Virtual Global Business Institute: London

Hello everyone! My name is Alexander Rihn and I am a rising Junior in the College of Business Administration. I am a declared double major in Accounting & Finance and participant in the Pitt Business Honors Program. In addition, I am also pursuing an Economics minor and Business Analytics certificate.

Outside of the classroom, I am involved in a number of clubs and activities on campus. I am the President of the Mighty Penguins Student Group, which finds student volunteers to help with sled hockey practices for disabled children. I am an active member of the University of Pittsburgh Accounting Association (UPAA), where I interact with recruiters regarding opportunities in the accounting profession. I also am a member of the Pitt Club Golf Team, and spend a good portion of my free time working and practicing on the golf course.

From a professional standpoint, I have not gained a lot of experience in my field to study yet. The jobs that I have worked in previously have not been directly related to my intended career, and the pandemic has delayed some previous opportunities to gain professional experience. I have always expressed an interest in participating in study abroad, as that was one of my main reasons for coming to Pitt.

The Global Business Institute program is not the first study abroad program I have been scheduled to participate in. I was previously accepted into the 2 week Plus3 China program scheduled for May 2020 prior to its cancellation. After being unable to participate in this program, it left GBI as the most logical choice for me for multiple reasons. Although it will occur in a virtual format, I am still getting the opportunity to meet and connect with others from a different culture in a world where having international business knowledge is extremely important. From an academic standpoint, this program is helping me attain 6 credits over a six week period, which will help me to stay on track to graduate with 150 credits in 4 years. In addition, this program fulfills a requirement for the Pitt Business Honors Program that would otherwise be difficult to fulfill.

Through the Global Business Institute Virtual Internship program, I have been matched with the London Basketball Association, where I will spend 6 weeks as an accounts intern. Through this internship, I hope to gain skills in the field of accounting that I would not have been able to pick up from the classroom, while also refining and learning the application of skills that I have previously acquired in the classroom. I am hopeful that this internship opportunity will allow me to further understand my passions given my academic credentials and help me narrow in on what potential career opportunities I will look for as I continue my education.