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Making the Grade: Another internship success story

Several readers have e-mailed me and requested that I describe another successful internship. For those of you new to this column, internships allow students to gain practical experience in the real world of business by allowing them to work with interested and supportive firms for a fixed period of time. Students may gain academic credit depending on the policies of their university.


Keith C. 'Carlos' Gutiérrez is Dean of City University in Bratislava. Readers may send their responses and questions to carlosg@cutn.sk

Several readers have e-mailed me and requested that I describe another successful internship. For those of you new to this column, internships allow students to gain practical experience in the real world of business by allowing them to work with interested and supportive firms for a fixed period of time. Students may gain academic credit depending on the policies of their university.

With the assistance of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) and Pfizer, another forward-thinking international firm, I organized a second internship to continue the pilot project of establishing internships. Pfizer is an undisputed leader in the global pharmaceutical industry, researching, developing, and bringing to market many drugs which make life for all of us safer and more comfortable. Pfizer is very active in the Slovak marketplace.

The impetus for the internship came from Pfizer's Managing Director, who at the time was Patrick Machan (Mr. Machan has since been promoted to Pfizer's Prague office, and Pfizer's new Managing Director is Raj Airey). Pfizer inquired if AmCham knew of a qualified business student who could serve as an intern over the summer of 1998. The requirements were English fluency, mastery of spreadsheet skills, and excellent organizational and communication skills.

AmCham contacted me, and I was able to find an excellent candidate, City University student Martin Hustaty. Martin is an impressive young man with an unusual drive and a high sense of professionalism. Martin interviewed with Pfizer and was immediately selected for the internship.

After the internship concluded, Pfizer encouraged Martin to accept an offer of full-time employment. Martin's business skills, his ability to learn quickly, and his dedication and hard work impressed Pfizer. The global reach of Pfizer and the firm's growing operations in Slovakia attracted Martin. Currently, Martin is working full-time with Pfizer, while continuing to earn the last credits towards his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree at City University. Martin's future at Pfizer is very bright, and I consider it an honor to be of service in connecting this impressive young man with an equally impressive firm like Pfizer.

Finally, I would like to remind readers of an important event, which will take place this week - AmCham's First Annual Internship Fair on Wednesday, April 13 at the Hotel Danube; the doors open at 11:00. Approximately 20 local, regional, national, and international firms are expected to participate by interviewing internship candidates. Students from business and technical fields are invited to attend, and should contact Ms. Zuzana Istokova, Event Co-Coordinator zistokova@yahoo.com. I will be attending the fair and look forward to meeting readers of this column!

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