Building alliances with corporations, jobs and internships
Brandeis IBS’ involvement in Latin America is made possible through various connections with regional universities, scholarship programs and external associations.
As one of four recipients of Steven M. Bunson Internship Grants, Rafaella Cuff MA ’12 (third from left) soaked in the sunshine - and more than a few microfinance projects - in Bahia, Brazil, where she worked in development for ProWorld, a local cultural preservation and microcredit organization. Among other things, she managed loans for multiple clients ranging from street vendors to restaurant owners.
“Even as an outsider visiting shantytowns and poor neighborhoods, I was greeted with the kindness and humility of hard-working people in a fast-growing economy,” she said.
Brandeis IBS maintains partnerships with 20 universities worldwide, lending students the opportunity to participate in overseas internships and academic exchanges. Partner universities include Brazil’s Fundação Getúlio Vargas and Mexico’s Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).
Brandeis University was also selected as one of 18 U.S. academic institutions to participate in the new Institute of International Education's (IIE) International Academic Partnership Program, focusing on building higher education partnerships between the United States and Brazil.
Dean Bruce Magid accompanied MA Governor Deval Patrick on a trade mission to Brazil in December 2011. In April, he joined a team, along with Governor Patrick and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, to discuss economic development and clean energy partnerships.
Magid shared his experience in a radio segment on WBUR’s Radio Boston and was also profiled in a recent issue of ALPFA’s newsletter (PDF), discussing the job market and employment strategies for job seekers.