VIP Mentors Event Recap [Guest Post: Elizabeth Hecht]

Below is a guest post by Elizabeth Hecht ’14, Economics Major, Communication (Public Relations) Minor and Intern in the Office for Undergraduate Students.

VIP Mentors Event 9/17 Recap

On the evening of September 17, 2013, Liberal Arts and Science students representing a wide range of majors met in the library to discuss summer internships.  Four student panelists were featured: Emily Frankberry, Scott Goodwin, Rachel Lee and Sydney West.  These students have had numerous internships in many different areas: Conde Naste Traveler, Goldman Sachs, Harvard Medical School research lab and Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.

The evening began with each panelist giving a brief background on their experiences.  Once the introductions were finished the panelists were asked more indepth questions about their experience.  The conversation quickly focused in on how the students’ Liberal Arts background was beneficial to them this summer.  Each panelist emphasized the importance of strong writing skills.  From Goldman Sachs to the research lab at Harvard Medical School, writing was a central part of these interns’ summer.  The panelists discussed how Liberal Arts classes such as ACS, ethics, theology etc. helped them prepare for and excel at their internships.

Another common piece of advice given was to keep in contact.  An internship is a great time to make contacts with people in your desired industry.  Therefore, it is important to make connections during your internship and keep appropriate contact afterwards.

Once the questions and answer portion of the event had ended student ate pizza and were able to speak one on one and share contact information.  Overall this event was a successful kick off for the year!

VIP Mentors events will be held once a month throughout the year.  These events give students in the college of Liberal Arts and Sciences a chance to connect with other students who have similar career interests and experience in the industry.  In the future panels will be area specific.  For more information or to receive emails about upcoming events feel free to contact me at

Jobs in Sports TREK: Careers in Baseball, MLB Network

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Friday, September 6th
Time: 9AM – 4PM
Hear from MLB Network executives AND take a tour of the studios!

MLB Network is Major League Baseball’s 24/7 cable television network, which means access to Our National Pastime All The TimeTM. Fans can tune in at any time for live games, award-winning studio programming, news, highlights, analysis and interviews with the biggest names in the game.  Join us as we meet MLB Network executives and tour the studios to learn about various career paths within their organization.  There are positions for everyone from advertising to on-air talent to building sales and helping boost the bottom line.  Representatives from MLB Network will address our group to help you discover many of the opportunities available to you in the sports industry.  A tentative agenda for our visit will include:

·         Tour of MLB Network Studios and Facilities

·         Group Photo in Studio 42

·         Insight from MLB Network On-Air Talent

·         Discuss the business and history of MLB Network with MLB Network Executives

Space is very limited, so register TODAY! Only 25 seats available! If you are truly passionate about pursuing a career in sports, please email here to reserve a spot for this program before 8/30.

Please note: if you will be missing class to attend this event, it is your responsibility to get approval from your professor(s).  We will be able to provide confirmation that you attended the program if necessary.

This program is sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Students and the Clay Center at VSB.

LAS Internship Celebration Recap [Guest Post: Elizabeth Hecht]

Below is a guest post by Elizabeth Hecht ’14, Economics Major, Communication (Public Relations) Minor and Intern in the Office for Undergraduate Students.

An evening of celebration and networking, hosted by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Office of Internships, took place last Thursday in the Career CeDSCN0059nter. This was a great opportunity for employers, faculty and students to connect in a relaxed setting. Villanova College of Liberal Arts and Science students have been involved in many different and exciting internships throughout the past year with companies and organizations such as the Philadelphia Flyers, the Hamels Foundation, Fox 29 Philadelphia, and many others. This celebration gave attendees a chance to reflect on the past and make plans for the future. The evening began with opening remarks from Caitlin Murphy, LAS ‘13 and the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Jean Ann Linney. Caitlin spoke about how her Villanova education helped prepare her internship and future career path. Then she introduced Dean Linney. The Dean’s welcome address highlighted the importance of internships to the liberal arts and sciences experience.

DSCN0064After these introductory remarks attendees moved throughout the room chatting with   one another, while enjoying drinks and hors d’ourves. I had the opportunity to speak with employers, faculty and students. I spoke with a representative from the Randy Foye Foundation and chatted about the organization, Villanova, and current events. I also had a chance to speak with some students about their past internships and compare experiences. Towards the end of the event prizes from the Villanova bookstore were raffled off to employers who supplied their business cards. Overall, it was an enjoyable evening full of great conversations and networking.


BRIDGE Society Fashion Show Recap [Guest Post: Kristen Leen]

The BRIDGE Society hosted the “Dress to the Nines for Under $99” fashion show on Wednesday, April 3rd. Held in the Dougherty East Lounge, all the money raised was given to the Billy Zimmerman Scholarship Fund at Seton Hall Prep in memory of the Villanova student’s recent passing.

The purpose of the fashion show was to show Villanova students how to put together professional outfits on a college budget. Male and female models each walked the runway twice, first flaunting what TO wear, then showing what NOT to wear to an interview.

Here is a recap of the tips shared.

For Women:

  • IMG_1730copyCover up! No cleavage and show minimal skin.
  • Invest in a great pair of black slacks. They can be dressed up or dressed down.
  • Try a pop of color, a print, or an accessory- but only one! You don’t want to distract your potential employer with a bright print, so pick the bright color OR the print.
  • Keep your jewelry simple. You want them looking at you, not your chunky necklace.
  • Wear that LBD (Little Black Dress), but only if it’s not too tight and not too short. Be sure to class it up with a pair of textured tights or a blazer.
  • Never ever have your bra straps showing. Invest in a Strap Perfect for those tricky tops.

For Men:

  • IMG_1663copyYou can never go wrong with a great blazer or sport coat.
  • Play to your personality with a colored shirt or cool tie. Statement pieces can make a lasting impression.
  • Save the patterned shirts and pants for the summer. Striped pants or Hawaiian button-ups are never acceptable for an interview.
  • Looks can kill, and so can shoes! While Villanova men love their Sperry’s, trade them for loafers when meeting a potential employer.

The fashion show was successful in giving students some ideas of what is appropriate and what is not. Several members of the audience won raffle prizes donated by local businesses like Maloney’s, Gullifity’s, and Skirt and yummy refreshments were provided, making for a great event!

This Week’s [OUS Events]

Two Internship workshops this week!


1.  The Scientist’s Guide to Career Services Resources
Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 3:00pm-4:00pm, Mendel 103

  • An informational workshop for students in the sciences to learn about the excellent resources available to STEM students in the Villanova Career Center.
  • Refreshments will be served.

3. VIP Mentors Student Panel – Internships in the Areas of Communication, Marketing, PR, and Broadcast Media
Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 5:00pm-6:00pm, Falvey Library Room 205

  • Past, current, and future interns from Michael Kors, Krispy Kreme, Fox 29, and the New South Wales Police Force will share their experiences, tips, and information on obtaining and succeeding at an internship.
  • Refreshments will be provided.
  • Registration is required: here.

This Week’s [OUS Events]

Welcome back from Easter Recess!  

A reminder that Wednesday, April 3rd is the LAST DAY TO WX.

1. BRIDGE Fashion Show: Dress to the Nines Under $99
Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 7:00pm-8:00pm, Dougherty Hall East Lounge

  • Fashion forward into your career with these sophisticated styles on a college budget!  We are delighted to invite you to “Dress to the Nines for Just Under $99” featuring a fun-filled evening of fashion on a dime!

2. Leadership, Professional Development & Internships: The Place to Begin
Friday, April 5, 2013, 2:30pm-3:30pm, SAC 300

  • This workshop covers the necessary steps to build a strong foundation for professional development and future success. Career searches, informational interviews, leadership opportunities, networking, recommendations, and cover letters will be discussed.

“Eat, Drink & Find a Career” Event Recap [Guest Post: Paulina Likos]

Below is a guest post by Paulina Likos, LAS ’16, Political Science Major.

The Office for Undergraduate Students and the The Clay Center at VSB co-sponsored a panel of alumni with high-profile positions in the food and beverage industry. Alumni present included Brian Wynne from The Coca-Cola Company, Dave Biegger from Campbell North America (parent of a Villanova student), Denise Devine from Nutripharm, Inc. and Froose Brands, and Chris Gheysens from Wawa, Inc. The panelists answered live Q & A’s pertaining to career paths, internships and potential jobs within their companies.

The event formally began with each panelist presenting his or her career journey. They each depicted their struggles, as well as their successes, that brought them to this point in their career. The Villanova alum from Coca-Cola had much information to share with us. In order to reach the position he holds now, he worked from the bottom up. He stated that the purpose of having a degree is broader than a traditional undergraduate may think. Just because you have one degree does not limit you from exploring other career fields; there are a range of career possibilities and numerous paths to follow. One must take every lead in order to reach to the top.Screen Shot 2013-03-27 at 10.00.21 AM

Taking every lead is exactly what the creator of Nutripharm, and Froose Brands did. She originally had no intention in going into the food business, but she received an offer and just said “YES.” She emphasized that in order to have success in your endeavors, regardless of your career choice, one must have a passion for their cause. This is what ultimately brought her to the creation of her brands. Her dedication to preventing child obesity became her motivation to develop new brands.

The common trend that was evident among all of the panelists was that they did not stay with the first career they had; once they learned skills and professionalism from their start-up jobs, they were ready to become leaders in pursuit of a bigger challenge. This is the concept that Dave Biegger from Campbell described. He did not like the first job that he worked at, but he used that opportunity to learn what he liked. He stated that the traditional jobs are important, but there are new upcoming jobs for graduates. Companies are looking for recent graduates to deliver innovation and see what each individual can offer.

This was a valuable experience for me as a freshman because it eased my stresses of not getting the “ideal” job once I graduate from college. Just as the Wawa CEO stated: “Follow with what’s consistent to your core values.” This is a motto that should be incorporated into our way of thought when making decisions about our careers.

This Week’s [OUS Events]

Three workshops this week!


1. BYOL: How to find a Summer Internship
Monday,  March 18, 2013, 3:00pm-4:00pm, SAC 300

  • Bring your own laptop and learn how to find a summer internship using resources from the Office for Undergraduate Students and Career Services.
  • Refreshments will be served.

2.  The Scientist’s Guide to Networking with Alumni
Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 3:00pm-4:00pm, Mendel 103

  • An informational workshop for students in the sciences to learn how to network with alumni, conduct informational interviews, and explore career opportunities through the Nova Network.
  • Refreshments will be served.

3. Law School Basics Workshops
Friday, March 22, 2013, 2:00pm-4:00pm, SAC 300

  • “The First Step to Exploring Your Interest in Law School and the Legal Profession” for Freshman/Sophomores is from 2:00pm-3:00pm.
  • “The Law School Application Process, Recommendation Letters & Personal Statements” for Juniors/Seniors is from 3:00pm-4:00pm.

This Week’s [OUS Events]

Welcome back from break! Two events this week. The first event is co-sponsored with the Clay Center.

1. Eat, Drink & Find a Career: Gaining Success in the Food & Beverage Industry
Thursday, March 13, 2013, 5:30pm-6:30pm, Bartley 1010

  • A large number of Villanova alumni have gone on to successful careers in the multi-billion dollar food and beverage industry.  During this informal session, several of these alumni will share their insights into how Villanova students, of all majors, can find employment within this growth industry.  The program will give students an inside look at the types of jobs and internships they can expect to find and how to navigate their way to their own successful career in the food and beverage industry.
    Brian Wynne ’86 LAS, Senior Vice President, Strategy, North America Group, The Coca-Cola Company
    Denise Devine ’77 VSB, President & Chief Executive Officer, Nutripharm, Inc. and Devine Foods, Inc.
    Chris Gheysens ’93 VSB, Chief Executive Officer, Wawa, Inc.
    Dave Biegger, Vice President-Supply Chain, Campbell North America

2. Leadership, Professional Development & Internships: The Place to Begin
Friday, March 15, 2013, 2:30pm-3:30pm, SAC 300

  • This workshop covers the necessary steps to build a strong foundation for professional development and future success. Career searches, informational interviews, leadership opportunities, networking, recommendations, and cover letters will be discussed.

This Week’s [OUS Events]

Four OUS events this week and two other events supported by OUS…something for everyone!

1. BYOL: How to find a Summer Internship
Monday, February 18, 2013, 3:00pm-4:00pm, Falvey Library Room 205


  • Attend an informational workshop on how to follow up with employers you met at the Career Fair (Feb. 5th and 6th).  Learn how to draft a professional email to express your interest in a company and potential internship opportunities.

2. VIP (Villanova Internship Program) Mentors Student Panel: Law, Politics & Government
Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 5:30pm-6:30pm, Garey Hall Cafe.

  • Attend an informative panel discussion of current Villanova Arts & Science students who have or will soon be conducting internships in the area of Law, Politics, and Government. Panelists have internship experience at organizations such as the FBI, Senator’s Offices, the Villanova Minimester Program, and the Public Defender’s Office. Attendees will be welcome to ask questions following the panel discussion.

3. Athletic Internship Panel
Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 7:30pm-8:30pm, Driscoll 132.

  • Attend this event to hear from a panel of current student-athletes who represent a disverse population of academic majors and internships completed. Attendance will count towards one hour of study hall. This event is co-sponsored with the College of Arts & Sciences, VSB Clay Center, the College of Nursing, the College of Engineering, and the Career Center.

4. 5th Annual Business of Sports Conference
Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 5:00pm-8:00pm, Villanova Room

  • Is a career in sports your goal? If so, you don’t want to miss this terrific opportunity to learn from the experts! At the 5th Annual Business of Sports Conference “Money Talks: The Economics of Lockouts”, sports industry professionals will examine why they happen, who “wins,” what affect they have on the fans, & more. Event will culminate w/a Networking Reception. Business casual or professional attire. (BD-approved: Track II)

5. The Washington Center Information Session
Thursday, February 21, 2013, 12:30pm-1:30pm, Falvey Library Room 205

  • Attend an informational session to learn about the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars: an independent, nonprofit organization serving hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C. and London, England, for academic credit. The largest program of its kind, The Washington Center has 70 full-time staff and more than 50,000 alumni, many of whom are in leadership positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

6. Nonprofit Mentoring & Networking Event
Thursday, February 21, 2013, 6:00pm-8:00pm, Dougherty West Lounge

  • Learn how alumni and professionals have incorporated their mission-oriented values in their professional choices. Students will be grouped with a professional mentor to discuss the industry and their individual career journey, followed by an open networking event for all attendees.