August 4, 2003
Whitworth Graduate Student Participates in Prestigious U.N. Internship
Mike Jazskowiak, a student in the Master of International Management Program at Whitworth, was selected for a prestigious academic internship in the 41st Graduate Study Programme at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Jazskowiak's summer internship at the Palais des Nations brings together graduate students from around the world to evaluate and make suggestions to improve the Millennium Development Goals, a set of eight goals ranging from eradicating poverty and hunger to promoting gender equality and empowering women. All 191 U.N. member states have pledged to meet the goals by the year 2015.
Jazskowiak, a resident of Veradale, Wash., is one of 80 graduate students from more than 40 countries selected for the program. He received his B.A. in foreign-language business from the University of Idaho in 2001 and earned a degree in production and operations management there in 2003.
Mary Alberts, director of the Master of International Management Program at Whitworth, says the internship is a key opportunity for Jazskowiak as he considers his future career options.
"Mike will have the chance to meet and learn from some of the great policy leaders of the world," Alberts says. "He'll also interact with an incredible cohort of talented graduate students representing a wide range of cultures and educational disciplines."
Jazskowiak, who plans to participate in an exchange program with the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands this fall, says the most important aspect of his summer internship will be the contacts he will make within the U.N. He hopes to work for an international organization after earning a Ph.D. in economics.
"The U.N. Graduate Study Programme will open doors for me in the international management field, especially through the contacts I will make in the U.N. system," Jazskowiak says. "I may even get the chance to work in diplomatic affairs with an International Governmental Organization."
Whitworth's Master of International Management (MIM) Program was founded in 1992 in response to a growing demand for professionals who are prepared to contribute meaningfully and effectively in both commercial and nonprofit organizations with international operations.
In 2001, Whitworth formed the School of Global Commerce and Management, further strengthening its academic and international commitment. Whitworth's MIM Program is unique in the Northwest, with graduates taking leadership positions in a broad array of international business and service organizations throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,200 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.
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