On a recent IES familiarization trip for international internships in Paris and Barcelona, Maureen Desorcie found it rewarding to visit with interns in their placements in a broad array of host companies and organizations. She has worked for the Penn State Smeal College of Business for 15 years, advising students about study abroad programs, international internships and the international business minor. She is works with faculty to create new programs in places like Vietnam and Sri Lanka, as well as Germany and Italy. She earned her B.Phil. in Historic Preservation of Architecture and an MBA from Penn State University.
Read below to find out a bit more about Maureen:
Where have you studied or lived abroad?
I accompanied students on a Central Eastern European study tour that I helped to create. We visited Berlin, Krakow, Prague, Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna and Munich, learning about the transitions they made from socialism to the current market economy.
What is the one item you can't travel without?
I am fascinated by pocket sized translation guides. The phrases they choose to include reflect the culture and give me an insight into the people of the country.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I'm hooked on HGTV's House Hunters International. Did you know in Singapore the apartments seldom have ovens?
Best piece of advice you've ever received?
Walk two blocks out of the tourist zone before finding a restaurant.
Tell us one thing people probably don't know about you.
I raise Monarch butterflies, found on the butterfly weed in my garden.
You can't have a FIESTA without IES!