Ryan completed his first internship with IBM's Lotus Software Groups before graduating from high school. Once at Champlain, he was able to work remotely from his dorm room and spend his summers in various software labs. He completed three different internships with IBM between his first and third years at Champlain. "I was starting to see what it was really like to be in this sort of industry."
Ryan went on to join MITRE, a not-for-profit research company that serves a variety of government divisions. "MITRE offered me the chance to work with Google's latest Android operating system for mobile phones in one of their research projects," Ryan explains. In his senior year, MITRE sent Ryan to Google I/O, a conference for developers involved in Google software. Shortly after, Ryan was offered a full time software engineering position at MITRE. "It's amazing to me that I will be employed as an official Software Engineer after I graduate. Life is just getting started, and I strive to keep reaching and attaining my goals. "
Ryan '13, Software Engineer, MITREB.S. in Software Engineering for Emerging TechnologiesTyngsborough, MA
When I first visited Champlain, I could feel that it was a place where I would prosper and be supported in my endeavors. At Champlain, I was able to be active and pursue all of my interests, while learning more about myself, and the world, than I could have ever imagined.
In my first year, I quickly became involved in group fitness classes; got a work study job in the Center for Service & Civic Engagement; was hired as a Resident Assistant; and single-handedly organized a TOMS Shoes event downtown. All these experiences, and more, were chronicled in my blog, Assiduous Student. My initiative, displayed through these projects, helped me land an internship in Champlain's News & Public Information Office.
As a junior, I traveled to Jordan and China through global perspective Core courses; I spent the following summer in Shanghai for an internship. My international experiences have allowed me to bring a broader world view to my education and work. I also cultivated a Commitment to Action project at the Clinton Global Initiative University annual meeting in 2013, where I met student leaders from around the world.
Without the continual support from everyone in the Champlain community, I would never have found myself.
Kayla is now a creative and digital marketing consultant for various businesses in greater-Burlington.
Kayla, Marketing & Advertising '14Griswold, CTROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
When I first came here, the Management of Creative Media program didn't exist. I wanted to get into video games, making levels or narrative, which is why I enrolled into Game Design.
Sophomore year, I heard Champlain had this new major. It would allow me to be more of a team manager, or coach, and that sounded like what I actually wanted to do. I liked keeping all the communications between the team members together, figuring out when we could meet and defusing situations if we had clashing personalities—I really liked being a mediator. I was able to use all of these skills during my Capstone, which was really rewarding. It's the closest I got to having real studio experience as an undergraduate. I dealt with a team of eight to twelve people, and as a Management of Creative Media major, I did all the coordination. I wasn't the boss, but a leader.
It's very real-life experience and hopefully what I'll be doing when I get into the industry. The opportunity to apply my skills has made me feel like I'm a lot more level-headed, and I am able to handle certain situations better. I'm not sure how Champlain could've prepared me more.David, Managment of Creative Media Major*Game Managment SpecializationEast Aurora, NYROBERT P. STILLER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS*As of September 2016, the name of the major will change from Management of Creative Media with a specialization in Game Management to Game Production Management.
Megan completed her first internship working for the Vermont Department of State's Attorney's Office just after her first year. She went on to complete three additional internships at the Maine State Computer Crimes Unit, TASC Inc., and the Leahy Center for Digital Investigation between her first and senior years. She performed groundbreaking research in digital forensics and has had her work published. She completed two service trips and was a peer advisor, student ambassador and tutor. She was also student speaker for U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy and was voted Student of the Year for Computer & Digital Forensics for two consecutive years. She was offered a full-time, high-paying job months before her graduation date. She's currently pursuing her Master's degree in Digital Forensic Science at Champlain.
For Megan, success began on Day 1 at Champlain College and didn't stop after her graduation.
Megan '12, Cyber Security Forensic Analyst, TASC, Inc.M.S. Candidate, Digital Forensic Science, Champlain CollegeB.S. in Computer and Digital Forensics, Champlain CollegeWashington, D.C.
Cullen completed his first internship the summer after his first year. "I was one of five Champlain students hired at that time for paid software-engineering internships at GE Healthcare," he says. He recommends that students get an internship early in their academic careers. "At Champlain you have the opportunity to take classes that give you an introduction to the skills of your profession in your first years; take these classes as early as possible so you can get started on an internship. Squeeze in as much as you can as early as you can."
GE Healthcare offered Cullen three different full-time positions, and he accepted the GE Healthcare Software Development Program in Barrington, Illinois. Cullen is paid to work 32 hours per week while attending school full time. "I work on different assignments six to 12 months in length and getting my Master's degree at the same time. It's the fast track to the highly technical, executive career path at GE."
Cullen '10, Software Engineer, GE HealthcareB.S. in Software Engineering, Champlain CollegeBarrington, IL
Thought to be a natural at public relations, Grace decided to pursue the career further when she landed at Champlain. After a semester studying abroad in Italy, Grace returned to Vermont and started her internship as an event planner for the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain in Burlington. During her time at Champlain, Grace completed internships at Seventh Generation and Kelliher Samets Volk. Shortly after graduating, Grace began her public relations career and is now the Director of Account Management at Kapost.
Grace is also an avid food and lifestyle blogger. She has run her own blogs, Grace(full) Plate and Small Hands, Big Ideas, since 2008. She recently launched her own food-based projects, Boulder Food Media and Boulder Food News and has been featured in New York Magazine, Forbes Top 100 Websites for Women and Forbes Top 10 Websites for Millenials.
Grace '08, Director of Account Management, Kapost B.S. in Public RelationsBoulder, CO
Russell came to Champlain with a dream in mind. The Upside-Down Curriculum let him jump into graphic design classes right away, and he took advantage of Champlain's BYOBiz program to launch his own apparel imprint business, Imag3. He collaborated with students to create a business plan and teamed up with gaming students who studied at Champlain's Montreal campus to retool his web site for ecommerce. During his senior year, he worked with international business students to print apparel for the Slam for Sudan, a basketball contest raising money to help new American Sudanese refugees.
"It's a lot of work and sometimes stressful," he admits, but also "a lot of fun." Russell is getting involved with area artists because "t-shirts are a moving canvas and a perfect showcase for local talent." His business niche? "Creating threads that support all types of riding, on wheels, snow or water."
Russell '09, Owner and Creative Director, Imag3 B.S. in Multimedia & Graphic DesignBurlington, VT
"I have grown up significantly while being here. I'm ready to leave and begin the next chapter in my life," Lorelei said before graduation, and that is exactly what she's done.
While at Champlain, Lorelei not only got involved as a student leader on campus, but became involved in the community. She was a hotline volunteer at Women Helping Battered Women and a service and marketing intern at the Milton Community Youth Coalition.
Before she left, she studied abroad at the University of Hyderabad, India. "Studying there made me think about where my work would fit in, and what is most needed in the United States and the world."
While in India, she volunteered at a school teaching English and Math. "I was able to ask about the underlying issues surrounding poverty and child labor. This truly opened my eyes and changed the way I view myself and others." After graduation, she brought this skillset to her classroom in Hartford, Connecticut where she was teaching inner city middle school students at Covenant Prepatory School.
In 2013, she began her Master's Degree in Developmental Psychology at the University of Lincoln in Lincoln, United Kingdom and is expected to graduate in 2015.
Lorelei '12, Psychology, Graduate Student, University of LincolnB.S. in Applied PsychologyLincoln, United Kingdom
In his teens, Daniel wrote the program and designed the interface for a simple game based on the board game Mastermind. "That's when I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in game development," he says.
Daniel was offered several tuition-free opportunities at well-known schools, but "turned them down in a heartbeat because they didn't have the top-down, Upside-Down [Curriculum] model for teaching," he explains. "At Champlain, I was able to go right into a major that just doesn't exist other places."
Daniel took advantage of the opportunities offered by the Emergent Media Center,working on a project to teach information literacy and on a virtual worlds business management tool for IBM. Less than a month after he graduated, Daniel started as a technical game designer at Gameloft, a leading global publisher of digital and social games located in Montreal, Canada.
Daniel '11, Game Designer, GameloftB.S. in Electronic Game and Interactive Development (Design)Certificate in Business ManagementMontreal, Quebec, Canada
"As I've gone through the program, I'm seeing my education as a means to make me a better employee, a better communicator, a better leader. The Champlain MBA program is helping me develop skills for concepts that I didn't think I was good at, like leadership and accepting full accountability for success or failure. Creating a vision for something to present to someone above me was not something I ever saw myself having the ability to do; I saw myself as the doer, the worker bee, the one who helps other people realize their vision."
"The further I've progressed through the program, the more I can see the steps to taking an idea of my own to completion, and I can see clearly how that can benefit my employer right now. In fact, everyone I know in the program talks about how happy their employers are about what they are learning at Champlain."
Corinn, Business Manager, Vermont Stage CompanyMBA, Champlain CollegeBA in Psychology and Theater, University of VermontBurlington, VT