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When it comes to learning on the job during winter break, Ursinus students turn to the best resources they can find: fellow Bears. This January, 43 students explored career options by shadowing Ursinus alumni through Career and Post-Graduate Development’s externship program.

The program is open to Ursinus students of all class years and majors.

“It’s an amazing program for students to get experience in a field before they get their degree,” says Kyle Rubino ’20, a biochemistry and molecular biology major who shadowed Jeanine Stuart ’85 at AREUFIT Health Services. “It was beneficial to me because Jeanine took a similar path. I was very interested to know how Jeanine applied her knowledge from classes at Ursinus to her career.”

Rubino said he shadowed employees performing health services, such as measuring body mass index and cholesterol levels, and accompanied the Philadelphia Eagles Eye Mobile to an elementary school in Philadelphia to provide eye glasses to children who need them.  

Millie Drury ’21, who is double majoring in English and art, gained a fist-hand look at the publicity industry with Corinne Moulder ’07. Drury says, “I shadowed publicists and members of the business development team on calls with clients, I worked on a sell sheet for a new client and I sat in on project and team meetings. The externship was beneficial to me because I got to experience being a part of the professional workforce for a short period of time.”

“I think the most beneficial thing I got out of the experience was being able to network and shadow an Ursinus alum who was also an English major,” she says. “It showed me one of the many career paths available to me with an English degree.”

Ursinus alumni who hosted students this year were:

Jeanine Stuart ’85 (AREUFIT Health Services) hosted Kyle Rubino ’20.

Philip Schubert ’91 (BBVA) hosted Mason Groff ’21 and Elvi Sopiqoti ’21.

Matt Cowper ’97 (Beasley Media Group) hosted Eleanor LaFountain ’20.

Matt Weintraub ’90 (Bucks County District Attorney’s Office) hosted Emily Thomas ’20.

Vance Whitfield ’02 (Cardno International Development) hosted Paul Cottam ’19.

Wendy Wallace ’83 (CHOP Ambulatory Care Network/North Hills office) hosted Grace Brittingham ’22.

Katie Gallagher ’09 (Comcast/Xfinity Mobile) hosted Nadia (Yu-Hisen) Tsao ’19.

Lisa Kates ’89 (Center for Dermatology and Skin Care) hosted Zia Cooper ’21.

Jen Crompton ’05 (FUEL Cycle Fitness) hosted Kailey Ryan ’19.

Amy Maley ’04 (Graham Medical Clinic) hosted Emily Shiplett ’20.

Paul Wagner ’92 (Harleysville Veterinary Hospital) hosted Jenna Nienius ’20.

John Sears ’99 (Johnson & Johnson) hosted Jenna Severa ’21 and Julianna Berardi ’21.

Eleisha Smith ’99 (JPMorgan Chase) hosted Esther Lawson-John ’20 and Renee LeClerc ’20.

Jonathan Rinde P’12 (Manko, Gold, Katcher and Fox L.L.P.) hosted Kayla Hofmann ’20.

Chris Lamplugh ’89 and Maria Craze ’00 (Merck & Co.) hosted Katelyn Klepacki ’20, Brooke Segich ’21, Alyson Manley ’20, Lizzy DeWitt ’19 and Avery Sicher ’20.

William Strimel ’93 (Mercy Health System) hosted Parris Janusek ’22.

Nicole DiTomo ’05 (Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General) hosted Roumaissaa Tailassane ’19 and Cori Cichowicz ’19.

Kristen Ricciardi ’06 (Penn Medicine—Penn Orthopaedic Surgery) hosted Rachel Dickinson ’19.

Thomas Regan ’99 (Pennsylvania Dermatology Group) hosted Krista Schneider ’20.

Jessie Kemper ’12 (Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy) hosted Anna Lee ’19 and Daniel Cohen ’20.

Abby Godfrey ’94 (Philadelphia Futures) hosted Jada Grice ’19.

Jonathan Markoe ’86 (Pine Valley Investments) hosted Matthew Williams ’19.

James Ward ’00 (Pottstown Oral Surgery Associates) hosted Abigail Goldstein ’19.

James Guille ’87 (Brandywine Institute of Orthopaedics) hosted Nicole Schmalbach ’21.

Frank A. Mazzeo ’88 (Ryder, Mazzeo & Konieczny) hosted Erin Saybolt ’20.

Stephen Harris ’11 (Seer Interactive) hosted Joseph Pantel ’21 and Michael Anthony ’20

Rob Wrzesniewski ’91 and Dean Mioli ’83(SEI) hosted Christopher Karmilowicz ’20.

Corinne Moulder ’07 (Smith Publicity, Inc.) hosted Millie Drury ’21.

Shea Patel P’19 (Susquehanna Health) hosted Paige Springmann ’20 and Shannon Blessing ’21.

Jennifer Zwilling ’99 (The Clay Studio) hosted Taylor Wilson ’19.

Libby Lannon ’17 (Vertex Inc.) hosted Marissa Pownall ’20

Julianna Lepore ’14 (Victoria’s Secret/Mast Global) hosted Alyssa Myers ’21.