Good News from Grads: Employment and Graduate School Highlights for the Class of 2014

HPU Career Expo 1The staff in Career & Internship Services is always thrilled to hear the words from a senior “I was just accepted to my first-choice grad program” or “I was just hired for the opportunity I was hoping for,” especially when these words are spoken BEFORE graduation.  We are pleased to share with you a small sampling of our students post-graduation plans.  Please realize that this list is only a sampling and does not represent all majors or all seniors who have secured employment prior to graduation.  This list is not in any particular order and is intended to showcase real-time employment and graduate school scenarios.  Some seniors offer a word of advice for parents to pass on to your student.

Yes parents, there are really good jobs out there that college graduates are landing even BEFORE they march across the stage.  Read and be encouraged!

  • Alisha Deary, Business Administration major – accepted a position in sales/Primavera Global Business Unit, Oracle, Northern Virginia.   Alisha advises students to “use Career Services and to find a mentor.”  Terrific advice, indeed.
  • Lauren Coriale, Psychology – Health and Wellness Program Development Intern, Iona Senior Services (through the Washington Center), Washington, DC.  This will be Lauren’s third internship in DC, an accomplishment that few can claim.
  • James Hylas, Business Administration with minors in sales and finance – accepted a position in sales, VM Turbo (software), Boston. James advises seniors to start the job search process early in the fall.  He began applying for jobs as early as September and had multiple offers by February.
  • Marlee Goldston, Communication with a focus in Media and Pop Culture – will be starting a graduate program to earn her master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver, Colorado. Marlee really prepared for all aspects of the graduate school application and interview process and advises students to make use of Career & Internship Services.
  • Nida Ahmed, International Business with minors in accounting and finance – will be attending graduate school for a Master’s degree in Global Finance, Antwerp Management School/Fordham University, Antwerp, Blegium. Nida advises students to develop their resume early since you never know when you will be asked to present it.
  • Mary Kate Hancock, Communication with a focus in Advertising and Public Relations – has accepted a full-time position as the Assistant Director of Student Services and Communications with Laurel University, High Point. Mary Kate did an internship there this spring and impressed the President of Laurel from day one, so he personally turned her internship into employment.
  • Abby Johe, Accounting – will be attending the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA to pursue a master’s degree in accounting.   She incorporated her StrengthsFinder results into her interview responses and personal statement for her grad school application, a very wise move.
  • Tyler Mitchell, Criminal Justice – has accepted a position as a Management Trainee, Chaney Enterprises, Severna Park, MD.  Chaney Enterprises is a leading supplier of construction materials and supplies and is still family owned and operated. Tyler will have the chance to learn the business from seasoned professionals.
  • Kelsy Mugele, Communication with a focus in Media and Pop Culture – accepted a position as Assistant Director of External Programs in the communications department, Roland Park Country School, Baltimore, MD. Roland Park is among the most prestigious private schools for girls in the country.
  • Steven Desmarais, Communication – will work as an Intern, Chubbies Shorts, San Francisco. Steven has every reason to believe that this experience will lead to a permanent job.
  • Tyler Yusko, Business  Administration (B.A. in 2013) and Strategic Communication (M.A. in 2014) got five job offers (wow!) and accepted a position as a Sales Associate, Yelp, Inc., New York City.  Tyler advises seniors to “start the process early. And definitely talk with as many HPU staff/faculty, and business connections as you possibly can to ask for input and advice PRIOR to securing job interviews.  Also, tweak your resume constantly, making it stronger and more focused.”
  • Jacob Benson, Communication with a focus in Advertising and Public Relations – accepted a position as an Account Executive with Amstaz, Chicago.  He will be working for a large firm that develops software for fitness professionals. Jacob advises seniors to take full advantage of the expertise of your faculty since they can offer realistic and helpful insights.
  • Sarah Belle Tate, Meaghan McRee, Cameron Tucker, Amber Williamson, Shawntay Henry, William Finnen, Hannah Flattery, and Emily Corlett, all Communication majors – will remain at HPU to continue for a fifth year in the B.A. to M.A. graduate program in Strategic Communication. We are pleased to have such a strong cohort of students who will be around HPU for another year!
  • Meredith MacIver, Communication – accepted a position as a Furniture Representative, Bernhardt Furniture, Denver, Colorado.  Meredith completed three internships and worked for Bernhardt at the International Home Furnishings Market during the spring and fall markets in 2013.  Her supervisors at market gave her rave reviews, and she was hired for a permanent position. Meredith emphasizes the power of networking and maintaining positive working relationships with everyone.
  • Savannah Simons, Communication with a focus in Advertising and Public Relations – will work as a full-time Intern, Walker Marchant Group, a boutique PR firm in Washington, DC. She is will be expanding her skill set as an intern and hopes to be hired in a permanent position.
  •  David Mitchell, Business Administration – has been accepted into the Financial Management Leadership Development program, Travelers Insurance, Hartford, CT. David interned with them during the summer of 2013 and credits HPU with helping him hone his public speaking skills, which served him well during his internship.

As you can tell from the backgrounds of these successful seniors and the advice many shared, it is critical for students to begin the process of transitioning out of college as early as their first semester of sophomore year.   If your student is not yet focused enough to pursue and secure an internship, we suggest he/she begin by doing a variety of informational interviews/shadowing experiences to “start the conversation” with professionals in work environments of interest.  Career & Internship Services can help facilitate many types of career exploration and solid work experiences that will put YOUR STUDENT at a competitive advantage and increase the likelihood that he/she will be a senior who secures post-graduate plans PRIOR TO graduation.  We invite you to partner with us and encourage your student to take full advantage of our assistance.   To see how we can help, please visit our webpage,

-By Kellie McLeod, Career & Internships Advisor

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