As a student in Germany, Florian Wiedmann completed internships with some of the world's most prominent sporting groups. Now a student at New Paltz's Institute for International Business (IIB), he is preparing for a new internship experience and getting a taste of life in America.
Originally from Heilbronn, Germany, Florian is studying sports economic management at his home university, The German Sport University Cologne. In the past couple of years, he has applied his coursework at internships with the Cologne World Cup Office 2006 and Nokia Air & Style Snowboard Festival 03 in Innsbrook, Austria.
Held by the Federation Internationale de Football Association every four years, the World Cup is one of the largest events in sports. As an intern, Florian helped draft press releases and worked on accreditation and marketing. Florian later used his experience working at the World Cup to write his thesis on corporate communication within the company.
Florian sees his biggest achievement as interning for Nokia Air and Style, "the most premiere snowboarding event in the world," said Florian. "As an intern, I had a lot of responsibility, and to see the results of my work and be a part of the events I organized was a great experience."
Now in New Paltz, Florian is taking part in the IIB program. For the first part of the program, he's taking four classes at New Paltz in business and communications. "One of the best parts of this experience is being able to study with American students," said Florian.
For the second half of the program, Florian will be living in New York City and interning with MTV Network's communications and public relations department. "I'm very excited," said Florian. "I want to experience everyday life in New York City, working in the city and not being a tourist."
Why New Paltz: A friend who completed the IIB program last year recommended it to Florian.
Hobbies: Soccer, snowboarding, going to the theatre productions and concerts
Influences: His brother, a lawyer in Southwest Germany
Little-Known Fact: In 1999, Florian bought a car and embarked on a road trip along the coast of Australia, surfing waves from Melbourne to Sydney ("the long way").