Gwinnett employers benefit from access to international talent

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) November 15, 2012— Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development celebrated its partnership with AIESEC University of Georgia through an agreement signing at a Partnership Gwinnett Global Business Council meeting today. The collaboration provides Gwinnett businesses with international operations or future global expansion plans the opportunity to access a pool of trainee candidates from around the world. This international talent sourcing service, Global Internship Program (GIP), includes a customized needs assessment of an organization to guarantee the provision of highly qualified individuals.

“With a presence in more than 110 countries and territories, AIESEC is the world’s largest student-run organization and partners with businesses across the United States, ranging from small startups to multinational corporations,” stated AIESEC UGA President, Christina Khouri. “More than 4,000 organizations around the world that have already taken advantage of AIESEC’s GIP and we are excited that this partnership with Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development will enable us to connect more businesses with the international assistance they need.”

Benefits of the program to Gwinnett employers include acquiring talent with special skills for specific project-based needs; developing a pipeline of candidates for leadership positions for satellite offices; gaining international market knowledge for future expansions; and training international talent domestically.

“AIESEC’s Global Internship Program offers many advantages for companies to obtain assistance with their international operations or expansions,” stated José Pecho-Chaves, Vice President Incoming Exchange, AIESEC UGA. “The responsibilities of the host organization are minimal as the program handles health insurance, the J-1 Visa process, reception services and administrative services for all interns.”

The Partnership Gwinnett Global Business Council works to identify opportunities for making the County and metro Atlanta more attractive to global business, trade and investment, while providing the resources and capabilities for local companies to take advantage of international business opportunities.

Nick Masino, Senior Vice President, Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett commented, “This relationship supports the efforts of our Council—to provide the opportunity for local companies to acquire international talent and further expand into global markets. We are excited to partner with AIESEC UGA and are confident this will enable increased global business growth in our community.”

Qualifying organizations must have at least 25 employees or be established for more than two years and have a minimum annual revenue of $3 million. The company is responsible for creating the job description, cooperating with the provision of the information required for J-1Visa application process, and covering the initial payment as well as a monthly stipend sufficient to cover living expenses. Pricing for the program depends on length of internship and can be found at

The AIESEC UGA GIP is dedicated to providing customized results tailored to an organization’s unique needs. For more information or to begin the application process, please visit or complete the Host Organization Contact Form.

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