Taking His Show On The Road To Harrisburg

Temple senior, Kiryl Marchuk, is a Criminal Justice major in the College of Liberal Arts. This past Spring, he participated in the Temple University’s Institute for Public Affairs,  PA Capital Semester. This program allows students to have the opportunity to explore government affairs, policymaking and implementation first-hand while being full-time students and staying on track for graduation. Read more about Kiryl’s experience working in Harrisburg…








What company and department did you work with?

I worked as a full-time fellow for the House of Representative in the Judiciary Committee (Republican side) in Spring 2017.

What is your major and date of graduation and Major?

I am majoring in Criminal Justice and graduating in Spring 2018.

How did you find out about this opportunity, and what was the interview process like?

I learned about this internship while I was standing in line for the elevator in Gladfelter Hall. I saw a commercial/poster of the “Pennsylvania Capital Semester” on one of the TV screens. That day when I came home, I did a quick search on Google, read about the program, and became really interested in it.

As I completed my application and scheduled my interview, Michelle Atherton did a fantastic job in assisting me, making sure I filled everything out correctly. I was accepted into the program, and Michelle then scheduled an interview with Professor Cassidy where he asked about my interests, goals, and what I wanted to get out of this internship. We then discussed the internship placements that would best fit me.

What was your job function, and what does a typical day entail?

Every day is a new day. This was the most exciting part of my internship. Two weeks prior to taking part in this fellowship, I pondered the idea of what a criminal justice major might do in state government. In reality, I did not know much about state government. I was worried that I would not have experience related to my interest and my major, as I am planning to go to law school. However, within the first week of the internship, I found myself pleasantly surprised.

Fortunately, I was placed with the Judiciary Committee, and I was the first ever “fellow” to intern with the Committee (Republican side). Being a Criminal Justice major, I was mesmerized by the relevance of my coursework to the actual problems/agenda the Judiciary Committee was working on. For example, on the second week of my internship my executive director asked me to do some research on the mandatory minimum in regards to drug laws. I had recently completed a similar task in one of my courses at Temple, so I was able to come back to him within minutes with the completed assignment. He was astonished! This is one of many examples where I was able to apply my coursework from Temple University for work purposes.

I never had a “typical” day at work. Everyday entailed its own adventure. In general, I was responsible for drafting bill analyses, constituent letters, and performing extensive policy research for various House members. On other days I would attend Judiciary Committee meetings as well as House sessions. Often my executive director would take me to lobbyist and special interest group conferences and delegate me to research numerous topics relating to the legislation the Committee was trying to pass. Working with the Judiciary Committee, I had the opportunity to develop close relationships and network with many of the representatives in my county.

I had the honor to work besides the most hard-working and intelligent co-workers. Each one of them played a significant role in making this a special and rich internship experience for me.

How has your internship related to your coursework?

As I mentioned above, my coursework was closely related to kinds of tasks I worked on at my internship. The final project of my fellowship consisted of researching and drafting an original piece of legislation. I based my legislation on a paper that I wrote in one my course called “Planned Change” with Professor Joanna Metzger. At my internship, I then “translated” my research paper into a piece of legislation with the help of a few legal experts.

My legislation called the “Corrections Investment Act” consisted of a simple formula, reducing the state’s high recidivism rate and saving taxpayers’ dollars on corrections by providing small tax breaks for employers who hire ex-offenders.

The bill’s focus to reduce the recidivism rate and save taxpayers’ dollars has bipartisan support. Currently, a few legislators offered to pick up the bill. Dom Costa, a representative from Allegheny County, most likely will be the candidate to introduce the legislation on the House Floor in the near future.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned during your internship/job experience?

My experience in state government has taught me the importance of having good character. One of my favorite quotes was written by Charles H. Spurgeon, “A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.” Helping others and doing upright deeds to people around us will not only benefit others, but it will also significantly impact our lives. These values developed a desire in me to work on a bill idea that would revolve around these principles. My bill is designed to:

  1. Reduce our state’s large recidivism rate
  2. Reintegrate ex-offenders into our society
  3. Save/invest money for our state

In addition, I have learned that developing healthy relationships with individuals around you at work is an essential component that will only help you later in life. That’s why networking is one of the keys to success.

What piece of advice would you give to current students embarking on an internship/job search?

If you truly want to expand your knowledge and development as an individual, finding the right internship is essential. No matter what major you are or what your interests are, the abilities that you will gain at an internship will benefit you in any field of study that you are pursuing. This is something of great value.

Have you learned any valuable lessons about obtaining jobs/internships during your time at Temple?

I believe Temple University does a wonderful job of helping students find various kinds of internships. For example, Professor Joseph Alkus is a great asset to Temple in aiding and providing students with the best feedback on how to write excellent resumes and cover letters, as well as finding internship and job opportunities that best fit the student’s interests. Overall, Temple helped me understand the wisdom, skills, and abilities that I may need to aid in reaching my future career goals.

I have also learned that it’s incredibly important to take part of the opportunities (such as workshops, career fairs, etc.) that Temple University offers to its students.

Quentin Parker, Program Specialist at Center for Disease Control & Prevention

Temple Alum Quentin Parker graduated from Temple in May 2016 as a Human Resource Management major. In his last semester here, he was fortunate enough to receive a full-time job offer with the CDC after receiving a recommendation from his professor. We asked Quentin a few questions about his job and how he was able to land this great opportunity!

What is/was your job function, and what does a typical day entail?

Job Function: Management Analyst for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA.

I am asked to analyze and evaluate management practices, methods, and administrative operations of an organizational unit both programmatic and business. I analyze issues, problems, and or challenges facing management. I interpret findings resulting from studies and draft possible courses of action for resolving them. My proposals include work method or procedural changes, systems variations, and assessments of new technological developments.

How did you find out about this opportunity, and what was the interview process like?

Kathleen Davis, who taught several of my courses, and someone whom I had a very good relationship with responded to an email from an upper management official from the CDC who was looking for students who would be or have graduated from the MS HR program to invite to interview with a position at the CDC. Kathleen gave my name as a possible candidate stating that I was not a Master’s student, but would be a good fit.

The interview process was short. It was a Skype interview that lasted approximately 30 minutes. I was asked if I was interested in the job, I was told about the job and the CDC, and was given some time to ask some questions I had for the panel.

What piece of advice would you give to current students embarking on an internship/job search?
I would tell students to use the faculty to their advantage. Not only are they knowledgeable about classes they teach, but they are also very well connected. Do your best in each class and find ways to stand out from your peers. When you are applying or searching for potential opportunities, make sure you are being selective and not applying to 1000 different jobs. Apply to only the jobs you could see yourself having a career with.  Research the company you are applying for to learn about their culture and core values. If they don’t agree with you, regardless of how good the job sounds, you probably won’t like it. Last, it is okay to think outside the box. Job titles don’t mean anything. Often students focus on titles rather than potential.

Anything other advice for students?

Try to find one solid internship during your time at Temple and work so hard they keep asking you back. Longevity looks better than variety.

Student Spotlight: Kaleen Suter – SWELL Agency

Temple Senior, Kaleen Suter is graduating in May 2017 as an Advertising major in the Art Direction track with an art minor. During her tenure here at Temple, Kaleen has visited the Career Center on a number of occasions. This past semester, Kaleen was fortunate enough to receive a summer contract offer with the advertising agency, SWELL after interning with them this Spring. We asked Kaleen a few questions about how she was able to land this great opportunity, and how the Career Center assisted her on her path.

Tell us about your internship experience this semester!

During my internship I have been fortunate enough to gain a great amount of real-life agency experience. I have helped work on projects for SEPTA, attended client meetings in which my work was presented, and aided in the design of branding for clients including The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, Pennsylvania Wine Association, and the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society. Throughout the past 3 months I have striven to do my best work and offer to help with projects even on days I was not scheduled to be in the office, which resulted in developing strong connections with the SWELL team.

How did you find out about this opportunity, and what was the interview process like?

During a capstone class I took in Fall of 2016 where we worked in teams to create an advertising campaign for our client, SEPTA, I had the opportunity to have my work critiqued in class by the Creative Director of the advertising agency SWELL that currently designs SEPTA’s collateral. By being proactive and sending my resume/portfolio to the Creative Director before the critique, I had the opportunity to afterwards inquire about internship opportunities for the Spring 2017 semester. After a process of interviewing, presenting my portfolio of work, and then having the SWELL team attend our advertising pitch to SEPTA that we ended up winning against 5 other groups – I was offered a design internship at SWELL for this semester.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned during your internship/job experience?

The most important thing I’ve learned during my internship is that going the extra mile and putting in extra time is what gets noticed. Also being thoughtful, personable, and genuine are important qualities to go along with great work ethic in the advertising/marketing field.

What piece of advice would you give to current students embarking on an internship/job search?
 A piece of advice I would give to current students embarking on an internship search would be to start interning as soon as possible – don’t be afraid to put yourself out there or make mistakes – interning is your chance to learn. Each experience will be different, but will tell you more about what you like and don’t like which will guide job searching for post-graduation.

Did the career center assist you in any way, whether it was identifying the opportunity, applying to it, interviewing for it, or preparing for it?

I visited the career center a few times to go over my resume and also to help perfect my cover letter before going on interviews and submitting applications. It was a great resource to boost my confidence before those nerve racking times.

Anything other advice for students?

The last thing I’d like to mention is that studying abroad at the Temple Rome Campus was one of the most influential experiences during my college career. It really broadened my horizons and positively influenced my creative work. I think more students should seriously consider studying abroad – a lot of programs have international internship opportunities too!

Student Spotlight: Jeannette Rupprecht, Campus Campaign Coordinator Intern at Teach for America


Hello, my name is Jeannette Rupprecht. I am a senior studying Early Childhood and Special Education with a concentration in English as a Second Language. I am also a Campus Campaign Coordinator Intern at Teach for America. Through my experiences at Temple University, I have gained a wide variety of knowledge, skills and opportunities related to my field of study in education. Last year, I learned about Teach for America, a nonprofit organization aimed at Educational Inequity. Teach for America seeks to hire college graduates to teach for two years in low income public schools in both urban and rural communities. Our goal is to provide all students with the proper education and access they need to be successful in their academic career. I believe that equal opportunity in education is something that all children deserve, and I am extremely passionate about education and serving those students who need quality teachers the most. I believe all children have the opportunity and potential to be successful and through Teach for America I am able to pursue that dream.


  • How did you find out about this opportunity, and what was the interview process like?

I connected with one of my sorority sisters who served as the Intern last year. I felt that this was a great opportunity for me to become connected to the Teach for America community and spread the great news at Temple. I agreed to go through the interview process to possibly be considered for the position. The interview process was quite complex as I had to apply, complete specific assignments related to the position to prove my eligibility and obtain three letters of recommendation for the position. In the interview, I had to share about my personal experiences in education and experiences with working with students in low income areas.

  • What does a typical day entail? 

As a Campus Campaign Coordinator Intern, my job is to reach out to students on campus via campus wide events, sharing presentations to other campus organizations, as well as in classroom visits to share about Teach for America and its mission. Typically, my weeks consist of reaching out to Professors and Campus organizations via email to share information presentations about Teach for America and to share opportunities for undergraduate students to pursue with us in the job field and leadership development post-graduation. Each week I typically share around five presentations for about five to ten minutes each to different groups of students (of different majors) to help share the news about Teach for America. Upon completion of presentations, I connect students with our recruitment manager to learn more about Teach for America and our leaders. I also host tabling events at career fairs, organization fairs and other events to connect with students whom I feel may be good leaders and additions to Teach for America. In addition, I manage our campus social media page on Facebook.

  • What is the most important thing you’ve learned during your experience?

Thus far, I have learned a lot about the problems facing our nation in terms of education and this continuous cycle of educational inequity. I have also learned how to collaborate with a wide range of students and gained confidence in my public speaking abilities as a presenter to large groups of people. I have also gained greater skills in terms of my professionalism, time management, rapport with faculty and staff and making connections for my future endeavors beyond my time at Temple University.

  • What advice would you give to current students embarking on an internship/job search?

Personally, I feel that obtaining an internship is essential to establish rapport with future employers, build resume experience and build knowledge and skills as a professional. Internships provide students with the stepping stones to future opportunities and careers beyond a degree through putting knowledge into action. I think one of the best ways to learn about internship and job opportunities is to make connections with staff and faculty on campus, research on OwlConnect and OwlNetwork, talk with peers to learn about experiences that they have participated in and most importantly, speak with your advisor and the Career Center about options for you and your future! The career center and your advisor are go-to personnel to make connections on and off campus, to find resources to best suit your needs, and can provide you with expert advice!

  • Can you tell us a little about Teach for America and how students who are interested can explore opportunities with them?

Overall, I think that Teach for America is a wonderful opportunity and can provide students with a wide variety of options to help them better themselves, develop leadership and professional skills and become a part of something larger than oneself. Through service with Teach for America students will be given opportunities to connect with Alumni and Employer partners to help navigate job opportunities and careers to jump-start their future. If you would like to find out more about Teach for America and the opportunities we have in store, don’t hesitate, reach out to me via email, Jeannette Rupprecht at tug12340@temple.edu. You can also check out our website for more information on how to apply and other relevant details at www.teachforamerica.org.

Don’t wait!  Now is your time to become a part of something big and make a difference!