Externships provide insider’s view of the professional workplace

March 30, 2010

As a dual major in Economics and Accounting, Aaron Slaughter ’10 was quite curious about the inner workings of a large financial firm that is situated just minutes from McDaniel’s Westminster campus.

“You read about it and take all these classes, but it was cool to see people doing real stuff,” Slaughter said of the day he spent at the Owings Mills offices of T. Rowe Price as part of McDaniel’s new Externship Program.

In an increasingly competitive job market, the Externship Program is designed to give students additional hands-on experiences in the workplace. Externships give students opportunities to “shadow” professionals in the workplace for a day or a few days.

Recently, nearly 20 students participated in an externship at financial giant T. Rowe Price. Participating students came from a cross-section of majors, including Business Administration, Economics, Accounting Economics, English, Communication and Art.

“This was an excellent opportunity for students to meet with T. Rowe Price staff members and experience a day in the life of the firm,” said Kathleen M. Curtin, director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, who helps coordinate the Externship Program.

During their visit, Christopher Newman ’88 – who is senior Institutional Sales Executive for the Global Investment Service division of T. Rowe Price and a member of the College’s Board of Trustees – spoke to the students about his experiences after graduation and what it was like to join the firm.

The students were then matched, according to their majors, with T. Rowe Price staff members to learn more about the firm and the work it does. During lunch, they received tips on interviewing techniques and resume preparation. The students then had two more opportunities to meet with T. Rowe Price staff to learn about their positions.

Juliann Guiffre ’10, a Communication major with a minor in Film and Video Studies, said she had never imagined herself working for a large business such as T. Rowe Price, but her externship experience changed her opinion.

“I loved the company atmosphere and the campus was truly beautiful. I like how they called it a ‘campus,’ because it connects everyone in a way that large companies usually struggle with,” she said. “Through the tours, T. Rowe surprised me with the multitude of departments they have in those buildings. There was truly something for everyone, even non-Business majors.”