Spring 2017| Posse New York Quarterly

  

Alumni Give Back Through New Career Program Initiative

Nia Mensah (bottom, right), director of the physical therapy department at iHope and Vanderbilt University Posse alumna, demonstrates to Posse Scholars how to perform various physical therapy techniques to support mobility issues students may experience.

This past December, Posse New York’s Career Program launched a new initiative, Alums in Action. Posse Scholars were paired with Posse alumni, whom they shadowed in their professional offices.

The inaugural program featured alumni working in a wide variety of organizations, including the Legal Aid Society, Nielsen, The International Academy of Hope, Atlas DIY and Bloomberg Philanthropies. The experience exposed Scholars to a real-life perspective on professional opportunities in these diverse industries.

“Though I knew about Nielsen, shadowing a Posse alumna allowed me to understand how vast the opportunities at one company can be,” says Quinn Hurse, a junior at Wheaton College. “I saw analytical, technical and creative roles all in one place. I also enjoyed seeing a Posse alumna in her element, speaking about her role with confidence and expertise. As a college student, sometimes getting to that point seems impossible, but now I know it is within reach.”

Each shadow session was structured to include an engaging activity and an interactive tour of the office or a panel discussion. At Legal Aid Society Scholars participated in “Know Your Rights” Jeopardy followed by a panel discussion with staff members representing various positions.

“The Alums in Action program was a life-changing experience, as it inspired me to take a risk and explore a different sector of the business and finance industry,” said Christine Lim, a junior at Vanderbilt University who visited Bloomberg. “Ultimately, I discovered that Bloomberg was the perfect culture fit for me, and I am excited to say that I will be interning there this summer.”

Alums in Action will continue to be a valuable initiative among Posse’s many Career Program offerings. The Career Program provides Scholars with career-readiness workshops, internships, resume coaching, assistance applying for fellowships and graduate-level programs, and all levels of professional support for Posse alumni after graduation.

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