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      Widener Works

      Widener Works Program Sets the Stage for Graduate Success

      Widener Works Winter Break 2017

      Widener employer partner, American Association for Cancer Research, takes to Twitter to welcome students Nyelle Hargraves, biology '19, and Dylan Recinto, computer information systems '18.

      Among the many points of pride that make Widener a first-choice university, an ardent focus on career preparation sets the university apart from the pack. Over winter break, this past January, Widener students participated in the experiential learning program, Widener Works.

      The program pairs College of Arts & Sciences underclassmen with alumni and Widener employer partners for a one-to-three day workplace or graduate school shadow in the students’ field of interest.

      Now in its second year, Widener Works participation has doubled. To date, the program has helped 39 Arts & Sciences students preview the working world and graduate studies as early as their freshman year.

      Janet Long, program manager and career liaison to the College of Arts & Sciences, said, “The brief, yet meaningful exposure to workplace and graduate settings helps underclassmen be informed and find clarity when it comes to career decisions. The program also strengthens relationships with alumni and builds bridges for potential internship and direct employment opportunities.”

      Program Hosts

      • Adoptions from the Heart
      • American Cancer Research
      • Conchester Veterinary Hospital
      • Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
      • Cozen O’Connor Law Firm
      • DataArts
      • Environmental Protection Association (EPA)
      • Ethicon
      • Life Cycle Engineering
      • NetPlus
      • Penn Assurance Software
      • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
      • Project 440
      • Salus University
      • Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
      • Tyler Arboretum
      • University of Pennsylvania
      • Widener University Alumni Engagement
      • Widener University Digital Marketing

      Student Response

      Freshman communication studies major Jenna Muir shadowed Widener’s Department of University Relations, where she spent the day previewing the many directions a degree in communications can take her. Muir said, “As a freshman, I’m definitely interested in getting as much experience as possible early on. It was so cool to see how my personality – like being organized and detail-oriented – fits with the communications field. Not only do I feel like I’m on the right path, but networking with Widener staff opened my eyes to other opportunities like pursuing the new minor in event management and joining the social media ambassadors program.”

      Sophomore biology major Cindy Lay described her Widener Works experience at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University as “helpful and informative.” She said, “As a pre-med student, shadowing a second-year medical student showed me what it’s like on the path to becoming a medical doctor. There are lots of choices to consider for my career, and discussing options with those who’ve been in this situation has been valuable.”

      Senior English major Dana Schweizer said, “I shadowed the entire NetPlus marketing team, and it was FANTASTIC! The experience helped me discover the correct title for my dream job – social media community manager. They even helped me build an online portfolio so I feel confident for my next career steps.”

      Career Services

      The Widener Works program is facilitated by Widener’s Career Services department, which continuously provides opportunities for students to explore careers, develop professional skills and gain workplace experiences.

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