World Trade Center Alaska
 
Chelsea Lee Brown

Chelsea Lee Brown was born in Anchorage, Alaska, and is currently a student at University of Alaska Anchorage studying both International Studies - Northeast Asia track, and Economics. This past spring semester she studied International Business and Mandarin at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.

Her love of travel has taken her all over the world and prompted her to study languages. Chelsea’s love of exploring new cultures, and researching economic trends in today's world has lead her to Intern at the World Trade Center Alaska, where she updates the graphics for our conferences, and does web based research.

Chelsea hopes to graduate, and continue to explore different economies and cultures around the globe, eventually moving to Asia to work in Marketing and Public Relations.

Sung-Hyun Nam

This is Sung-Hyun Nam. I’m from South Korea and have been working at WTCAK as an intern for last five months. I have been in Alaska as an exchange student since August 2010. I believe that Alaska has many natural resources to participate in global economic development. Recently, it has become an important state to trade with South Korea. That is why I have decided to join this internship. Also, I have been interested in studying international trade.

 When I was in Korea, I didn’t know anything about Alaska. I just had an image of Alaska as a cold and desolate place so I was a little hesitant and nervous before coming to Alaska. However, my negative view of Alaska was changed to 180 degree soon after I arrived here. Alaska seems to be very beautiful place to live. I have visited several foreign destinations like Japan before. So far, Alaska is most beautiful place I have ever visited. Summer in Alaska is very famous in the world for its cool and beautiful weathers. Many sight-seeing businesses have been developed well for foreigners to visit, and these businesses can make huge profits. Alaskan fishing and mining industries are still good in current economic recession. Job unemployment rate in this state is relatively low compared to other US states. Many nations want to do trades with Alaska. WTCAK has a significant role in trading and forecasting economics in Alaska. A lot of companies have asked WTCAK to help their companies.

I think that I was lucky to get this internship. If I haven’t worked at WTCAK, I would have just studied at the university library, and didn’t know anything about the practical world trade. This internship has been a very good experience and influence for me. I really appreciate it.

 

Wonho Park

Hello, this is Wonho Park from South Korea. I came to Anchorage in January 2011 and have been studying at UAA as an exchange student. I came here not only for studying, but also for some experience like internship. I applied for an internship and I have been working at WTCAK as an intern for the last six months.

Even though, in South Korea my major is Chinese trade and commerce, I didn’t have a chance to learn much about international trade and to meet a number of amazing people who lead world trade until I worked at WTCAK. Here, I was able to do both. I am pretty sure that this internship opened more doors to me. I really appreciated it.
 
I meet two awesome bosses at WTCAK - Alex and Greg. I really enjoyed working with them. Thank you so much! If someone asks me what the most impressive experience in Alaska was, I will definitely say “Internship at WTCAK”.





Sung-Hyun Nam

This is Sung-Hyun Nam. I’m from South Korea and have been working at WTCAK as an intern for last five months. I have been in Alaska as an exchange student since August 2010. I believe that Alaska has many natural resources to participate in global economic development. Recently, it has become an important state to trade with South Korea. That is why I have decided to join this internship. Also, I have been interested in studying international trade.

When I was in Korea, I didn’t know anything about Alaska. I just had an image of Alaska as a cold and desolate place so I was a little hesitant and nervous before coming to Alaska. However, my negative view of Alaska was changed to 180 degree soon after I arrived here. Alaska seems to be very beautiful place to live. I have visited several foreign destinations like Japan before. So far, Alaska is most beautiful place I have ever visited. Summer in Alaska is very famous in the world for its cool and beautiful weathers. Many sight-seeing businesses have been developed well for foreigners to visit, and these businesses can make huge profits. Alaskan fishing and mining industries are still good in current economic recession. Job unemployment rate in this state is relatively low compared to other US states. Many nations want to do trades with Alaska. WTCAK has a significant role in trading and forecasting economics in Alaska. A lot of companies have asked WTCAK to help their companies.

I think that I was lucky to get this internship. If I haven’t worked at WTCAK, I would have just studied at the university library, and didn’t know anything about the practical world trade. This internship has been a very good experience and influence for me. I really appreciate it.

Kade Won

My name is Kade Won. I came to Anchorage, Alaska in 2009 from South Korea. I was engineering student at Seoul National University of Technology, so technically, I had never learned about world trading, logistics, economics, but only engineering. One day, I realized that there is something bigger than knowing about nano-technology and material mechanism. So, I just hopped on an airplane and was able to be in Alaska.

I applied for internship at WTCAK and that moment changed my life greatly. Have you ever imagined that you can meet US Senators, City mayors, Consuls, various CEOs from world's leading company such as BP and Wells Fargo? In WTCAK, I was able to meet a number of amazing people. Every day was very special to me. I have been at many meetings and I got many business cards there. I did serve those amazing leaders. Even though I was not trilingual like former interns at the WTCAK, I got hired because I had a passion and so I enjoyed the opportunities. The work at WTCAK has given me a new outlook on the world and I was able to have my own business card for the first time in my life.

From this world class experience, I can become a real globalist. We are already a global generation. You drive Toyota car, watch Samsung TV, use IPhone, love Gucci bags, like sushi, learn Chinese language, but you might want to know how these things are possible, who make them, who conduct and play them? If you want to know, please join us. The WTCAK family will welcome you. I believe that The World is waiting for you. Please let me know if you have any questions about me, and WTCAK. Je vous remercie, bon voyage!


Yena Oh

Hello, this is Yena. I’m an UAA exchange student from South Korea. I was lucky to be chosen to be an intern of WTCAK. Before I worked for WTCAK, I wasn’t even sure if I would get an opportunity to have an experience in trade or not. However, now I know what the most important things for trade are and how close are the relationships between Alaska and Korea. Plus, I’ve met a lot of people who work for the U.S.A. goverment and trade offices.

I thought that Alaska is not a good place to live, study and enjoy the life. However, right after I came here, I became aware that I have completely misunderstood before. Now, I can tell everyone, Alaska is the best place to do everything (with great nature). WTCAK makes me aware of it as well. Whenever I come here to work, everyone who works in this office always greets me with smile, so I can also smile all the time thanks to them. I’ve learned not only how to work but also how to make somebody happy. I cannot forget the time to work here. Thank you for making me indelible memory and having a chance to work as intern! 

Minji Lee

Hello, this is Minji Lee. I’m from Incheon, South Korea, which is a sister-city of Anchorage. The state ofminji Alaska is newer and more special than I thought. The most impressive thing of Alaska was “people” prior to its immense nature. I was overwhelmed by Alaska’s great and beautiful environment, of course. Wild and clear sky, huge mountains, I can see whenever I want to see, lots of stunning trees, and scary moose. I was just looking at them continuously at first. I love Alaska’s nature, but people, the way they live, was more special for me. People in here have a serene mind and deal nicely with all other people. I am learning a lot from their generous mind and way of thinking. Anchorage is not a big city, but I am really happy to be here.

I am a lucky girl. I could study with great students and instructors in UAA, and experience internship in WTCAK. The bosses I’ve met in WTCAK, I am sure they are world’s best bosses. Thank you, Alex and Greg! You guy’s hilarious jokes and kindness always make me happy. Working in WTCAK is amazing experience. I learned so many things from here, really appreciate it.

Juwon Rhee

Hello, I am an intern of World Trade Center Alaska, and an exchange student of CBPP at UAA, originally juwonfrom University of Incheon, South Korea. My major is Trade & Commerce, specializing in China. After the sister-city affiliation between Anchorage and Incheon, more Koreans are interested in a great natural environment and I am so glad to be the one of them. I hope we maintain good relationship for a long time.

When I came to Anchorage at first, I really surprised because I can see lots of Korean cultures such as Korean restaurants, Taekwondo Institutes, and Korean churches. I felt like I was very close to my home country and that's why I was able to keep up a good attitude so far.

By working for WTCAK, I'm having very valuable time and gaining a lot of professional experiences. Because I seek a career in trading field, I really appreciate Alex giving me this perfect opportunity. Thanks to Greg and Alex, I am learning more than I can by myself through good events, such as 2010 Statewide Economic Forecast Luncheon. As I'm majoring in Logistics, I have heard that Anchorage is one of important hubs in the world. Now that I am here, I can see the power of hub and the power of trade.
  

Song I Jeon

Hi. My name is Song. I am from South Korea. One year ago, I just had a dream to visit America. I didn’tjeon have any specifics in my blue print, however, since I studied with American and international students, I have started to have my own special future plan. Now my dream job is a fashion buyer. Especially I want to work with America and Russia. To get to my goal, I need to learn a lot of things. Plus, I am curious what trade is and what is going on in the reality. That is why I applied to the internship in WTCAK.

For the first time, I got pressure and was nervous. Everything looked conservative and strict, but everyone was nice to me. The mood in WTCAK was like in a family. They really wanted to teach me something. Thanks to working for WTCAK, I learned lots of things. Especially, I appreciated Alex, who is Business Operations Manager in WTCAK. Even though I made mistakes, he was nice to me and tried to teach something I needed to learn.

It was a good experience not only to work for WTCAK but also to meet good people. I never forget working here in my life.


Seongchool Yoon

   

 

Hi, this is Seongchool Yoon from South Korea. I came to Anchorage in January 2009 and have been studying at UAA as an exchange student. Actually, Alaska is not a popular place for Koreans and we have very little information about Anchorage. Before I came here, some of my friends even asked me, "Are you going to live in igloo?" I was also worried about Anchorage's climate little bit. At that time, I needed to choose one destination, Anchorage or Sacramento, CA. I chose Anchorage without hesitation. I wanted to experience great nature of Alaska. Yes, I am an adventurist! However, Anchorage is not as harsh as I expected. Anchorage is just great place to live with great nature. I enjoy living here and love this place very much.
I've been studying at UAA but it couldn't fulfill my desire to learn. I came to the U.S. not just for studying - I wanted to experience a lot in the world's strongest country. It happened that I found an opportunity to work at WTCAK. I had the honor to work here as an intern. Since I have a great interest in relationships among countries, WTCAK is a perfect place for me. I really appreciate having this great chance.

   


Jungmin Lee

   

My name is Jungmin Lee. It is a pleasure to introduce myself as an intern of World Trade Center AK. I’ve been in Alaska as an exchange student since January 2008 and I’ve worked at World Trade Center Alaska since January 2009. I am a Chinese Trade & Commerce major in Incheon University, South Korea. In order to learn more about the world economics, business and English, I decided to come to USA.

I enjoy outdoor activities such as snowboarding, skiing and hiking. Either winter or summer, Alaska is a perfect place for me to enjoy my favorite pastime. I love Alaska! Also I am an outgoing person and I like to communicate with people.

I am glad to be an intern with WTCAK. Through WTCAK I’ve met a lot of good people, and moreover, I am working with good people here. I’ve learned a lot about real world trade and commerce that I am majoring in. As long as I stay in Alaska, I would like to do my best with WTCAK. I assure that this great opportunity will give me a lot of memories that I cannot forget.

Seonja Kwon

 

I’m here in Anchorage as an exchange student. I came here a year ago, and have been studying English, Business, Economics and Russian at the University of Alaska Anchorage. I am originally from South Korea. I am majoring in Russian Trade and Commerce. I lived in Russia to study for one year.  I like living abroad because there is always the chance to do something else, such as participating in this internship at World Trade Center Alaska.

Since my major is Russian Trade and Commerce, I am interested in the natural resources field. Russia has plenty of natural resources, just like Alaska. I am grateful that I have the opportunity to work for WTCAK and Usibelli Coal Mine, Inc. I am excited to start my internship here at WTCAK, and I hope that I can learn more about natural resource industries and experience the real business world during this internship.




Han Wi


Hi! I’m from Incheon University S. Korea. I’ve been here in Alaska since September 2007. I major Russian Trade and Commerce back in home university and here in Anchorage as an exchange student. I’m a senior in university and have been to Moscow as an exchange student too. So, it’s my second time staying abroad.

As you can find from my little career I like to work in global relationship. It is so exciting working in here WTCAK and I expect to see & learn real international business and trade while I’m staying in here.
Also, I’ll try to practice my university knowledge and want to be little help to facilitate trade between S.Korea and Alaska.

Whenever you have question about Korea, say me “An nyung”(“Hi” in Korean) and I will do my best to be help for you. Bye!!!

 

Dominique MacGregor

   

My name is Dominique MacGregor, and I came to World Trade Center Alaska (WTCAK) through the Anchorage School District’s Gifted Mentorship Program. I currently attend Robert Service High school and plan to graduate in 2009, after which I hope to gain a degree in International Business and go to work for the United States Peace Corp.

 
Working at WTCAK the last few months has provided an amazing preview of what a job in this field may entail; one I doubt I could gain from anywhere else. I’ve enjoyed my time here at WTCAK, and have learned a lot from everyone there.

Outside of my mentorship, I’m part of the SHS school paper (the Cougarosity), take regular dance classes, and teach skating lessons at Dimond Center Ice Chalet. I also will be part of the 2008 People to People Student Ambassador trip to France, Italy and Greece this summer, which I am very excited about!

 

Sanghyun Jung

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I came to Alaska a year ago as an exchange student from the University of Incheon in South Korea. I am studying business at UAA right now, and my major in Korea is Chinese Trading & Commerce. I think that working at World Trade Center Alaska will be a good an opportunity to learn about everyday business in America.

I’m really interested in the relationships between America and countries of the Far East. I heard that Alaska’s top 3 trading partners are Korea, China and Japan. I am really excited that I may be able to attend business conferences and meetings while interning at World Trade Center Alaska.

I like doing things with other people, such as playing sports, games, traveling and even working. So I am truly glad to work with these great people and therefore want to help WTCAK as much as I can. And I also want to make a good memory with them both in and out of office.
Nataliya Gavrish

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I came to Alaska two years ago as an exchange student from Russia. I have accomplished my first BA, Global Logistics. Now I am working on my second degree in Management Information Systems (MIS).
 
I really enjoy working for World Trade Center Alaska (WTCAK). The people I work with are professionals. They encourage me to study new materials and to develop my skills, association services, communication routine, and research practices. WTCAK gives me a great opportunity to experience the business world.
 
I like sports. I have a background in ballroom dancing and in fitness. Besides that, skiing is my second favorite sport. Alaska is an excellent place to ski. After I graduate from UAA I want to move to a different place to have a new experience. I am looking forward to getting my Masters degree in Logistics in the future.

Myungsoo Kim

MyungsooI am 25 years old. I am from Korea. I am an exchange student between the University of Alaska  Anchorage and the University of Inchon. My major is Chinese Commerce & Trade. I studied Chinese in China as an exchange student.

I am interested in studying the Far East’s situation related with the U.S. Working with World Trade Center Alaska is a wonderful experience for me because Alaska’s primary trade partners are Japan, Korea and China. I have learned a lot through working here and met cool people.

I like biking. So Anchorage is heaven to me because of its bike trails where I can see salmon and all the beautiful nature. When I was in Beijing, I rode bikes with a lot of people in the morning and evening rush hours. The feelings of riding a bike in Anchorage and Beijing are so wonderful, not to mention gorgeous. I want to go to other countries to bike. Please join me!!
Debbie (Pui Wai) Lo

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Debbie came to World Trade Center Alaska in February 2007.  She was living in Anchorage, Alaska, and attending Dimond High School as an exchange student from Hong Kong.  Debbie was a model student, excelling in everything she attempted.  She graduated from Dimond High School in May of 2007 as valedictorian of her class. 

 

While attending Dimond she was active in many clubs, including Key Club and Interact Club, to name a few.  Debbie also was taking challenging courses, such as AP Calculus and AP Economics. 

 

She enjoys reading, swimming, and playing piano.  She plans to attend The Chinese University of Hong Kong in the fall, pursuing a degree in Business Administration.

Hiroki Deguchi

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I studied Global Logistics Management at University of Alaska Anchorage, which gave me the opportunity to do an internship at World Trade Center Alaska. I am originally from Japan, and I studied Commerce & Trading at Chuo University in Tokyo. 

Academically I am also interested in a wide variety of fields, such as: history, geography, physics, and so forth. As for hobbies, I like sports such as soccer, baseball, skiing, fishing and hockey. I started snowboarding 2 years ago, and it has become my great winter hobby. 

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