Career & Leadership Programs
History and Awards
In 2008, the Warrington College of Business Administration analyzed data that indicated that employers were no longer satisfied hiring college graduates without relevant experience. To better equip its graduates to meet the changing demands of the labor market, the College instituted an internship requirement beginning in Summer B 2009.
To assist students in procuring internships, the College launched the Career and Academic Peer (CAP) Mentor program in Fall 2009. The inaugural class of CAP Mentors consisted of thirteen of the College's top performing third and fourth year students. These students received training in many areas of professional development, including; developing resumes, effective interviewing, networking, and cover letter writing. These thirteen individuals contributed greatly to the development of numerous students and laid the foundation for a successful program for years to come.
The following year the CAP program expanded, growing from thirteen to seventeen mentors. In working closely with the Warrington Diplomats, these students delivered unprecedented growth in the services CAPs provided. In addition to offering students effective one-on-one career counseling, CAP Mentors also developed numerous resources to help students find internships. These efforts paid off, resulting in a 138% increase in the number of students served between 2009 and 2010.
Today the CAP program continues to expand the services it offers WCBA students. The 2011-2012 class of CAPs has grown to twenty-two mentors. These students have had remarkable internship experiences at places such as Google, Siemens, Macy's, Altria, Lockheed Martin, General Electric, and Target. In addition to providing students with sound advice on internships, CAPs will also be giving away a free iPod Touch and other prizes to select students who frequently utilize their services.
As the CAP program continues to grow, the College will need new CAP Mentors to guide students. If you are a rising third or fourth year business student and have a passion for helping other succeed, please refer to our Become a CAP Mentor site to learn about how you can become a CAP Mentor.
CAPs Highest Achievers
Most Students Mentored in a Career
Samantha Curtin was one of only three CAPs to serve in the first two years. Consistently one of the program's top performers, Samantha holds the record for most students mentored as a CAP. Samantha is currently serving as a Financial Analyst for Siemens in Orlando. She graduated in 2011 with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting.
Most Valuable CAP 2010-2011
Nicole Johnson served as the President of the CAP Mentors and was awarded Most Valuable CAP for 2010-2011. Nicole was one of the top performing mentors, mentoring to over thirty students in one year. Additionally, Nicole contributed significant programmatic support, assisting in the delivery of training and the overall direction of the program. Nicole graduated with her Masters of Arts in International Business in 2011 and is now serving as a Community Director for the March of Dimes in Arlington, Va.
Most Number of Students Mentored 2010-2011
Perhaps no CAP has dedicated themselves to their mentees quite like Smriti. From 2010-2011, Smriti mentored thirty-five students. In addition to meeting with a high number of students, Smriti contributed significantly to the resources available for CAP Mentors to utilize to assist students in finding internships. Today, Smriti is a Global Commercial Banking Analyst for Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Fort Lauderdale.