The meeting was attended by Adam S. Wilczewski, Chief of Staff of the U.S. International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Trade, Jay A. Burgess, Director of the European Bureau, U.S. International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Trade, Ruth Smith, Vice-President for Global Governmental Affairs, in charge of coordination of the PAII interns’ stay at the General Electric, James Diorio, Internship Coordinator at Westinghouse, Paweł Pietrasieński, Minister Counselor, Chief of Trade and Investment Section, and others.
The interns shared their experiences gained at American companies and their opinions on the development of the Polish-American Internship Initiative. They were also informed about the state of the Polish-American economic relations as well as the Polish investments in the United States.
Next all participants in the meeting went to the U.S. Trade Department, where they met representatives of the International Trade Administration. The last point on the agenda included a meeting with Minister Maciej Pisarski, Deputy Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Washington, during which the challenges faced by the Polish diplomacy in the USA were discussed.
During their stay in Washington the interns also had an opportunity to meet and share experiences with their peers, interns at other American corporations, as well as visit the city, which offers numerous attractions, including free of charge admission to museums for students.
“Polish-American Internship Initiative” is a joint venture of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation and the U.S. Embassy in Poland. It is implemented by the Educational Enterprise Foundation in cooperation with the companies offering the internships as well as Polish universities. The initiative is supported by the Trade and Investment Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington.
Within the three editions of the Program to date, almost 60 students have had their internships in the following US companies: Chevron North America, Citi Bank, General Electric Hitachi, Pittsburgh Glass Works LLC, Raytheon BBN Technologies, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, and Westinghouse Electric Company.
More information at: www.paii.pl