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Interning Toward Career Success

Nikolas Koulouris

Nikolas first came to the HCHC campus from his home in upstate New York for CrossRoad, the Office of Vocation & Ministry’s very popular summer institute for high school juniors and seniors, and credits the program with sparking his interest in Hellenic College. “CrossRoad definitely helped sell me on Hellenic. It’s such a great exposure to everything the school has to offer, and you also really see how close it is to Boston and how much there is to do in the city.”

When it was time to apply to colleges, Nikolas applied to Hellenic and also to Boston University—two schools very close in distance, yet worlds apart in almost every other way, starting with size: BU has over 32,000 students. “I was accepted at both,” he remembers, “but I chose Hellenic. My brother Peter knows me better than anyone. He was already here and thought this would be a great place for me. I want to go into business and could get a business degree anywhere, but here we don’t just push out degrees—we produce quality people.”

Now a sophomore in the Management and Leadership program, Nikolas isn’t waiting until he graduates to launch his business career. When he heard about paid global internships offered by the Libra Group, a family-owned company with Greek roots and diverse business interests all over the world, he immediately applied for an internship in the company’s hospitality division. “I’ve always wanted to get into hospitality. It’s in every Greek’s DNA and I love it that the Libra Group is owned by a Greek family.”  

Out of the hundreds of thousands of undergraduates who apply, only a hundred are chosen annually for these internships—and Nikolas has just learned that he’s one of them! This summer he will be working in Greece, in the operations office of Aria Hotels, a growing collection of boutique hotels and villas. “I can’t even express how happy I was to get this. It’s the perfect jump-start for what I want to do.” By coincidence, Nicholas Logothetis, whose family owns the Libra Group, recently spoke to HCHC students as part of a series of presentations by major business leaders on our campus. He encouraged Hellenic students to apply for internships and was delighted to hear that Nikolas had already done so.

Congratulations, Nikolas!