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Global Consulting Program offers international experiences for Bobcats

Tuesday, September 8 2015 12:00am

Business Bobcat Courtney Denig shares her experiences in Nicaragua and Hungary

By Josh Staav

Do you ever wonder what it’s like to conduct business in another country? Do you think about how you can build a worldly perspective? Do you yearn to be immersed in another culture?

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Business Bobcat Courtney Denig on her final presentation day in Nicaragua with two of her team members. Together, they presented a new marketing plan for a bilingual school. 

The College of Business is committed to providing its students with experiences that address these questions, not only in an outside-the-classroom setting, but in an outside-the-country ­–setting as well. The Global Consulting Program (GCP), offered through the Center for International Business, offers seven unique programs around the globe. These programs place students in a cross-cultural consulting team to solve real business problems and gain applied business experience. Though the program is run by the College of Business, all OHIO students are invited to participate.

Learn more about what it’s like to be a Business Bobcat abroad from GCP veteran Courtney Denig, ‘16.

Courtney’s Story

During my four years at OHIO I have met some incredible people, worked harder than I ever knew I could, and celebrated many achievements. When I graduate this spring I will look back on my experience and be thankful for all of these things. My favorite college experience, however, was far away from any classroom on campus. It was participating in the GCP trips to Nicaragua and Hungary.

During winter break of my junior year I went to Managua, Nicaragua. This was the first time I had ever left the U.S. and it was the perfect way to immerse myself in another country’s culture. We worked with amazing clients who helped us learn and gain crucial hands-on experience in the business world. It really felt like we were helping their companies and gave me the confidence to know I could work in a business setting.

After having such a positive experience in Nicaragua during winter break of my junior year, I immediately signed up for another GCP that summer to Pecs, Hungary. I was grouped with other students from Hungary, Botswana, Ghana, France, and Turkey, who provided me with the most amazing global experience. It forced me to look at things in a different way and gain new perspectives in the business world and beyond.

The GCP is not only a great way to experience different countries and cultures, it also helps you complete your OHIO degree. Completing the program satisfies both the Global Perspectives and Internship requirements in the College of Business. Even if you’re not a business student, the experience gives you college credits during summer or winter break.

As a senior, it’s time for me to start looking for opportunities post-graduation. The knowledge, skills, and experience I gained through the GCP will be invaluable when I enter the workforce. My global business experience will give me an advantage over other graduates who haven’t gotten the hands-on experience in a business setting that I was able to achieve during my time abroad.

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Denig, along with her American and Nicaraguan teammates appearing on VosTV, where they talked about their abraod experience. 

Upcoming GCP student information session

Learn more about GCP and this year’s locations at the GCP Info Session on Thurs., Sept. 17, 10 – 11 a.m. in Baker 231. For more information, contact Emily Singer or call the Center for International Business at 740-593-2021.