with him, like meeting people at the farmers market, getting people's names, corresponding with them, taking pictures...
So what is Derrick's advice for prospective students?Have fun but stay focused. Get your work done on time and make sure everything you're doing is up to standard. Strive for something. Have a goal that can carry you far. And be open to everyone.
Derrick, International Business major"I've lived all over Virginia"Studied abroad in Dublin, IrelandROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
Julia's project-based International Business classes give her relevant career experience...
I've done a project in every class, and it's always a project which applies everything we have learned throughout the semester, and it's something I could potentially be given in a working environment. These projects make me I feel like I've actually gained something that will help me with my career. I have something tangible to show for my classes other than just showing up and handing in papers the whole time.
Core has changed and enhanced her perceptions of the world...
Core has made me more aware. Being from Vermont, I haven't moved very far away from where I was born coming to Champlain. Through Core, I've become more aware of other cultures, societies and countries that aren't represented in Vermont. I even went to Jordan with one of my Core classes in my junior year. Core has been really helpful to me as a person, and especially helpful with my International Business major.
Julia has explored a range of internships in her field...
I've interned with Homeland Security, worked with Champlain's student-run PR firm Maple Street Media as an Account Executive, interned at JW Grace in Shanghai through the Freeman Grant program, and I worked as a marketing intern for the University of Vermont Medical Center. One of my bosses told me once that when they see a résumé with Champlain College on it, they say, "We want to hire this person."
Coming to Champlain, Julia was pleasantly surprised by Champlain's strong community...
You come to know so many of the people here at Champlain. I have professors from my first year who see me in the halls and still say hi. Community is the reason I wanted to go to a small school, but to the degree it actually happens here at Champlain surprises me every day.
To future students, Julia says...
Take advantage of every opportunity you can. Apply to things, even if you're on the fence about them. Give yourself the opportunity to say yes.
Julia, International Business majorGeorgia, VTStudied Abroad in Jordan and Shanghai, ChinaROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
I switched into International Business my sophomore year, and over my four years at Champlain, I've gained a lot of experience from jobs, class projects and even studying abroad in Dublin.
I never thought I'd go to Ireland, but I loved it. I had never really left the East Coast, but now I've gone to more countries than states outside of the East Coast. While I was in Dublin, I interned at HKM Media, a local magazine company. From huge projects, like working on important spreadsheets for both Totally Dublin magazine and a website called Lessmore, to phoning companies to gather information for these tasks, I was able to partake in the background work of this type of business. It was definitely worth it to partake in an internship abroad since it was a great experience gaining important skills I can use in the future.
I came back from Dublin, I declared a Marketing minor. I liked the creative aspects of marketing and how different it is; every country is so different with varying values and cultures, so it seemed to compliment my degree.
After graduation, I want to be able to travel and explore the world more over the next several years while I am still young and able to do this. Since I am majoring in International Business and already have some experience abroad, hopefully I'll have luck finding a job internationally.
Allison, International Business MajorMilford, CTROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
On Accepted Students Day, I met Professor Tom Myers who told me that the opportunities and experiences I would have at Champlain are unmatchable. And he was right.
Champlain does an excellent of job encouraging students to step outside their comfort zone and visit a corner of the world they may not have otherwise. I had the chance to study abroad at Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO) on the outskirts of Seville. I fell in love with Spain the moment I arrived and am amazed every day that I got on the plane four months later to go home.
My most important piece of advice is if there's an opportunity to live with a family, take it. I fell in love with my host family and truly had the chance to integrate into Spanish culture. This experience was invaluable because I not only improved my Spanish skills immensely, I learned about my abilities to live and travel on my own, and how to be an empowered person with virtually no support system.
I also spent a summer interning in Shanghai, China, as part of the Freeman Foundation Grant. Going to Shanghai was one of the most important decisions of my life. I grew more as a person emotionally and professionally in the three months I spent there than I did in the 21 years before that. It isn't until you are living in a country where you don't know any locals, don't know the language, and have no directional bearing that you learn the true meaning of independence.|Alaina, International Business MajorAbington, MAROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
I connected with Nordica as a sophomore, thanks to my advisor, Tom Myers. He used to work for the company and asked me to participate in a focus group for their new marketing campaign. From there, I set up a summer internship which lasted throughout the fall semester while I was in Shanghai studying at Fudan University.
Working with Nordica was amazing and provided valuable work experience. I generated marketing content, such as product videos and blog posts for the brand. I also had the opportunity to provide the company with input on how I thought they should direct their brand in order to focus on their desired target market.
While I was abroad, I also held an internship with Wild Rampage, a company that distributes action sports goods throughout the country. China is an incredible place that, as far as business is concerned, is incredibly fast-moving and constantly changing. My time in Shanghai really pushed me to grow personally and develop my understanding of the global environment. The fact that I held two internships abroad shows employers that I know how to work in international environments, and that I have cultural awareness in the workplace.
Before graduating magna cum laude, Zach received his certificate in Advanced Global Studies from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He currently works for Headwaters MB as an analyst.Zach, International Business MajorPalm Harbor, FLROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS