International Business Programs is pleased to host Ms. Grace Lin for eight weeks this Spring Semester. The eight week internship program is coordinated by the Intensive English Program, a division of BSU’s English Department, and the prestigious International Trade Institute of Taiwan (ITI).
After completing her undergraduate degree in Hotel Management, Grace is now in her final semester of the graduate certificate program at ITI. Her internship at BSU will serve as the capstone project of her training.
During the course of the internship, Grace will be responsible for completing several assignments for ITI, including a SWOT Analysis and a Final Presentation over her experience. However, Grace will also have several projects assigned to her by International Business Director, Dr. Meredith Taylor Black. Grace will be asked to translate several pages of information on the developing International Trade Certificate Program into Chinese; she will reach out to Taiwanese firms and universities with whom the Program and University could potentially develop partnerships; and she will also assist in creating a podcast highlighting Taiwan-Idaho trade relations. Co-worker, Alycia Finkbeiner, comments on Grace’s work ethic: “In the few short days I have known her, Grace has proven herself to be a motivated team-player. Grace is reliable, honest, adaptable and open-minded. She is truly a joy to be around.”
In 2007, Grace visited the West Coast with professors and classmates in what she calls a “wonderful and unforgettable experience.” Now in her second trip to the United States, Grace says she is “looking forward to understanding the real American lifestyle, including the food, culture, people, and landscape…even the way of thinking because it will help me consider things in a different way.”
Grace comes to BSU with a variety of skills, interests, and experiences. She is fluent in both Mandarin and English. She also possesses a working knowledge of Japanese. Grace greatly enjoys traveling and hopes to gain employment in an arena which will allow her to do so often. She is interested in cooking and baking. Grace says, “I enjoy meeting new friends and experiencing different cultures and food. I hope I can share our [Taiwanese] culture with new friends by cooking them traditional food.”
Grace on her first day of work with sponser Mr. Richard Murray and IB Director, Meredith Taylor Black.