Gianna Petan Gianna an undergraduate at Western Michigan University. She is working towards her degree in English with an emphasis on Rhetoric and Writing, and a minor in Communications. Gianna serves as the Communications and Public Relations intern, working with editing and social media.
Amelia Berger Amelia is a rising junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She is majoring in Political Science and Communication with a minor in Leadership Studies. Amelia is currently working as a Legal and Communication intern at the World Trade Council.
Emily Zanetis Emily is a junior studying Economics and History at Northwestern University. As a Legal Aid for the Council, she reviews contracts, case documents, and conducts investigative research related to corporate legal matters. Emily hopes to gain exposure to corporate law through the Council and transition into business consulting later in her academic career.
Kam Yan Chan. Kam is an undergraduate student at Columbia College Chicago with a major in Graphic Design. She is currently working as a Graphic Design intern at the World Trade Council.
Shelby Mrazek Shelby is an undergraduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago majoring in Communications. During the fall 2014 semester, Shelby served as lead intern for both social media and intern marketing. During her spring 2015 semester she took on the role of Executive Assistant to President Marc Romano. Throughout her internship she created and implemented social media marketing strategies, maintained real estate holdings, performed day to day activities to maintain Ph.D pub, and was responsible for interviewing, hiring, and the transitioning of new intern
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Chen is currently an undergraduate student at DePaul University, majoring in Management Information System. Currently, he holds an I.T intern position with the World Trade Council. While he is at the organization, he is responsible of providing technical support as well as fulfilling the IT needs of the organization.
Murtaza is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is majoring in Information and Decision Sciences with a possible minor in Finance. He is currently an I.T. intern with the World Trade Council, and with proficient I.T. skills Murtaza hopes to help the World Trade Council with their I.T. needs. He says he hopes to gain experience in the I.T. field from this job, and learn from the welcoming environment around him.
Joseph is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is majoring in Finance with a minor in Business Analytics. Prior to the World Trade Council, he has held numerous executive positions within the student body developing leadership and professional development. Within the World Trade Council, he is responsible for tech
nical support of WTC project scopes while executing any administrative tasks given at hand. He hopes to one day utilize his past experiences to advance in the business world.
Sara is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is majoring in Political Science with a minor in Spanish. She is currently a legal intern at the World Trade Council, aiding with all legal matters, investigate research and other clerical duties that arise. She hopes to gain experience with legal matters before attending law school in the future.
Laura is currently a senior at Auburn University studying Radio, Television and Film with a minor in Business. She is currently The World Trade Council’s Scriptwriting intern working with the Taylor Street Archives to preserve and document the Italian-American experience in turn of the century Chicago. She also aids The World Trade Council in marketing current projects around the city of Chicago.’
In the jungles of Minnesota, Destini was raised and immersed in all things art-based. Now a Columbia College graduate with completed studies in film and television writing, she hopes to contribute written material for entertainment and media-based agencies, publications and networks. Recently, Destini launched her own blog, acting as a collective journal for fellow artists and equal rights enthusiasts, and lends a creative hand in the World Trade Council in web series development and copywriting.
Tian Shen Tian Shen is currently a graduate student at the University of Chicago, and is majoring in Public Policy. She has prior degrees in Economics and International Development from St. Olaf College. She has recently interned at the United Nations New York Headquarter. At World Trade Council, Tian is in charge of the marketing and communication tasks as well as applying her research and writing skills to the WTC’s monthly newsletter, blogs and different research projects. She will also be applying her website management skills to re-organize WTC’s website.
Phillip Gaynor Phillip Gaynor is currently a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is majoring in Management Information Systems. He has prior degrees in International Relations from Drake University (Bachelors) and Syracuse University (Masters). Amongst his prior work experience was an internship at the US Department of State. He hopes to gain a large amount of experience in designing database systems and in java programming while getting his degree from UIC. As an Information Technology Intern, Phillip’s work includes the re-organization, re-design and integration of the World Trade Council’s Excel databases into a unified and well-organized Access database. Additionally he will be using his research and writing skills to contribute to the organization’s monthly newsletter and various research projects.
Patryk Seppelt-Gorajewski I delightfully accepted an athletic scholarship offer here in the US. I am a current senior majoring in Business Management at Robert Morris University and that great opportunity gives me the chance to learn and experience a new language, culture and tradition, which helps me have a broader understanding of the world. Even more important it helped me with my personal and professional growth. I believe in the philosophy that: “Those who believe to be something have stopped becoming something”. With that in my mind I am looking forward to improving my skills and knowledge with real-life-projects with the focus to expanding The World Trade Council.
Kyeonghwa Kim Kyeonghwa is currently an undergraduate student at Sookmyung Women’s University, majoring in economics. Participating in the WEST program which is a Korean government sponsorship program, she hopes to utilize her skills and experience international business work environment. As a marketing intern, she contributes to monthly newsletter and website development. She thought it would be an invaluable opportunity to be professional in the field of marketing as well as improve communication skills from The World Trade Council.
Huu Phuoc Tran I’m a graduate student pursuing MSc. Computer Science at DePaul University. I join World Trade Council as a Web Developer and learn a lot from the job. They use WordPress technology as their core application to develop website. I have experience in developing program using Python, Java and C, but not web development. I spent first week learning about HTML5, CSS and PHP, and applied them to build website. I’m impressed by the professional of World Trade Council organization, welcome environment, and hard-working people. Also, I have a lot of support from the team to help me finish the project. Here at World Trade Council, people love to share, exchange ideas and appreciate intern’s input. And it’s great to be a part of this organization.
Brienne Coates – PR/Business Administration Intern Brienne is a graduate from DePaul University with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a focus on mediation. Brienne manages the daily operations of the WTC, leads the team successful of interns, monitors completion of WTC projects, social media, brand management, investigative journalism, and website development.
Jordan Baldwin – Graphic Design Intern Jordan is a graphic design intern, with a degree in Advertising/PR and Visual Communications from Loyola University Chicago. She grew up in Paradise Valley, Arizona and has been living in Chicago since 2008. In the future, she hopes to have a career in art direction. She loves all things design; art, photography, layout and writing.
Peter Kang – Legal Aid Intern Peter attended Loyola University Chicago earning a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and English. He also graduated from Grayslake Central High School located in the northern suburbs of Chicago. He is currently attending the College of Lake County to get a certificate as a paralegal and hopes to attend law school in the future. As an intern at the World Trade Council Pete was challenged with many different tasks including updating the website and researching for articles. Many of the tasks required a lot of patience and hard work which, he believes, improved his skill set and provided a great experience. The internship also taught him the value of teamwork and the importance of leadership because, without the other interns, we would not have been able to finish many of our tasks. Even though the internship period was short, Pete gained knowledge of matters he would otherwise have not known and developed skills he otherwise would not have developed. Simply put, this internship was an incredible experience that will continue to serve him throughout his life.
Edirin Davis – PR and Communications Intern Edirin is a recent graduate from City University London with a Master of Arts degree International Politics. During her time as an undergraduate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Edirin majored in English. During her time in London, she interned with multiples public affairs firms and worked on a reelection campaign for a Member of European Parliament. While an Oak Park native, she says studying and living abroad has allowed her to create a network of friends throughout the world. As a recent intern, I can confidently say that working with the World Trade Council is a rewarding experience that will leave you feeling confident in your abilities to pursue any career field. If you think you will be saddled with busy work with intimidating bosses, change that mindset because the exact opposite is the case. The World Trade Council welcomes all interns with open, friendly arms. This is not the type of internship where you will be asked to go on coffee runs, but instead you will be given real tasks that are integral to the continual function of the organization. From writing blog entries to doing extensive investigative journalism, you will feel and be treated as an member of the team. As interns we are chosen because we possess the skills and the ability to work without micromanagement. With that being said, the assignments that given are expected to be completed to the best of your ability and in a timely manner. The office is a welcoming environment that appreciate the input and ideas from all of the interns and I am glad I was given this opportunity.
Priyank Thakkar – Marketing Intern Priyank is currently a student at DePaul, Majoring in Marketing & Minor in Sales. After Priyank finishes school, he plans on going in to corporate Sales or Social Media Marketing. What he would like to get out of this internship, is to learn how marketing field works. He would also like to get a full hands on experience in the Marketing field.
Valerie Ortiz – PR and Communications Intern Valerie Ortiz is originally from Oak Park, IL where she attended Oak Park and River Forest High School, and went on to graduate from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Political Science. There she studied French, international law, international relations and related subjects, which sparked an interest in a future career in international NGOs. She recently completed a yearlong term of service with AmeriCorps at a housing nonprofit in San Francisco.
Xiangyu Sheng – Finance Intern Xiangyu graduated from University of Denver this past June, majoring in Master of Science in Finance. She also has another degree, a Master of Public Administration from Illinois Institute of Technology. Her undergraduate degree is English. She has work experience of office assistant, secretary and sales representative. Xiangyu loves the finance industry so much and is eager to make contribution to this industry.
Candice Zhu – Marketing Intern Candice a marketing major graduate student in Illinois Institute of Technology. When the second year comes, she is eager to apply her marketing skills and knowledge to real business. She has worked in LVMH and Delta Airlines when she lived in China, which gave her so many valuable experiences in marketing. This is her first internship in the United States and feels exciting about it. Candice is proficient in doing marketing research and analysis, by doing survey and data. She plans to find a job as a marketing analyst or communicator after graduate, and is ready to gather experience from The World Trade Council.
Olajuwon Orenuga – Graphic Design Intern As a graphic design intern, he is responsible for developing marketing strategy for various projects undertaken by The World Trade Council. He utilizes his expertise in Adobe Creative Suites for logo development, advertising, photo editing, and typography. He is also in charge of creating media design for print and web graphics. This position requires crucial day to day communication, and brainstorming among team member to create cohesive visuals forms. He says he enjoys the hand-on role the position requires, while giving him valuable insight to the workings in a professional business setting.
Mikang Kim – Legal Aid Intern As a legal aid intern, Mikang had the responsibilities of organizing and helping out the president with a prospective business by gathering information that’s necessary to succeed the lease. She also did extensive research on various topics regarding politics, human rights issues, and the economy to publish multiple articles on behalf of the company. She also managed with gathering contact informations with many different schools, accounting firms and lawyers to send out useful information and news from the articles published. Mikang has also worked with a real estate company Nové International and aided them with extensive research for their new prospective projects abroad. She has persistency and is hard driven to finish the tasks given. She says that she’s learned to take varieties of tasks at the same time and manage to finish them efficiently. She learned to work in real challenging situations and gained valuable insights for the future to come in the professional field.
Rebecca Klages – Writing Intern
As a writing intern, Rebecca writes for a variety of projects the World Trade Council takes on. She has used her writing skills to write letters, blog posts, and articles for the company. Additionally, she has used her knowledge of political and commercial developments throughout the world when contributing to other projects that the World Trade Council has done. She says she has learned a lot from her time at the World Trade Council, and although it has been challenging, the experience has been very valuable. She will be studying Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign starting in the fall, and she feels like what she has learned from working for the World Trade Council will help her in the future.
Deanna India – Communications and Social Media Intern Deanna’s responsibilities focused on the web portion of the organization. Her main responsibilities were webpage updating, writing blog posts, managing the World Trade Council’s social media pages, preparing the monthly news letter, and conducting research for multiple international companies. Her interests and strengths in marketing are also an added asset. Her duties call for independence and good judgement, as the website she manages is the face of the WTC. She says her experiences here have taught her more about the professional world, and how to manage multiple responsibilities efficiently.
Jonathan Dal Pos- Legal/ Real Estate Intern Jonathan’s responsibilities were to assist the President and the company on all legal related matters. These included drafting and editing LLC purchase agreements, LLC operating agreements, management contracts, disclaimers of liability, and other corporate legal documents, as well as strategizing and writing lawsuit documents. In addition, Jonathan conducted extensive real estate market research for Nové International’s student housing projects in South America and Canada. As a law student, he says his internship experience provided him with a wealth of hands-on experience essential to beginning his career in the field of law, business, and real estate.
Clair Belmonte – Communications & Public Relations Intern Clair served as the liaison between the World Trade Council and their many clients, effectively transporting work products and maintaining an effective working relationship. She compiled international business and marketing research alongside the other interns and used that information to write comprehensive reports for clients. She directly assists the president in various initiatives, most recently as the hiring manager for upcoming interns. She has enjoyed her time at WTC and has loved putting her English major to good use as the office editor. She is currently a rising senior at The University of Iowa who is excited to apply the skills that she has learned at WTC to her upcoming career.
Anisha Bhatia – Legal Aid Intern As a Legal Aid Intern, Anisha focuses on research and writing. Her main responsibilities are compiling research on an assigned or related topic in order to better serve clients of the World Trade Council. She has helped write and edit blog posts and reports. Her interest in sociology allows her to better comply with client’s needs. Anisha is a rising Junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She says her internship experiences has taught her about a professional work environment, and looks forward to applying her experience in the future.
As the newest addition to the Legal Aid team, Emily has conducted legal research for Nové International and edited newsletter articles for the World Trade Council. With her strong interest in nonprofits, she has also helped compile business reports for the President. A rising senior at the University of Chicago, Emily hopes to gain experience that will help her with pursuing law in the future.
Jakub graduated in June from the University of Chicago with a Master’s degree in International Relations. During his graduate studies, Jakub concentrated on international trade and political economy. His Master’s thesis analyzed the role of the World Trade Organization in the US—EU transatlantic trade disputes. Jakub has over three years of experience in government administration, diplomacy, and the think tank industry. At the Council, Jakub is responsible for conducting background checks of our prospective business partners and researching federal income tax requirements for non-profit organizations. He also coordinates the organization’s legal status change under the US Internal Revenue Code and prepares the required documentation to be filed with the IRS.
Sung Youn — Social Media Intern Sung Youn Cho is responsible for content postings and overhead management to the Council’s website and social media platforms. She is charged with engaging the Council’s followers on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. This job requires checking statistics regarding how many people view the Council’s postings and trying to increase this number everyday. Managing the website has been challenging but stimulating for Sung Youn Cho. She is learning new tactics gaining valuable experience everyday. She says this has made her more goal-oriented and persistent when confronted with a challenge.
Youngjae — Business Intern
As a business coordinator, Youngjae’s primary responsibility is searching and exploring potential markets and buyers. The purpose of this research is facilitating the sale of imported products by direct contact and negotiation with manufacturers. Additionally, Youngjae seeks other potentially attractive products for the current market. These responsibilities provide Youngjae with the opportunity to practice his negotiation, communication, and market research skills. He has also increased his knowledge about the process of sales, marketing, and trade. Youngjae believes that this internship at the Council is a valuable and relevant experience for learning business and preparing for a full-time job.