Crosswalk Virtual Externship Program 
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Specifically designed to provide rising sophomores through seniors with a meaningful and marketable summer experience, F&M's new Crosswalk Experience is a one-week program that provides you with a glimpse into specific fields while connecting you with F&M alumni and parent externship hosts who will share their "day-in-the-life" and industry insights, provide a mock project simulating entry-level work in their field, and share advice about what you can do during your time at F&M to become marketable for opportunities. By the conclusion of the experience, students will have:

  • a better understanding of potential career paths and the academic, extra-curricular and work experiences that could qualify them for future summer and post-graduate opportunities, 
  • an action plan to secure further opportunities in the field, and
  • a marketable experience on their resume.

Past Crosswalk Experiences

Week of June 22, 2020:

F&M in Education (K-12/Higher Education/Education Leadership & Administration) 


Virtual Externship Hosts:
  • Aaron Bass '01,
  • Margaret Babson '15,
  • Rebecca McCain '18, and
  • Julia Lake '17



Student Testimonials:
  • "It was great that each alum came from a different aspect of education rather than just teaching or advising or policy. The projects were diverse which is why I believe it was an extremely educational experience" - Alysse Danyi '23
  • "I enjoyed having the opportunity to explore one of my interests that I definitely wouldn't have otherwise had the opportunity to do so, especially with the lack of an education program/ major at F&M. It was also very helpful in getting to not only connect with alum, but also see four different career paths in the field of education and learn more about the different opportunities available after graduating from F&M as someone who is possibly interested in pursuing education" - Lauren Chen '23
  • "I loved how open they were in talking about their paths to getting to where they are now. I appreciated the time that they gave us in being able to answer questions and offering support in the long run. I think for me it was getting to meet them that made this program so amazing and just to be able to build connections with alums" - Valerie Romero '22
  • "I liked how each person worked in different sectors of education and thus our mock projects let us experience different kinds of work, so we got to learn about different aspects/perspectives in education. Not only did we get to work towards an end product for the mock projects, but we also talked about the challenges we faced in each, which I find more insightful. I also thought it was nice that some of them were graduated for a while versus just a couple years ago, so we got to see what careers were like on different timelines" - Samantha Tran '21
Facilitator Testimonials:
  • "My favorite part of the experience was engaging with the students and hearing their projects at the end. Also had a great time talking with students after the conclusion of the "official" session, just answering questions they had about my work and general grad school search. Love the chance to talk to current students!" - Margaret Babson '15
  • "We had a lot of flexibility in planning and it was fun to reconnect with the F&M community." - Rebecca McCain '18

Week of July 6, 2020:

F&M in Science and Research (Academic and Clinical Research/Public Health & Wellness/Business of Science)


 Virtual Externship Hosts: 
  • Michelle Drapkin '99,
  • Robert Yamulla '14,
  • Tyler Schubert '19, and 
  • Alexandra Kranidis '13
Student Testimonials:
  • "I really appreciate this experience and am grateful that [OSPGD] orchestrated a way for students to do a job shadow in this COVID environment" - Emily Mansfield '22
  • "I enjoyed how we were able to connect with facilitators that work in a variety of fields and learned more about what they do and how they got to where they are today. I also enjoyed the relaxed nature of the meetings and the projects we completed" - Fiona Maloney '21
  • "It was great to talk to alums and be able to ask them questions about their career path. That was definitely my favorite part and it was the most useful" - Elizabeth O'Connell '22
  • "The close interaction with the alum was really great! They made it comfortable enough that we could ask a lot of different questions. The mock projects were also really cool! It was great to put the conversations about career paths into a tangible project" - Diana Rushemeza '21
  • "I enjoyed the opportunity to personally talk with those who have taken the path or a similar path that I envision myself taking. They were very knowledgeable and helpful, giving me good insight into how I should make my next move" - Parker Fox '21
Facilitator Testimonials:
  • "I loved the students. They were so engaging and asked great questions - what I was most impressed with was their effort. They went above and beyond on their projects. I really enjoyed our conversations and the fact that I could provide them a glimpse into the COVID environment and how that may affect their future goals and plans." - Tyler Schubert '19 
  • "My favorite aspects of the experience was having the opportunity to hear about the career interests of current F&M students, especially those interested in the field of Public Health. Engaging in dialogue about current day Public Health issues and hearing students' ideas with regards to the mock projects were most enjoyable." - Alexandra Kranidis '13 
Week of  July 13, 2020: 

F&M in Human Resources & Staffing (Recruitment/ Staffing/Employee Relations and Management/Human Resources Information Systems)


Virtual Externship Hosts:

  • Joshua Pekar '11,
  • Anam Bibi '16, 
  • Lee Berman '89, and 
  • Amy Familo P'22
Student Testimonials:
  • "I enjoyed hearing about the paths that lead each presenter to their current job today. It reinforced the idea that there is no direct path to where you want to end up with your career" - Adrianna Tomasello '23
  • "I loved how applicable were the projects and how open were the speakers to answering questions and giving feedback" - Nataliia Nevinchana '21
Facilitator Testimonials:
  • "It was great engaging with a diverse group of students. Those who participated in the entire experience were engaged and a pleasure to work with" - Amy Familo P'22
  • "It was great hearing how the students thought through the projects with different perspectives" - Josh Pekar '11

Week of January 11, 2021:

F&M in Public Health Crosswalk 


Virtual Externship Hosts:

  • Nodar Kipshidze, MPH '14, 
  • Saliyah George, MPH '18, 
  • Rebecca Rehr, MPH '09, and
  • Hina Syed, MPH '10


Student Testimonials:
  • "I really enjoyed hearing about each alumni's career journey. It was really helpful to be able to talk to them and learn about working in public health. I also liked the mock projects and how they each were a little different, but still related to public health. It was a really rewarding experience and I would recommend it to my peers!" - Sydney Wieczkowski '22
  • "I really liked the mock projects and getting to ask the presenters questions about what we really wanted to know and get answers from their first hand experience!" - Adina Rubenstein '22
  • "It was good having various alumni in different sectors of public health so we could learn about a lot of different career paths. I enjoyed the mock projects." - Jamie Belfer '22
  • "Interacting with alumni in the health field and completing the mock projects (great experience and resume booster). It was an amazing opportunity!" - Erica Stanitski '23
Facilitator Testimonials:
  • "It was encouraging and inspiring to see the students' interest in the subject matter, as well as the different framing they took to approach the projects. Plus, I actually was able to showcase the projects on the blog page I manage as part of my organization." - Rebecca Rehr, MPH '09


Week of January 11, 2021:

F&M in Communications Crosswalk 


Virtual Externship Hosts:

  • Victoria Temena-Husemann '16, 
  • Andy Duberstein, MBA '09,
  • Wyatt Behringer '18, and
  • Kimberly Abruzzo '15
Student Testimonials:
  • "I felt I got the most out of hearing the experiences from the alum." - Anna Asnis '22
  • "I think it was a great experience." - Robert Manganaro '22
  • "Real discussion about the professional field. No sugar coating, just the truth." - Tom Graminski '22
Facilitator Testimonials:
  • "A simple and easy format to talk with students. They were prepared and had questions and conversation flowed easily." - Wyatt Behringer '18
  • "The students were very insightful! They had thoughtful questions and brought great energy to our wrap-up meeting." - Victoria Temeña-Husemann '16


Week of January 18, 2021:

F&M in Finance Crosswalk 


Virtual Externship Hosts:

  • Dorinda Foster, J.D., M.B.A. '09, 
  • Kate Salomon '13, and
  • Dominic Mammorella, MBA '04


Student Testimonials:
  • "Thank you OSPGD for putting together the F&M in Finance Crosswalk program- it helped me immensely and has given me a much better sense of direction in terms of my interests for this upcoming summer & post-F&M path." - Kyle Addis '22
  • "The crosswalk fostered a unique learning experience that was enormously insightful. I enjoyed the opportunity to learn about the work the facilitators did and found the projects to be applicable. All of the advice the alumni shared was extremely beneficial and will go a long way for navigating the business sector." - Alex Sang '23
Facilitator Testimonials:
  • "Wanted to share with you how blown away I was with the quality of presentations from this group. The students really outdid themselves and exceed expectations. I can tell they really took the time to do the work and research. I loved how they introduced new terms, regulators, and identified numerous risk areas; truly taking a seat as a compliance officer. I really love F&M and pleased I could give back in this way!" - Dorinda Foster, JD, MBA, '09