The Center for Career Development has helped Jacqueline Ferro to become the leader and professional she is today.

Jacqueline Ferro, a senior, first became involved with Adelphi University’s Center for Career Development working for the America Reads/America Counts program with Karen Autry, assistant director for employer relations. She continued to tap into the center’s invaluable resources by enrolling in the Internship Preparation Seminar with Jonathan Ivanoff, associate director of internships. Ms. Ferro said he was an excellent professor and that he sparked her motivation to apply for the Community Fellows Program. He also helped to improve her interview skills, résumé and cover letter, and ways to conduct an effective meeting.

Already ecstatic to learn she was accepted into the Community Fellows Program, she was even more elated when she landed an internship at her first choice—the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York and Western New York. In Summer 2013, Ms. Ferro served as a wish-granting intern, working for nine wish-granting coordinators throughout the wish process. Ms. Ferro conducted interviews for four enthusiastic and joyful children, contacted outside vendors, such as Walt Disney World Resort and other travel vendors, and learned how to implement two server databases.

After her summer internship at Make-A-Wish, Ms. Ferro felt she had grown as a professional. Make-A-Wish was such a welcoming, ever-growing and diverse workplace that she wanted to continue working with them during the Fall 2013 semester. Bernadine Waller, M.A. ‘10, assistant director of experiential learning, served as her supervising mentor during her Community Fellows internship and was also the head coordinator for the Panthers With a Purpose program, which helped her continue her wish-granting internship, doing incredibly gratifying work.

The Center for Career Development has helped her to become the leader and professional she is today. She is extremely appreciative of Ms. Autry, Mr. Ivanoff, Ms. Waller, the Center for Career Development staff, and the wish-granting department of Make-A-Wish for inspiring and teaching her.

Ms. Ferro, slated to receive a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders next May, feels more confident and intuitive after gaining such valuable experience.

“I cannot recommend and speak more highly of the Community Fellows Program, Panthers With a Purpose, and the Center for Career Development at Adelphi University,” she said. “Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

This article appeared in the Career Compass Fall 2014 Newsletter.

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