Hi, my name is Derek Frappa and I am currently finishing up my Sophomore year at the University of Pittsburgh. While I am originally from Buffalo, NY, I have always had a love for travel and exploring new places, which ultimately brought me to the University of Pittsburgh. I am currently double majoring in Finance and Supply Chain Management, with a Minor in Italian and a Certificate in International Business. Beyond the classroom, I am an active member of the professional business fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi and will be the VP of Alumni Relations next fall. In my free time, I love listening to music, being outdoors, and spending time with friends on campus. During my time at Pitt, I quickly realized study abroad programs provided an excellent way of fulfilling my passion to see the world. Last summer at the end of my Freshman year, I was fortunate enough to participate in the Plus 3 Germany program in which I spent two weeks in Augsburg, Germany learning about the automotive industry. During my time abroad, I was able to attend site visits and work with German students from the University of Augsburg. At the end of these two weeks, I instantly knew that I wanted another experience abroad!
Last summer in 2018, I worked as a Marketing Intern for Volland Electric Equipment Corp., an electrical parts company back home in Buffalo. While it was a great learning experience, it helped me realize that I was looking for a role more focused on my studies within finance. This summer, I will be participating in the International Internship Program in Toronto, Canada. Through this study abroad, I will have the opportunity to work a full-time internship in downtown Toronto for two months. What makes this so unique is that this internship is exactly what I was looking for. This internship will be focused within Finance, allowing me to apply what I have learned in the classroom into a professional environment in a foreign country. I believe this experience truly offers me the best opportunity to grow personally, academically, and professionally, and I hope to gain relevant experience that will help prepare me for my next set of challenges and ultimately, for my career post-graduation.
Toronto was my city of choice for this summer for several different factors. Professionally, Toronto is home to the Toronto Stock Exchange which is one of the largest stock exchanges in the world and is a global financial hub. The chance to work in a city like this was too good to pass up. Beyond professional development, Toronto offers an opportunity to grow personally as well. Approximately half of Toronto’s 2.8 Million population is foreign-born, making Toronto one of the most diverse cities in the world. Toronto is home to numerous cultural neighborhoods including Chinatown, Little Italy, Koreatown, Little Jamaica and many others. This vast diversity will present me with the ability to experience new cultures and learn a great deal outside the office as well, trying new foods and seeing new sights.
This summer is rapidly approaching, and I could not be more excited for this opportunity! I am looking forward to meeting dozens of other students from across the country and around the world. I cannot wait to discover all the city has to offer first hand!