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Korbel Program Offers Networking Opportunities Among Students

By Brent Forgues, MA Candidate, Global Finance, Trade, and Economic Integration  

DENVER—Feb. 19, 2015—A new program aims to link undergraduate and graduate students within the Josef Korbel School of International Studies in an effort to facilitate networking opportunities and share internship experiences among the student population.

Koalition, which began during the second week of the 2015 winter quarter, takes place every Monday from 12:15 to 1 p.m. in the School’s Cyber Café. 

Emilie Wardrip, an internship coordinator for the BA Program in International Studies (INTS), said many undergraduate INTS students are looking for internship opportunities, but may not know how to begin their search. However, Koaliton can now give these student the chance to learn from the internship experiences already gained by the Korbel School’s current graduate students, Wardrip said.

“When graduate students with similar interests as undergrads come together and share their internship experiences,” she said, “it introduces undergrads to several organizations they could work with in the future and helps them have a more realistic idea of what the work would be like.”

Wardrip said Koalition can additionally assist undergraduates with resolving pressing internship search questions, such as who to contact, when to complete their applications, and what types of skills can help them stand out as candidates.

Graduate students who have already shared their experiences through Koaltion have completed internships abroad in Africa, worked with the U.S. Peace Corps, and non-profits in Denver and Washington, D.C. 

Wardrip said the program hopes to have more guests in the future discussing internship experiences in Denver, D.C., and abroad.

Those interested in being a guest speaker at Koaltion can e-mail their resume to the INTS Internship Coordinator at baints@du.edu.