"We are extremely proud of our students," said Ben Gomes-Casseres, director of the MBA program at IBS. "We strive to offer a high-quality education, while keeping our program small and intimate. Seeing two of our students win this prestigious placement, among nine nationwide, is wonderful," he continued.
The IBS students will be in outstanding company as they will join winners from Boston College, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Harvard Business School, and University of Illinois.
The two winning participants will each receive a Fulbright Lehman scholarship of $15,000 towards the cost of their MBA program. In addition, Ms. Noun and Mr. GÃ³mez will be participating in the Lehman Brothers Summer Associate Program in New York City. This 10-week program is for MBA and graduate students between the first and second years of their degrees. They will receive special orientation and access to events designed to provide leadership training and networking opportunities. Alumni activities will be built into the program in order to ensure that participants remain connected to each other and to Lehman Brothers after the program concludes.
"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity," said Ms. Noun. "I'm extremely excited to be at Lehman Brothers this summer and feel very fortunate to be given this chance to work at such a prestigious firm," she added. Ms. Noun spent six months at a private firm in Cambodia as a financial management trainee before coming to IBS on a Fulbright Scholarship. She hopes to return to her home country to work at a banking concern before perhaps serving at an organization such as the World Bank or International Monetary Fund.
Mr. GÃ³mez has over six years of banking experience and plans to return to Colombia after completing his MBA. "I love the banking business and will be happy to return to my country," he said. "I also would like to teach others what I have learned," he continued. He hopes to teach at the university level while pursuing his banking career.
The Foreign Fulbright Program is administered by the Institute of International Education on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. The program enables approximately 1,800 outstanding individuals from more than 140 countries to study in the United States each year.