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September 3, 2010

Bethlehem University Welcomes Back the Sir John H. McGuckin Mentoring Interns

Building upon the initiative of Mr. Cor Jan van Heeswijk and Mr. Ben Dicker of the Netherlands Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, with the endorsement of H. E. Cardinal John Foley, Grand Master of the Equestrian Order, and the dedication of Lady Mary O’Brien, Sir Chuck and Lady Eded Radloff, and Sir Albert and Lady Lily Hazbun, four Bethlehem University students travelled about 12,000 km (7,000 miles) to work and learn far from their homes and families in hope of gaining new experiences. When asked, but mostly without needing to be asked, the students praised their host families and the businesses that took them in as interns. For some, like Mike Abu Mohor, the internship made them re-evaluate their career choices: "I thought I wanted to work in Accounting but I realized that working in the insurance industry is more exciting."

The Bethlehem Association invited the four interns to attend the association annual convention in Santa Clara, CA. The Bethlehem Association provides several annual scholarships to students from the Bethlehem area. The Association took care of travel and accommodation arrangements for the four students during the three days of the convention.

Four students took part in this year's Sir John H. McGuckin Mentoring Internship:

John McGuckin

Amal Al-Bandak

Amal interned at Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego, California. Her host family was Sir Charles and Lady Ede Radloff of the Western Lieutenancy Knights of the Holy Sepulchre. Amal is majoring in Hotel Management and minoring in French.

"It was a great experience for me. […]They let me feel that they are my family that takes care of me."

Bethlehem University recently reprinted a letter by Sir Charles and Lady Ede Radloff from Newsletter of the Western Lieutenancy of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre and Southern Cross, the magazine of the Diocese of San Diego published an article about Amal Bandak.
John McGuckin

Nadine Jildeh

Nadine interned The Mansour Company at Town Center of El Dorado Hills, California. Her host family was Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hazboun of the Northwestern Lieutenancy. Nadine is majoring in Accounting and minoring in Business Administration.

In addition to improving her communication skills, Nadine Jildeh learned: "[H]ow to be self-reliant, to be strong and to have self confidence."
Biography of Nadine Jildeh

Mike Abu Mohor

John McGuckinMike Abu Mohor interned at MJ Hall & Company and Golden bear Insurance. His host family was Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Hall of the Northwestern Lieutenancy. Mike is majoring in Accounting and minoring in Business Administration.

"My English language improved, I learned about a new business sector, the job environment, and learned about a new, different culture."
Biography of Mike Abu Mohor

Saleh Handal

Saleh Handal interned at GTO Packing, Incorporated. His host family was Mr. Jose G. Lopez of the Northwestern Lieutenancy. Saleh is majoring in Accounting and minoring in Business Administration.
Biography of Saleh Handal

The Sir John H. McGuckin Mentoring Internship

H.E. John Cardinal Foley, Grand Master of the Equestrian Order, and many Lieutenancies of the Equestrian Order, especially the Northwestern Lieutenancy of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre and the Western Lieutenancy of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre are great supporters of peace and justice in Palestine in general and Bethlehem University in particular. The university envisions any internship as an opportunity for our students to integrate and use their knowledge and skills from the classroom, gain real-life work experience, and develop professional skills that are much needed to enter professional life after education. Without the tremendous support and personal involvement of people like Cardinal Foley, Lady Mary O’Brien, Sir Chuck and Lady Ede Radloff, Sir Albert and Lady Lily Hazboun, Sir Micahel and Lady Karen Hall, Mr. Cor Jan van Heeswijk, Mr. Ben Dicker, and Mr. Bill Doty, who share our vision and contribute funding, time, and personal and professional involvement, we simply could not implement these life-changing international internship and career mentoring programs. Bethlehem University expresses its gratitude for the growing support from the members of the Equestrian Order for assisting our students with career-focused internship opportunities as well as with welcoming our students in their homes. You are touching hearts and shaping a brighter future for the people of the Holy Land in a most significant and sustainable way! May God bless you abundantly!

For more information about the Sir John H. McGuckin Mentoring Internship Program, and to inquire about possibly being involved in the future, please contact Bethlehem University through Mr. Philip Daoud at: pdaoud@bethlehem.edu

 

 
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