Students at the Whitman School study abroad for a life-changing experience filled with traveling and learning, but some students may be hesitant to leave the country for a few months and not finish their degree on time. But, what if students could study away from campus for a semester, take classes relevant to their major and gain valuable work experience?
The Whitman School recently launched a program for students to spend a semester in New York City to connect with alumni and professionals in the business world, take Whitman courses and gain real-world experience with an internship. This immersive professional development opportunity will give students a trial run of working in the Big Apple and an opportunity to network in the business hub of the world.
Julia Danan ’21, a supply chain management student at the Whitman School, was eager to apply after hearing about the program over the summer from Whitman alumni. As a New York City native, Danan is excited to spend a semester at home, while still taking courses and completing an internship.
“Having the chance to build a network and meet more alumni in the city I know I will end up in is an amazing opportunity that I could not pass up,” said Danan. In hopes to expand her professional network, Danan looks ahead to a rewarding experience during her third year in the Whitman School.
Kristin Mascolo ’19 had a unique city experience during her time at Syracuse University with the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. The Newhouse School has hosted a similar program called Newhouse NYC since 2014, and it has grown with 20 to 30 students attending each semester. Mascolo chose Syracuse University and the Newhouse School after hearing about the NYC program; she had nothing but positive words of encouragement for students interested in the new program at Whitman.
“Think about your future. Do you want to take a semester and invest in yourself? If you do, it’s a no brainer,” said Mascolo. “Syracuse’s network is amazing in New York City. The trip made me a better person.”
Whitman alumni in New York are enthusiastic about the new program according to John Torrens, professor of entrepreneurial practice at the Whitman School and committee chair of the program. Using the Newhouse in NYC program as a benchmark, Torrens is excited to give students access to the city and all it has to offer.
The deadline to apply for Whitman’s Semester in NYC program for the 2020 spring semester is Oct. 1. For more information, visit https://whitman.syr.edu/nycabroad.