The Thompson Global Internship Program was established to give the College of Business' most outstanding students the opportunity to experience the world of global business first-hand. Selected students participate in a two to three week paid internship for Crown Worldwide at one of their overseas locations. In preparation for the internship itself, students participate in a 1 unit preparation class. The program runs one session annually, in June, supplementing the students' regular classes.
The Program was founded by Jim Thompson, a San Jose State alumnus and founder of the multinational corporation Crown Worldwide Group. Mr. Thompson saw the opportunity to partner with the College of Business, supporting students directly with an outstanding opportunity, while at the same time receiving the benefit of their work. Unlike typical internships, however, this program includes a class as well as the work experience to assure students are able to take fullest advantage of the opportunity.
January, 2010, saw the Program launch with a pilot project when a team of four students traveled to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and completed the first project in the program. The successful pilot led to three teams traveling to Hong Kong in June, 2010, and established the understanding that, if appropriate projects are available, two or three teams will participate in the Program every January and June. This program is directed by Mr. William DeVincenzi, reporting to the Dean of the College of Business, David Steele.
Established in 1965, the Crown Worldwide Group is a privately held company with its global headquarters in Hong Kong. The company serves customers from over 250 locations in 52 countries, providing governments, corporations, diplomats and private customers with global mobility, transportation of household goods and fine arts, departure and destination services, business information storage, high value warehousing, freight forwarding and third-party logistics. (For more information, visit the Crown Worldwide Group website).