Maria Torres Monteverde ’23 discovered her passion for the health industry through professional experiences

Torres Monteverde discovered his love for the healthcare industry during an internship at Edelman, a global communications company, and has since aligned his professional and academic goals to pursue healthcare in his post-graduate journey.

Maria Torres Monteverde ’23, a double major in Communication Design and Strategic Communication with a minor in Business Administration, discovered her industry-specific interest after working with a healthcare client at a large public relations agency in 2021.

The internship for Edelman, a global communications company, aligned her professional and academic goals to pursue healthcare in her post-graduate journey. She landed an internship at NYU Langone Health last summer.

Torres Monteverde credits Elon for providing him with the skills and resources to take bold steps in the direction of his dreams. She recently answered questions about her career path and the role of the Student Professional Development Center (SPDC) in her journey.

What were you trying to accomplish when you met the SPDC and what specific help did you receive?

When I met Amber Moser at SPDC, I wanted to make sure my resume and cover letter skills were honed. Navigating the job search process as an international student is difficult, as many companies have specific visa requirements. In addition, the SPDC helped me prepare for the interviews by training me in asking questions and providing me with the information and tools needed to be successful in my application process.

How did your interest in working for Edelman develop?

I started networking weekly with Elon alumni who currently work at Edelman. Through relationships with co-workers, I quickly built an extensive support network. Everyone was very willing to help and had a variety of backgrounds and experiences, which heightened my interest in the position. I am grateful to my colleagues at Edelman who supported me throughout college.

Tell me about your experience landing this opportunity with Edelman.

When I read the job requirements, it was mentioned that applicants should be graduate or college graduates. At the time, I was a rising junior. Undeterred, I applied, networked, and researched to learn more about the company. After four rounds of phone and video interviews, I was informed of an amazing offer!

It was rewarding to see how dreams can come true through effort and dedication. He also affirmed the importance of applying for interesting jobs even if you don’t meet all the requirements, as you may have other skills that can set your application apart.

I used the skills and tools that Elon’s upbringing provided me and proved to myself that I can achieve anything in life if I invest time, effort and dedication.

What stood out to you about Edelman’s culture?

The DEI people and culture were very enriching elements of the internship, as well as the projects and clients I worked with. Although this internship was online due to Covid-19, I was able to participate in online activities that helped me connect with my peers.

What did you learn from your internship experience at Edelman?

My internship at Edelman in the summer of 2021 changed the trajectory of my time at Elon. I discovered my passion and realized that I wanted to work in healthcare in the future. I used my communication skills writing DMRs and press releases, consulting databases and meeting clients. I used the skills and tools that Elon’s upbringing provided me and proved to myself that I can achieve anything in life if I invest time, effort and dedication. This internship led to my summer internship with NYU Langone in New York.

What other faculty members did you work with to prepare and what help did you receive?

I must give a huge thank you to Dr. Kenn Gaither, who has been my greatest role model and mentor throughout my time at Elon. He has mentored me for the past three and a half years through coffee talks, resume workshops, and life advice. Thanks to him, I was able to get in touch with NYU Langone and get an internship last summer. I would also like to thank my advisor, Professor Michele Lashley, with whom I could talk for hours! Dr. Gaither and Dr. Lashley are my biggest inspirations and role models at Elon.

Going forward, how has your work experience influenced your career aspirations and life plans after graduation?

I’m going to graduate school at NYU to get a Master of Arts (MA) in Bioethics! I’m thrilled for that and for a full-time job after that. I’m excited to go to NYU School of Global Public Health and work in health!

What recommendations would you share with other students about the Student Professional Development Center?

Use the SPDC. There are endless services, activities, and tools you can use while at Elon and beyond!

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