March 27, 2006
Students gain experience at Chicago-area firms
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- More than 150 Southern Illinois University Carbondale students last week spent Spring Break gaining valuable hands-on career experience through the SIU Alumni Association's extern program.
Externs were scattered all across the Chicago area to gain first-hand experience from major companies, including the Field Museum, Draft Worldwide, Midway Airport, the Chicago Board of Trade and many more.
Students experienced the everyday workings of offices such as the Chicago Housing Authority to gain insight on the professional work environment. Networking, resume building and career experience are all qualities these students bring back to SIUC before they even graduate.
The extern program was established by the Alumni Association in 1984 and provides college juniors and seniors with the opportunity to gain invaluable real-world experience while still in school. Students are matched with successful SIUC alumni and friends around the country and give up their Spring Break in order to shadow professionals from their chosen career fields.
Providing students with career-planning services is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint the University is following as it approaches its 150th anniversary in 2019.
For more information about the extern program, contact the SIU Alumni Association at 618/ 453-2408.
Southern Illinois University Carbondale Extern Program
2006 Extern Sponsors
City Company Name, Employee Sponsor
Aurora Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Larry Zimmerer
AKP Media, Terrie Pickerill
ARIA Model & Talent Management, Robert Schroeder
Brandscope, Andrew Manocheo
Chicago Board of Trade, Steve Dickey
Chicago Housing Authority, Duwain Bailey
Chicago Office of Tourism, Katie Law
Ch'rewd Marketing & Promotion, Vanessa Abron
CodePink, Rachel Herbener
Deborah Fletcher, Photography Deborah Fletcher
Draft Worldwide, Janet Barker-Evans
Field Museum, Sam Burns
Illinois Film Office, Todd Lizak
Illinois Trade Office, Rick Doggett
JobBound, Brad Karsh
Kartemquin Films, Justine Nagan
Ketchum, J.Adaire Putnam
L.C. Williams & Associates, Gary Goodfriend
Landrum & Brown, Sara Hassert
Midway Airport, City of Chicago, Thomas Stastny
Morrow Design, James Morrow
RBC, Inc. Cory Crusen
Teams Design, Paul Hatch
VOA Associates, Lynette Whiston & Jan Gricus
Downers Grove Downers Grove Dodge, John Ficaro
Sentinel Technologies, Penny Clancy
Elk Grove Village Alexian Brother Medical Center, Cari Rivas
Itasca Prism Retail Services, Tom Dennis
Kankakee Kankakee County District 111, Crystal Cox
Lombard Stevens & Tate Marketing, Jim Legg
Naperville Wachovia Securities, Robert Siracusano
Oakbrook Whitney, Inc. Joanne Bunda
Schaumburg Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America, Dan Sherman
Waukegan Legat Architects, Wayne Machnich
Wheaton City of Wheaton Police Department, Terry Mee
Wheeling M.V. Kuper PC, Marcel Kuper
For a complete list of national sponsors, contact the SIU Alumni Association at 618/453-2408.