Nicole Crofton ’18 @ University of Vermont College of Medicine

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Shadowing Dr. Greenblatt for the week was an amazing opportunity that greatly exceeded my expectations. From the informative tour of Burlington that he gave my parents and myself, to letting me feel the massive tumor in the abdomen of a patient- I could not have asked for a better experience. Not only that, but with the combination of his academic and clinical work, it was as if I was shadowing two different people. It was exceptionally informative to see these two aspects of the scientific world, and it was even better to see how one person could be so brilliant in both. I got the chance to sit in on meetings with doctors specializing in various fields and it was an honor to be in the presence of such brilliant minds. Dr. Greenblatt also took the time to explain, at great length, his genetic research with scientists across the globe. It was satisfying to see […]

Kara Robertson ’19 @ Philips Personal Health

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In today’s world people are constantly looking to technology to answer their questions, provide news, problem solve, and find products. Six billion searches are said to be conducted daily on Google alone, and ninety-one percent of all clicks go to the first results page that Google provides. So, how does a company ensure that their products are on that first results page and in the position necessary to generate traffic to the destination that they want? This week I worked under the direction of Kelly Downey, VP of Digital and Shopper Solutions, at Phillips in Stamford, Connecticut. I learned about how companies bid on particular search words in order to ensure that their content is seen, and how significant placement is depending on factors such as whether the consumer is using a phone or computer to access the search. The week was extremely eye-opening as there are so many things that go on behind the […]

Mackenzie Targarona ’18 @ Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling

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I chose to take part in the externship at the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling because, as a sociology major, I am strongly considering the possibility of working in a non­profit one day. Thus, I was thrilled at the opportunity to get to work with Mrs. Warner and her team and gain a behind the scenes look at what non­profit work entails. On our first day in Boston, Mrs. Marlene Warner introduced her staff to us and gave us a tour of her facility, as well as told us her story of how she ended up working here as the executive director. She told us about what she does as a director, as well as what it means to be a compulsive gambler. After introductions and getting warmed up to one another, we took a ride down to a casino for a meeting with the staff there to go over a new program called “Play My Way”. […]

My Experience at KIND- Emma Haskell ’19

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Day 1    My first day at Kind. In my attempts to look like a real New Yorker as I rode the subway with my coffee in hand, I tried hard not to look at the directions I had been given. I arrived early to be greeted by my mentor, Victoria, with a kind and warming smile. The day started off with a tour in which we saw all the departments of the KIND company. I loved how all the departments from legal work to flavor development were under the same roof which only augmented the strong sense of community amidst all the employees. My first meeting with my mentor showed me that is totally normal that at my current age and year at Gettysburg I do not need to to know exactly where my life is going to take me right at this second. Talking to Victoria showed me that through her years at Gettysburg […]

Casey Eck ’18 @ Richmond Children’s Hospital at VCU

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I completed my externship at the Richmond Children’s Hospital at VCU with Doctor David Marcello. He is a Pediatric Hospitalist who just recently returned to VCU where he had completed his residency. After only two days of shadowing Doctor Marcello, I learned that he is an incredible hospitalist, a knowledgeable pediatric doctor, and a respected teacher. In two days I watched him work to save lives, put countless smiles on children’s faces, and even win an award for being the best teacher in his department. I quickly realized it was an honor to be shadowing him. I went in to my externship knowing that I want a career in medicine and that I have a special interest in pediatrics. I was so excited to see what the Children’s Hospital at VCU and Doctor Marcello had to offer. Throughout my two busy days in the hospital I had a tour of the pediatric floor, I observed […]

Grace Timko @ Rippowam Cisqua School

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This summer I participated in an externship at Rippowam Cisqua School in Bedford, New York. I was placed in Ms. Polos’ sixth grade Humanities and Language Arts class of fifteen students. My personal goal of the externship was to have a different educational experience and to learn something new about the different paths I could take after graduating Gettysburg College. This specific class was unique to my education experience as I had never taken or observed a Humanities class before, just a traditional English class. In the short week I was at Rippowam Cisqua, Ms. Polos had graded the students’ research papers on Ancient Rome and returned them for revision, given them a map test on Ancient Rome, started a packet on adverbs, and started—and finished—the play, Twelve Angry Men. I was very interested in this class because it covered many different topics across disciplines; the students were learning and writing about Ancient Rome, while […]

Allison Stickney ’18 – Graybill Medical Group

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A Week in the Life of the Magic Doc from the Department of Funology Why did the cookie go to the doctor? He was feeling crummy. So you might be greeted by Dr. Pearson, a family physician at Graybill Medical Group in Carlsbad, California. With scrub pockets full of cards and coins for magic tricks, he brings fun to every patient visit. Sometimes people can get caught up in the science of becoming a doctor: it’s about human anatomy, the biochemical reactions, the patient’s stats: the part of the machine that’s not working properly. Dr. Pearson, however, sees each patient as an individual, not as a series of imbalanced lab results. He treats his patients like family, spending time at the beginning of each visit inquiring about what’s been going on recently in their lives before diving into the medicine.   Many people dread going to the doctor. They may associate it with sickness or […]

Sports Industry and Community Development Immersion Trip

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In May 2016, 8 Gettysburg students accompanied Katy Mattson and Tiffany Kurzawa of the Center for Career Development for a three day Careers in Context trip focused on the sports industry and community development. The trip highlighted the many ways that students can work in sports-related fields, including collegiate and professional athletics, the management of major sporting events and venues, and sports organizations/media networks and how they engage with the communities around them. Overall, it was an extremely informative and fun few days! Read more to hear the full details of each day: Day 1: We kicked off our trip on-campus with a panel of professionals with experience in the sports industry: Ed Tapscott P’14, Vice President of Player Programs at the Washington Wizards, and two members of the Gettysburg College community – Dave Wright P’08, P’13, P’16, the Assistant VP for Athletics and Development Officer, and Joe Lynch ’85, Executive Director of Alumni Relations, […]

Brand Marketing and Product Development Immersion Trip – Orlando, FL

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In January 2016, six Gettysburg students accompanied Gettysburg alumnus and ValidFill CEO Greg Edelson ’87, P’18 and Kathy Williams P’07, Executive Director, Gettysburg College Center for Career Development on a weeklong career immersion trip focused on brand marketing and product development in the theme park and resort industries. Using Orlando, FL as our classroom, they took a deep dive into studying the competitive market space there, with 60+ hours of education and interaction with senior theme/resort industry leaders. Special emphasis was placed on product development and the partnership between Coca-Cola/ValidFill (and sister company Whirley Drink Works) at its client sites including Disney World, Universal Studios, Loews resorts, Merlin Entertainment/LEGOLand, and Sea World. The week culminated with a one-of-a-kind leadership experience where the students presented their insights to the Sea World corporate team including their CEO, Joel Manby.

FBI Headquarters Immersion Trip

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In January 2015, a group of 15 Gettysburg students and staff participated in a site visit/tour at the FBI Headquarters & Education Center in Washington, DC, organized through the Center for Career Development with a Gettysburg alumna. The FBI Tour Route was closed after 9/11, refurbished, and is now open to FBI employees and their guests. Our group was able to view exhibits on FBI history, FBI in popular media, Wanted posters, FBI methods and tools, and famous FBI cases. We were also able to view a large exhibit on 9/11, including the terrorist’s car and pieces of the Pentagon and World Trade Center; as well as collar bomb; Unabomber; Oklahoma City; and Robert Hanssen, among other espionage cases.  We even had the unexpected additions of getting to see a live weapons demonstration, a visit at the FBI store – the only place you can legally buy FBI seal items – and a brief encounter […]