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With in-depth international exposure, NCCU students are enhancing their student-learning experience.

Students gained valuable knowledge and new skills during the summer months through a wide variety of internships and experiential learning opportunities abroad including traveling to China, Spain and Ghana.

Senior pharmaceutical sciences major Jamario Joyner spent his summer as an intern at the Qingdao West Coast Medical Center in Qingdao, China. His experience included shadowing health care professionals, observing surgeries and learning about traditional Chinese medicine and culture.

Joyner was able to attend the program thanks to support from NCCU’s Division of Student Affairs along with the Division of Academic Affairs.

Through the Asia America Career Connection Corporation’s Physician Shadowing in China Program, Joyner was able to explore the medical field and Chinese healthcare system. Qingdao West Coast Medical Center is the Qingdao’s first high-tech, high-capacity hospital. Joyner observed a number of procedures including neurosurgery, ocular and general surgery at the state-of-the-art facility. He was also introduced to acupuncture and the cupping technique’s stress relieving components.

Joyner says he was seeking an internship in the medical field that would impact his career with a unique aspect.

During his stay, Joyner was immersed in Chinese culture and attended cultural events, festivals and even participated in a number of cultural recreational events.

“I was able to experience the best of both worlds — from watching surgeries while learning about Chinese medicine to exploring the city and learning about Chinese culture,” Joyner said.

The Snow Hill, N.C., native said he hopes to continue his education by obtaining a graduate degree in pharmacy for a career as a clinical pharmacist.

Business major Zakiya Smith devoted her summer break to studying international marketing at The Council on International Educational Exchange campus in Barcelona. Smith also traveled to Valencia, Ibiza and Venice, Italy to learn about their cultures and history.

Smith used the basics principals of marketing she learned at NCCU in her course abroad.

“I was able to integrate the information I learned at NCCU to write and present a marketing analysis of how to bring a U.S.-based company to the Spanish market,” Smith said.

“My most interesting part of the experience was living with my host family and adapting to their culture,” Smith said. “When you emerge yourself into a different culture, you find out how capable you are at combatting challenges physically and intellectually.”

In 2017, Smith traveled to London to enhance her leadership and intercultural skills by participating in the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions’ Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship.

The rising senior said she plans to obtain a job in international marketing to travel and analyze markets around the world after visiting South Africa next year.

Quishauna McDougle, a junior majoring in mass communication, and Jada Gannaway, a junior history major, took their studies to the Republic of Ghana to attend a six-week study-abroad program at the University of Legon. Thanks to NCCU’s partnership with Duke University’s departments of Cultural Anthropology and African and African American Studies, the pair was able to study Ghanaian politics, history, social life, dance, music and art.

“Everything that I’m learning in class correlates to my experience in Ghana,” McDougle said. “My most memorable experience thus far is walking in the footsteps of my ancestors in Ghana.”

The travel included information about changes that occurred in Ghana during the British Colonialism period of the mid-1800s through the early 1900s. Students were able to visit and experience the historical Ancestral River Park among the country’s savannahs, rain forests, cities, farming villages and coastal towns.

“Before traveling abroad, my history professors did an amazing job providing history about the transatlantic slave trade,” said Gannaway. “Learning about its history and actually experiencing it for yourself is very exciting.”

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