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Peer Mentor Program

Steinbright's Peer Mentor Program is a community focused on connecting prospective and current students with a peer expert on everything co-op!  

A peer mentor is experienced in the recruitment process and can provide support in topics like career exploration, industry insight, and job search preparation and strategies. A mentor can also provide support to students on co-op by sharing insights on navigating the professional environment, setting goals, time management, and how to make the most of a co-op experience.  

Peer mentors also support the Steinbright Career Development Center and the university at large by attending events and engaging with prospective and current students, sharing their lived experience of the co-op program.  

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROGRAM?

Contact the Peer Mentor Advising team at: scdcpeer@drexel.edu

Looking for Peer Mentor support?

Check out the list below to connect with a peer mentor today.


Ashley Sanchez

Ashley Sanchez Class Year: Class of 2023
Major: Health Sciences
Hometown: Hamilton, New Jersey

Email Ashley

Why did you want to become a peer mentor?
I wanted to help first generation students like myself and to give them a support system, even if they feel like they do not have one.

Where was your previous co-op?
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

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


Benjamin Kravitz

Benjamin Kravitz Class Year: Class of 2024
Major: Legal Studies in the BS/MBA Degree Program
Hometown: Clinton, NJ

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Why did you want to become a peer mentor?
After utilizing peer mentors going into my first co-op, I wanted to be able to share my experience and guide other students through the process.

Where was your previous co-op?
My first co-op was at Fox Rothschild and my second co-op was at FS Investments.

What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?
My favorite TV show to binge watch is The Real Housewives of Potomac.


Davis Smith

Davis Smith Class Year: Class of 2023
Major: Finance and Economics
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

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Why did you want to become a peer mentor?
I wanted to have the opportunity to share my experiences throughout my co-op career and be able to make a positive impact on the students that are coming into the co-op program.

Where was your previous co-op?
SAP, Demand management in COE for Regulated Industries and Financial Services; FMC, Financial Continuous Improvement Team; SAP, ECS S4HANA Customer Delivery Team

What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?
There are a lot of great TV shows out there. Right now, I'm re-watching Modern Family but just finished watching Ozark and Stranger Things.


Ishika Pradhan

Ishika Pradhan Class Year: Class of 2024
Major: MIS & Business Analytics
Hometown: Lansdale, PA

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Why did you want to become a peer mentor?
I believe knowledge only increases when we share it amongst others. By becoming a Steinbright peer mentor, I can help students succeed towards their career goals while playing a vital role in relaying student experiences back to the staff members. Moreover, as an international student who has grown up in the States, I understand how difficult the process can be as a visa holder especially when college starts! With a cross-cultural background, I hope to act as a cultural bridge to facilitate the transition of these students by sharing my own experiences, and knowledge I have acquired till date.

Where was your previous co-op?
Berkley Technology Services; FMC Corporation

What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?
Dynasty


Julia Schroeder

Julia Schroeder Class Year: Class of 2024
Major: Marketing & Business Analytics
Hometown: Mullica Hill, NJ

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Why did you want to become a peer mentor?
From personal experience, I can attest to the confusion and anxiety that coincides with the co-op search. I want to transfer the skills I've cultivated throughout my internship and co-op experiences, as well as support student success in a meaningful, rewarding, and insightful way.

Where was your previous co-op?
Jacobs Engineering Group, as a marketing and sales operations co-op

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


Juliana Wallgren

Juliana Wallgren Class Year: Class of 2023
Major: BS/MS Electrical Engineering; Minors in History, Nuclear Engineering, and Green Energy & Sustainability
Hometown: Ridley Park, PA

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Why did you want to become a peer mentor?
As my friends can vouch for, I love talking about co-op! I also love listening to other people talk about co-op and want to provide other students with the support I needed to succeed. I'm happy to answer questions, discuss experiences, or just listen to you rant (or rave) about your co-op.

Where was your previous co-op?
All three of my co-ops have been with PECO; I've worked in the equipment, regional reliability, and planning groups.

What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?
Technically a mini-series, but HBO's Band of Brothers


Kawthar Aguibi

Kawthar Aguibi Class Year: Class of 2024
Major: Marketing and Business Analytics
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

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Why did you want to become a peer mentor?
I became a peer mentor because I believe that my experiences could be valuable to other students during their search process. I want to be a resource that helps aid the nerves and uncertainty of other students because I myself dealt with a lot of anxiety around the search process, interviewing and being on the job. I'm so excited to support Dragons embarking on their co-op journeys!

Where was your previous co-op?
Talent acquisition coordinator, Sephora; HR communications co-op, Comcast Business

What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?
Nikita and New Girl are some of my favorite shows to binge.


Nalo Russell

Nalo Russell Class Year: Class of 2024
Major: Global Studies, Spanish minor (pre-med track)
Hometown: New York, NY

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Why did you want to become a peer mentor?
I became a peer mentor so that I could support others on similar journeys as me. I chose an unconventional path in that I am a global studies major on the pre-med track; as a non-science major it was difficult for me to find co-op. Therefore, I want to be that "mirror" for another black female on the pre-med track as they search for co-ops in their field of interest and navigate the challenges that may arise along the way.

Where was your previous co-op?
HIAS PA and UPenn Student Health Clinic

What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?
Rick and Morty


Naman Shah

Naman Shah Class Year: Class of 2023
Major: BS Mechanical Engineering & MS Peace Engineering
Hometown: Iselin, NJ

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Why did you want to become a peer mentor?
I wanted to become a peer mentor to ensure that other students have the same great experiences with co-op that I did, whether it be within the Steinbright system or out. I was fortunate enough to have co-ops that shaped my career and academic trajectory to figure out what type of engineer I wanted to be.

Where was your previous co-op?
Collins Aerospace, as a process engineer; Agilent Technologies, as a manufacturing Engineer; Tesla, Inc., as a project engineer on the NPI team

What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?
The West Wing


Perez Ukaonu

Perez Ukaonu Class Year: Class of 2024
Major: Computer Engineering
Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria

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Why did you want to become a peer mentor?
I became a peer mentor because I had a hard time looking for a co-op during my first co-op. Unfortunately, I was applying for my first co-op at the peak of the pandemic and that limited my access to getting help on what I should and shouldn't do during the application process. Because of this, I really struggled finding my first coop. All in all, I just never want anyone to go through that experience and that's why I decided to become a peer mentor.

Where was your previous co-op?
I had my first co-op as a world gate contractor, working at the School District of Philadelphia. I had my second co-op at the Society for Industrial Applied Mathematics.

What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?
I love to watch Motherland: Fort Salem.


Selinda Zheng

Selinda Zheng Class Year: Class of 2023
Major: Accounting and MIS
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

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Why did you want to become a peer mentor?
I am someone who feels passionate about helping others. I remember when I was preparing for my first round of co-op interviews, and I was worried about so many things. Knowing how challenging it can be, I want to be a guide and offer support to others through sharing the things that I've learned.

Where was your previous co-op?
KPMG; Ernst & Young; Drucker & Scaccetti; and PECO

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


Michael Mathews

Michael Mathews Class Year: Class of 2023
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Hometown: Robbinsville, NJ

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Why did you want to become a peer mentor?
I wanted to become a peer mentor because I have a passion for helping people be the best versions of themselves that they could be, and I hope to leverage the wisdom, advice, lessons, successes, and failures gained from my past co-op experiences to help my fellow Drexel peers make the most out of their own co-op experiences.

Where was your previous co-op?
My previous co-ops were at Drexel University's Bhandawat Laboratory in Philadelphia, PA, and X-Nav Technologies, LLC in Lansdale, PA.

What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?
Lost


Semaila Dulon

Semaila Dulon Class Year: Class of 2023
Major: Management Information Systems
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

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Why did you want to become a peer mentor?
As a senior, looking back, I realized I had a great experience at Drexel. College life and co-op journeys are critical milestones in students' career path, which can be strenuous. My peer mentors and advisors made my journey very straightforward and easeful; and before leaving, I want to return this service to other fellow Drexel students: Share my experience and guide them to Drexel resources to achieve the highest professional successes.

Where was your previous co-op?
A team member of the platform solutions department at The Glenmede Trust Company.

What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?
Prison Break


Shaily Panwar

Shaily Panwar Class Year: Class of 2024
Major: Business Analytics and Finance
Hometown: Indore, India

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Why did you want to become a peer mentor?
The co-op process is something very new to students, and it takes a while to learn from past mistakes. I wanted to be a peer mentor so that I can help students to better understand the process and have a better co-op experience.

Where was your previous co-op?
My first co-op was with Brown Brothers Harriman as a client account profile co-op. My second co-op was with Chubb Inc as global treaty finance analyst and last co-op is with Goldman Sachs as private wealth management intern.

What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?
My favorite show to binge watch is Stranger Things.


Shreya Srinivasan

Shreya Srinivasan Class Year: Class of 2023
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Hometown: King of Prussia, PA

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Why did you want to become a peer mentor?
I wanted to become a peer mentor so I could share my experiences through the co-op program and help students adjust to Drexel's unique co-op/school balance. It's such an exciting experience, and I really want every student to enjoy the process!

Where was your previous co-op?
I've previously worked at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Colorcon Pharmaceuticals, and GlaxoSmithKline.

What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?
New Girly


Yaseen Ahmid

Yaseen Ahmid Class Year: Class of 2023
Major: Supply Chain Management and Logistics, Finance, Business Analytics
Hometown: Johannesburg, South Africa

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Why did you want to become a peer mentor?
Finding internships that align with your desired career path can be extremely difficult. I wanted to share my experiences and provide insight into how students can utilize resources on campus to accelerate their professional development and ultimately attain their dream internships. I love helping others succeed.

Where was your previous co-op?
The Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC): Facilities and Real Estate

What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?
Rick and Morty


Vishal Tailor

Vishal Tailor Class Year: Class of 2024
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Why did you want to become a peer mentor?
Through Drexel's co-op program, I was able to learn invaluable skills that an ordinary classroom would not have been able to provide. I want to aid students in finding co-ops that align with their career path and answer any questions that come along the way.

Where was your previous co-op?
In my first co-op, I was working in IT infrastructure at Franklin Square Investments; and in my second co-op, I was a member of Hosting Operations at Vanguard.

What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?
Naruto, Breaking Bad, and The Office


Xuan Nguyen

Xuan Nguyen Class Year: Class of 2025
Major: Global Studies
Hometown: St. Paul, MN

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Why did you want to become a peer mentor?
I want to help students become young professionals using the tips and tricks I've learned from the many resources at Drexel and beyond.

Where was your previous co-op?
Comcast

What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?
The Good Place, Stranger Things, and Avatar: The Last Airbender


Zachary Kaczor

Zachary Kaczor Class Year: Class of 2023
Major: Information Systems, Minor in Psychology
Hometown: Yardley, PA

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Why did you want to become a peer mentor?
I want to be able to share the knowledge I gained trying to navigate the co-op program, developing relationships/networking, interviewing, and picking the right job for you. I also want to give back to Drexel for helping me find the opportunities that it did and helping "jump start" me in my career.

Where was your previous co-op?
My first co-op was at CSL Behring, a biopharmaceutical company, as a web developer/analyst, and then I returned to CSL Behring again for my 2nd co-op as completely remote during COVID-19. My third co-op was at Vanguard as an application developer, where I worked within the data analytics office. I transitioned to a part-time role with Vanguard as a web developer/UX designer on an internal project where I currently work.

What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?
I love watching ABC's Shark Tank as well as any type of cooking competition show.