Champlain College students work for state trade partnership

BURLINGTON, Vt.--Champlain College students Heather Littlefield, Anna Wisniewska, Alina Stanciu and Emily Howland have been working atthe Vermont Global Trade Partnership (VGTP) during the spring 2007 semester.
These Champlain College students earned their internships through a competitive interview process.
Vermont business people access a broad range of trade services through the VGTP, a state program which has established an office in the S.D. Ireland Family Center for Global Business and Technology on the Champlain College campus. Champlain offers the only International Business program in the state of Vermont.
Businesses can receive assistance with: reviewing trade regulations, tariffs and logistics, researching new markets, importing and exporting, product sourcing, trade missions, overseas trade shows, and networking opportunities.
Additionally, student Emily Howland is doing a four-month internship in Shanghai, China. She is an intern at the Shanghai Small Enterprise Trade Development Center, promoting international business relationships.
Howland is no stranger to China, having studied for four years in Beijing. She is a fluent speaker of the Chinese dialect of Mandarin. Howland is sharing her experience in China via a student blog.
Prior to this spring internship, she has been continuing her role as lead research assistant for the Vermont Global Trade Partnership.
In November, she accompanied a Vermont delegation on a trade mission to China and assisted as an interpreter. More recently, she organized Vermont's participation in the American Education Fairs in Taiwan. She also hosted a tourism representative from China and toured her around Vermont.
"I'm looking forward to getting experience in working in a Chinese office," she said. "It's a similar organization to where I work now -- I'll just see things from the other side."
Howland grew up in Richmond, Vt. and is a graduate of Mt. Mansfield Union High School.
Littlefield, from Morrisville, Vt., is a graduate of People's Academy. She is finishing her bachelor's degree in International Business and she brings retail experience to the VGTP, including shipping and receiving responsibilities for textiles.
With the VGTP, she performs research in areas that include sourcing and distributor searches, as well as regulatory market reports.
Wisniewska is a native of Poland. She is a Business and Management major who also brings human resources and accounting knowledge to the internship.
Stanciu is from Romania and she is an International Business student. Stanciu is helping the VGTP investigate new business opportunities in Romania and Bulgaria -- which are new members of the European Union.