Of the 17 students sitting
in the Phoenix Room of Rodale Press in Emmaus on January 12, only two were from Moravian
College: Lenore DiLullo ’05 and Christina Difilippantonio ’06. The others
had come from Syracuse University, Bryn Mawr College, and other schools around the region.
One came all the way from Maine. That’s how keen is the competition for internships
This gathering of aspiring
writers, editors, and graphic designers was one of 20 “Road
Trips to the Real World” scheduled in January. The road trips were a project of
the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers, which brings together career and placement
administrators with the business community.
Warren Hilton, in his second
year as director of Moravian’s Career Center, is a member
of the association and chair of its liberal arts network. Together with assistant director
Christine Rander ’89, he set up the visit to Rodale, which is in Moravian’s
This year, the road trips
have ranged from the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey, to the FBI,
from a Liberty Mutual intro to insurance in Boston and a weekend package from Collette
Vacations in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
At Rodale, the students were
welcomed by Jessica Glick and Andy Kantner of the human resources office. They saw a
video on the history and current activities of the company. Then they interacted with
a panel of writers, editors, and designers from the Rodale magazines Runner’s
World, Men’s Health, and Prevention.
Many of the panelists started
off as interns or novice editors not all that long ago, and they were candid with the
students about such topics as résumés and portfolios,
transfers within the company, and the whole area of “service journalism”—those “how-to” stories
that fill Rodale pages but are rarely taught in journalism school.
Afterward, the students were
treated to a reception that wasn’t
your usual cookies and punch. All the food was from Rodale’s gardens, and the drinks
were natural teas and herbal refreshers. The panel members circulated with up-close and
personal advice. You could see the students trying to take notes as they balanced their
plates of organic salad.
Moravian doesn’t have
a lock on Rodale. But at least one of its alumni was in the right place at the right
time: Dave Zinczenko ’91, who’s
now editor of Men’s
Health, author of a new book on building abs, and a heartthrob after being chosen
one of People magazine’s 50 most eligible bachelors in 2003.