Jacqueline Oliva, a senior business-management major at Lycoming College, has been offered full-time employment as an executive assistant at Susquehanna Community Health and Dental Clinic after recently fulfilling an internship there.
Oliva, of Barnsville, has had the chance to work with the company's president and CEO during her internship, saying that her time there provided her with great experience due to the many hands-on projects and experiences in which she participated.
Oliva first got involved with Susquehanna Health through the business practicum class at Lycoming, where she first met with Anne Landon, assistant director of the College's Institute for Management Studies (IMS) and internship coordinator, who set up an interview for her at Susquehanna Health.
Oliva cites her experience in Dr. Betty McClain's Introduction to Human Services class as an inspiration toward her internship. "The classes made me realize some different things," Oliva said. "By having to go out into the community and put yourself in others shoes, you realize some people really have a hard life. I explained how I learned a lot from these classes and wanted to be able to help these people who were struggling."
Oliva believes her success is in part to Lycoming College. "By having smaller classes, each student gets to build a relationship with their professors," she said. "This helps tremendously because you feel comfortable around your professor and do not hesitate to ask questions.
Professors care about their students and want them to succeed. By talking with professors, I was able to learn how to communicate with professionals.
It made the transition into my internship easy. I was able to adjust to my internship a lot faster than others."
Lycoming also has provided Oliva with useful experiences outside of the classroom. She mentions her experience of being a student-athlete, crediting that time as helping her become a "team player" and showing her how to work well with others.
When asked what she is looking forward to the most in her new job, Oliva said that it's being able to complete her projects much faster, due to being able to commit more time to them. "I can finally dedicate all of my time to my job," she said. "The people I work with are extremely nice and helpful. I am also looking forward to being more involved with different committees within our organization."
"They basically created a position for her because she was such a good fit and did a great job," Landon said. "We are keeping talent here as a result, sort of reverse brain drain. She's from out of the area and did not plan on staying here after graduation, and her internship experience with the organization was the reason she was hired."