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.

 

Students will meet with their externship hosts for two-hours a day during their week-long experience, and work on mock projects at their own pace during the week. 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 Programs 
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