As the president and CEO of a national distribution company, Jeff Siegfried knows plenty about internships. That knowledge ignited the Gettysburg College alumnus to fund a dynamic new internship program at Gettysburg's Center for Career Development.
Replacing the traditional internship format where students await instructions as they begin an internship, this program partners with businesses that already have clearly defined objectives for interns, such as a review of marketing strategies on sales. Because the student interns know their precise role from the start, they can "hit the ground running" in an authentic work environment.
"This internship program is not just about college kids fetching coffee for executives; it focuses on providing students with the opportunity to perform goal-oriented projects and produce a valuable service for a company during their internship, making it a win-win for all parties," Siegfried says.
Omni Cable has benefited from two Gettysburg students, Katy Compton in 2013 and Melanie Rader in 2012. Katy updated the Omni Cable intranet site and Melanie created an on-line expense management system for Omni.
The 2013 Siegfried Fellows are pictured above with Jeff during the curriculum sessions in Spring, 2013. They have completed their unique, value-add internships developing intranets, writing code for computer programs, developing a risk assessment tracker, creating newsletter articles, and preparing client presentations.
The Siegfried Fellowship provides real-world internship experiences based on the following premises:
The Siegfried Career Development Fellowships began in the summer of 2012 with a generous gift to the Center for Career Development from Jeff Siegfried ’81, CEO of Omni Cable. To date, the Siegfried Fellowship has enabled 10 students the opportunity for a remarkable internship experience.
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