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Trinity and BBVA are working together to allow 6-month international internships beginning fall 2017

Hola BBVA! Trinity University, with the support of the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Success and the Center for International Engagement, is working with BBVA to open the doors to 6-month internships at the BBVA Group Global Headquarters in Madrid, Spain.

“BBVA is a successful financial services company, with talented professionals hailing from the world over. Similarly, Trinity University attracts some of the most intelligent and creative students from all over the world,” says Peter Cavazos, vice president for corporate banking at BBVA Compass. “At both organizations, the talents and insights of a diverse workforce and student body have helped them move ahead.”

Jacob Tingle, co-director for the Center for Experiential Learning and Career success, helped bring the program to students, specifically graduating seniors, especially those who majored in finance, seeking a post-baccalaureate experience. Internship opportunities, available in departments ranging from finance and marketing to human resources, will expose Tigers to employment with a multi-national company while offering glimpses into how a Spanish-based corporation manages a global enterprise.

“BBVA internships give students the relatively unique experience of being a member of a global workforce, and the return for BBVA is in helping nurture the talent of tomorrow’s leaders, with the opportunity to augment our own diverse talent base,” Cavazos says. “Through these internships, we expect that Trinity students will become both global citizens and global professionals.”

A fluency in Spanish is a must, says Katsuo Nishikawa Chavez, political science professor and director for the Center for International Engagement. He notes that the internship may be seen as a complement to Trinity’s existing Madrid Summer Program.

“Students that return from Madrid often want to go back as soon as possible,” Nishikawa says. “This internship is an excellent opportunity for such a student who wants to re-engage with the Spanish work environment and culture.”

Trinity offers one other post-baccalaureate internship, a year-long experience in Taiwan at Tunghai University where two Tigers work in the English department and concurrently study Chinese.

Nishikawa adds, “In order to make global citizens, we have to help our students live, work, and learn abroad.”

Jeanna Goodrich Balreira '08 is the director for content strategy for Trinity University Strategic Communications and Marketing.

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