Business in an International Setting

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Christina Peterson ‘11
MA in Cross-Cultural and Sustainable Business Management

I was born in Bristol, Connecticut, USA and moved around growing up, living in Connecticut, Indiana and New Hampshire. Upon graduating high school from Bishop Guertin in Nashua, New Hampshire, I attended Elon University in North Carolina, a university known for its emphasis on creating “global citizens” through its study abroad and leadership opportunities. There, I majored in French and International Studies with a minor in Business. I took advantage of the school’s “Winter Term” twice, taking a one-month psychology class in London in 2007, and a traveling class called, The State of the European Union in 2008, where we visited six countries in four weeks (Lithuania, Hungary, & Belgium to name a few), and met with different European officials and organizations, including the European Central Bank, Parliament and Commission. During my junior year, I spent a semester studying at the Sorbonne in Paris, and took advantage of short breaks to travel to Italy, Ireland, and Spain. After graduating with Cum laude honors in 2010, my love affair with Paris continued and I decided to pursue a Master’s degree at the American University of Paris.

I was attracted to AUP and the Master of Arts in Cross-Cultural and Sustainable Business Management because I knew I wanted to study business in an international setting, with small class sizes and a multi-cultural student body, all while focusing specifically on sustainability and the different ways that business can have a positive impact on the world. Even more, I wanted to continue improving my French in a professional setting, through internships and hopefully, after graduation, a full-time job. I was fortunate enough to learn about AUP through two students studying there at the time, both of whom reported the business program was extremely enriching, challenging, and unique.

My experience at AUP has had a positive impact on both my personal and professional life which still thrives today. Personally, I have made great friends who continue to support me throughout my journey in Paris. Professionally, and thanks to AUP’s Internship Office, I found three influential internships in Paris at different international companies: the International Chamber of Commerce, Orange, and Lafarge. Together, these companies are present in over 103 countries, and in Paris, the diversity of my colleagues and their experiences was vast, helping me create a network that reaches around the world.

The challenging international professors create an open and enriching learning environment where students are engaged in learning skills that prepare us for challenging international careers. - Christina Peterson

Thanks to these opportunities through AUP and the connections I made during my time in Paris, I was able to find a great job with a strong international component and settle in Paris for an extended period of time. My internship experience at Orange was where I learned of the Orange Graduate Programme, a challenging, accelerated program for Masters-level graduates from business or engineering disciplines who are bilingual in French and English and have high potential to be future Group executives.  I am currently completing my second year in the program as a Marketing and Innovation Consultant for Orange Consulting, and have worked on a variety of projects including group-wide communication campaigns, international marketing strategy for subsidiaries in Poland, Spain, and France, international mergers and acquisitions, as well as organizational strategy for different international companies. I will soon begin a new position in the heart of New York City near Bryant Park, as an Associate Manager at one of Orange’s North America offices. There, I will work to develop relationships with local telecommunications and technology actors and follow key trends in the North American market to share with Orange marketing teams in Paris and throughout Europe. I am really looking forward to this next career opportunity.

Most importantly, I am grateful for my experience in Paris, at AUP, and more specifically, in the Cross-Cultural and Sustainable Business Management program. The challenging international professors create an open and enriching learning environment where students are engaged in learning skills that prepare us for challenging international careers.

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Christina Peterson ‘11
MA in Cross-Cultural and Sustainable Business Management

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