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Love of Teamwork is Important Summer Lesson

Elvira Avdeyeva brought an unexpected bonus for the American Councils for International Education when it chose her for a summer internship as an assistant for field operations and programs in Washington, D.C.

Avdeyeva, from Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, is a senior at Emporia State University, where she is majoring in business administration with concentrations in sales management and marketing communications.

The bonus to American Councils came through Avdeyeva’s personal experience with U.S. government programs after she moved to the United States. American Councils asked her to speak at the annual NAFSA: Association of International Educators conference in Denver during the internship.  

“I’m an alumna of two U.S. government-sponsored programs — Prep4success and Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute,” she said, “so in my speech I shared my experience and how those programs helped me get where I am now. ... I’ve always been very involved at ESU and that gave me confidence in public speaking.”

Financial and marketing classes at Emporia State prepared her for the work assigned — conducting research, utilizing her writing skills, compiling grant report information, assisting with marketing campaigns for future programs and developing and managing databases and other responsibilities.

“I had no difficulties reading financial reports and credit card expense reports,” said Avdeyeva, who also did Russian-English translating as part of her work.

The internship taught her that prioritizing tasks is vital to success on the job, she said. The internship also brought a greater understanding of her strengths, what she truly enjoys doing and the kind of workplace environment she wants in the future.

“It helped me learn about myself more,” Avdeyeva said. “I’m not the type of person who can sit at the desk doing work all day five times a week. I learned that I love working with teams, presenting in front of people, planning events and working on social media campaigns.

“I’m way more a people-oriented person than I thought I was before my internship experience.”