Academic journal article Human Ecology

Paying It Forward: HEAA Backs Student-Alumni Internships

Academic journal article Human Ecology

Paying It Forward: HEAA Backs Student-Alumni Internships

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Last summer, Katherine Rogers, Sloan '15, completed an internship with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center that was years in the making.

Rogers worked with Mark O'Hern '07, Sloan '08, who once interned with Dan Grauman, Sloan '80, president and CEO of DGA Partners, a management consultancy for health care organizations. Grateful for the experience, O'Hern vowed to pay it forward once he was established professionally. "It's my way to give back to a program that has helped my career tremendously," says O'Hern, Human Ecology Alumni Association president and executive director of children's community pediatrics and ambulatory specialty services at UPMC.

The chain of support reflects a long tradition of Sloan graduates helping one another, says O'Hern. But it also represents new steps by the HEAA to expand alumni-sponsored internships in fields ranging from health care to education to biotechnology. Beginning in 2013, HEAA volunteers surveyed alumni, and by partnering with the college's career services office this year they have posted 70 internships exclusively for Human Ecology undergrads.

"Students access internships through an improved online database that's more robust than in years past," says Terri Jackson, assistant director of Human Ecology alumni affairs and development. "So far we've had an overwhelming response by alumni."

Working with O'Hern at UPMC, Rogers enjoyed seeing initiatives grow from the ground up. …

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