MBA Students Reflect on Internships in Istanbul and Turkey’s Tumultuous Summer

“Stavrakakis and Castillo were walking from their apartment to Alvimedica’s office and that’s when their summer experience changed for good….”

University of San Diego MBA students.                                     Summer internship at Alvimedica in Istanbul, Turkey

When Gina Stavrakakis and Vince Castillo secured international summer internships with Alvimedica, a Turkish medical device company headquartered in Istanbul, both relished the opportunity.

The two current University of San Diego students — Stavrakakis, an International MBA student, and Castillo in the MBA program — were there to assist in the company’s development of a U.S. market entrance strategy.

“We researched U.S. health care supply chain models and contacted various group purchasing organizations (GPOs), distributors and consultants to develop business opportunities for Alvimedica,” Castillo said. “This opportunity has been the capstone of my MBA experience thus far. I’ve gotten to use skills learned in the classroom and apply them across cultural and language barriers to help this company in their growth plans.”

Stavrakakis and Castillo were also supervised by a USD alumnus, John Kucuk, a 2008 graduate of the Master of Science in Global Leadership program.

“This internship was perfect for me since I was also taking an MBA class during the Berlin/Istanbul intersession,” Stavrakakis said. Furthermore, “from previous international experience through my IMBA in developing and emerging economies, I knew it would be best not to have any expectations and just be open to whatever the experience would be.”

She had the right mindset, but both students witnessed much more than they ever anticipated….  [TO READ MORE, please visit: http://www.sandiego.edu/insideusd/?p=32568]

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