International Business Internship Program
Our Life-Changing Project
Class of 2020
My name is Nick Soviero and I am a currently a Junior at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. This year, I am taking multiple AP, dual enrollment, and honors courses at my school.
Currently, I am involved in a variety of clubs and extracurricular activities. First off, I am a member of the National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society at my school. I also play the trumpet in the Jazz band. I am an active member of the Model UN, Social Justice, Leadership, and Campus Ministry programs at my school. During my free time, I enjoy watching sports or playing baseball. My community service involves teaching younger kids baseball at my local park, volunteering at a homeless shelter and at the HCA/Westside Hospital in my community. I currently have accumulated over 600 service hours in my community.
I am so excited and proud to be leading our International Business Internship Program team. I am so glad that I gathered some of my best friends to be a part of this with me. As a group, I know we are going to achieve great things and change the lives of our business partners in Nigeria. We will work as hard as we can to achieve success. This program is an amazing opportunity and I am blessed to be apart of it.
Class of 2021
My name is Giovanni Ruffolo, and I am a sophomore at St. Thomas Aquinas High School. This year I am taking Advanced Placement and honors courses, along with Leadership classes too.
I am participating in multiple clubs and extracurricular activities this year. I am a member of the Marine Biology Club, and participate in the Leadership and Social Justice programs at my school. After school, I like to play soccer, hockey, and like to run. I also like to help do good around my community. I help stock shelves and distribute food to the less fortunate at my local food pantry. I also am a counselor at my old elementary school. So far I have earned almost 400 service hours by working in my community
I am very excited to be working as a member of the International Business Internship Program. My friends and I are very eager to help change the lives of our business partner and community in Nigeria. I am very excited to see what we can do when we all work together to make those people’s lives easier.
Class of 2020
My name is Dylan B., and I am a Junior at St. Thomas Aquinas High School. In my free time, I enjoy playing baseball and basketball. This year, I am currently taking Advanced Placement courses at my high school.
I participate in various clubs at my school and am involved in many activities after school. I play sports year around which consumes most of my time. I have a 4.5 and above GPA so I am dedicated to school and sports.
The International Business Internship Program came up as a great opportunity and I am glad I joined such a great program. I am honored to join with friends in helping places in need to better their business. I will do everything I can and put all my effort forth to improving the business. I never thought I would get the chance to join in such an empowering organization. I am so happy to be apart of this!
Class of 2020
My name is Jacob Wancier, and I am a junior at Western High School. I am currently learning in both Advanced Placement and Cambridge academic courses at school.
Currently, I am in three after-school clubs at my school. I am the Secretary of Entrepreneurship club, as well as a member in the St. Jude Club, and a member in National Honor Society. In addition to this, I am an active player on the Varsity baseball team at my school.
I'm excited and eager to be working as a member of the International Business Internship Program. Together with some of my close friends, I am excited to be working and helping a business on the other side of the world. This unique experience will help me connect with a community that is far from me!
Class of 2020
My name is Ryan Cala, and I am a junior at Western High School. I am currently in both the honors program at my school as well as dual enrollment classes.
As of right now I am involved in four after-school clubs at my school. I am a member in National Honor Society, the St. Jude club, HOSA, and Student government as well as being in the class. I am also actively playing varsity baseball for my school.
As soon as I heard about the International Business Internship Program I knew I had to a part of it. The other members of the group are some of my best friends and I believe we work really well together. I am so thrilled to be helping a business on a different continent because I feel like not a lot of people get a chance to do something like this.
Our Business Partner: Catering
Business Owner: Bilkisu S. Abdulkadir
Business Location: Bauchi, Bauchi State Nigeria
Story of the Business
Bilkisu’s partnership with Leadership Initiatives and the International Business Internship Program has allowed her business to grow in ways she could not imagine. Going forward, she hopes the amazing ideas from the International Business Internship Program (IBIP) teams will allow her to improve her financial management skills, expand her advertising, learn new baking techniques and methods, and employ more women in her community as a whole.
About the Owner: Bilkisu S. Abdulkadir
As a young girl, Bilkisu Abdulkadir always had a passion for cooking. Growing up, she cooked nearly every day with her now late father, learning how to bake and cook for her large family. As Bilkisu became more adept, her family and friends began encouraging her to open up a catering business to improve her life and her community as a whole. After the death of her father, Bilkisu had to start caring for her elderly mother and four siblings and often struggled to work and support the family. However, with the help from her friends and family, Bilkisu was able to open up her very own catering company.
Bilkisu has trained over three young women and strives to provide more opportunities for children in her community. These apprenticeships allow young women to develop critical skills to support themselves and their families. With the profits from her business, Bilkisu is able to send her child to school and support her family as a whole. She and her catering business currently benefit over eight people in the wider community.
Solution 1: Creating Business Cards
Business Cards can help extend to people without social media accounts and cost a lot less than making flyers and giving those to people in their community
By having business cards, the business partner can easily distribute them to people in their community, which can help them gain new customers and reach out to new people around them.
Business cards can be easy to transport around and for the customer to carry in their pocket or in their hand.
Solution 2: Referral Process
A referral process was created as a means of providing customers with an incentive to continue using the company for business
Discounts are provided to customers who refer other people to the business
1 referral : 5% off next purchase
2 referrals: 10% off next purchase
3 referrals: 15% off next purchase
4 referrals: 20% off next purchase
5 referrals: 25% off next purchase
Solution 3: Social Media Pages
Instagram and Facebook Pages
Both these social media page was created to help provide a following base the exact services that are offered by the business
Through posts, the business partner can now be able to showcase the different food options they have.
Through these platforms, the business partners will now be able to easily interact and communicate with customers, or potential customers