CEO student ambassadors help peers explore experiential learning opportunities

CEO ambassador Brandon Dulaney talks with senior Mathematics major Olivia Brundage about career opportunities.
February 25, 2014

It’s now easier than ever for undergraduates to take that first step toward answering the question, “What are you doing after graduation?”

Whether the McDaniel experience is just beginning or in its last year, student ambassadors from the Center for Experience and Opportunity stand ready to help their fellow students make the leap from classroom to career.

McDaniel’s innovative Center for Experience and Opportunity – now in its second year – supports learning outside the classroom while connecting the liberal arts to a student’s career goals. A one-stop shop for experiential learning and career services, the CEO helps students and alumni learn about community engagement, service learning, internships, post-graduate fellowships, career exploration, resume writing, interviewing, networking, and more.

Ben Shoudy, a senior from Durham, Conn., says the most important part of his role as CEO Ambassador is helping his peers “focus their interests and figure out how their interests can become their careers.”

For Shoudy, a Spanish and Communication major, the ambassador experience is mutually beneficial, because he’s developing interpersonal skills that will serve him when he moves to Italy after graduation to teach English to adults.

“We find that our CEO Ambassadors do a great job connecting with students and understanding where they are coming from because they are students themselves,” said Julia Jasken, director of the Center for Experience and Opportunity.

To set up an appointment with an ambassador, students can stop by the office or use CEO Connect, an online resource for on- and off-campus job boards, career resources, internship postings and opportunities for community engagement. They’ll choose from 12 topics to focus on during the half-hour session, including cover letters, undergraduate research and competitive fellowships and scholarships.

“Knowing you can be a resource for other students is awesome,” said sophomore CEO Ambassador Morgan Stanback of North Highlands, Calif. “Ultimately, college will end, and we want to make sure that McDaniel students are prepared for the future.”