Class of 2017
Majors: Marketing and Finance
Hometown: Pelham, New Hampshire
Six months ago, Josh Fyffe received the perfect opportunity to combine his Whitman education with his love of sports when he was hired as an intern for Fox Sports and Scout.com, covering the New York Giants as a lead beat writer. In this position, Josh is responsible for writing three to six articles a week on a 24-hour turnaround from the time he receives the assignment, transforming quotes from post-game interviews into NFL interest stories for the media. “This has translated into improving my time management and organizational skills, as well as refining my professional writing ability,” explained Josh.
While this job certainly keeps Josh busy, he still finds time to become involved in the Whitman community. As co-president of the American Marketing Association, Josh works with Joseph Howard to plan guest speakers and lead weekly meetings for the group. Together, they have grown the organization from just 12 active members last semester to over 70 students this semester. “Joining the American Marketing Association presented me with the opportunity to network with many industry professionals, who verbalized their first-hand job experiences to the association as well as extending internship openings at their respected firms,” said Josh.
Through AMA, Josh also became involved with an entrepreneurial program called WeThrive that works with underprivileged local youth in the community. This semester, Josh will be volunteering at the Syracuse Housing Authority, teaching a class that provides high school students with skills in personal finance, goal setting and public speaking.
For Josh, it has been these opportunities for involvement that have been one of the most beneficial aspects of his Whitman experience. He also credits the Whitman Career Center for supporting him through his education. “Through the Career Center I have received one-on-one attention for my career endeavors, with a specific counselor who is tailored to students with my prospective major,” he explained. “The Career Center has helped me with invaluable resume advice, practice interviews, potential employers and overall business professionalism.”
As Josh heads into his junior year, there are multiple career paths that seem to spark his interest. He has considered roles in marketing research and development, potentially working as a product or brand manager. He is also interested in working in the tech industry in a marketing role for a company like Google, HP or IBM, as he sees this area positioned for growth in the future. But for the time being, Josh plans to spend next semester studying abroad in Hong Kong, where he hopes to land an internship overseas and expand his knowledge of international business.