BURLINGTON, Vt.–Champlain College students Heather Littlefield, Anna Wisniewska, Alina Stanciu and Emily Howland have been working atthe Vermont Global Trade Partnership (VGTP) during the spring 2007 semester. These Champlain College students earned their internships through a competitive interview process.Vermont business people access a broad range of trade services through the VGTP, a state program which has established an office in the S.D. Ireland Family Center for Global Business and Technology on the Champlain College campus. Champlain offers the only International Business program in the state of Vermont.Businesses can receive assistance with: reviewing trade regulations, tariffs and logistics, researching new markets, importing and exporting, product sourcing, trade missions, overseas trade shows, and networking opportunities.Additionally, student Emily Howland is doing a four-month internship in Shanghai, China. She is an intern at the Shanghai Small Enterprise Trade Development Center, promoting international business relationships. Howland is no stranger to China, having studied for four years in Beijing. She is a fluent speaker of the Chinese dialect of Mandarin. Howland is sharing her experience in China via a student blog.Prior to this spring internship, she has been continuing her role as lead research assistant for the Vermont Global Trade Partnership. In November, she accompanied a Vermont delegation on a trade mission to China and assisted as an interpreter. More recently, she organized Vermont’s participation in the American Education Fairs in Taiwan. She also hosted a tourism representative from China and toured her around Vermont.”I’m looking forward to getting experience in working in a Chinese office,” she said. “It’s a similar organization to where I work now — I’ll just see things from the other side.” Howland grew up in Richmond, Vt. and is a graduate of Mt. Mansfield Union High School.Littlefield, from Morrisville, Vt., is a graduate of People’s Academy. She is finishing her bachelor’s degree in International Business and she brings retail experience to the VGTP, including shipping and receiving responsibilities for textiles. With the VGTP, she performs research in areas that include sourcing and distributor searches, as well as regulatory market reports.Wisniewska is a native of Poland. She is a Business and Management major who also brings human resources and accounting knowledge to the internship.Stanciu is from Romania and she is an International Business student. Stanciu is helping the VGTP investigate new business opportunities in Romania and Bulgaria — which are new members of the European Union.
1 Roy Hodgson is excited about his side’s potential but not getting carried away ahead of England’s final friendly before having to decide the squad going to Euro 2016.Impressive progress has been made since their embarrassing World Cup exit, having gone through qualification for this summer’s tournament with a 100 per cent record.England have lost just one of 17 matches after returning from Brazil and tonight welcome Holland to Wembley looking to build on back-to-back wins over Euro 2016 favourites France and Germany.It is the final chance for the players to step out for the Three Lions before Hodgson announces his squad on May 12 and comes on the back of Saturday’s impressive 3-2 comeback win against Joachim Low’s world champions.The England boss squirmed when asked whether he thought they can win the tournament – “whatever I say, I am going to make headlines” – but the belief in his inexperienced side was clear, if restrained.“They haven’t yet done it in a tournament,” Hodgson said.“We still don’t really know… quite how they’re going to perform in tournament conditions against these much more experienced teams.“Germany have already got experience of winning tournament and reaching semi-finals, and France are the home nation, so the question still remains an impossible one to answer.“I can only be boring and cliche-ridden in saying that I believe in the team. Absolutely.“I believe we are going to be ready and I believe the players will go into games believing they can win them.“And I believe they’ll go into the tournament believing they can do well but then for me to say this is what we’re going to do would be foolhardy and dishonest because I don’t know.”Hodgson may not want to talk up England’s chances but they are fourth favourites to win a tournament that Tuesday’s opponents will not even be at.Danny Drinkwater is set to make his debut against Holland and Danny Rose is likely to win his second cap, while Fraser Forster, stand-in captain James Milner and Daniel Sturridge will start at Wembley.The latter will make his first England appearance in 19 months and Hodgson hopes the oft-injured Liverpool striker, like Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck, can use prove his fitness and ability before the season is out.“We’re pleased to have another quality player like Daniel available and knocking on the door, trying to make it clear that he should be the first name on the team sheet,” the England boss said of Sturridge.“All I can do is to give him the opportunity when he comes with the England team.“I hope he continues to get those opportunities as well with his club side and that he’ll take those opportunities and will continue to get more games behind him.”Hodgson added: “I don’t see any reason at the moment to doubt the pair of them or their ability and capacity to challenge and to show us they’re the best people for the job.“But the next few weeks are important for those two because I’d like to see them getting a bit more match play and fitness under their belts.” England manager Roy Hodgson