CISB internship in Morocco leads to career in San Francisco

Vinh Trinh with his host family outside their home in Morocco

Vinh Trinh with his host family in Morocco

Vinh Trinh graduated from the Foster School of Business in 2013 with a BABA, option in marketing. He also earned a Certificate of International Studies in Business. As part of the CISB program, he had a marketing internship in Marrakesh, Morocco in 2012. Vinh shared highlights from his experience in the CISB program and how it has impacted his career.

How has CISB helped you in your career?
CISB provided me with the key resources for success. In addition to expanding my international cultural knowledge, CISB allowed me to develop my interview, presentation, and networking skills. Through the CISB sponsored case competitions, I was able to showcase my ability to think analytically and quickly on my feet, and work as a team.

In my current role, I am consistently dealing with business owners in understanding their business needs. CISB brought forth consultative skills needed for me to be successful in being able to ask informative, well-thought out questions to understand a business’s IT infrastructure. From here, I am able to provide each business with specific recommendations that will help them achieve their business goals.

What are a few highlights from and/or fondest memories of your work abroad experience?
After visiting a few Huskies in Tangier, Morocco, I took an overnight train back to Marrakesh to continue my internship. On the train, my cabin partner was an individual from New Jersey. We connected right off the bat and he ended up staying with my host family and me for a couple of nights. Our friendship continued even though we split ways. Immediately after my internship in Morocco, I was headed to another internship in New York City. Through my encounter with my newly acquainted friend, I ended up living with him during my internship. Today, we remain friends and are still in contact.

What are your career plans?
I currently work as a sales executive for a start-up in San Francisco called Revel Systems. Within its five years of existence, Revel Systems has raised over $115 million dollars in funding, employed over 450 people around the world, and has doubled profits year-over-year. Revel Systems is planning its IPO by the end of 2017.

As a career path, I plan on working with Revel in the long run to become a sales manager. I will slowly connect with the marketing division where I will enhance my marketing skills to hopefully become their marketing strategist.

Here at Revel, we promote within.