My internship taught me that understanding culture is a significant component to becoming successful in international business.
I decided to study at D'Youville because of the small classes which allowed for that one-on-one experience. The faculty at D'Youville have international business expertise, with real exposure to global markets on a daily basis. I was fortunate to study with students from diverse cultural backgrounds.
While at D'Youville I participated in an internship at the International Institute of Buffalo. It was an awesome experience because I worked alongside a variety of people from different cultural backgrounds. It really amazed me how all of these people worked together using their cultural differences as a means of reaching similar goals, rather than allowing those differences to hinder their communication and cooperation. At the same time it taught me that the understanding of culture is a significant component to becoming successful in international business. In fact, this served as the basis for my graduate project which explored the impact of cultural fluency on the ways in which companies utilize their marketing strategies to effectively operate within global markets.
I am currently working for Bank of New York Mellon in Syracuse, NY as a Financial Administrative Asset Representative for the Latin American Department. In other words, I manage the bank's Latin American clients' asset portfolios as well as monitor market developments, prepare compliance documentation, and ensure completion of legal documentation. My degree has helped my professional career since most of what I do on a daily basis is international financing. It gave me the opportunity to work in an international business setting that is constantly evolving.
Wilfredo Leon – Alumnus '12
Combined Degree Program
BS/MS International Business