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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!


FELIX AGBAVOR

Raquel Gresham

Class Year: Class of 2021
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Hometown: Accra, Ghana

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Why did you want to become a peer mentor?
I believe my experiences abroad will be of immense assistance to those who are also interested in pursuing international co-ops.

Where was your previous co-op?
Ruhr University -  Germany

What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?
Silicon Valley


SARAH ANDRADE

Raquel Gresham

Class Year: Class of 2021
Major: Construction Management
Hometown: East Hanovert, NJ

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Why did you want to become a peer mentor?
I became a peer mentor to be an example for young women who want to join the STEM field. I started off as an engineer and understand the immense pressure that comes along with it. Sometimes, we need to take risks to be happy. I want girls to know that they can make it in an industry that is dominated by men and instill confidence in them to break the status quo.

Where were your previous co-ops?
My first co-op was with D’Lauro & Rogers in Fort Washington, PA and my second at INTECH Construction in University City, PA.

What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?
Greys Anatomy or Stranger Things


Michael Buss

Michael Buss

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

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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 were your previous co-ops?

My co-ops have been at Lockheed Martin, SpaceX, and Stealth Space Company.

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!


Abbey Crider

Anna Mookerjee

Class Year: Class of 2021
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Hometown:Tipton, PA

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Why did you want to become a peer mentor?
I wanted to become a Peer Mentor to help students going through the co-op process for the first time. Applying to jobs and going on interviews can be stressful, especially when students have to prepare for both interviews and exams at the same time. I wanted to help students by providing encouragement, support, and sharing the knowledge I have gained through my personal co-op experiences to make this process less intimidating.

Where were your previous co-ops?
My first co-op was with West Pharmaceutical Services in Exton, PA. My second was with CSL Behring in King of Prussia, PA and I plan to return there for my final cycle.

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


Sarah DiPasquale

Sarah DiPasquale

Class Year: Class of 2020
Major: International Area Studies - Justice and Human Rights
Hometown: Rochester, NY

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Why did you want to become a peer mentor?
I want to share my experiences about my international co-op with all students that are interested in working abroad!

Where were your previous co-ops?
My first co-op was as an English Language Teacher in Dalian, China, and my second co-op was as a Legal Assistant at an intellectual property company in Beijing, China.

What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?
The Handmaids Tale


Sumita Gangwani

Michael Buss

Class Year: Class of 2020
Major: BA, Environmental Studies & Sustainability /MS, Science, Technology, and Society
Hometown: Havertown, PA

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Why did you want to become a peer mentor?
I wanted to become a peer mentor in order to promote the diversity and opportunities the Drexel Co-op Program offers. My experience with co-op was by far not traditional and allowed me to explore different areas, job opportunities, and skill sets. I personally felt like this experience has helped me grow into myself and pursue my passions, and I hope to promote that experience for others as well.

Where were your previous co-ops?
My first was as at IKEA as a Corporate Communications Co-op and my second was at the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) as a Sustainability, Energy & Innovation Co-op. My third is at Exelon

What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?
How I Met Your Mother


Tahmeed Jawad*

Tahmeed Jawad

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

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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 were your previous co-ops?
SAP America and PECO

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 were your previous co-ops?
I worked at Korn Ferry Hay Group, which is an HR Management Consulting Firm, in the Operations department, at Glenmede Investment Management in the Quantitative Research Group, and my third is at Springboard Collaborative as a Research Coordinator.

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


Mary Claire McCullough

Shawn Sullivan

Class Year: Class of 2020
Major: Music Industry, concentration in Recording Arts & Music Production (RAMP)
Hometown: Baltimore, MD

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Why did you want to become a peer mentor?
I know that the first co-op search and experience can be very daunting and stressful, and I want to help calm and reassure people during their first co-op process. I also believe that my experience as a MIP/EAM (Music Industry Program/Entertainment and Arts Management) summer co-op student will be helpful for those also in those programs or those interested in an independent search.

Where was your previous co-op?
Mind the Gap, and now I'm at Cambridge Sound Studios.

What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?
Game of Thrones


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 were your previous co-ops?
Isaac L. Auerbach Cybersecurity Institute and HedgeServ

What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?
Chuck


Sudhanshu Pareek

Kristi Zoga

Class Year: Class of 2020
Major: Business and Engineering
Hometown:Jaipur, India

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Why did you want to become a peer mentor?
Searching for independent and international co-ops were a challenging task. Although I knew which industry I was looking for (automotive and aerospace), I didn’t know what role would suit me with my skill set and provide me an opportunity to grow. I would like to help the prospective students who are in the same shoes by sharing my personal experiences.

Where were your previous co-ops?
Airbus, and my second and third were at Tesla, Inc.

What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?
I’m not that much of a TV person but I do enjoy Friends, HIMYM, and The Big Bang Theory.


Renee Saraka

Renee Saraka

Class Year: Class of 2021
Major: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Ashley, PA

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Why did you want to become a peer mentor?
I wanted to become a peer mentor to help other students navigate through the co-op search to find opportunities that are interesting and engaging to them. I want to be a resource to others when they are faced with the challenge of relating classroom experiences to real life work situations.

Where were your previous co-ops?
Teledyne Energy Systems, Inc. and AdvanSix

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


RAIHANAH SIDDIQ

Raihanah Siddiq

Class Year: Class of 2020
Major: Entertainment and Arts Management 
Hometown: West Philadelphia, PA

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Why did you want to become a peer mentor?
I want to become a peer mentor so I can help guide other Westphal students with finding co-ops in their field. When I was looking for my first co-op, it was difficult and frustrating, so now I want to help people that might be in a similar situation.

Where was your previous co-op?
My previous co-op was at Peter Valentino Productions in Los Angeles. There I worked on film development, screen writing, production, and basically everything else that dealt with creating a film.

What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?
Death Note (Anime)


Aidan Toole

Aidan Toole

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

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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 were your previous co-ops?
Fantasy Interactive and Facebook

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


EZRI YUEN

Ezri YuenClass Year: Class of 2021
Major: Biology
Hometown: Kapolei, HI

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Why did you want to become a peer mentor?
Through co-op, I have experienced and worked with many different kinds of people, including co-workers and supervisors, and worked in both office and non-office environments.  I want to be able to share my experiences and what I’ve learned with other students so they can get the most out of their co-op experience, even if it isn’t knowledge in their major or career study.

Where was your previous co-op?
Temple School of Medicine under the Department of Neurology working with doctors and other clinicians for ALS clinical research

What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?
Food Network’s Chopped


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 were your previous co-ops?
Thermo Fisher Scientific, JPMorgan, and my third is at Vanguard.

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