2018 Business/Economics Department International Interns Named

group of six college students standing outside
(from left) Robert Zazulak, Molly French, Bryce Berry, Will Hunt, Yanxin Li, Ben South

Six students have been selected the 2018 recipients of international internships awarded by Rhodes’ Department of Economics and the Department of Business. They are Bryce Berry, Molly French, Will Hunt, Ben South, Robert Zazulak, and Yanxin Li.

The Theodore William Eckels International Business Internship is awarded to several outstanding sophomore or junior declared majors in the Department of Business or the Department of Economics. It is named in honor of business leader Theodore Williams Eckels. 

The Wafsky Iskander International Internship is awarded every one to two years to an outstanding sophomore or junior declared major in the Department of Economics. It is named in honor of Economics Professor Wasfy Iskander who taught at Rhodes from 1969 to 2000.

Both awards are competitive, and the selection committee considers factors such as overall and major grade point average, completion of relevant business courses, and language skills. Interns will work this summer in countries of their choosing and with companies they believe will give them the best opportunity to gain valuable career experience. The 2018 interns are listed below. 

2018 Theodore William Eckels Interns

Bryce Berry ’20
Major: Business 
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Internship Site:  Cape Town, South Africa
“I hope to have a better understanding of a different country by immersing myself in the culture. The experience and sights will have a lasting impact on my life.”

Molly French ’19
Major: Business and Latin American Studies
Hometown: Malden, MO
Internship Site:  Santiago, Chile
“I hope to expand my knowledge of international business on a global scale through practical application, use knowledge gained through previous studies and work experiences in an international setting, and grow my understanding in international business workings.”

Will Hunt ’19
Major: Business and French
Hometown: Homewood, AL
Internship Site:  Nice, France
“As an Eckels intern, I am looking to go out into the world to learn more about how business is conducted internationally. Communicating in French for 10 weeks will be a challenge, but I hope to come out of this internship ready for a future in international business.”

Ben South ’19
Major: Business and French
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Internship Site: Nice, France
“I hope to improve myself through the experience of living and working abroad. I look forward to life along the beautiful Côte d'Azur; the South of France is flush with opportunities for cultural immersion, and its way of life is as warm as its summers are. I’m excited to see, first hand, how business works in Europe.”

Robert Zazulak ’19
Major: Business
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Internship Site: Dublin, Ireland
“I will be working in the accounting or finance field while in Ireland. I also hope to experience cultures different from my own and meet new people in order to broaden my horizons.”

2018 Wasfy Iskander Intern

Yanxin Li ’19
Majors: Economics and Mathematics; Art History
Hometown: Wuhan, China
Internship Site: London, United Kingdom
“I hope this internship will allow me to apply what I have learned in economics and mathematics classes to the real world, develop international business skills, and gain insight into possible career paths. I am also looking forward to immersing myself in British culture and explore art museums and galleries in London.”