Thanks to a connection by Professor John Rossi III, Wendy Fomby served as a tax accounting intern in Keith Bachman’s Whitehall office this spring. Having landed a position at PriceWaterhouseCoopers during her senior year, Fomby sought an internship at a public CPA firm during her final semester.
“Now, I feel ready to conquer my dream at a national firm because of the positive experience I’ve had here,” she says. “To see the passion Keith displays for this profession, the advice he provides, and hearing his experiences show me life beyond Moravian will be great because of the wonderful community we have.”
Not that Bachman made it easy. “I told Wendy, ‘I’m going to challenge you, and you let me know when you get to your job at PriceWaterhouseCoopers how prepared you feel,’” he explains. “Wendy will find that her initial training at Bachman CPA and Company will provide her with an advantage over her peers when her training commences at PWC.
“I want interns who want to learn and prepare for the start of their careers in the professional world,” Bachman concludes. “We have had excellent students interning with our firm, and I attribute that to Moravian’s programs – and also to Professor John Rossi. I’m an advocate for Moravian.”
Intern: Marisa Clark ’15
ABOVE: After meeting during a Coffee and Connections event, Angel Gable '01 (left) helped Marisa Clark '15 gain real-world experience through an internship at Artsquest.
Angel Gable understands the trials of being a Moravian intern, which undoubtedly helped her own intern Marisa Clark this spring. Beginning in 1999, two years before she graduated, Gable began interning at ArtsQuest. That role eventually transitioned into a full-time position, and “I never left,” she shrugs happily.
Gable, ArtsQuest’s graphic arts manager, and Clark met at a Coffee and Connections event and discussed the undergraduate’s goals, which eventually led to an interview and portfolio review. Gable has had success with Moravian interns in the past, and there’s definitely a familiarity and comfort level accepting students from her alma mater.
“With Moravian interns, I know what their program is doing, and I know what ways I can help, which is a big advantage,” Gable says. Interns really earn their keep, managing a portion of the organization’s large project workload. “This is real work, and if they weren’t handling it, then I would be,” she adds.
“After working in the field, I am positive that I have made the right decision with my major,” Clark says. “The real-world experience at ArtsQuest is very helpful in planning my future and has helped me make connections in my field.”
ABOVE: Myles Barros '14 (left) and Alek Szilagyi '14 (center) were exposed to 'future-present healthcare technology' during a spring 2014 internship at Merck & Co. The internships came together thanks to Pete Lega '85.
Recently, a colleague at Merck charged Pete Lega with a simple request: Go find young computer science majors who remind you of yourself 25 years ago. “So, I called Ben Coleman and asked, “Who do you recommend?” he explains. On the computer science professor’s endorsement, Myles Barros and Alek Szilagyi secured internships at Merck this past spring.
“Myles and Alek have had an opportunity to craft future-present healthcare technology , and they have just eaten it up,” says Lega, director of emerging technology at Merck & Co.
That’s exactly the outcome Lega expected from Moravian students. “I think the quality of the program is fantastic,” he says. “The Moravian education is almost timeless in a way because students are given skills that translate well and that’s critical because our technology changes all the time. At Moravian, students are learning how to learn, collaborate and adapt. The liberal arts components they experience also provides a wonderful rounding out of their soft skills and holistic view of their work.”
Szilagyi enjoyed the opportunities to work with “groundbreaking technology” outside his Moravian classroom. “Merck has been incredible at providing an environment that is both challenging but forgiving,” he explains.
Barros credits Moravian for getting him ready for the real world, noting he never feels “overwhelmed” thanks to his preparation. “I feel my education at Moravian has prepared me extremely well for all of the challenges I will face once I leave college,” he says.
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