Flagship alumnus puts Chinese to use in Silicon Valley

February 28, 2014
Patrick Longenbaker.

For Patrick Longenbaker, a 2008 graduate of the Chinese Flagship program, proficiency in Chinese has proved to be a powerful career tool.  In 2012, Longenbaker left a position with NASA’s Office of International and Interagency Relations to pursue an MBA at Northwestern University.  He recently completed an internship with the operations group of a global technology company, where he was able to put his language skills to work dealing with the company’s supply chain in China. 

“English is the language of business,” Longenbaker stated, “but in China, it’s not necessarily the language of coffee breaks and banquet dinners.  Being able to communicate in Chinese is incredibly helpful when working in China.  The training I gained from the Flagship program has proved to be a tremendous asset in each phase of my career.” 

The OSU Chinese Flagship Program provides students with the advanced language and cultural training they need to be successful working in China.  Contact us today to learn more about the program and how it can prepare you for a China-related career.