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April 4, 2005

Business Administration Major Selected for Internship in Germany


University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire senior John Riederer, Racine, has been selected to participate in the Transatlantic Program, a prestigious international internship program in Germany this summer.

"I was surprised and felt honored to be accepted into the Transatlantic Program," Riederer said. "I am excited to return to Germany, and I hope to gain new experiences in a different part of the country."

Offered through the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, the Transatlantic Program allows 25 highly motivated and qualified college students from all of the United States to gain a comprehensive perspective in German business, the economy and political situation, as well as German culture and language.

Riederer said he learned of this opportunity in GERM 316: "German for Business II," a course in which he is currently enrolled, taught by Dr. Johannes Strohschänk, foreign languages professor and Riederer's academic adviser.

"John is a highly deserving student who has worked hard over the past years to attain this level of competence," said Strohschänk. "I am very pleased he was accepted for this program."

Beginning May 20, the program includes one week of fully-funded pre-internship travel and immersion, including daily academic language and cultural instruction in German, travel to other German cities, visits to cultural institutions and encounters with government officials and private companies. This will be followed by an internship with a German company for two to three months, depending on the individual student. All internships are prearranged by GACCoM and its German partner InWEnt.

Riederer was responsible for the non-refundable InWEnt application fee, arranging for his round trip air fare, which will be refunded by GACCoM, and providing his own housing during the internship, although he will receive assistance. Generally, program participants receive a modest salary for their internship in Germany; however, they will receive a 500 Euro stipend if the position is unpaid.

"It will be a challenging and rewarding experience to work in a German firm and live abroad independently," Riederer commented. "Interning abroad is an opportunity that I could not pass up, and I am grateful to my family, professors and my girlfriend for their encouragement and support."

A Racine native, Riederer began studying German in middle school and has continued through high school and college. He has studied abroad twice, once on a summer program in high school and the second time during spring semester 2002 in Lutherstadt Wittenberg. Riederer is a business administration and German for business professionals double major with an international business minor.

- UW-Eau Claire News Bureau