Professional Career-Readiness Center and the Literature, Culture and Society Department Host Career and Internship Summit Tuesday, April 4, 2023
"We prepare students to think critically, write well, lean into their own artistry and immerse themselves in unfamiliar worlds. This distinctive approach makes our graduates successful across multiple industries and keeps them focused on their creative passions."
The power of networking, the value of internships and staying true to one's career aspirations: Point Park University's Literature, Culture and Society Career and Internship Summit brought together students, alumni and industry professionals to discuss the ways in which they have achieved their goals and how their Point Park education has helped them find success.
Hosted by the Professional Career-Readiness Center (PCRC) in collaboration with the School of Arts & Sciences' Department of Literature, Culture and Society, the event featured guest speaker Adriana Sanchez-Solis, senior manager of community engagement for Allegheny Department of Human Services, and two panel discussions. Natalea Hillen '24, a broadcasting major and marketing and sales minor, moderated the event.
The alumni panel included:
- Nicoletta Chiodi '21, English/creative writing major and modern languages minor, communications and programming intern at OneVoice Movement and graduate student
- Lauren Hunter '22, creative writing major, writer and editor intern at Proofpoint and graduate student
- Shawn MacIntyre '19, history major, operations manager at Braddock's Battlefield History Center
- Josh McCann '18, English/creative writing major and current student in the M.Ed. in Secondary Education program, published author and English teacher at Laurel Highlands School District
- Shalace Moore '18, English/creative writing major, MSCP, therapist at Auberle's 412 Youth Zone
The student panel included:
Chris Girman, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Department of Literature, Culture and Society, said the event exemplifies the multifaceted, interconnected nature of the department's degree programs.
"The social sciences are very much alive, and our graduates land fulfilling jobs in their fields of interest," he said. "Our department prepares students in topics such as theories of justice or elements of a high-quality short story, but we also connect them with opportunities to put those concepts into practice. History courses might lead to archival work, which could evolve into a grant-writing position at a museum. Creative writers might write political press releases at one internship, and explore the publishing business at another. At Point Park, students find communities of like-minded learners, which means they become disciplinary colleagues and peers with the same professors who taught them. We prepare students to think critically, write well, lean into their own artistry and immerse themselves in unfamiliar worlds. This distinctive approach makes our graduates successful across multiple industries and keeps them focused on their creative passions."
Discover what it's like to learn at Point Park by exploring our Get Career-Ready storytelling series.
More About: legal studies, English, social justice studies, liberal studies, creative writing, political science, faculty, history, Career Development Center, interdisciplinary studies, global cultural studies, School of Arts and Sciences