This past summer, Eunice Ko '19, political science and finance, interned abroad at the US Embassy in Seoul, Korea. Ko, a recipient of the Ansin Study Abroad Fellowship, had the opportunity to work directly with the U.S. Commercial Service, which is the trade promotion arm of the US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Currently, Ko is continuing her work abroad in Geneva, Switzerland, where she is interning with the International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development.
Tell us about your internship experience.
This past summer I was interning with the US embassy in Seoul, Korea, with the US Foreign Commercial Service (FCS). This office provides support for US exporters and importers seeking Korean market opportunities as part of the US Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration. I was able to utilize my Finance and Political Science major coursework to collaborate with trade specialists and FCS officers for a variety of projects on behalf of US multinational clients. I was also in Korea during the Singapore summit and the appointment of Ambassador Harris and I was able to meet many high-level officials such as former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
How has this experience influenced your career aspirations?
During the internship, I was able to experience trade negotiation first hand, and it has inspired me to pursue international trade further as a career. It has led me to my current internship in Geneva, Switzerland, where I am working with the International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development, which is a think tank that works with international organizations such as the World Trade Organization.
How have SBS scholarships helped you access these opportunities?
The Ansin Study Abroad Award has been so helpful in funding my current study abroad opportunity, especially with the high living cost in Geneva. The international organization environment of Geneva has made it possible for me to meet so many people from various countries and backgrounds.
What are your future plans?
I am excited to use my studies and internship experiences to pursue my passion for sustainable international trade and global markets. Post-graduation, I am looking to explore the role of technology in achieving sustainable development goals and developing efficient global value chains as a career.
SBS offers a variety of scholarships to support students and their academic and professional goals. If you are pursuing internships, studying abroad, or working on research projects, we encourage you to apply.
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