Exploring the Food Industry in Baltimore & the Chesapeake Bay

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In connection with the Gettysburg College “Year of Food,” members of the Center for Career Development staff developed a novel, multilayered immersion trip and planned various experiences for students during the latter part of the Spring 2017 semester. To kick it off, on April 25th, alumna Maribeth Black, ’07, who works for the World Food Bank in Rome, shared her career experiences with students. She attended classes and facilitated an open session. Next, on April 28th, we invited students to join staff members at an information session/Meet & Greet at the Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit in Westminster, MD, to learn about the financial operations and job/internship opportunities. The last component of the experience, which took place May 16-18, was an immersion trip to the Chesapeake Bay & Baltimore, MD for a group of 7students.  On the first day, the group traveled to Tilghman Island to explore the Phillips Wharf Environmental Center and cruise on a skipjack […]

Road Trip to the Real World: Publishing 101 with Brooke Engeldrum Vladyka ’10

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In late July, fourteen students and recent grads of the Class of 2016 spent a full day at Meredith Corporation in New York City with alum Brooke Engeldrum Vladyka ’10, Integrated Account Manager at EatingWell, and many of her colleagues discussing the many facets of the publishing industry. Students were able to interact with and learn from professionals working in editing, production, advertising, marketing and events, business development, PR, finance, digital sales & marketing, and human resources (with another alum Diana Cotumaccio ’10, HR Manager at IMG).  The visit also included lunch with a few young professionals learning the ins and outs of living/working in NYC and each person’s career path to Meredith.  It was a fantastic learning experience that provided valuable insight to our student participants. Many thanks to Brooke for offering and organizing this great experience!

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 […]