SBCC students work as interns on global business project

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Saturne Tchabong, right, City College marketing and political science major, shows a sketch depicting the role of a distributor in the global marketplace to fellow students, from left, psychology major Rebecca Rich, City College psychology major, Cody Springmeyer, University of California Santa Barbara zoology major, and Katia Kiston, City College business administration major, Sunday, Nov. 1, in the Luria Library, Santa Barbara. Tchabong is one of six interns working on the Global T project to encourage interest in global market careers.

LORENZO MORAN, Channels Staff

The Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation has hired six interns to work on a project informing students across California about global business.

“We are trying to reach out to high school students and teachers to get involved with global trade,” said Richard Houck, training video producer and actor for the program.

The center’s goal for the Global T Project is to encourage interest in career opportunities in the global market and logistics, and is set to launch this December. The interns hope to educate students through the use of hard copy materials, an interactive website and training films.

Students will be given a chance to see what the global trade economy encompasses and gain interest into a profitable market.

Framework from the State Chancellor’s Office and Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy will be used to distribute the material statewide, with plans to release the program domestically at a later time.

Julie Samson, director of the Scheinfeld Center, created and designed the program for maximum student and teacher outreach.

In the 14-week production schedule, the interns are split into specific areas of expertise in order to complete their portion of the project.

Latha Pai and Saturne Tchabong, City College students and active interns on the project, are leading the creation of the program’s website.

“The website will definitely not be a copy and paste brochure job,” Pai said. “We are trying to make this more interesting especially for teachers, who will play a big role in promoting global business at a high school level.”

The website will also be designed to nab a larger audience, such as administrative departments like the Center for International Trade Development.

Collections of videos are being filmed with the sole purpose of training instructors how to teach the program to students.

The Global T-Shirt module will help students learn more about trade through five, one-hour-per-day lessons that are intended to stretch over one week of instruction.

Jacqueline Baez is one of three interns involved in supporting the module.

“The videos will help ensure efficiency in the understanding of what the Global T-Shirt Program is and all its attributes,” Baez said. “But at the same time they will feed the viewers valuable information about the program, global trade and more in an interactive way.”

Hard copy brochures will be available as well. The brochures will outline specific details about global trade and logistics, an overview of the Global T Project and more information about its components.

Production will continue as the interns polish the project and build upon what they have already created through the end of the year.