Mr Patrick Kumeshina, a second-year MBA Marketing student at the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS), recently got an internship appointment to work with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group in Washington, DC. It is in this light that he paid a courtesy call on the Dean of the Business School, Professor Justice N. Bawole on Friday, 10th June 2022.
In a discussion with the Dean, Patrick mentioned that there was an opening for an internship application, so he put in his application just like everybody else, and went through the rigorous process where he attended a series of interviews and took an aptitude test. His candidature was the best throughout the process, and he was granted a 3-month (July to September, 2022) internship opportunity with the IFC.
According to Patrick, people do not often look out for these opportunities. For instance, internships with the World Bank, the United Nations, the World Trade Organisation (WTO), and other opportunities that will make them all-rounded students rather than just academic-focused. So, he hopes to use this platform to motivate and inspire students to seek opportunities outside the scope of schoolwork that will expose them. In his opinion, when they look out for these kinds of opportunities to augment academic performance, then they are becoming the true global leaders that we want to be.
When asked what advice he will give to students, he said, “believe in yourself, know that you have the best faculty you can find anywhere in the world, and keep on developing yourself.”
Patrick is grateful to his supervisor, Dr. Raphael Odoom, for the motivation and for giving him the right tools, specifically in terms of the quality of content that is taught in the classroom. He attested to this by saying, “when you go for the interview and they ask you questions, you realise that it’s nothing above what you’re taught. I think the faculty are really doing well”. Patrick also extended his appreciation and gratitude to his colleagues for their moral support.
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