Valerie McNamera is a first-year student at Michigan State University studying Business and International Relations/Pre-law. Valerie spent two weeks in Ireland over the summer in a program entitled “Globalization, Nationalism, and the Changing Face of International Trade” looking at Ireland’s place in the global business community and how it’s being affected by Brexit discussions. She is currently working as a student assistant in the International Business Center in the Eli Broad College of Business where she does research, assists with the globalEDGE website, and writes for the blog of trade issues. She wants to be an international business contract lawyer. This interview is part of a series with students about their experiences inside and outside of the classroom that prepare them for careers in international business.