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Students to Shadow PC Alumni Across the U.S.

Providence College students will connect with alumni all over the country — and even the world — during winter break.

This year, more than 130 students will follow more than 90 alumni through the College’s Winter Break Alumni Shadowing Program, organized by the Career Education Center. Stacey Moulton, associate director for career education, matched alumni volunteers with students all over the Northeast, as well as places as far away as Florida, Chicago, and Minnesota.

One student, Rafael Taveras ’13 (Rio de Janerio, Brazil), will even be given career advice from an alumna in Sao Paulo, Moulton said. Tavares, a management and global studies double major, will be talking by phone with Polyana Ferreira De Oliveira ’07, managing director and partner at My Destination São Paulo, an online guide to the city, Moulton said. 

Through the program — now in its 22nd year — students submit applications in the fall semester indicating their career interests and geographic location. After students and alumni volunteers are matched up, they work together to select a day for them to meet during the break.

The agendas for the day can vary, said Moulton. Some alumni invite other professionals to speak with the current students, or schedule a lunch with other visiting students and alumni. Occasionally, the visits are shorter than a full day, such with Mark Ockerbloom ’85, an anchor at Fox25 News in Boston. He reports stories for about two hours each day, which is when he schedules student observers, Moulton said.

Unfortunately, the demand for shadowing in some fields, such as marketing and health professions like nurse practitioner or physical therapist, exceeds the number of volunteers, she said. But some alumni are able to have multiple students shadow them, Moulton said. 

In addition to the shadowing program over winter break, Alumni-Student Networking Nights are scheduled in Boston, New York, and Providence in January, as well as a Career Conversations event in Los Angeles. For more information and to register, go to the PC alumni events page.

— Liz F. Kay


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