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Immersed in Indonesian Business and Culture
Summer Indonesia Internships Give Marshall Students a Broad Perspective
August 17, 2011 • by News at Marshall

In a volatile global economy where traditionally powerful countries are often faltering, Indonesia represents an exception. Indonesia’s growth rate in 2011, according to the World Bank, is forecast to be 6.4 percent and is slated to move to 6.7 percent in 2012.

So it was enlightening for 13 USC Marshall undergraduates to spend this past summer in Indonesia working on internships with a broad range of companies, many of them owned by USC alumni.

Organized by the USC Marshall Undergraduate Office of International Programs, the USC Marshall Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) in conjunction with the Alumni USC Club of Indonesia (AUSCI), the Marshall School of Business Indonesia Summer Internship Program (MISIP) provided enduring experiences for the Marshall undergraduates. The participating students attended a pre-internship workshop in June that featured Scott Marciel, the U.S. ambassador to Indonesia. Marciel focused on the growing importance of the relationship between the U.S. and Indonesia and the power of global experiences.

"You could not pick a better time to experience the dynamism of Indonesia for yourself," Marciel explained in an open letter to the MISIP students. "After a career overseas, I remain convinced that there is no replacement for hands-on experience in another country."

Marciel’s advice resonated for MISIP participant Shaina Conners. "There is no better way to describe my time in Jakarta then as a true learning experience," she wrote in her blog. "Not only am I leaning about the country, the company I’m working for and the Indonesian culture, I am predominantly learning about myself."

Standing on the pillars of the Comprehensive Partnership between Indonesia and the U.S., MISIP encompasses personal networking and an emphasis on education, placing students in internship positions in prominent Indonesian firms and foundations including Ciputra, Polytron, and Forbes Indonesia and enabling them to develop specialized skills in a business setting.

"My aspirations in social entrepreneurship seem very much in reach now after my discussions with the successful Trojans here. And it’s not only Trojans that make up some of the important people that I am meeting here," said Marshall student Ryan Richards. "Pretty much every new person I meet here offers valuable conversations that make me realize how lucky I am to be abroad."

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