Gettysburg College students networked with policy professionals during an intensive three-day career-building event in Washington, D.C.
Twenty-one students met with federal officials and other Washington professionals who are Gettysburg alumni, parents of current students or alumni, or friends of the College.
“These professionals become part of students’ Gettysburg network for life,” said Kathy Williams, director of the Gettysburg College’s Center for Career Development.
Students visited professionals at their workplaces for in-depth discussions of policy. For example, 1980 Gettysburg graduate Mike Russell, minority senior counsel for the House Committee on Homeland Security, not only met with the students, but also facilitated their attendance at a committee session featuring testimony by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.
Students used their policy discussions as the basis of case studies, which they presented to the group. In addition to honing networking and presentation skills, students gained confidence in navigating an unfamiliar city. Their headquarters was Gettysburg College’s Eisenhower Institute, located just two blocks from the White House.
“The program provided great opportunities for students to meet people who have succeeded,” said Megan Crowe, Class of 2010. “It was helpful to hear their tips and make connections with them.” Crowe is pictured with fellow students Stanford Chihuri (center) and Michael Carrozza as they made their presentation on health care policy.
More than 30 policy professionals in international affairs, national security education, environmental, health care, and education interacted with students. Among them were:
• 1972 graduate Stephen Colo, formerly a Secret Service special agent assigned to protecting President Reagan and now chief security officer for Science Applications International Corporation, a Fortune 500 research and engineering company with expertise in national security, energy, health and other critical fields
• 1969 graduate Kendra Dimond Campbell, a director of Daylight Forensic & Advisory, an international firm where she has 25 years’ experience working with government agencies, health care providers, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, and others on regulatory and law enforcement issues.
• 1968 graduate Richard Erdmann, executive vice president and general counsel of The Conservation Fund
• 1992 graduate Nicole Ruman Skinner, director of marketing for the American Enterprise Institute, a preeminent think-tank
A schedule and list of professionals and workplaces for the three-day event is here, in pdf format.
Earlier this year, students maintained a blog as they visited New York City to meet professionals in accounting, finance, marketing and human resources.
Over the past five years, Gettysburg College’s networking program, known as “Bright Lights! Big City!,” has also taken students to Boston, and Philadelphia.
Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences. With a student body of approximately 2,500, it is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. The college was founded in 1832.
Health care presentation photo by Eisenhower Institute Communications Coordinator Caroline Sadowska
Contact: Jim Hale, online content blog
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