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Hello! My name is Miller Huertgen and I am currently a junior at Delaware Valley University. This year, my goal was to find an internship that involved a lot of writing in the media. This is because my hope for after graduation is to write for television or to go into publishing and editing. I was honestly really stressed about finding an internship, especially now in the middle of a pandemic. I ended up asking a few local publishing companies if they were hiring interns, but none of them were because business is so slow right now. But luckily for me, I got offered to be co-editor of a new blog for DelVal by one of my professors, Katie Carnevale! She told me about the blog and her ideas to feature student’s experiences with their internships, research projects and travel abroad trips and I thought it was a great idea. I figured this would be a perfect way to help DelVal recruit incoming students by having current students share their cool internship experiences and even have some helpful articles for all students at DelVal on how to get an internship or job that would suit them best!

When I started this internship, I was a bit nervous because I thought it would only be me and my professor working on everything about the website but I was ready for the challenge that would bring. Even so, Professor Carnevale then told me that this internship would be going hand-in-hand with my Elements of Blogging class (Yes, that’s us in the picture!). I’d have a whole class to help with all the different parts of the blog. So far, the class has been very fun and all the students are so creative and great at coming up with different ideas for the blog. I didn’t have to do this alone after all! We have editorial style classes a lot of the time and are constantly coming up with new ways to improve the blog, even before it officially launched! We still have the better part of a whole semester of this class and lots of time to write articles, interview students and staff and improve the blog. I’m so glad to gain the experience of editing other people’s writing, especially when it’s a whole class full of creative students who are working towards the same goal as me. 

My hope for this blog is to pass it on to students who are younger than me in order for it to keep growing. Even after I graduate from DelVal, I hope it can flourish under the creative minds of writers after me. The Full360 blog will be a really valuable resource for students who are searching for internships or other ways to fulfill their E360 credits. We will be sharing articles about tips and tricks on how to get an internship that suits you, how to navigate the E360 website, interviews with the E360 staff, student-written articles about their experiences, and so much more than that. Aggies share their experiences here to give you the Full360 of how it’s done! Thank you for reading!

Your Editor,

Miller Huertgen

Student Spotlight: Eric Hitch

Recently, I had the opportunity to spotlight my fellow blog writer, Eric Hitch, for the Full360 blog. Eric is a Media and Communications major here at Del Val, and will be graduating Spring of 2022! He is a self-proclaimed sports fan and it was his love of sports that drove him to select Media and Communications, seeing it as the path to be able to work in the sports industry. “We’ll see where time takes us, but that’s the dream.”

 He is currently interning at the Doylestown Township building, which is conveniently close to Delaware Valley’s campus! It’s one of the things that Eric likes about it – “it’s easy to get from internship, to class, to internship, to class,” he noted during our interview. Eric has been working with the special projects coordinator at the township to write the summer newsletter! It gets mailed out to all registered addresses in the Doylestown area. Additionally, Eric got to work with the social media team for the township to create and organize the social posts, advertisements, and events for the area.

Going into the internship, Eric wasn’t sure how it would tie to his major or his career goals. It didn’t give him much exposure directly with what he’d like to do with sports, but he believes it was still a valuable experience. “It did give me a little bit of experience with programs such as Indesign. That’s a program I never used before. That’s an Adobe program that really utilizes newsletters, magazines, print advertisements or anything like that. Which nowadays isn’t really the popular way of getting our media and information, but it’s still utilized and overall I think using new programs has opened my eyes to different programs that companies use.” Eric also got his first experience of working in an office environment, and has developed a new respect for those who can work the 9 to 5 lifestyle. It was also his first time working with people older than him, and seeing what they value in social media information was an interesting experience for him.

When asked what his biggest takeaway from the experience was, Eric admitted something that I think many people struggle with.

 “I’ve always been someone who’s been very scared to ask for help when it comes to independent projects, I’ve always been the kind of person who likes to do everything on my own,” he said.

When he ran into a problem with one of the first social media projects at the township, it was his site advisor there that supported him and encouraged him to ask for help, even when it’s a solo project. Knowing that he can rely on other people even on a social media team for second opinions and help, even if it’s something he’s supposed to do on his own, is going to help him out in the future. “You can always ask for second opinions, you can always ask if ‘this makes sense’,” even when it seems like you’re the only one writing the social media posts.

Eric is a transfer student from Bucks County Community College, and one of the things that drew him to Del Val was actually the E360 experience! “Del Val’s whole memo is getting yourself out there!” says Eric. He spent his first semester here at Del Val just getting his feet on the ground and making the adjustment from a two-year college to a four-year university. It was this semester when he really started to try and get the internship. Eric wanted to get the chance to have hands-on experience in his degree, and it was via Professor Katie Carnevale that he was able to find the internship program. He said the whole experience of finding it, getting in contact with the township, and getting the interview all happened in about a week!

Looking to the future, Eric is glad he was able to get experience with working with people who are older than him, and to get the perspective of what other generations are looking for, what they like and dislike, and value in social media posts. Between that and the Indesign program, he feels the experience has given him a head start for his future career. “That won’t be the last time I see that program,” he said.

Eric has some advice for students who haven’t gotten to start E360 yet – transfer or not – “Talk to your professors! They want what’s best for you.” Reach out to your professors, and do some digging online – whether it’s sports or writing or teaching – do some online searches and talk to your local schools and businesses to make yourself known and available. Don’t be waiting for the opportunities to come to you, go get them! Eric and I both believe that sentiment: good thing those of us who haven’t finished our E360 credits have the Full360 blog to help us along the way!

Written by: Maggie Driscoll

Student Spotlight: Sarah Young

Sarah Young

Background

Recent graduate Sarah Young made quite the name for herself at Delaware Valley University. Some of you might know her as the Student Athletic Advisory Committee President, a soccer player, Amazon College Tour actress, Rambassador, and student worker for athletics. She graduated this past May with a bachelor’s degree in counseling psychology and plans to continue her education and eventually become a guidance counselor at an elementary school. 

While talking to Sarah, I learned that, like many students, she wasn’t sure what she wanted to major in right away. All she knew was that she wanted to work with people and learn how to help them. Sarah actually started at DelVal as a Biology major and hoped to eventually major in Physical Therapy. As her freshmen year went by, she found herself enjoying the mental aspect of science over the physical side of it. Sophomore year she officially changed her major to Counseling Psychology and fell in love with it. 

Sarah Young on the field

E360 Activity One

While COVID has thrown a notch in many students experiential learning plans, Sarah did not let that stop her. She has completed three E360 activities in the span of four years. Her first activity took place at the YMCA in Doylestown as a summer camp counselor. “I was in charge of creating five days of eight-hour long schedules for children, ages seven to thirteen,” she said. “I oversaw the soccer camp in the mornings and then the afternoon sports. This experience helped me narrow down which age groups I hope to work with in the future.” 

E360 Activity Two 

Her second experience came from being a SAAC member (Student Athletic Advisory Committee). Sarah was involved in SAAC for three years, two of them she held the title of committee president.  Her leadership development for E360 was completed during her time as president.

“I am in charge of planning and executing events and meetings as well as being a voice and liaison between student-athletes and their representatives and the athletic staff,” said Sarah.

She also attended monthly meetings with all the presidents and advisors in the MAC conference. Sarah handed the title of SAAC President down to committee member, Sadie Strober, as the 2020-2021 academic year came to an end.  

E360 Activity Three

Sarah completed her final E360 activity as a volunteer for a graduate class at Delaware Valley. In order to complete the activity, each week Sarah played the role of a client for a mock counseling session.

“I was given a background story and I had to pretend to be a fifteen-year-old girl with a variety of teenage problems,” said Sarah.

Some of the issues she had to portray were issues with racism, alcohol abuse, and bullying. Along with playing the role of the client, she was also required to give the students (counselors) in the class feedback on what they did well during the session and where they could improve. 

Post-College Plans

Sarah explained that she fully intends on attending graduate school in the future, but right now she is planning on taking a year off in order to save some money and take a much-needed break from school. She plans on branching out with one of her close friends where they will be moving to Raleigh, North Carolina, this summer. During this time, she plans to continue nannying in North Carolina and getting her mixologist license. She will be looking into her options for graduate school to help determine what she will do when her year break is over. Sarah explained that the E360 program has really helped her narrow down her interests in counseling psychology and is very excited for what the future will bring her in this field of work. 

E360 Requirements 

According to the Delaware Valley University website, Counseling Psychology majors must complete a total of three E360 academic credits in order to complete the program. Students are also required to complete a minimum of two activities from Group A and Group B. Sarah completed a career exploration experience, student research, and the leadership development program. 

Counseling Psychology at DelVal

DelVal prides itself for its interactive and personal classes, especially the counseling psychology program. In order to enhance education, the DelVal Psychology department teaches “in-depth training and practical, relevant skills” in order to prepare you for the future. You can also participate in mock counseling sessions, like Sarah did for one of her e360 activities, and participate in professional conferences like the Association for Women in Psychology, Pennsylvania Counseling Association, and the Association for Psychological Science. You will also be offered opportunities to conduct research that will be presented at the conferences. This research can be either independent or you can assist a faculty member in their studies. By the time your four years of studies at DelVal are completed, the Counseling Psychology department feels you will be 100 percent ready to take on the next step in becoming a certified psychologist. 

Written By: Sydney Paz

DelVal Experiential Learning Photo Gallery

Compiled & written by Edie Bradley; designed by Miller Huertgen

Student Spotlight: Emily Yatron

Emily Yatron is currently a returning student senior here at Delaware Valley University, getting her second degree in Landscape Architecture with a minor in Environmental Science. She already has a degree from Kutztown University in Graphic Design and decided to further her education in Landscape Architecture at DelVal. Emily has been here for three years and has done a lot at DelVal when it comes to E360 credits. She has done a Global Studies trip, one internship that counts for credits and two for her own personal experience, and she has also completed the leadership portion of E360 as she is now the president of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). 

Emily describes the Global Field Study she did as a “mini study abroad”. She and the members of the ASLA club went to San Diego for 10 total days to attend an architecture conference that lasted four days and spent the rest of the time sightseeing in an educational way. She said that this trip counted towards the E360 credits that she needed to complete and she also took a semester-long class doing research and writing papers. During the conference, she and her club got to meet other students from different ASLA clubs around the country and gain networking experience in the landscape architecture industry. 

“We got to talk to a lot of professionals and attend really fascinating lectures and conferences,” Emily says. She also said they saw a few botanical gardens in the San Diego area and had some connections to get them private tours, during which they were told all about the different plants they saw and other educational landscape information. She said that the conference part of the trip “was incredibly useful… and great to tell a future employer that I’ve been to the ASLA conference,” as it was able to zero her in on the types of landscape architecture she wants to do in her career. It is such a broad industry, but this conference and Global Field Studies opportunity was very useful for her.

Photo taken at the San Diego Zoo

Emily also has done a few internships while she was a student at DelVal. Only one of them counted as part of her E360 credits and that was an internship at a local landscape architecture firm in Norristown. It was a small firm where she was able to do some graphic design work and some landscaping work alongside her coworkers. She also worked at Burpee Farms during the summer where she was doing a lot of hands-on work with plants and the landscape. 

“It was very physically demanding and I wasn’t prepared for how much work it was going to be,” she said. But she had some of her best experiences there when she was weeding, planting fruits and vegetables and flowers and harvesting them at the end of the season. Emily is currently doing an internship now at Castle Valley Consultants, an engineering firm where she helps design wastewater systems for local areas. She is really enjoying this internship because she is very into sustainability and this opportunity allows her to learn about both the technical side of landscape architecture and environmental sustainability has been a great experience. 

DelVal has a ton of opportunities to fulfill the E360 requirement if you are able to take advantage of your connections and ask the school to work with you and that’s exactly what Emily Yatron did. She had some great experiences that furthered her college career and life goals here at DelVal while also completing required credits to graduate. It’s simple to do both so be like Emily and get the Full360! For more information about pursuing a Global Field Studies or internship opportunity, you can reach out to the Center for Student Professional Development (CSPD) at cspd@delval.edu

Written by: Miller Huertgen

Nail Every Interview, Every Time

I recently got together with an old colleague and business professional, Jennifer Napierkowski, who is the Assistant Director in Career Services at Northampton Community College. While working with her, I learned about many of the ins and outs of the business world including resumes, interviewing, and networking. 

Together Jennifer and I came up with steps to a successful interview.  

  • Dress for Success
    • Jen and I agreed that you should always dress one notch above what the work environment entails. In other words, dress for the job you want! It is also a good idea to assess how you or others might dress for the position and tailor your interview attire to that. 
    • As an example, an interesting thing I learned from Jen is not to wear dangly earrings because they may be distracting from what you are saying. 
  • Preparation 
    • One of the most important elements to employers while interviewing is enthusiasm for the position and a demonstration of understanding the position and its job descriptions. Jen says, “Applicants should have a clear understanding of the job description and be able to describe how they would be a good fit for the role.” Also be sure to research the company itself. 
  • Body Language
    • This is important right from the start because we begin body language from the initial greeting. 
    • It is important to maintain/make eye-contact as a form of respect but also to show your interviewer that you are listening. Jen mentions that she notices when an interviewee is nervous. The inclination is to keep talking, but Jen suggests that they should take a moment to relax and remember to listen just as much as they speak. 
    • Things to look out for while you are interviewing are increased hand gesturing, filler words, eye contact, and posture.  
  • Asking Good Questions 
    • You should ALWAYS have good questions to ask at the end or even throughout your interview. This is important because it shows your interviewer you are engaged and want the conversation to keep going.  
    • These should not include your general questions about salary. Jen says she is most impressed when the questions are more out of the box. For example, “What do you see as successful characteristics who someone that would fit this position?” This allows you to assess the needs of the employers and create an opening to become the solution for them. 
  • Follow Up
    • After the interview: Reach out to the interviewer(s) either with a handwritten note or email. In this follow up you want to pull a piece of information from your interview or something you talked about to connect your interview to the follow up. This is basically a thank you to the employer for their time and consideration and can set you apart from other applicants.   

These are just some tips and tricks I learned and I hope they can help with your future interviews. Good Luck!

Written By: Hannah Seltzer

Beginning Your Career with an Experience

What is CEE?

As most students at Delaware Valley University know, the Experience360 Program is a highlight of your college experience. The E360 program was created as a way for students to get hands on, real life experience in their field of work. There are multiple different activities that students can choose to complete their required credits. One of the most popular choices is a Career Exploration Experience, or CEE. CEE is not only an internship opportunity, but also a six-week, online class. The purpose of the class is to help students focus on their goals for the experience and for the future. 

According to the Exerpeince360 Program Resource Book “The CEE serves as an introduction to or exploration in the student’s discipline-related field. Each student will establish measurable learning objectives for the CEE at the outset, as well as complete reflective assignments”. The CEE is something I completed twice, and in my opinion, it was a great way to help me focus on field experience and set goals for myself during the experience, as well as for my future. This class is a great way to learn how to market yourself to future employers. In the CEE class, you will learn which soft skills you exhibit best, make a resume, and gain experience within your field of choice. Because the class isn’t academic-focused I feel like it complements the internship and helps you stay motivated to complete your work. 

My Experience: 

I completed my first Career Exploration in the winter of 2020 for two credits. The class lasted for six weeks and had multiple requirements that need to be completed by the end. First, you must set your objectives and write an essay about what you hope to accomplish and learn during your experience. There are also notes that you must read for each week and a discussion board based off of the notes. In total you will complete a total of six discussion boards and twelve responses to other students in the class. You will also be asked to make a resume, which is a great way to get feedback before it sent to employers. For your second essay you will be given a list of suggested essay topics: interview, professional shadow, or professional seminar. I choose to interview my employer, which helped me learn a lot about gaining connections and how to grow in my field. The last essay you need to complete is also your final, which is just a reflection of your experience. The length of the essay is based off the number of credits you took for the course. You will also be required to enter the hours you completed, weekly, which will indicate, at the end of the course, whether or not you met all the requirements to complete your set number of credits. Remember that each credit you take equals a set amount of hours. This is different for each major so make sure you estimate how often you will be working! The last requirement is an evaluation of your experience from your point of view and your employers’ point of view. This will be posted on delval.edu/experiencelink under the Experience tab for you to see how they evaluate you and how you evaluated your experience and your employers. 

For my second Career Exploration, I only had to take one credit in order to fulfill my E360 requirement. The class is still six weeks long, but my essays required less content than my previous two-credit experience. I recommended this class to many of my friends when they began completing their experience. I think it really helped me focus on work because I was constantly checking to make sure my work was done and setting goals for myself really helped me ask specific questions and look for certain answers. 

Resource: 

A great thing about Delaware Valley is the amount of help you can find here. The Center for Student Professional Development is a great place to go to for assistance. When I began looking into E360, I contacted Emmaline Armstrong, the Experience360 Advisor. She answered all of my questions, offered to hold a meeting with me, and was overall helpful while I navigated my way through the experience. I recommend that anyone who has a question or needs some guidance to email her. 

Emmaline.armstrong@delval.edu

https://delval.edu/cspd

Written By: Sydney Paz

E360: Your Future is Now

“Where do you see yourself five years in the future?” I was asked this question a million times my senior year of high school. This is easily the most infuriating question I believe any young person receives in their lives. We can’t see the future and as young adults, we’re still indecisive. But, those five years have come and I’m nowhere near what I thought I’d be doing. I’m where I am because the E360 program got me here.

“The only source of knowledge is experience”. – Albert Einstein. This phrase makes sure that you understand the E360 program is no joke. The E360 program afforded me the opportunity to experience the workplace environment that I would never imagine I’d be involved in during my college years. From day one at DelVal, I was terrified that I would not achieve a good workplace experience because I was a college student. But it is because of that fear that it turned out to be one of the best experiences I have had not only a student, but as a person.

I am a Public History major who is currently interning as a tour guide at a museum. I’ve previously done years of contracting and custodial work, as well as worked at a movie theater and beer distributor. All of that has led me to a field in which I am now the teacher in my environment. I’ve been a tour guide for almost a year now and the doors it has opened for me are incredible.

Before I discuss what doors have been opened, I would like to discuss how these doors opened. The whole point of this program is to get you involved and experienced in the workplace environment. Well, the colleagues I have met while working at this place, as well as the customers/visitors have made it more worthwhile. People that have attended my museums and heard my lectures include teachers, professors, tour guides, documentary professionals, and more. With all of these educators in my workplace, I received more knowledge and expertise than originally advertised.

These experiences have afforded me job opportunities, relationships with other professionals in my field, as well as tips and pointers on how to better myself. E360 isn’t just something you have to complete for graduation. It’s something that will help you answer that question, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” It affords you the opportunity to experience a field you may or may not have interest in. Once you have that experience, other windows of opportunity may arise and now you’re ready to jump into the next experience.

Written by: Raymond Pacheco Jr.