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UW-Eau Claire Student Is Among 25 Nationwide
Selected for International Internship in Germany

RELEASED: April 10, 2007

Kate Klocke
Kate Klocke

EAU CLAIRE — A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire senior is among 25 students nationwide to be selected to participate in a prestigious, all-expenses-paid internship program beginning this summer in Germany.

Kate Klocke, Rochester, Minn., who expects to graduate in May 2008 with a double major in business administration and German, was accepted into the Transatlantik Program, offered through the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest.

Dr. Johannes Strohschänk, professor of foreign languages who teaches German for business courses, said the Transatlantik Program provides an opportunity to gain a comprehensive perspective in German business, culture and language by working in a German company for up to six months.

"Kate Klocke is one of our outstanding students. She has been preparing herself for her career goal of working in the business world using her bilingual proficiency with determination and success," Strohschänk said.

Klocke is the fourth UW-Eau Claire student in the last three years to be invited to be a part of the program.

"Considering that only 25 students are selected nationwide each year, this is an enormous success for our university and the German section of our department," Strohschänk said. "The only other universities in the country matching this record are Eastern Michigan State University and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor."

The program includes round-trip airfare to Germany, 10 days of training, touring and meeting with German business and political leaders, and a modest salary or stipend. Klocke's internship will run from June 1 through Nov. 30.

Klocke has studied German for seven years. She studied abroad at the University of Halle-Wittenberg in 2005. After the semester she did a month-long internship at a company that builds and services cranes in Wittenberg.

She hopes to be placed at a German law firm or in the human resources management department of a German business. She is looking forward to learning how to live independently in a foreign country, Klocke said.

"I hope to learn more about the German culture and how it translates into the German business setting," Klocke said. "I'd really like to make strong connections to German business leaders/businesses as well as to the other 24 students in the program this year. I'm still undecided as to which specific job I'd like to do after graduation, so I hope the internship will give me some insight as to which direction I should go."

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