Jakob '17 Interning at International Business Network
June 29, 2015
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— At her internship this summer at the American Indonesian Chamber
of Commerce (AICC) in New York City, economics major Brigitta Jakob ’17 has presented research on the currency exchange between
the United States and Indonesia, met the Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs, and
shaken hands with the popular mayor of Bandung Ridwan Kamil.
That was all in the first week.
With a strong interest in international economics and trade, Jakob (Palembang, Indonesia)
sought the paid internship at AICC for its networking opportunities. AICC is a private
membership organization for global giants as well as small U.S. companies interested
in investing or trading with Indonesia.
Jakob said the opportunity to meet major figures in the field of international trade
has been “the most amazing experience” thus far at her internship. From the former
prime minister of Australia Kevin Rudd to former Indonesian ambassador to the United
Nations Marty Natalegawa, world figures speaking at AICC events have provided insights
on capital projects, international security, market opportunities and other factors
affecting global economics.
Other projects Jakob has completed include data analysis on imports/exports between
the U.S. and Indonesia, and research on the current investment climate, capturing
market opportunities and challenges for U.S. businesses planning to expand in Indonesia.
At Illinois Wesleyan Jakob is vice president of the Investment Club, vice president
of the International Society, article editor for the Park Place Economist undergraduate journal of economics, and associate editor for the Undergraduate Economic Review, a peer-reviewed journal of undergraduate research.