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December 27, 2002

Whitworth International Management Student Selected for Prestigious Internship at Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce

Amy Lee's selection for a widely respected internship at the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce is a notable achievement - even for the accomplished Whitworth international management student, who already has studied in China, India, Italy, and Mexico over the past decade.

Lee, a Spokane native who will complete her Master of International Management (MIM) degree at Whitworth this spring, will work from January through May in the Hong Kong chamber's international business development division. Founded in 1861, the chamber is the oldest business organization in Hong Kong and has 4,000 corporate members, including multinational companies, firms based in Hong Kong and mainland China, and a growing number of overseas associates. Lee hopes the internship will give her contacts and experience that lead to a full-time position with an international firm in Asia.

"Working at the chamber is a great opportunity to get exposure to the various business opportunities in China," says Lee. "Hong Kong is such an exciting place and is a launch pad for business in that whole region."

The internship opportunity arose through connections between administrators at Whitworth's School of Global Commerce and Management and Eden Woon, former executive director of the Washington State China Relations Council, who now serves as president of the Hong Kong chamber.

Kyle Usrey, dean of the School of Global Commerce and Management, says that Lee's extensive international experience, excellent academic record and Mandarin language abilities made her a strong candidate for the highly competitive internship program, which recently has included students from Stanford University, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Washington.

"This is a very prestigious internship at what is probably one of the most active chambers of commerce in the world," Usrey says. "It is a real coup for Amy to be selected for the program, but she has certainly earned it, and she has been well prepared for it."

Lee, who completed a self-designed bachelor's degree in Asian/Southeast Asian Studies at Western Washington University, has also studied at the National Outdoor Leadership School and Calcutta University in India, the Beijing Language and Cultural University in China, the University of Siena in Italy and the Cuanauac School of Linguistics in Mexico. She says she considered enrolling in an MBA program but ultimately selected Whitworth's Master of International Management (MIM) program because of its language focus, strong mix of international business courses and the high number of international students enrolled in the program.

Whitworth's Master of International Management program is designed for recent college graduates as well as for professionals seeking advanced skills in global management and international service. The MIM degree combines the business and management training of the best MBA programs with the specialized cross-cultural, linguistic, legal and ethical tools to meet the needs of progressive, globally oriented organizations.

"I was turned on by the fact that about half of the student body is international and that the classes are small, because it allows for great discussion," Lee says. "I also really appreciate being part of a close-knit, diverse group of students and having the support of such a great faculty. That's true of Whitworth in general."

Whitworth launched the School of Global Commerce and Management to reinforce the college's commitment to equipping students with cross-cultural skills, character, and tools for managing change and collaboration to serve an increasingly global marketplace. Under the leadership of Dean Kyle Usrey, an attorney with extensive international experience in academia and business, the school is already positioned as a leading economic and educational resource for a region increasingly dependent on international trade. Graduates from the school's Department of Economics and Business, and from the Organizational Management and Master of International Management programs, are in high demand. In addition, a new program in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Studies, funded by the Herbert B. Jones Foundation, is creating exciting partnerships between Whitworth and the regional business community.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The college enrolls 2,200 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Kyle Usrey, dean of the school of global commerce and management, (509) 777-4585.

Amy Lee, master of international management student, (509) 869-1752 or leeamyc@aol.com.

Mary Alberts, associate director for the Master of International Management program, (509) 777-4280 or malberts@whitworth.edu.

Greg Orwig, director of communications, (509) 777-4580 or gorwig@whitworth.edu.

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