Gaucho Gazette > September 2011 > Student Affairs
International Student Completes InternshipJakub Szymanski, a former GCC international student from Poland, completed an internship this summer in our International Education Office as part of his bachelor's degree program at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill.
Szymanski,who goes by the nickname "Kuba," attended GCC three years ago and played on the Gaucho men's tennis team. He received a scholarship from the University of St. Francis to play tennis while working on a bachelor's in sports management. His degree requirements include doing an internship for credit, so he submitted a proposal to his academic advisor to intern in the International Education office at GCC. The advisor approved this proposal because USF does not have an office dedicated to serving international students. The idea was that Szymanski could learn enough in the summer internship to help them set up a program at USF.
Szymanski, spent the summer learning about GCC's IE policies and procedures, especially those pertaining to international students, such as admission policies, visas, passports and immigration. He interviewed GCC employees to learn more about their jobs and responsibilities. And he took careful notes, eventually producing an entire manual documenting everything he learned at GCC.
He was able to help with the special one-day orientation program for new international students on Aug. 17, when GCC welcomed more than 50 new students from approximately 20 countries to the campus. Aug. 18 was his final day at GCC and it was also the day he heard from USF that he graduated with his bachelor's. He is now at USF with a scholarship working on a master's in business administration. The scholarship includes an assistantship aimed at developing a special program for international students at USF, where Kuba hopes to replicate the Glendale model. -- submitted by Ken Bus, director International Education Program
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