John H. Burke
I completed my internship in Afghanistan, as the director of a border coordination center, managing Americans as well as Pakistani and Afghan nationals.
I graduated from military schools and earned many academic achievements. Unfortunately, unless I wanted a career as a federal employee, or a consultant on the Beltway, I felt I required a degree that would give me opportunities in the Western New York area. I looked at several MBA programs and realized that in Buffalo's dynamic international market, a degree in international business would be most appropriate.
As a student-veteran at D'Youville, my advisor and professors have been tremendously supportive and helpful, which has really enabled my success as a student. They have been willing to work with me through my military requirements. I've had to manage both school and a military deployment to Afghanistan during my time as a student. In fact, I was able to complete part of my internship requirements while in Afghanistan. I worked as the director of a border coordination center, which involved managing American staff, as well as Pakistani and Afghan nationals. I managed different contracts and ensured that the work was done in a timely and efficient manner. Although it was a rather non-traditional internship, my job in Afghanistan went hand in hand with the material we learn in the International Business program and it allowed me the chance to apply some of the concepts I learned in the classroom.
I participated in an International Business faculty-led trip to Hungary. It was a fantastic experience to learn about Hungarian culture, make lasting relationships and see firsthand how international companies operate. While in Hungary, we visited many companies including Vodafone, IBM, and Coca-Cola. This was definitely the trip of a lifetime and I am planning on taking my family back to Budapest as soon as I can.
As a non-traditional student and deploying soldier, my schedule has been challenging. The people working in the Veterans Affairs Office at D'Youville have become friends and colleagues. Their continuous support of veterans is invaluable. Without this support, it would have been difficult, if not impossible to complete my coursework.
John H. Burke COL (Ret.)
International Business MS