My OUS Story: Michael Bigley

Senior Michael Bigley, from Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, while playing the trumpet for the Villanova Band, has always made sure to take advantage of any opportunity that has crossed his path. 

His love for mathematics, which began in high school, led him to declare a double major in Math and Economics accompanied with a minor in Statistics and a Certificate in Information Technology. He’s noted that many other students do not know about the Certificate program and told me that, “It’s an easy program designed for people of all majors that requires just four classes involved with IT. I decided to get a certificate since it would match well with the rest of my majors and diversify myself for potential employers.” 

Similarly, he commented on the advantages that a Villanova Education has provided him. “Villanova really helps you out in applying your courses to multiple different aspects, so that I was able to look into all the disciplines I wanted to study and manage my time well. Because of this, I have gained a well-rounded curriculum that I love, which will help me achieve the career that I want someday.”  

Michael got a head start when he began at Villanova as a freshman. “When I first came to Villanova, I had the opportunity to move in early with Early Arrival Band Camp. It made my transition to college easier, since I had the chance to make friendships early on with other freshmen who also didn’t know anyone else. Joining the Villanova Band was a great way for me to continue my interest in music, which when I was applying to college, I didn’t really think about. I had been too focused on what I wanted to study, but when I saw the opportunity to be in the band, I had to pursue it to maintain my love of music.”

Now, you can find him during Villanova’s Basketball games playing along with his trumpet to his personal favorite song that they perform, “Birdland.” He also serves as Webmaster and Newsletter Editor for the Band, for which he maintains the website and creates their newsletters.

His internship search began during his first semester of his junior year. Open to any opportunity for a potential internship, he created a Handshake account for himself and spent his semester applying throughout Philadelphia, New York, and near his hometown in New Jersey, knowing that he wanted an internship that involved Math and Economics. 

December 2017 came around, and he decided to make an appointment with OUS’ Kate Szumanski during the very chaotic time of finals. He made this appointment because he was stressed not only about finals, but about the effectiveness of his resume. 

He recalls that “Kate had another meeting at the time. I think she had accidentally overbooked, but she put her other meeting aside to meet with me, a student, during that stressful time. Because of that, I saw the dedication she has to her students and how she will help us no matter her own schedule. She sat down with me, looked at my resume, gave me a few pointers, and boosted my confidence as well by telling me what was great and what I should expand on. She also provided me with comfort, letting me know that I will get an internship, I will get a job someday, and to keep working, but not beat myself up about it.” 

Finally, in April of his junior year, an opportunity arose with Celgene Corporation, a pharmaceutical company whose headquarters are located in Summit, New Jersey. He was hired to work as an intern in the Commercial IT Division in Hematology and Oncology, where he helped with project organization and management for the company’s upcoming 2019 projects. He also worked with other interns in redesigning the knowledge portal website for onboarding employees. 

His biggest takeaway from Celgene was the educational aspect of his position. His manager ensured that he was learning about all the different aspects of the company and its internal functioning. Every week the company would have “Lunch and Learns” where speakers would come in to talk to the interns. 

I asked him if he remembered one significant speaker that left an impression upon him. “Someone in the company talked to us about ‘CAR-T’ which is a rather new innovative immunotherapy for patients with blood cancer that extracts a patient’s T-cells, alters them to make them stronger, and puts them back in their body to fight the cancer. We later had the chance to tour the facility where they conducted this therapy, and it was really eye-opening to see that while we were working in the IT department, the company as a whole is fighting cancer and other diseases. Listening to this talk about the process and going on the tour reminded us of the company’s mission.”

As for his post graduate plans, he is currently applying to receive a Master’s degree here at Villanova in Applied Statistics. Ideally, he would also like to have a full-time position in Philadelphia or the Villanova area while he pursues his Master’s degree. 

He left the interview with a few pieces of advice for anyone else still searching for their career path. “I would say, take advantage of all the opportunities and resources that are at Villanova. Make sure that you’re checking out the Career Center, OUS, and most of all, make an appointment with Kate Szumanski. Really make sure that you’re making the most of your college experience. Get out there, leave the classroom, participate in extracurricular activities, search for your career opportunities, and make sure that you’re always looking ahead.” 


My OUS Story: Dania Haughton

Senior Dania Haughton from New Haven, Connecticut, though having changed her major at Villanova four times, has never faltered away from her love of sports and sports media. 

Dania said, “When I was applying to school, I told my academic advisor that I wanted a college with good academics that could compete for a national championship in either basketball or football, and I was not joking. Now we’ve won twice during my time here, so I think it’s all been worth it.”

She entered the Business School as a freshman, but sound found that it did not suit her passion for sports media. So, she switched into the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and later declared a communication major with a minor in English. Soon her education led her to her first internship experience after her sophomore year at US Squash.

As a student she found herself always thinking about what comes next for her. “I always think, is what I’m doing now going to help me to where I’m going to go? Because I know where I am, and I know where I want to go, so I’ve always made an effort to do something, even if it wasn’t what I ultimately wanted to do. By taking steps and exploring avenues, I could confirm what I wanted and build up a resume that demonstrated what I am capable of.”

To improve her resume, she took an ASPD Course taught by OUS’s Kate Szumanski on Social Networking her junior year. Recalling this experience, Dania said, “What helped most was meeting with Kate Szumanski individually to build up my LinkedIn profile and to learn how to properly or efficiently format my experiences in a way that was attractive to companies. Overall, it was a valuable experience because nowadays in sports media, your own brand is how people first encounter you.”       

During this course, Kate Szumanski told her about the English Department’s collaboration with Sports Illustrated Magazine that allows Villanova students to have a Co-Op experience at Sports Illustrated in New York City. Disappointed to learn that only English majors could pursue this option, Dania changed her major to English and received the position. She spent the spring semester of her junior year fact checking for the magazine and writing stories for about the Winter Olympics and March Madness. 

She remembers her co-workers primarily as Michigan Fans. “Everyone else in the office were Michigan fans which was super annoying. We ended up doing commemorative issues for championship teams during March Madness, so we made on for each team in the final four except Villanova, and then Villanova won, so I was like in your face.”

For one of her last assignments during that internship, she was able to attend the WNBA draft in April held at Nike headquarters. There she interviewed all the players that had been drafted. At another event, she was able to interview Diana Taurasi, the league’s all-time leading scorer. As Dania said, “She is a legend.” 

Although she enjoyed her experience, she learned that she did not want to work at a magazine in the future, but that did not stop its value from impacting her life. “I learned as a fact checker that every word matters in journalism. You cannot just throw words in there because it can completely change the meaning of what you’re going to say.”

After the internship, it was difficult adjusting back to her regular routine, and since she had an abundance of Communications credits, she switched her major back to Communications with an English minor on the final day of Add/Drop while pursuing her next internship. 

She found the next one during the summer at ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut, a place where she had dreamed of working since high school. There, she worked with the College Sport Group on pre-season college football content. Her supervisor ensured that she learned about all aspects of the company, and due to their guidance, she was able to learn about every facet of sports media. She also shadowed at Sports Center, NFL Live, sat in on a radio broadcast, and attended MLB Allstar Week as a content editor, something she had never imagined would happen.           

This semester, she currently works as a Production Intern at NBC Sports Philadelphia at Wells Fargo, where she logs76ers and Flyers games, assists with stage managing and camera operations, and archives footage for NBC sports programming.

Reflecting on her varied internship experiences, she said, “All of my internships have been different, and I have gotten to see a lot of different aspects to sports media industry which I appreciate because I think I know what I want to do. Just seeing how different networks function, and how they produce and curate content, based on their audience is very compelling. I am happy to have had the opportunity to see it from different perspectives.” 

Though she currently does not have any plans past graduation, she is considering rotational programs in sports media in broadcast or production, or she will potentially seek a master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism. This is an area she feels is the one she has lacked the most experience in, but has always had the most interest in, especially after taking Broadcast Journalism under the tutelage of NBC’s Keith Jones. 

In regard to her Villanova Experience, it has been her passion for sports that has driven her towards contributing to the Villanovan, to VU Hoops, and working as the Basketball Team Manager for the Women’s team. She has also been a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated for two years, for which she performs community serve to promote heart health awareness, especially for black women. 

She left the interview with one last piece of advice for her fellow Villanovans. “I would say don’t do nothing. When you do nothing, nothing happens. If you do nothing, you’ll never get to where you want to go. Try different things. The reason why I’ve been afforded my internships is because I’ve been open to different kinds of experiences, even though they’ve all been in sports media, since I’m pretty determined the only thing I want to do in life is work in sports media. Just trying different things within your industry helps you narrow down what you want to do and helps you become a more agile, well-rounded person when you are going for your dream job.”

Homework Over Winter Break? You Got That Right.

Ten Things Students Should Do In Between “Games of Thrones” Episodes
By Kate Szumanski

With finals approaching, now isn’t the best time for students – this means you – to think about your career and professional development is it? There are deadlines to meet, tests to study for, and papers to write.

But during winter break when free time’s a plenty, there is serious homework to be done, only this homework is ungraded and “counts” for much more than a grade on your report card.

There is career and professional development homework to complete, and winter break is the ideal time to focus on this area.

Here are the Top 10 things you should do during your winter break to be best prepared to hit those spring career fairs strong when you return to campus.

(And parents of college students who are reading this, you can help spread the word and encourage your son or daughter to take serious action before a new semester begins.)

  1. Create a killer résumé. It’s true: your résumé is your sales pitch. If written right, it has the power to convincingly “sell” your abilities, experiences, and skills to a future internship supervisor or employer. Review résumé samples. Identify what you like. Build your résumé to represent you.
  1. Memorize your elevator pitch. So we meet at a career fair and after we exchange pleasantries about the weather and if the Philadelphia Phillies will trade Cole Hamels, where does the conversation go? If you are asked about you – your interests, your focus, your mission, your purpose – what do you say? Write and memorize your elevator pitch, the 30-second introduction that will captivate and convince the person on the receiving end that you are a serious student with fascinating interests and tremendous value looking to build a career and contribute in meaningful ways to an organization’s mission.
  1. Google “common interview questions.” It might seem silly, but do it. Research the typical questions hiring managers’ ask during interviews and brainstorm compelling answers. Never be caught off guard again during an interview.
  1. Include an e-mail signature to all outgoing mail. After you sign your e-mail messages, do you include a professional signature line that directs recipient’s to your Twitter handle, Web site, or other relevant contact information? No? Do it moving forward. It’s like including a business card in an e-mail every time you hit “send.”
  1. Get a handle on Twitter. I’m consistently surprised by the low number of students who use Twitter to not only research industries, but also to build their personal brands. Twitter allows you to converse and connect with industry professionals, keep updated on trends in public discourse, and stay current on all things. Contribute to the conversations related to your emerging area of expertise by becoming active on Twitter.
  1. Write a cover letter template. Yes, all cover letters should be customized and tailored to each opportunity for which you apply. But that doesn’t mean you need to start from scratch each time. Build a meaningful cover letter that you can revise quickly.
  1. Create your Linked In profile. Perhaps you already have a Linked In profile, but you haven’t visited it in months. Or maybe you don’t have a Linked in profile yet. Now’s the time to edit it or create it. And with powerful resources like these at your fingertips, there’s no good reason to say you don’t know where to start.
  1. Cleanse your social media presence. Increasingly, employers, hiring managers, and interviewers will google candidates who’ve applied for positions before extending an invitation to meet. What does your public social media presence say about you? Does it convey a powerful image of a creative problem-solver and critical-thinker seeking to grow her professional career and take on the world, or does it convey an image of someone who’s been out too late at one too many parties? Remove inappropriate content. Enable the privacy settings on your Facebook page. Be smart about social media and understand its power to influence. It’s a hard truth: people will judge you without knowing you. Don’t give them any reason to judge you in an unfavorable light.
  1. Invest in stationery. When your Aunt Mary sends you a lovely holiday sweater, do you thank her in writing with a courteous and warm note? No? Well, you should. Rarely am I so forceful, but I encourage all students to be the one – maybe the only one – who sends a hand-written thank-you note to someone who has helped you, encouraged you, interviewed you, gave you a cup pf water while you waited for your interview to start, etc. Now, don’t go overboard and thank everyone for every common courtesy, but be smart and savvy. Express gratitude appropriately. If you are the candidate who sends the note, you’ll be remembered. And in our electronic age, those hand-written notes are all the more meaningful.
  1. Buy a suit. Are you comfortable in your interview attire? Right now, yoga pants and jeans are your staples, and that’s perfectly fine. But when you begin to interview for internships or jobs, you’ll need clothing that serves many purposes. You want to feel confident and comfortable in your skin. You want to send a professional message to the person across the table. For men or women, a suit that comes with its requisite component parts can help you begin to gradually build a professional wardrobe. Keep it on the conservative side. Black and navy blue are staples. Women easily can add a pop of color with an appropriate blouse, and men can add just a touch of color (again, think conservative here) with their choice of necktie. And you shouldn’t spend a lot of money here – there’s no need.

Whew. By now, you’re exhausted. You’re hoping to find the remote to see if Mom or Dad DVR-ed “Sons of Anarchy.”

Remember, no one said winter break homework would be easy, right?

And newsflash! Did you know that there’s extra credit available, too? Yes, I said extra credit.

For the ultra-motivated and ambitious, take on these challenges:

  1. Send your first Tweet.
  2. Connect with someone you know on Linked In.
  3. Research potential internships and apply to those that most interest you.
  4. Buy a roll of stamps.
  5. Write a thank-you note and mail it. (See #4 for stamps!)

Got it? Excellent. I know you do.

In the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University, and in the Office of Undergraduate Students, we teach our students – liberally educated young adults – to be adaptable, nimble, and flexible students and professionals who contribute powerfully to society.

We want our students to realize their full potential, to discover their passions and to pursue them with relentless determination. Maybe it’s through an internship. Maybe it’s through a professional development course. Maybe it’s through one of our many professional development events. Discovering who you are and what your impact can be should help define your Villanova journey.

When you return to campus in 2015, encourage our students to visit the Office for Undergraduate Students in SAC 107 often. Discover who you are and who you are meant to be. Let our office of dedicated professionals help you on your journey of discovery.

Kate Szumanski, ’95, ’97, is the associate director for experiential education in the Office for Undergraduate Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University. Follow her on Twitter @KateSzumanski.    

Achieving Professional Success With a Degree in the Liberal Arts and Sciences

By Kate Szumanski

Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University are often told that they can do and be anything, that with their excellent liberal education, they can work any job, excel at it, and be paid well for it.

Strong evidence suggests that this and more are true.

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) released a report in January 2014 on earnings and long-term career paths for college graduates with different undergraduate majors.

In How Liberal Arts and Sciences Majors Fare in Employment, authors Debra Humphreys and Patrick Kelly analyze data from the 2010-11 U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and provide answers to some common questions posed by students, parents, and policy makers who are increasingly concerned about the value of college degrees.

Their findings are reassuring:

  • Liberal arts majors close earnings gaps—earn more than professional majors at peak earnings ages
  • Unemployment rates are low for liberal arts graduates—and decline over time
  • Liberal arts graduates disproportionately pursue social services professions
  • Many liberal arts and sciences majors also attain graduate and professional degrees and experience significant earnings boosts when they do
  • Graduate and professional degrees provide earning boosts for all; largest boost for science and math majors and smallest boost for professional majors

The report argues that “whatever undergraduate major they may choose, students who pursue their major within the context of a broad liberal education substantially increase their likelihood of achieving long-term professional success.”

In the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University, and in the Office of Undergraduate Students, we teach our students – liberally educated young adults – to be adaptable, nimble, and flexible students and professionals.

We want our students to realize their full potential, to discover their passions and to pursue them with relentless determination. Maybe it’s through an internship. Maybe it’s through a professional development course. Maybe it’s through one of our many professional development events. Discovering who you are and what your impact can be should help define your Villanova journey.

I encourage students to visit the Office for Undergraduate Students in SAC 107 often. Discover who you are and who you are meant to be. Let our office of dedicated professionals help you on your journey of discovery.

Kate Szumanski, ’95, ’97, is the associate director for experiential education in the Office for Undergraduate Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University. Follow her on Twitter @KateSzumanski.  

Think Internships and Join the #InternNation

By Kate Szumanski ’95, ’97


Career-building, mentoring, networking. You’ve heard the terms over and over again. How can you as a student –right now – actually “do” these things?

Think internships.

Now more than ever, internships provide you with tremendous value. From gaining real-world experience in a variety of fields to collaborating with diverse professionals and expanding your network, internships allow you to experience the workplace as an insider – a true participant.

The value of an internship cannot be denied. You can experiment and test the waters. You can learn how to apply your academic experiences to a variety of careers, and begin to understand where you fit, what you like, and what you don’t.

In addition, many employers consider their own interns ideal candidates for full-time positions.

Where should you start your internship search? Visit GoNovaJobs. Here you’ll find opportunities and application instruction.

If you seek to earn academic credit for your internship, please visit me, Kate Szumanski, in the Office for Undergraduate Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in SAC 107. I look forward to discussing with you everything you need to do to secure credit for your internship.

In the coming days, our office will host a series of Internship Workshops designed to fuel your passions and ignite you on your professional journey. Be on the lookout for those dates, times, and locations.

Kate Szumanski, ’95, ’97, is the associate director for experiential education in the Office for Undergraduate Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University. Follow her on Twitter @KateSzumanski.    

Deutsche Bank DB Achieve Sophomore Internship Program


At Deutsche Bank, we believe that diverse teams are smarter teams. We believe that success comes from many perspectives – and that an inclusive workforce goes hand in hand with delivering innovative solutions for our clients. It’s why we employ 135 different nationalities. It’s why we’ve created our DB Achieve sophomore program which celebrates diversity in all its forms. And it’s just one of the reasons why you’ll find the working culture here so refreshing.

DB Achieve is an eight-week introduction to a career at Deutsche Bank designed for students who are diverse and/or students who can show a commitment to diversity. Join us and we’ll pack your summer with training sessions, challenging work assignments and networking opportunities. You’ll experience our commitment to diversity and an inclusive work environment first hand.

How to apply?
Submit your resume AND a 500 word essay telling us how your commitment to diversity makes you the ideal candidate for DB Achieve. Application deadline is Sunday, November 16, 2014 with interviews to follow in December. Only complete applications will be considered

Asset & Wealth Management
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CB&S: Markets
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CB&S: Corporate Finance
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Application Deadline Approaching – 2015 MultiCultural Advertising Internship Opportunity

Applications for the 2015 Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP) are now being accepted. This program is organized by the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s) and is a wonderful opportunity for students seeking an advertising internship. Please see links below for more information.

·         2015 MAIP Application (Deadline to Apply: October 15, 2014)

·         2015 MAIP Registration Link

·         MAIP Website

·         MAIP Facebook Page

If you have any questions please contact Shannon Galvin, Diversity and Inclusion Programs Coordinator, at

[GUEST POST] Internship Experience by Jonathan Tam ’15

Every incoming college student knows of the college triangle aka the graphic of a college student’s time management. The three points of the triangle are labeled good grades, social life, and sleep and it tells you that you can only choose two. What the graphic does not tell you is that it is possible to have all three; you just need to have good time management and a plan.

            My freshman year was a big transition year for me and I figured out what I needed to do to be a successful college student. I also have the added filler of college baseball to my schedule, which helps to focus my time to where I need to spend it. I am a rising senior in the class of 2015 who is majoring in Psychology in the Liberal Arts and Sciences College.

            This summer I interned at a large-scale insurance company called ACE Group USA that specializes in insuring companies with a net worth of $1 billion or more. I spent time in the Risk Management Finance department, which looks at the expectations of every policy from every branch and looks at how the policies are doing compared to how they were projected to do.

            When I entered Villanova as a Psychology major, I was really hoping to be able to counsel and provide therapy but I would have to take way too many classes to earn that right so I have moved on. Now I have been looking at jobs in the insurance industry because it gives me the same kind of social networking without having to go to grad school to get a job. My summer internship in the Risk Management department was excellent for understanding how insurance works and how important social networking is in a workplace environment.


Internship with the Marian Moskowitz for State Representative campaign

Are you interested in politics, government, policy, or campaigning? Are you looking for a way to get started in politics or looking to solidify your skills and gain some real world experience?

If so, come work with the Marian Moskowtiz campaign for State Representative in PA’s 157th District! Marian is a business woman and community leader with over 30 years living in her area. This race is receiving a lot of attention as one of the state’s premier races. This is the perfect opportunity to help build a campaign up in the exciting months leading to November 4th win! We need to show power players in the state that young people can affect politics.

We’re looking to build a Millennial based campaign to overturn the stagnant politics of the current state government, all while building up our skills and electing a good woman into the legislature. Everyone is a part of the learning process here, and the skills you can build working as a part of our team will make you a more marketable professional once out of school. Come build your skills and your resume.

Contact James Ebersole, Campaign Manager, at with your resume and we’ll get you on board!

Internship Opening: Political Journalist

PoliticsPA, Pennsylvania’s longest ­running political news website, is seeking talented individuals to contribute to our news coverage throughout the Commonwealth. Interns will have the chance to gain journalism experience and a stronger understanding of Pennsylvania politics. Additionally, interns will have the opportunity to build a portfolio with published political writing. Internship openings are available for the Fall 2014 semester. The position can be performed remotely and applicants are welcome from anywhere in Pennsylvania as well as Washington, DC.”

Intern duties include:
-Writing news stories.
-Monitoring press releases and regional news outlets for relevant source material.
-Covering political and government events.
-Conducting other research, including taking transcripts.

-Applicants must have strong writing skills.
-Applicants must have strong knowledge of Pennsylvania politics.
-Applicants must possess strong research skills.
-A commitment of 15 hours per week; specific times based on news events.

The strongest applicants will have a background in politics or journalism. Positions are unpaid. Please send a resume, cover letter and a writing sample to The ideal writing sample will demonstrate the applicant’s familiarity with PoliticsPA subject matter. Email Nick Field with any questions.