Making dreams real is Clayton State University’s highest priority. Whether it is helping non-traditional students back in the classroom or providing assistance to students looking for internships, Clayton State has made many dreams real.
Rafael Souza can attest to that as he is in the process of making his dreams real with the help of an internship and an unusual career path
Originally a veterinarian with a focus on the poultry industry, Souza landed an internship with AJC International, a food trading and logistics company, where he is responsible for the evaluation of the exportation of products, product development and quality assurance. He acquired this internship through a Brazilian network while holding the position of a procurement manager.
An MBA student at Clayton State and a volunteer for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Souza never thought he would be where he is today.
“When I started my bachelor degree in Veterinary Medicine, I would never have thought in a million years that I would become a businessman, but careers sometimes lead us to different paths,” he says.
And he is certainly correct. He is now on the path to becoming full-time at this internship, thanks to his hard work and outstanding performance. His manager, Jim Self, AJC International manager of Quality Assurance and Product Development, has had nothing but wonderful things to say about Souza.
“He came to us with a knowledge base that seemed custom tailored to our needs. He is very energetic, motivated, has an excellent work ethic and is a quick study. Already he’s able to offer suggestions as to how to streamline processes and has been an invaluable in assisting in daily task,” says Self. “Both AJC and I are extremely pleased with his work and his contributions to our business.”
Souza is now working on building his career step-by-step with AJC International and is hopeful of becoming a huge asset and to contribute as much as possible to the company.
“I want to continue to learn, take on additional responsibilities and grow much as I can,” says Souza, who also offers a few words of advice. “Embrace opportunities that come your way and make the best out of it, even if you think it is something you wouldn’t expect to do. It may surprise you and possibly be more beneficial than your previous plans.”