Guest Post – Christian Bennardo ’15

          As any college student knows, life on campus is filled with as many challenges as there are opportunities to enjoy oneself. Keeping up with your regular coursework, studying for finals, or even finding the right balance between work and play can stress out even the most well-adjusted student. However, for most students, the biggest challenge comes when they try to answer the following question: What am I going to do once I graduate? As a rising senior in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, I watched a number of friends struggle as they searched high and low for a profession that they believe fits them and their personalities. Because the majority of my friends are nearing the end of their college career, this quest has intensified and has left even the most collected of them in disarray and in full “panic mode.”

            Fortunately, my experience with professional development, career searching, or whatever you want to call it has gone essentially in the opposite direction and has been much less stressful as a result. For a number of reasons, but primarily because there are so many of them in my extended family, I have always known that I wanted to be an attorney. While I have never known which area of law I wanted to specialize in as the attorneys in my family practice in a number of different fields, I do know that owning and working in my own small firm is much more appealing to me than working for a “big law” firm in a city. Thus, when I heard that Simonetti & Associates—a small, privately owned divorce and family law firm located twenty-five minutes from my house—was looking for a summer intern back in May, I quickly called the office to apply. I heard about the position through a family friend who happened to be a former client of Louis Simonetti’s—the firm’s founder and owner—and has been close friends with him ever since their business relationship ended.

            At first, during the application process, I was very skeptical about the position because although I was, and still am, unsure of which area of law I want to specialize in, divorce and family law is certainly not it. I was scared that I was simply going to get lost among the messy divorce cases. However, the ability to learn more about the legal profession and practicing law in general coupled with the chance to see how a small firm operates was an opportunity that I simply could not pass up. Since I began here at Simonetti & Associates, my experience has mostly been one of learning and networking. Learning in the sense that I get see “in’s and out’s” of how a small firm runs including, among other things, how it generates new business, how it maintains a good relationship with its clients, and how the attorneys work with one another around their hectic schedules. Networking in the sense that I have met a surprising number of attorneys who have not only stayed connected with the law school they attended, but are also willing to reach out to their fellow alumni in hopes that they will be able to help me with my own law school application process.

            As a result, I could not be happier that I decided to take the position despite my initial doubts. My advice, given my personal situation, to anyone attempting to figure out their future through an internship would be this: Do not be scared to take an internship even though it might not be everything you want. For me, Simonetti & Associates had good parts and bad. But I did not count it out; I tried to be as open as possible while still focusing on the aspects that could really help me. In the end, the position had more benefits than I initially expected anyway and I believe that the same could happen for you as well.       

Christian Bennardo is a rising senior majoring in History, and minoring in Economics.

Guest Post – Andrew Saba ’17


Hello my name is Andrew Saba, I just finished my first year at Villanova University. At this moment I am undeclared in the college of Liberal Arts and Sciences, but now after my internship I am strongly pursuing a major in Communications with a concentration in journalism. I interned at Voice of America this summer, the biggest U.S. International Broadcaster, as it reaches 140 million people in 43 languages through radio, television, and the web. Voice of America was a station I never heard of before coming here, but is something many people including my family members overseas have listened to for many years. When my dad lived in the Middle East, he and his family would listen to Voice of America and it turns out that when he came to the U.S. his college internship was at Voice of America.

I found my internship out when my dad heard they were looking for college students who might have a passion for journalism to come and act as interns for them. All that I had to do was get in contact with the internship supervisor and give them my resume, tell them a little bit about me, and why I was so interested in working for Voice of America.

I told them I wanted to intern at Voice of America because I have always enjoyed writing and wanted to dip my toes in the water of journalism before I go out and declare my major. This internship completely paid off, as I have become even more interested in the journalism. I learned so much at Voice of America, because they gave me a lot of responsibility and the ability to learn through experience in the field. Whether that be through classes on how to use the media tools they use, going out and interviewing highly extinguished individuals for stories, or even going out and developing my own piece, I was always learning something and becoming more ready to concentrate my time at Villanova on journalism.

My advice to all Villanova students looking for internships is to just go out and try and get one that matches your interests. Internships are a great way to build connections and acquire values that you will hold onto for the rest of your professional career, so starting with an internship as early as I did is not ill-advised.

Web Designer Internship with Wayne United Methodist Church

The Web Designer is responsible for supporting Wayne United Methodist Church with web design, social media, and digital ministry. Specifically, this position will assist with the website and Facebook pages. This involves publishing content on a frequent (daily/weekly) basis, incorporating feedback from various church committees (Missions, Youth, Music, Trustees, etc.) related to their respective webpages, and making recommendations related to design best practices and social media strategies.

Working knowledge of HTML and CSS is preferred. This position will also have the flexibility to suggest design changes on the website ( based on the best practices of other similar churches.

The ideal candidate will possess:
1.) Strong knowledge of online publishing and digital marketing
2.) Working knowledge of social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo and Youtube)
3.) Familiarity with blogging and blog platforms (WordPress and tumblr)
4.) Enthusiasm and support of the United Methodist Church mission
5.) Above average writing skills

The candidate must be reliable and professional. In addition, the ideal candidate must be able to handle multiple tasks at once, and be able to transform their creative vision into results. This position requires the ability to work under tight deadlines, sometimes with little supervision.

Reporting Responsibilities: the Web Designer will report to the Senior Pastor with dotted line reporting relationship to the Chairperson, Technology Committee. This person may also have to attend and report to staff meetings, as well as the Administrative Council meetings on an as needed basis.

Hours per week: Schedule and hours are negotiable as related to requirements for intern credits. Ideal length would be Spring, Summer and Fall terms (12-15 weeks).
This is an unpaid internship but may qualify for college credits.

Interested students should contact contact Mike Sticklin at 610-719-1326 or email him at

ACS on CAMPUS at University of Pennsylvania

The Chemistry department has generously offered to cover the cost of round trip tickets on the R5 for any Villanova Undergraduate or Graduate students who wish to attend the Friday session of this event. To take advantage of this wonderful perk, students will need to RSVP to Peggy Kivitz no later than noon on Wednesday, June 26  (Registration for the event itself is separate, and a link to do so may be found below).

ACS on Campus is an outreach program dedicated to helping students, post-docs, and faculty advance their careers. The program brings leaders in chemistry, publishing, research, science communication, and career development to university campuses to present seminars and workshops. University of Pennsylvania will host ACS on Campus on Thursday, June 26 for a networking Science Café, featuring a special presentation on science and policy. The event continues on Friday, June 27 for a full day of sessions at the Carolyn Hoff Lynch Lecture Hall (Dept. of Chemistry). Students and faculty are invited to learn about the basics and ethics of scholarly publishing, writing a superior meeting abstract, and finding your career pathway. Complimentary food and drinks will be provided for all registered attendees each day. This event is not just for chemists. Sessions are appropriate for researchers in all fields of science. Register now for the event on the ACS on Campus website.

Please visit the website for location and speaker information as well as additional details. The event is free, but registration is required in order to attend. Questions can be sent to

Share your thoughts and pictures with the ACS on Campus community on Facebook and Twitter. Give us a shout-out with @ACSonC and use the hashtag #ACSatUPenn.

We look forward to seeing you on campus!


Event page:



Kickstart your Career with City Year



DID YOU KNOWthat only 1/2 the students who start high school in big American cities graduate in 4 years? Learn how YOU can change this statistic. 

As graduation approaches and you look to secure that next step in your professional career, I hope you’ll consider City Year. This 11-month position is designed for those from a variety of disciplines to kick start virtually any career path while doing something incredibly meaningful.

ABOUT CITY YEAR – City Year unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service, giving them the skills and opportunities to change the world. In communities across the United States and through two international affiliates, these diverse young leaders help get students back on track to graduation by working to improve their attendance, behavior and course performance.

APPLY NOW – To ensure consideration for our Philadelphia location apply by May 19th at We have approximately 20 positions remaining.

Mary’s Gift Irish Language Foundation, Inc. – Intern, Assistant Director

Mary’s Gift Irish Language Foundation, Inc. 

Assistant Director (part-time, unpaid, virtual)

Woodcliff Lake, NJ

Mary’s Gift raises money in the US to support private Irish-language immersion schools (where the entire curriculum is taught through the medium of the Irish language) in Northern Ireland.  Mary’s Gift is a non-profit corporation and IRS-registered 501(c)(3) public charity.

The intern would serve as assistant to the Assistant Executive Director, with the title of Assistant Director.  Tasks would include assisting in the preparation of correspondence to donors, to applicant Irish schools, and to the media; editorial and creative review of the Foundation’s website; creating and updating donor databases; updating and preparing content for the Foundation’s blog and Facebook page; preparing applications to donor organizations; and assisting in the transfer and maintenance of the Foundation’s funds.

The intern will work out of the offices of the law firm of Price, Meese, Shulman & D’Arminio, P.C. which would also provide administrative support to the intern.  The intern would meet weekly with the Assistant Executive Director to review tasks and accomplishments.  Hours are flexible and most of the work could be performed off site.  The Foundation would reimburse the intern for expenses, like the cost of travel to meetings.

Location: Woodcliff Lake, NJ (20 miles northwest of Manhattan)

Prior Interns: John Cicchitti ’15,  Alyssa Murphy ’12

Qualifications:  Class of 2015 or 2016 must be in Summer Internship Program to apply.

To apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter to:


Michael K. Breen, Esq.
Price, Meese, Shulman & D’Arminio, P.C.
Mack-Cali Corporate Center
50 Tice Boulevard – 3rd Floor
Woodcliff Lake, NJ  07677
Skype 201-391-3737

For more information, please visit

 Compensation:  This is an unpaid internship.       Housing:  This is a virtual internship.

Work as Summer camp leader in Spain (Spanish not needed)

Positions offered:

  • Summer camp (2-8 weeks during end June-mid August) (15-20 spots available): Open to everybody.
  • Animal oriented camp (9-13th June) (4 spots available): For European participants only. If you love animals this is for you.
  • “College age” campers (28th July-9th August) (1 spot available): For female participants only. If you are over 25 years old this is for you.
  • Au Pair/Nanny (15th July-15th August) (1 spot available): For European female participants only.

Program Benefits for participants:

  • Improve their Spanish/English.
  • Develop skills (leadership, teamwork, adaptability, creativity, etc.).
  • Enrich their CV/Resume.
  • Save money.
  • Travel (most of the participants travel around the hosting country and/or nearby countries during one/two weeks before, during or after camp sessions).
  • Enjoy a worthy experience: 76% of the participants in 2013 rated their experience as Good/very Good (scale: very Bad/Bad/not Bad not Good/Good/very Good).

 Requirements to participate:

  • Be over 18 years old and ready to work for long hours with little rest.
  • Be native or fluent English speaker.
  • Experience leading children/teenagers, sports, volunteer work, camps and/or international traveling.
  • Send by e-mail all the application documents.
  • Show the appropriate profile during a personal interview.

 Program coverage:

  • LEADERS 3 days Orientation at Madrid (16-18th June).
  • House (during camp sessions).
  • Food (during camp sessions).
  • Insurance (during camp sessions).
  • Travel aid (weekly 100 € for Americans and 75 € for European participants).

More information contact Miguel Lopez-Madrazo at


Internships at UnitedHealth Group

If you want an intern experience that will dramatically shape your career, consider a company that’s dramatically shaping our entire health care system. UnitedHealth Group internship opportunities will provide a hands-on view of a rapidly evolving, incredibly challenging marketplace of ideas, products and services. You’ll work side by side with some of the smartest people in the business on assignments that matter. So here we are. You have a lot to learn. We have a lot to do.  It’s the perfect storm. And even better? Join us and you may end up staying for a career in which you can do your life’s best work.

This exciting opportunity places you on the front end of project management where you will have the opportunity to work with four Sr. Project Managers across multiple locations in a fast-paced environment.  You will learn how to run a project and gain exposure to different project management styles.

If you are interested in this great opportunity, please complete the application located on our website by following the directions listed below.

  1. Visit the following link: UnitedHealth Group College
  2. Select the “Project Manager Intern – Horsham, PA – June 2014 ” position.  It is job ID 554508.
  3. Select “apply online” for the role (located at the bottom of the page)
  4. Follow prompts to create your profile. If you are a first-time user, you will need to create a user name and password. Please keep these for your records.
  5. Complete the application and select submit.

Republican Party of Pennsylvania internship positions


The Republican Party of Pennsylvania is currently seeking to fill several internship positions.

Internships are available for the summer or fall semesters and will provide students with invaluable experience in campaigning. Interns will work closely our field staff, gaining a first-hand understanding of a campaign field program while having the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to become a successful political operative.

Interested students should send a resume to Perry Bentley, the Southeastern Regional Field Director, at: