Speaking of success: FL student is international liaison for Morton company

June 8, 2011

You can hear pride in the voice of James Courtad, formerly an assistant professor of Spanish in the Department of Foreign Languages, when speaking about student Cristina Corrigan.

“Cristina’s Colombian background offers a different perspective than other heritage speakers I’ve had in class. She’ll sometimes use an expression unique to Colombia, which makes it interesting for me as a professor and gives the other students exposure to different vocabulary,” Courtad said.

Corrigan’s ability to speak Spanish fluently has helped her find success in the professional world. As an intern at Morton Supplies, Inc., headquartered in Morton, Ill., she is helping the tire company’s president expand business into Latin America and the Caribbean.

“I love working at Morton Supplies, Inc.,” Corrigan said. “It is a small, family owned company with only four other employees in the office. I help with any clerical work that needs to be done around the office and I even have the opportunity to attend a trade show this month to speak with any Spanish-speaking potential clients.”

“I would absolutely not have such a great internship if I did not speak Spanish,” she said. “There are many opportunities for businesses to grow just in our hemisphere, in addition to the rest of the world.”

Corrigan expects to build on this unique opportunity by ultimately pursuing a career in international marketing.

“Immediately after graduation I have not decided yet if I want to travel first, volunteer abroad or settle down right away with a job,” Corrigan said. “I am just going to keep living life, doing what I love and see what opportunities come my way.

Corrigan encourages all students to study a foreign language and take advantage of the international experiences Bradley offers. 

“Every student should study abroad, even if it is just for a January/May term. I know it can be expensive but it is absolutely worth another student loan. Go out and experience the world while you are still young enough to do so.”

Beyond the Bradley Experience, Courtad said an education in foreign language can give young professionals like Corrigan a leg up on the competition when looking for jobs in business.

“Cristina is the liaison between the Dominican Republic and this tire company,” he said. “It is very important for companies that they have employees with language capabilities because it allows them to expand their businesses.”