Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Summer Abroad

by Joseph Franzwa
(Continuing with the internship posts, this post is by Joseph Franzwa, who is also a student pursuing his MPA at SPEA and concentrating mainly in public finance.)
This summer I interned at the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) in South Korea and was the Teaching Assistant for the SPEA in Berlin study abroad course. During the SMG Internship, I was placed in the International Cooperation Division where I helped the full time staff write and revise policy reports on international local governments, compared and contrasted Chicago and Seoul’s economic plans, and helped with various other tasks around the office.  This internship has given me a new appreciation for Korean culture and invaluable experience in and foreign local government. As the TA for the SPEA in Berlin course, I helped take students around Berlin, along with Professor Dr. David B. Audretsch, to many governmental site visits, attended lectures from many of Berlin’s top schools and research institutes, and attended a two day joint economic conference between Germany and the US. This course gave me great insight in Germany’s and the United States’ innovation policy, in addition to the European Union’s globalization and public policies.

(Disclaimer: Joseph holds the office of VP, Finance at SPEA PFA)

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