STUdent Mariia Poznakhovska on Building a Professional Network through Internship with Big Brothers Big Sisters

Student intern holding STU pennant sitting at desk at internship site

Second year-STUdent Mariia Poznakhovska from Ternopil, Ukraine, is exploring her passion while expanding her professional network through a STU internship with Big Brothers Big Sisters Fredericton and Oromocto.  


“Being able to work with experts in a field I’m interested in working in after graduation is the most important component of my internship experience," said Poznakhovska, who studies Economics at STU. 


As the Outreach Coordinator for Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Poznakhovska raises awareness of the organization’s mission and programs, including the organization’s mentorship opportunities for young people facing adversity. 


This semester, she is involved in the “Go Girls” campaign, documenting and highlighting the benefits of mentorship, and aiming to inspire others to join the program. 


"My supervisors and colleagues have been incredibly supportive, and I’ve gained a lot of insight into the inner workings of a non-profit organization,” she said.  


Transferable Skills 


Poznakhovska believes STU's small class sizes honed her collaboration and communication skills, which have proved to be essential in her role.  


“Interpersonal skills are crucial in starting a new job and making new connections,” she said.  


Poznakhovska also sees balancing classes and her internship as an opportunity to refine her time management and organizational skills. 


Advice for STUdents 


Poznakhovska strongly recommends the STU Internship Program, especially for students who are unsure about potential career paths.  


“It’s a great opportunity to gain practical experience and start building a professional network,” she said.   


"The STU Internship Program lets students explore different industries, which is especially helpful for those who are still figuring out their future careers." 



Learn more about the “Go Girls” initiative and other programs put on by Big Brothers Big Sisters Fredericton and Oromocto.


Poznakhovska’s internship was made possible through Future NB and STU’s Office of Experiential Learning and Career Development