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Press Release

2011
04 Jul

Three Students Clinch Dream “Global Internships”, chosen from over 19,000 Candidates

(Zurich) July 4th 2011

Three talented students began their global internships today with EF Education First, the world’s largest private education company. Having been selected from more than 19,000 candidates, these interns have been assigned duties that will take them around the globe as part of the EF Global Intern program.

Maria Catalina Rey Guerra (22, Colombia) Elia Pérez de Miguel (21, Spain) and Minjae Koo (19, Korea) submitted competition videos describing how an EF global internship would shape their future. A jury selected the three global winners because they “represent the ideals of today’s youth: open mindedness, curiosity about the world and an adventurous spirit,” said Sebastien Dayteg, HR Director at EF International Language Centers. “We were very much impressed by the creativity of their videos and their enthusiasm to help with EF’s vision to break down the barriers of language, culture and geography.”

Maria Catalina, Elia and Minjae will start the first part of their global internship at the head office of EF International Language Centers in Zurich, Switzerland. Maria’s role will focus on EF’s social media marketing strategy and her duties will be split between offices in Zurich and London. Elia, an audiovisual communications student, will prepare a video project that will take her to three continents: starting in Zurich for orientation, then to New Zealand where she will film the EF school in Auckland, and then to the EF school in Los Angeles. Minjae’s role is to support EF’s international marketing campaigns and her intercontinental responsibilities will take her to EF’s offices in Zurich, Boston and Shanghai. All three interns have a passion for learning new languages and are looking forward to making an impact in the company’s marketing strategy. 

“I entered the competition knowing that thousands of young, talented people worldwide had the same dream as me,” says Maria Catalina, an international business and economics student fluent in English, German and Spanish. Minjae adds “I’ve realized how eager and passionate I am to step into the wider world and enjoy new adventures.” All winners are looking forward to their global adventures and are eager to learn as much as possible because, because as Elia says, “it's a once in a lifetime opportunity”.

For more information about EF’s Global Intern program, visit: www.ef.com/globalintern

About EF Education First

Established in 1965 with the mission to "break down barriers in language, culture, and geography", EF Education First (EF) is the world's leading international education company. EF has helped over 15 million students to learn a new language and travel abroad. With a network of 400 schools and offices worldwide, EF specializes in language training, educational travel, academic degrees, and cultural exchange programs. EF is the Official Language Supplier of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi 2014 and is also working with Ola Turista to help prepare Brazil for the 2014 World Cup. EF published the ground-breaking English Proficiency Index (www.ef.com/epi/) which measures the English ability of adults in different countries across the world. 

Media contact: Anita Hauser, anita.hauser@ef.com, +41 79 622 34 07

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