Experience360 sets DelVal apart
Posted on July 30, 2014 by Dr. Kim Long, dean of business and humanities.
DelVal’s Experience 360 program is more than hype; it’s one of the most important elements of that sets a DelVal education apart. As everyone knows, the Founder’s mission of “science with practice” is more than a nice slogan that has survived for 118 years. We are working hard to create experiences and activities designed to give students the hands-on, out-of-classroom learning they need to be more competitive.
Students in media and communication are finding that the internship is the key. Internships are important in many fields, of course, but in this discipline, it’s the practical application of skills that helps people get jobs.
Three Delaware Valley University students I know about have been involved in internships during the spring 2014 semester where they have put their skills to the test: Madi Moore ‘15, Stephanie DelVento ‘16, and Emily Sulzer ‘14. Madi has been working in the marketing and communications department at DelVal. The experiences she has had there, with public relations, marketing materials, social media and the many other aspects of a marcom office will serve her well in the future. This summer, Madi is continuing to work for marcom and has also joined the newsroom at Philly.com as an intern.
Stephanie interned with the Travis Manion Foundation during the spring 2014 semester, helping with a variety of publications and press releases, digital media, and internal documents. She became more confident in her interactions with others as she also became more competent in her discipline.
Emily had an internship of sorts with me working for the School of Business and Humanities. She edited the Academic Affairs newsletter, something that I had begun when I came here in 2012. Emily, along with some assistance from Stephanie, gathered information, formatted the content, handled the design, and was responsible for final proofing. She (and Stephanie) did a marvelous job. Emily accepted a position as a junior public relations associate with Debbie Goetz Media Connections in Jamison, Pa., before she graduated in May and is now working full time.
These kinds of stories can be repeated all over campus as our students are going out and doing good work. I’m proud of these three because they are in one of our emerging majors, in an area that DelVal is not yet known for. They are our pioneers as we blaze new trails. In the meantime, they are creating their own opportunities and building their careers. Kudos!