Class of 2017 Success Stories Begin Building Long Before Graduation Day

April 24, 2017


Across campus this time of year you’ll find that the always-lively atmosphere is punctuated by more than a few shrieks of joy and enthusiastic fist bumps accompanied by the mention of places such as Blum Shapiro, Dell, State Street, UNC and Teach For America.

 At this point, the vast majority of seniors have a good sense of what they want to do after graduating, and we have a strong track record of helping them achieve those goals, often before they even receive their diploma.

 By commencement, most will have secured a job, graduate school placement or a position in a year-of-service program. Others will reward themselves with a little time off during the summer, but within a year 98 percent of them will be settled into the next step on their professional journey. For those launching their career, data suggest they can expect to earn a good salary. The new federal College Scorecard reports that the average early-career salary of a Stonehill graduate is 75 percent above the national average.

 “Stonehill students are extremely professional and have great academic backgrounds and experiences that set them apart,” says David Hubble, a recruiter for Nestle Waters, who often turns to Stonehill to fill open positions.

 Such feedback stems from a time-tested formula that combines rigorous academics, enriching service opportunities and an advising program that ensures every student has the knowledge and experiences necessary to find success no matter how they define it.

 “Our priority is helping Stonehill students to understand their personal post-graduate goals, and then guiding them to achieve those goals,” says Christina Burney, director of the Career Development Center. “Our students learn how to articulate the value of their Stonehill education and their professional experiences to prospective employers, graduate schools and service organizations. Leading up to graduation, students engage in interviews, both on campus and off, that will ultimately lead them to their first destination after Stonehill.”

 In addition to the more than 4,000 jobs being posted in Stonehill’s career database, the College this year had dozens of recruiters on campus for career events and helped connect students with a network of alumni committed to helping new graduates enjoy the same success they have.

 Take a look at some of the comments we’ve received from seniors who have secured jobs, graduate school placement or a service post before they’ve even taken final exams.


ACCOUNTING

Alexandra Esposito

New Providence, New Jersey

PricewaterhouseCoopers, Assurance Associate

“My experience studying and interning abroad for Marriott International in London my junior year put me at a great advantage in the classroom and while pursuing jobs after graduation. I came back to campus with a new set of skills and a deeper understanding of many of the concepts I had learned in class that I was seeing firsthand in the workplace. But I ultimately attribute my successes back to the amazing professors I've had in the business department. Their knowledge and experience paired with their genuine desire for students to succeed has made my educational experience at Stonehill enjoyable and extremely rewarding.”

Rondell Gates

Holbrook, Massachusetts

Blum Shapiro, Staff Accountant

“Meeting with advisors in the Career Development Center multiple times throughout my four years at Stonehill to go over my resume and for mock interviews helped me find success in my field.”

Miguel Linares

Ernst & Young and Northeastern University, Staff Accountant (EY) and Master's in Accounting (NU)

“The Job Expo, Handshake and interviews on campus helped me to find internships in big companies such as State Street and EY. Career Development helped me with my resume, cover letter, mock interviews, emails, LinkedIn and many other things that led to get my internships, which one of them ended up with an offer for a full-time job.”

 


Arts Administration

Dylan Turner

Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Resident Company Manager
Longy School of Music of Bard College, Administrative Coordinator for Academic Affairs

“Stonehill’s Arts Administration program gave me an amazing opportunity to explore the business side of the arts, and I am excited to begin my career in arts management. After hearing about the 2017 StageSource Jobs Fair from our theatre arts faculty, I went to it, and had a great time learning about opportunities in my career field. The Career Development Center really helped me perfect my résumé.”

 

Kathryn Lusa

Pomfret, Connecticut

Arts in Reach: AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service To America (VISTA)

“I chose Stonehill for its BA in Arts Administration. I stayed because of the opportunities available through the department and the commitment of the faculty. Stonehill values service to the community. I found this placement with AmeriCorps through the Career Development Center.”

 


 

Biology

Samantha Bertherman

Cumberland, Rhode Island

New England College of Optometry, Doctorate in Optometry

“The Career Development Center has helped me immensely. My advisor helped me sort out my options and eventually decide on one life path. From interview advice to life chats, the CDC was the most valuable resource I took advantage of here at Stonehill.”

Alison Smith

Wilbraham, Massachusetts

Stonehill Service Corps/Dominican Republic, English Teacher

“My study abroad experience prepared me perfectly for this opportunity. I studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain, where I only spoke Spanish and then worked in a Spanish-speaking cancer research laboratory. Also my H.O.P.E. experience in Peru taught me how to live in solidarity with the community I will be serving, which I also find very important.”

 


 

Criminology

Anthony Eno

Liverpool, New York

Teach For America Corps

“A community group internship my sophomore year gave me a better understanding of the challenges underserved youth endure and opened my eyes to the inherent ability all students possess, regardless of their race or socioeconomic background. Four subsequent internships further confirmed my passion for work advocating for at-risk youth; and I decided to pursue a career with Teach For America.”

Erik Journet

Dennis, Massachusetts

Nantucket Police Department, Police Officer

“Through internships with the Brockton Police and Massachusetts State Police, work experience with Stonehill College Police and participation in the Hill-to-Hill Program, I met many people who helped me get to where I am today. ”

 


 

Economics

Nicholas Murray

Holyoke, Massachusetts

W. B. Mason, Digital Marketing Data Analyst

“A lot of things I did helped prepare me, but I would say my three internships, teaching an I.D.E.A.S. class, being a club president, work study job, resident assistant’s role, and working closely with career services were the most helpful.”

 


 

Elementary Education and Religious Studies

Allyson Guglielmino

Newton, New Hampshire

Boston College, Urban Catholic Teacher Corps, Master’s Program in Curriculum and Instruction

“I have wanted to be a teacher since first grade. Stonehill has led me toward achieving this goal by my being able to double major in elementary education and religious studies, which then let me focus my education on being a parochial school teacher. By doing pre-practicums in parochial schools, completing a directed study on the history of American Catholic Education and participating in various Campus Ministry opportunities, I have been able to achieve this goal. As I start my career and graduate school, I am positive that Stonehill’s many opportunities have prepared me to be successful.”

 


 

Finance

Katherine Colpitts

Nantucket, Massachusetts

State Street Corp., Professional Development Program – Senior Associate, Investor Services

“There are a plethora of experiences at Stonehill that have forged my current path after graduation. Among them are the Moreau Honors Program, which fostered my love of in-depth discussion and collaboration on topics of interest; my year abroad at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where I found a new interest in foreign investment strategies; and my six-month internship as an alternative investment solutions intern at State Street Bank, focusing on anti-money laundering remediation within their private equity department. The Alumni network and Career Development Center are just fantastic, and honestly one of the reasons I decided to come here four years ago.”

 


 

Gender & Sexuality Studies and Spanish

Nicole Ambrosecchio

Stamford, Connecticut

Stonehill Service Corps (Father Bill’s & MainSpring)

“The professors at Stonehill are all so great; they really care about how you do and helping you find your path for after college. And the Career Development Center was always available to help me with my resumes, writing cover letters and even practicing interviews!”

 


 

Interdisciplinary studies/health science

Katherine Pena-Rosario

Dorchester, Massachusetts

UMASS Boston, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program

“I had the opportunity to do an internship where I studied to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA) and volunteered at a long-term care facility. These experiences strengthened my goal of becoming a nurse. I was also fortunate enough to meet Stonehill alumni who continued into nursing school. They were a big help in motivating me and giving me the confidence I needed to really look into nursing schools. Moreover, I received additional guidance from nurse practitioners from Stonehill Health Services, who helped me tremendously with what to expect in nursing school and how to organize and adjust my school goals to match my personal goals.”

Sarah Gaffney

Nottingham, New Hampshire

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Physician Assistant Masters Program

“One of the greatest opportunities that I received from Stonehill was my internship at Portsmouth Regional Hospital, where I shadowed seven different physician assistants in the cardiothoracic and vascular unit. From this experience, I was able to observe open-heart surgery, as well as, really understand what the "day to day" looked like for a PA. The internship gave me the confidence I needed to apply to rigorous programs such as the one at MCPHS.”

 


 

Interdisciplinary Studies/speech language pathology and psychology

Lorraine Smith

Littleton, Colorado

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, MS Speech-Language Pathology

“My time at Stonehill has not only given me the resources to accomplish my career goals, but also the realization and courage to forge my own path. Sophomore year, I received the Moreau Honors leadership grant to attend the 2015 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention in Denver, which not only widened my understanding of the field, but also increased my awareness of the possible opportunities in the field for Stonehill students.”

 


 

Marketing

Nicole Sciarra

Montclair, New Jersey

Dell, Marketing Associate

“The Career Development Center really helped me. I also received another offer from PepsiCo the same week I received Dell’s and Career Development did a great interview prep for that.”

 


 

Neuroscience

Alexandra Piscoya

Teach For America, Secondary Mathematics Teacher

“My involvement in Campus Ministry’s H.O.P.E. program and with the Office of Intercultural Affairs encouraged me to pursue my dreams and always gave me the support I needed over the past four years. And Kris Silva in the Career Development Center helped me investigate some options for post-graduate service and the application process for Teach For America.”

 


 

Political science

Brianna Arnold

Charlton, Massachusetts

Roger Williams School of Law, Juris Doctorate

“Many experiences at Stonehill helped me succeed. My internship in DC helped me decide what path I wanted to pursue and Career Development helped me develop my resume and fill out applications. My professors helped me make my decision regarding which law school to go to and so much more. Without all of these experiences my time at Stonehill would have been so different.”

 


 

Psychology

Ahmed Hassan

KForce Inc., Talent Associate

“I am a first-generation college student and had always been concerned with what I was going to embark on after college. The NYC Externship Program really opened my eyes to the possibilities. New York has always been a place I saw myself. Being able to go there as a representative of my institution and learn firsthand from numerous industry leaders was truly an experience unequal to anything else. I walked out a better person than I walked in.”