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AIESEC NIU Alum Gives Back

Wednesday, September 24, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Connie Kestler
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By Heather Blahnik (Madison ’96, US ’98, AI ’99)

Bob Roubitchek (NIU ’75) was thinking not only about the benefit to his company but also about giving back to AIESEC when he agreed to take a trainee in 2012. Since then, Bob has taken two trainees at his company, International Freight Services Inc., which he founded in 1989. IFS specializes in the movement of freight around the world, both import and export, using a global network of partners and affiliates.

Bob first got involved in AIESEC in 1974 at Northern Illinois University. He was sitting in a business class and the Local Committee President came in and gave a talk. He joined in order to go abroad, which he did in 1975, when he went on a traineeship in Porto Alegre, Brazil for 4 months. He then graduated and forgot about AIESEC until 2012 when the local committee at NIU contacted him and asked him to get involved, by joining the Board of Advisors and taking an intern. He did both and is very happy to be involved with AIESEC again.

The first and second trainees that Bob brought into IFS are from Croatia and Argentina, respectively. They both have supported the operational team and done telemarketing. However, whereas the first trainee initially came for 6 months and then stayed for an additional 3 months, Bob decided to have the second trainee come for a year. This allows the trainee to spend more time in the US and allows the company to take advantage of an experienced employee for a longer period of time.

    “With an AIESEC intern, we have a competitively priced employee without a long-term commitment. However, the greatest benefit to the company is the energy that they bring in. It continues to bring in spice and added flavor to the mix.”

Employees at IFS are also happy to have the trainees working with them.

    “They are very supportive. They like it. We are a very international company. More people were born outside the US than were born in the US. It’s a very welcoming to someone from another country. They feel at home. And everyone gets along well. We all have lunch together. We have parties. It’s all positive.”

What is Bob’s advice to other alumni?

    “Help as much as you can, even if it’s only a little bit. Support AIESEC like it supported us. You get a lot of energy going to an AIESEC function. All that youth gets you energized. Also, get involved with AIESEC Life. It’s a great place to meet people and also a good place to find future employees.”

If you would like to know more from Bob, you can email him at bobr@ifscargo.com.

If you would like to join AIESEC Life, you can do so here.

 


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