Ninety-seven percent of Niagara University students find employment or enroll in graduate school after they graduate because they receive an education that delivers exactly what employers and the world are looking for.
Students who have earned their degrees in the College of Business Administration, like Chanelle Ward, for example, often find that their internships lead directly to jobs. Chanelle will begin a full-time job with Deloitte Tax LLP after having completed an internship with the organization in New York City.
“This internship was one of the best experiences I had during my undergraduate career,” she says, “because I was able to live in New York City for a summer, work on top client accounts for Fortune 500 companies, and network in one of the largest financial markets in the country. The amazing experience I had working for Deloitte finalized my decision to pursue a career in public accounting.”
Undergraduate research is one of the key reasons science majors in NU’s College of Arts and Sciences are able to successfully apply to graduate school.
Jamie Catalano, ’17, will be heading to Brown University this fall to pursue her Ph.D. in molecular pharmacology and physiology in preparation for a career in the drug delivery and design industry. The biochemistry major is well-prepared for this course of study, having worked in Dr. Mary McCourt’s pharmaceutical-based laboratory as the primary formulation scientist for more than three years.
“This experience was an invaluable part of my development as a scientist,” she says. “Working for Dr. McCourt has made me a capable and well-rounded scientist, and the numerous skills that I have been taught are directly transferable and advantageous, moving forward.”
Adam Siedlecki, ’17, who will begin classes in the University at Buffalo’s School of Medicine this fall, worked on several research projects with his professors, and led two of them –antibiotic resistance in Staphylococci, and generating universal blood with genes isolated from Paenibacillus strains—himself. He notes that the faculty was nurturing and that students’ close relationships with their professors foster their success both in the classroom and in their lives after graduation.
“The academic standards set by professors is high to ensure that students reach their full potential and acquire an education on par with the nation’s best undergraduate universities,” he says. “The students who graduate from here (go on to) complete top-tier graduate and professional degrees. College is a four-year investment in your future, and studying at Niagara is one of the most secure investments you can make.”
Students in other areas of study also find that the combination of hands-on work in the field and practical course work in the classroom prepares them for whatever profession they choose.
For example, Rachel Gromlovits, ’17, a communications studies major with minors in theatre studies and general business, will be working as a digital communications intern at Cedar Point this summer, where she’ll be doing video production, photography, social media, and other marketing duties. Her class work and internships with Niagara’s multimedia production specialist and at the Aquarium of Niagara in Niagara Falls, as well as her role as director of the Ridge Report, Niagara University’s student-produced news broadcast, gave her “opportunities to grow and thrive as a professional-in-training,” by strengthening her skills, expanding her social network, and gaining confidence in herself.
Brendan Didio, ’17, says that the valuable real-world experience he gained, as both a student and an actor, in the theatre department’s study-abroad program in London, prepared him to enter the professional world of theatre. During the day, he took classes toward his degree, and in the evening, he attended theatre productions in London’s West End, Shakespeare’s New Globe Theatre, Olivier’s National Theatre, and Stratford-Upon-Avon. He and his classmates were even offered the opportunity to perform in The Live Literature Company’s production of The Tempest.
“To have an experience like this was not only life-changing, but it most definitely helped me prepare for future opportunities,” he says. “This summer, I’ll be performing in Shakespeare in Delaware Park’s production of Macbeth, and I’m positive that my experience at NU and in London has prepared me for my first post-graduate professional endeavor.”
Dominic Hannon, ’17, a communication studies major with minors in law & jurisprudence and sociology, will be working toward his master’s degree in higher education and student affairs administration at Buffalo State College after graduation, with the goal of working with first-year and/or transfer students in a college setting. It’s a career path he decided upon with the assistance of Niagara’s faculty, who encouraged him to try new things and helped him realize that he had a passion for student affairs.
“(The faculty) allowed me to integrate that passion in many capacities in the classroom and in my academic work,” he notes.
Dominic took advantage of opportunities to become involved on campus as well, serving as an orientation leader and as co-president of the Campus Programming Board. These opportunities enable students “to grow and become who they are truly meant to be,” he says.