Staff Member Spotlight: Jessica Burns

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Director of Operations

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Jessica leads the Global Experiences partner relations around the world including universities, location partners and employers.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Working for GE continues to provide opportunities for growth, challenge and adventure. My professional skills and cultural competencies have been sharpened through my business relationships and interactions in all of our program locations. Through negotiations in Shanghai to employer relationships in Barcelona, the variety is exciting and the direct connection and quality connections benefit our students and university partners.

Describe a time when you felt especially proud to be part of the Global Experiences team.

I felt particularly proud of our team for creating Project Innovation in Dublin. Our team created a new program to inspire innovation and entrepreneurship through a series of site visits, lectures and culminating in a final presentation from each student group to a panel of experienced professionals in Dublin. This program includes lectures from local entrepreneurs to site visits at IBM, Facebook, and Enterprise Ireland and offers a very unique challenge to our interns.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

The best story I have heard is about a GE alumnus that has been continuously mentored by a GE team member over the last few years. After interning in Washington, DC, the student’s goal was to return to the US and work in crisis communication management. In 2015, she took a trip to the US and stayed with a GE team member, conducted multiple informational interviews to network and has recently accepted an offer to work in her field for a company that has a London and a New York City office. She will begin working in New York City the first week of February 2016, thus accomplishing one of her dreams.

What's your favorite ethnic dish?

Pimientos de Padron!