alert Rectangle 9 Rectangle 9 Rectangle 9 Rectangle 9 Group 4 email out facebook fax flickr grid instagram LINK linkedin location Group 47 Group 9 Group 9 Group 47 PHONE play Group 4 " Search twitter video face_white youtube
Kelsey Styles editing video

Invaluable Experience

At Widener, work experience isn’t something you gain after graduation day.

Our students regularly intern and co-op at places such as The Philadelphia Inquirer, J.P. Morgan, KPMG, the City of Philadelphia, and WHYY.

“I would highly recommend internships to my fellow students because they allow for an in-depth look at a desired field and acquaint students with a company that 
could become a future employer,” wrote senior Khalil Williams in a recent edition of What’s Up @ Widener.

“Internships lead to skill refinement and invaluable experience to showcase on a resume.”

Williams, a communication studies major, spent the fall semester interning for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He was able to put together a portfolio of clips to show at job interviews, as well as shadow fellow Inquirer staff writers out on assignments and help research news story ideas.

Finance major Briana McKnight began her co-op in her sophomore year, taking a semester to work in business operations for a local asphalt company. She later took an internship with J.P. Morgan and was offered to stay on part-time during the summer.

McKnight, a junior, knows having this experience will pay off when she graduates next year.

“You have to take the initiative to diversify yourself,” McKnight said. “What have you done that other people in your age group in your category have not done and I think this co-op experience does that for you.”

It worked for senior Daniel Ruggieri. The accounting major was offered a full-time position with the accounting firm KPMG after completing his co-op there.

And Junior Kelsey Styles, a double major in communication studies and creative writing, is using her experience interning at WHYY’s Friday Arts program to build on an already impressive resume having been the managing editor of the award-winning Chester Magazine as well as Widener’s student media site, The Blue&Gold.

“I like telling stories about real people and being able to express that creative side,” Styles said of her work editing video at WHYY.

As for business informatics major Ryan Raiker, he says Widener helped cultivate his passion for public service. Raiker, a senior, landed an internship working alongside the game changers at Philadelphia City Hall.

“Widener has helped me because without student government or understanding policy and civic engagement I don’t think I ever would have looked to working in the city of Philadelphia,” Raiker said.