Internship, Job Opportunities Led Khanh G Nguyen to Milwaukee

Khanh G Nguyen never stops scouting the city of Milwaukee for the perfect picture.

“I’m a photographer and Milwaukee is just beautiful,” Nguyen said. “I usually go out by myself with my camera to explore the city. It’s also really nice to have Lake Michigan nearby for a refreshing walk.” 

Nguyen is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a top-ranked American research university (Carnegie Classifications of Institutions of Higher Education) that the World University Rankings named among the top three percent of universities worldwide.

He picked UW-Milwaukee after talking to his cousin, who lives in the city. Milwaukee has a regional population of about 1 million. 

“She told me Milwaukee is one of the best cities for business because everything is growing,” Nguyen said. “It’s not like Chicago where it’s difficult to get a job. 

“There’s a lot of opportunities to get a job here. It’s very easy to get an internship in the summer and to get a job after you graduate.” 

Nguyen, who is from northern Vietnam, was also attracted to UWM because of its size. He is one of about 1,300 international students at the university, which has a total student population of about 24,000. 

He is majoring in marketing, one of 94 undergraduate programs at UWM. The university also has 104 graduate programs. 

“There are more options for me to study at a big university,” Nguyen said. “Besides business, I can do any other classes I want to do. For example, my first year I chose guitar and my second year I chose a sports class.” 

Nguyen has also taken advantage of a number of networking events hosted by the Lubar School of Business, one of 15 schools and colleges at UWM. 

“In business it’s very important to go to networking events, so we have CEO’s from the city come in to talk to us,” he said. “It’s a good chance for you to go talk to them. I got my internship last year because I talked to a recruiter at a career fair. 

Nguyen plans to work for an agency or start-up business for the next few years to get experience before starting his own business. He said he will continue to receive support from his UWM instructors even after he has graduated.

“I took two entrepreneur classes at UWM and I’ve been in contact with both my professors from those classes,” Nguyen said. “They are advising me on how to start a business.”