A student in West Virginia University’s College of Business and Economics will spend eight weeks in Prague, Czech Republic, this summer.
Danielle Miller, a senior in organizational leadership from Bedford, Pa., has landed an internship with Maersk Sealand, one of the largest liner shipping companies in the world. She arrived in Prague May 16 and will work in the company’s human resources department.
This won’t be her first international experience. She spent spring break in Cuba as part of a course on comparative economics. This fall she plans to attend classes in Italy as part of the college’s study abroad program.
“A lot of business is connected with international markets, and it’s very interesting how the global market has affected every business,”said Miller, a graduate of Chestnut Ridge High School in New Paris, Pa.”I like the idea of being abroadmeeting all different people and being there to share their cultures and interests.”
Miller, the daughter of Tina Miller and the late Jim Miller, has been a WVU residence hall assistant for the past two years, which has also contributed to her understanding of organizational leadership.
“The thing I like about organizational leadership is the human interaction,”she said.”It’s something you can use in real life, not just business. I feel pretty comfortable knowing organizational behavior. But I’ll have to learn a lot of international business law, because what I’ve learned so far is specific to the United States.”
In Prague, Miller will be working for a company that owns more than 250 container vessels and 800,000 containers plus feeder vessels, trucks and dedicated trains. Two other WVU business graduates are in Prague with Maersk Sealand: Michael Stolarczyk, managing director of Maersk Sealand in Prague, and Brian Harold, financial analyst.
Business and Economics Dean Jay Coats said Miller’s internship demonstrates the college’s international focus.
“We’re very pleased that Danielle is taking full advantage of our global connections and study-abroad opportunities,”Coats said.”Today’s economy is definitely global, and our students have got to be prepared for it.”