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Friday 12 July 2013

Student spotlight: Germaine Estella

Germaine Estella, a postgraduate full-time student on the MA Marketing Management course, has just been awarded a prestigious scholarship to study in Washington DC.

The Gibraltar Initiative International Training Program is a fifteen-week fully-funded scholarship sponsored jointly by the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, and the Chief Minister of Gibraltar, Fabian. R. Picardo.

Germaine, a resident of Gibraltar, will study both academic and experiential components and she will spend four and a half days per week with a public or private sector organisation in Washington, focusing on a key area of business such as entrepreneurship, sustainability, global trade or e-commerce.

Talking about his appointment, Germaine said:

‘’When I started off at Southampton Solent University I began with my HND in Tourism and I would have never imagined to have got as far as I have and proceeded to do my MA in Marketing Management.

“I consider myself so lucky and fortunate to have been selected to do an internship in Washington DC. I can safely say that I believe Southampton Solent University has taught me a great deal about the real life working environment and has taught me valuable lessons that will help me in future career opportunities!’’

An academic course will be studied one evening per week, taught by professors from Georgetown and John Hopkins Universities.  There will also be expert seminars on leadership, plus civic engagements and a social responsibility project. This will lead to the production of a portfolio.

Mike Wilman, tutor on the MA Marketing Management course, said:

“Germaine has not only achieved high grades on her MA units, but has also shown a great deal of initiative in her role as a Course Representative, taking on additional responsibilities and pro-actively engaging with staff and students to enhance the learning experience for her fellow students, including the maintenance of a students’ Facebook information page.

“She greatly deserves this opportunity to work and study in Washington and will work hard to maximise the benefits she achieves from it”.