Business major prepares for internship in South Africa

November 25 2008

Bart Robertson is about to embark on a new journey as he looks toward a career in business. It is a journey that will take him far away from his hometown of Depauw, a small community nestled in southern Indiana's Harrison County.

A senior at Indiana State University, Robertson will spend the spring semester interning in Cape Town, South Africa. Robertson, a business administration and business management major with a minor in economics, will work with a business incubator in Cape Town that helps start-up companies find ways to best market their products.

"It will give me a foundation for later if I do want to own my own company," he said.

For the past two summers, Roberts has worked for Williams Randall Marketing Communications. He applied for the international internship to build on the business foundations he's been developing in the workplace and in the classroom.

"I was looking for something different, something new," he said. "I've really enjoyed my time at ISU and now I'm ready to go out and see what the world has to offer."

He's already seen part of the world through European travel. Robertson spent a semester in Nice, France as part of a study abroad program and traveled to Slovakia with the Networks Scholars program.

"This time I wanted to do something more career-oriented so I started looking at internships abroad," he said.

The internship is through Connect-123, a program that offers internships, as well as study abroad and volunteer opportunities in South Africa. While Roberston doesn't know any other undergraduates who will be studying or working in Cape Town, he's looking forward to making some new friends.

"I won't be completely alone," he said. "I'll be living with other interns that have been placed with other businesses."

Robertson, the son of Miriam and David Robertson of Depauw, said his parents have been always been supportive of his penchant for world travel. Yet he admitted his mother got a little concerned when she read about the possibility of cage diving with white sharks.

"She asked me if I would be doing that and I just smiled and said, 'We'll see,'" Robertson said with a laugh.

While he's not sure what his future will hold after he graduates from ISU in May, Robertson is interested in international business. He hopes his internship and time abroad will offer new possibilities, both personally and professionally.

"I've just always liked to go out and explore," he said. "It's addictive."

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Writer: Emily Taylor, media relations assistant director, Communications & Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or etaylor16@indstate.edu

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Senior Bart Robertson will spend the spring semester in Cape Town, South Africa. Robertson has been to Europe twice as an undergraduate and decided to pursue an internship opportunity for this third trip abroad.

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