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Peer Mentor Program

Steinbright's Peer Mentor Program enables co-op students to get advice from students who have experienced the challenges you're going through and had the same questions you have about co-op.

Uncertain about anything related to co-op? Ask the students who have already been there!


Michael Buss

Michael Buss

Class Year: Class of 2020
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Allentown, PA

Email Michael

Why did you want to become a peer mentor?
I put a lot of work into my past co-op search and learned a lot of lessons--especially related to finding a job in the aerospace industry. I think that I could share these lessons with other students to help them in their own career search.

Where was your previous co-op?
SpaceX

Round received job (or independent search)
I did an independent search. SpaceX sends their offers out before most companies begin interviewing potential interns, so fortunately, my search ended early.

What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?
I don't normally watch much TV, but lately I've been trying to catch up on Stranger Things!


Raquel Gresham

Raquel Gresham

Class Year: Class of 2020
Major: Nursing
Hometown: Longport, NJ

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Why did you want to become a peer mentor?
I want to make the co-op process as smooth and comfortable as I can for other students.

Where was your previous co-op?
I worked as a Lactation Co-op in the Neonatal/Infant Intensive Care Unit in The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Round received job (or independent search)
A-round

What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?
I love to watch It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.


Tahmeed Jawad*

Tahmeed Jawad

Class Year: Class of 2020
Major: Economics, Finance and Business Analytics
Hometown: Bristol, CT
*International Student Peer Mentor

Email Tahmeed

Why did you want to become a peer mentor?
I had multiple experiences during my first co-op, starting from getting one interview to getting several from top companies. My job forced me out of my comfort zone and turned me into an extrovert, reaching out to new people outside my team and building a lasting relationship with employers. I feel like both my good and bad experiences would be very beneficial for others to approach co-op in a different way.

Where was your previous co-op?
SAP America

Round received job (or independent search)
B-round

What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?
The Office


Rebecca John

Rebecca John

Class Year: Class of 2020
Major: Finance and Business Analytics
Hometown: Lansdale, PA

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Why did you want to become a peer mentor?
Searching for co-ops can be a daunting process. When I first started interviewing, I was constantly nervous and felt down on myself. After researching, practicing, and consulting with older friends, I learned to manage my fear, and ended up getting the job I wanted, and I had a great experience. I wanted to become a peer mentor so that I could share what I have learned to help other students have a positive co-op experience.

Where was your previous co-op?
I worked at Korn Ferry Hay Group, which is an HR Management Consulting Firm, in the Operations department.

Round received job (or independent search)
B-round

What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?
The Office


Tharindu Mendis

Tharindu Mendis

Class Year: Class of 2020
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Negombo, Sri Lanka

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Why did you want to become a peer mentor?
Everyone has a different co-op experience each time they do a co-op. I had quite a unique co-op experience first time around and I believe I will be having an even more unique co-op in the fall. I am hoping to pool all this experience and knowledge together to help out other fellow students in making their co-op experience unique and memorable.

Where was your previous co-op?
Isaac L. Auerbach Cybersecurity Institute

What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?
Chuck


Anna Mookerjee

Anna Mookerjee

Class Year: Class of 2019
Major: Electrical Engineering
with an Entertainment Engineering Minor
Hometown: Pleasanton, CA

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Why did you want to become a peer mentor?
I wanted to be a peer mentor to be there for students going through their first co-op experience by sharing knowledge from my past experiences and to be a connection between the student body and Steinbright that I wish had existed when I was a freshman first going through the system.

Where was your previous co-op?
My first co-op was for Sirius XM in Lawrenceville, NJ
My second co-op was for iHeartMedia in San Francisco, CA and I am going back there for my final cycle.

What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?
I binge watch How I Met your Mother if I'm in a comedy mood, One Tree Hill if I'm in a lighthearted drama kind of mood, or Supernatural if I want a bit of both.


Shawn Sullivan

Shawn Sullivan

Class Year: Class of 2019
Major: Finance & Business Analytics
Hometown: San Diego, CA

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Why did you want to become a peer mentor?
When I reflect on my first co-op experience - from the search to the interviews - I would have benefited greatly from the advice of an older student. I hope to gain beyond the co-op experiences themselves and share what I have learned along the way with students who are searching for their dream co-op.

Where was your previous co-op?
(1) Willner Realty and Development Co. & (2) Chubb Insurance

Round received job (or independent search)
B-round

What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?
Master of None


Aidan Toole

Aidan Toole

Class Year: Class of 2020
Major: Human-Centered Design
Hometown: Herndon, VA

Email Aidan

Why did you want to become a peer mentor?
I want to help other students get the best possible co-op, and offer my advice through my own personal experiences.

Where was your previous co-op?
Fantasy Interactive

Round received job (or independent search)
Independent

What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?
I'm currently watching Mind Hunter, Big Mouth, and Stranger Things Season 2.


Kevin Malachy Zaleski

Kevin Malachy Zaleski

Class Year: Class of 2020
Major: Finance
Hometown: Scranton, PA

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Why did you want to become a peer mentor?
I wanted to use my experience and knowledge as a pre-junior having been through co-op to guide and aid students. I think it's important for students to not only have academic and co-op advisors, but to also have peers who have gone through the process themselves who can help and guide them with whatever questions and concerns they may have.

Where was your previous co-op?
Thermo Fisher Scientific

Round received job (or independent search)
B-round

What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?
Bob's Burgers


Kristi Zoga

Kristi Zoga

Class Year: Class of 2019
Major: Biological Sciences
Hometown: Tirana, Albania

Email Kristi

Why did you want to become a peer mentor?
The co-op process can be very stressful for a lot of students, especially those who do not have previous experience applying to jobs or who are not from the U.S. As someone who has already gone through the process, I would like to offer advice and tips to other students in order to make the co-op experience as meaningful and stress-free as possible!

Where was your previous co-op?
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Round received job (or independent search)
A-round

What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?
The Twilight Zone