Non-Profit/Public Policy - Winter Break Opportunities List

You can apply for opportunities through the Student Center, under the Center for Career Development, Winter Break Opportunities.

Applications are due by November 1 by 11:59 p.m.

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Non-Profit/Public Policy

Job Shadowing:

  • Caroline Allen '79, P'15 - PA Statewide Afterschool Youth Development Network, Center for Schools and Communities (career field:  Educational Statewide Intermediary) Location:  Camp Hill, PA.  Shadowing Description:  Formed in 2004, Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN) operates out of the Center for Schools and Communities in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. PSAYDN promotes sustainable, high-quality out-of-school time youth development programs through advocacy and capacity building to enhance the welfare of Pennsylvania’s children, youth and families. Pennsylvania is one of 47 states that are part of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation’s funding of statewide afterschool networks. This job shadow experience will demonstrate a fast-paced educational environment with a multitude of activities including social media, event planning, research, advocacy and more.  Available Date(s):  Flexible for all dates
  • Jennifer Brevoort ’00 - Professional Learning and Development, Philadelphia Youth Network (career field: Education, Non-Profit/Public Policy) Location: Philadelphia, PA.  Shadowing Despcription: Students who shadow at Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) will get a sneak peak into systems level education and workforce development in Philadelphia. PYN works to connect and align the work of area community based organizations, the mayor's office, the Department of Human Services, Juvenile Justice and the School District of Philadelphia in order to improve education for high school students in the city. While shadowing here, students will learn more about funding, Philadelphia education politics and policy and the professional development we provide to area community based organizations. Available Date(s): Jan. 7, Jan. 9, Jan. 12, Jan. 14, Jan. 16
  • Florence Griffin P’17 – Executive Director, Pathways, Inc. (career field: Non-Profit/Public Policy) Location: Greenwich, CT.  Shadowing Description: Student(s) would shadow executive director and have tour of facilities. Shadowing may include meetings, clinical supervision and overall functioning of organization including meeting with board members or financial staff.  Student participant(s) must sign confidentiality agreement. Available Date(s): Jan. 5-8, 12-16
  • Hannah Grose '13 - Gleaning Coordinator, South Central Community Action Programs (career field:  Social Work, Non-Profit/Public Policy) Location:  Gettysburg, PA.  Shadowing Description:  If the student shadows on Tuesday, we will attend the Local Food Policy Council meeting, activites other than that will depend on the day. They may include grant research, deliveries or pick-ups from farms, gleaning, meetings, or traveling to farms and low income food distribution centers in the area.  Available Date(s):  Because my job does center around agriculture, it can be very variable, especially in the winter. Coordination will be easier the closer we get to the date.
  • Shannon Jones ’04 – Manager of Member Services, Transportation Management Association of Chester County (career field: Business/Sales, Non-Profit/Public Policy).  Location: Malvern, PA.  Shadowing Description: The TMA of Chester County is not a typical non-profit.  Working in conjunction with SEPTA and PennDOT, TMACC works with area businesses and municipalities to mitigate traffic congestion throughout the county through promotion of public transit and ride share.  As Manager of Member Services, I am in the community meeting with companies and decision makers to recruit TMACC members, and make sure that current members are maximizing their membership benefits.  Available Date(s): Flexible
  • Cheryl Kamen '82 - Director of Adult Services, Hudson Guild (career field:  Social Work/Social Services/Non-Profit/Aging/Administration) Location:  New York, NY.  Shadowing Description:  Staff and/or department meetings, interaction with older adult participants, participation in activities/events; sit-in on walk-in social services, if interested. Lunch is included. I am a department head and, as such, don't provide much in the way of one-on-one services - it is more of an administrative experience, although there are opportunities to meet and interact with clients/participants throughout the day.  Available Date(s):  Flexible (All dates are available)
  • Keith Masback ’81 – CEO, U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (career field: Government, Non-Profit/Public Policy)  Location: Herdon, VA.  Shadowing Description: Learn about the national security community through the lens of an experienced military and government leader who is now the CEO of a nonprofit educational foundation supporting the intelligence, defense, and homeland security communities.  U.S. Citizenship required. Available Date(s): Jan. 13-14
  • Holly McDevitt ’87 – Board Member, Hope Partnership for Education(career field: Non-Profit/Education)  Location: Philadelphia, PA.  Shadowing Description: The students will have a tour of the school and then meet with the director of the school and the person in charge of development.  Available Date(s): Jan. 8
  • Dr. Jeff Oak '81 - Sr. Vice President, Corporate Responsibility & Development, Bon Secours Health System, Inc. (career field: Healthcare/Medicine, Religion, Non-Profit/Public Policy) Location: Marriottsville, MD.  Shadowing Descriptions (2 different opportunities) Administrative Leadership in Non-Profit Health Care: This job shadowing opportunity will provide students an opportunity to get an inside look at two aspects of administrative leadership in Bon Secours Health System, Inc. (BSHSI), a non-profit health care system headquartered outside of Baltimore, that owns or manages 18 hospitals in 6 states, with 21,000 employees and annual revenues of $3.6 billion.  Half of the day will be spent in the corporate office of BSHSI, with an introduction to some of the key departments involved in operating a large, complex health system e.g. finance, human resources, information technology, ethics, regulatory affairs, medical affairs and nursing.  The second half of the day will be spent visiting one of BSHSI’s facilities, a hospital in an underserved and economically challenged part of Baltimore city, where BSHSI has made substantial investments in building a healthy community.  Dr. Oak is a Trustee of Gettysburg College and has a Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Philosophy and Master of Divinity from Yale University. Available Date(s):  Flexible (TBD as January gets closer).  Leadership in Corporate Ethics: This job shadowing opportunity will provide students an opportunity to spend the day with a group of Ethics Officers from corporations around the country at the semiannual meeting of the Ethics Resource Center (ERC) Fellows Program.  Founded in 1922, ERC is America’s oldest nonprofit organization devoted to independent research and the advancement of high ethical standards in public and private institutions.  This conference brings together practicing ethics officers from major corporations with academic experts in organizational ethics to share research and best practices, as well as to discuss key aspects of public policy pertaining to ethics programs in the US.  Dr. Oak is a Trustee of Gettysburg College and has a Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Philosophy and Master of Divinity from Yale University. Available Date: TBD Jan. 13, 14, or 15
  • Leslie Przybylek '88 - Curator of History, Senator John Heinz History Center (career field:  Museums and Non-profit) Location:  Pittsburgh, PA.  Shadowing Description:  Students have opportunity to learn about two different sides of work in a large regional history center - with dual shadowing in the museum and the research library duirng the host day.  Available Date(s):  Flexible (All dates are available
  • Sarah Wendt ’90 – Managing Director, Step Up (career field: Non-Profit/Public Policy)  Location: New York, NY.  Shadowing Description: I run the NY office of a small nonprofit. They may shadow me in meetings, with staff, at events. Depends on the day. A small, open office.   Available Date(s): Jan. 14, Jan. 15, Jan. 16

Networking Dinners:

  • Caroline Allen '79, P'15 - PA Statewide Afterschool Youth Development Network, Center for Schools and Communities (career field:  Educational Statewide Intermediary), John Skrabak (husband) '79 P'15 - Senior Business Intelligence Architect, Footlocker Corp. (career field:  Business). Dinner Location:  Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 
  • Arielle Distasio '12 - Management & Program Analyst, Department of Justice; Brian Hediger '12, History Interpreter, George Washington's Mount Vernon; Jessie Vatnick '12, Public Policy Associate, Planned Parenthood; Arielle has experience with hiring for the federal government and other administrative roles within the DoJ.  (career fields: Human Resources, Government, Public Policy/Non-Profit, Education). Dinner Location:  Washington, DC/Arlington, VA
  • Hannah Grose '13 - Gleaning Coordinator, South Central Community Action Programs; Heather Thomas '13 - Americorp*VISTA Food Policy Council Coordinator;  Carla Snyder, Penn State Agricultural Extension Services Educator.  (career fields:  Non-Profit/Public Policy, Social Work) This would be a great dinner for anyone interested in agriculture, sustainability, food access, or social justice.  Dinner Location:  Gettysburg, PA
  • Keith Masback ’81 – CEO, U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (career field: Government, Non-Profit/Public Policy); Possibly David Tohn ’87, CEO BTS-S2.  Dinner Location: Northern, VA  DINNER DATE: Jan. 13 (students will attend an event in the evening, followed by dinner)
  • Holly McDevitt ’87 – Board Member, Hope Partnership for Education (career field: Non-Profit, Education), Matthew McDevitt - Executive VP of Real Estate, BioMed Realty Trust (career field: Business/Sales, Real Estate)   Dinner Location: Berwyn, PA.  
  • Madeline Shepherd ‘09 – Legislative Associate, National Council of Jewish Women (career field: Non-Profit/Public Policy, Government) Happy to meet with any student interested in government relations, advocacy, and lobbying.  Dinner Location: Washington, DC (can do dinner or coffee).

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