Webster Names New IBIE Director

| May 6, 2011

In our growing global marketplace, the need for international experience is more important than ever. But the question for students has always been, “How do I to get international work experience while still in the U.S. and still in school?” The answer for many Webster students is the International Business Internship Exchange (IBIE) now under the new leadership of Jennifer White.

She replaces Wilma Prifti, who retired earlier this year.

White comes to Webster with 15+ years of international experience, including service as International Office director at Illinois Wesleyan University and associate director in the Office of Overseas Programs at Washington University. As a student at Harvard, White did not have the chance to study abroad.  Later, however, a short-term international internship similar to those made available through the IBIE changed her life.

“Being selected for the Kawamura Visiting Fellows Program played a key role in deepening my connections with Japan and ultimately impacted the course of my career,” says White.  “That program, a variety of home stays and an extended time of graduate study abroad gives me an understanding of the challenges students face when making cross-cultural transitions and how to best address them.”

“Jennifer White’s first international experience as a student intern in Nagoya, Japan sparked in her a passion for international education that is evident in her education and career choices,” added Pat Masidonski, Walker School of Business associate dean and interim director for the IBIE. “I am confident that Jennifer will take the IBIE program at Webster University to the next level.”

White begins as director of the IBIE May 17.  Learn more about the program at www.webster.edu/ibie.

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