Southeast Students Chosen For International Internships

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

April 29, 2005 – Four Southeast Missouri State University students have been selected to participate in the International Business Internship Exchange (IBIE) this summer sponsored by the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED). 

Southeast had more students selected for this prestigious internship program than any other public university in Missouri, according to Southeast officials. Southeast was second only to Webster University in the number of students selected to participate from 33 higher education institutions in Missouri. Only 26 students were selected to participate statewide from among 64 applicants.

Steven Fluegge of Ste. Genevieve, Mo. is double-majoring in German and international business and will be furthering his international business interests in Stuttgart, Germany.  Fluegge will intern for Bizerba GmbH & Co. KG. The Harrison College of Business has awarded him the Jerome W. Roth Business Scholarship to assist with his internship experience.

Jessica Moe of Colorado Springs, Colo., is a Spanish major, who will be interning in Guadalahara, Mexico, with BAX Global. BAX Global is a $2 billion supply chain management and transportation solutions company that offers multi-modal logistics management for business-to-business shippers through a global network of nearly 500 offices in 133 countries.

Brett Malen of Creve Coeur, Mo., is a marketing major with an emphasis in integrated marketing communications, who will be interning in Ghana with Luki Investments Limited. This company markets cocoa beans and processed products by its subsidiary company, Kings Coca Processing Company Limited. The Harrison College of Business has awarded him the Brenda Newberry Executive-In-Residence Scholarship to assist with his internship experience.

Marshall (John) Campbell of Union, Mo., is a management major with an emphasis in organizational leadership, who will be interning in London, England, at the global headquarters of Enterprise Car Rental. Enterprise has become the largest rental car company in North America. The Harrison College of Business has awarded him the David Steward Executive-In-Residence Scholarship to assist with his internship experience.

Dr. Peter Gordon, professor of marketing and director of International Business Programs at Southeast, has been involved with this program over the last few years. He says the impact of the program on students is enormous.

“Getting to live and work in a foreign country is the ultimate internship experience,” Gordon said.  “The experience is a great opportunity and should open some huge career doors for these students when they pursue their occupations after college.”

Campbell said he is grateful for the experience this internship will provide him.

“It feels great to be chosen out of many deserving students,” he said.  “This internship will be a great stepping stone into the business world.  The opportunities here at Southeast to study abroad are known around the academic world as some of the best.”

Students applied for the program through Webster University by submitting a resume and three letters of recommendation. The most qualified students were invited to a panel interview consisting of representatives from IBIE, exchange alumni, the Missouri Department of Economic Development and the Missouri corporate community representative, and a foreign language professor.

For more information on international business programs, contact Dr. Peter Gordon at (573) 651-2914.