From BI to D.C.

25 November 2015

As an intern at one of the largest Norwegian embassies, former BI student Per Olav Aamlid, works to pave the way for Norwegian companies to be able to succeed in the United States.

The Norwegian financial newspaper, Finansavisen, tells the story of former BI student, Per Olav Aamlid, who now works as an intern at the Norwegian Embassy in Washington D.C.

- Washington D.C. is an exciting city that is heavily influenced by politics. The city is full of young hopeful people from all corners of the world, all keen to make contacts. You must always have a small stack of business cards in your pocket, tells Aamlid.

Traditionally, this is a type of internship associated with political science students from the university, but Aamlid considers his business background to be very relevant in Washington.

- The work is relevant for my education from BI, and the knowledge I acquired through my studies has helped me to gain a thorough understanding of how Norwegian businesses are operating on a daily basis, says Aamlid.

- International experience is becoming increasingly important in a globalized industry. Students has much to gain by international experience through work or exchanges during the study period, says President at BI Norwegian Business School, Inge Jan Henjesand.

Important role

Continuous contact with Norwegian businesses in all fifty states is a major part of everyday life for Aamlid. From small start-up technology companies in Silicon Valley, to large manufacturing companies in Texas with thousands of employees, should be included in the project.

- Through my internship I have gotten a good insight to Norwegian Foreign Service and the important role Norwegian embassies play in international cooperation. It has given me an urge to work internationally. Yet, I am also determined to complete a master’s degree at BI, says the Washington intern.

In the spring of 2015, Aamlid completed his bachelor's degree in Business Administration at BI in Trondheim, where he was named best student. During his bachelor degree, he took an exchange semester at Cass Business School in London. When he finishes his master's degree, Aamlid is sure he will have a solid platform to build a future career on.

Calls for national strategy

Moreover, President Henjesand also calls for a national strategy to recruit the international talents Norway lack.

- Norway has long been aiming for more internationalization in higher education. But only in theory, says Henjesand to Finansavisen. - We have favorable arrangements for Norwegian students who go abroad, but little for students coming to Norway. This causes many of the best Norwegian students go abroad, while striving to attract the best from abroad to us.

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