Baruch College Student Wins Fulbright Award to Mexico
New York, NY - April 6, 2017- Kristina Sarkissyan ’17, a student in Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business, has been awarded the U.S. Student Fulbright Award to Mexico.
Sarkissyan, who will graduate this spring with a BBA in International Business, will spend the 2017-18 academic year in Mexico City on the Mexican Fulbright Commission’s Binational Internship program. This program designed to enhance knowledge, expertise, and understanding of post-NAFTA Mexico. It is available for students interested in combining coursework in international business or law with an internship at a Mexico-based company conducting international or legal business.
“I’m very excited, extremely honored, and grateful for this wonderful opportunity,” said Sarkissyan.
“I always wanted to work in international trade, whether part of the logistics process, trade law or branding, or international consumer marketing. It has always fascinated me how one product is marketed in the U.S. versus a Hispanic country.”
For Sarkissyan, the U.S. Student Fulbright Award to Mexico will expand her existing international experiences. She was born in Kazakhstan, moved to the U.S. at age five, and volunteered in Barcelona, Spain to teach underprivileged children English and dance for a summer when she was 17. In 2015, a Baruch College opportunity led her to volunteer in Ibague, Colombia for two months and she studied abroad last year in Berlin.
Her support from the Office of National & Prestigious Fellowships Advising greatly influenced her decision to apply for the opportunity.
“What appealed to me most about the Fulbright program in Mexico was not only being able to intern in the eighth largest business hub in the world, but having the opportunity to fully immerse myself in both the business environment and culture of Mexico,” Sarkissyan said. “I hope to gain a set of skills that I cannot acquire by reading a textbook, sitting in class or on the Internet, and ultimately be able to apply them wherever my career takes me.”
While in Mexico City, Sarkissyan plans to augment her knowledge of the area, especially regarding the native populations, as well as dive deeper into the arts scene.
“I am beyond lucky to have had these experiences at Baruch College”, she said. “Not only can I compare and contrast what I have learned from the countries that I have already visited, but can also apply them to my Fulbright in Mexico and beyond.”