Co-Op stories: Schuylkill student connects from Rio De Janeiro to San Diego

Editor’s word: This story is a part of a sequence profiling the summer season 2021 internship experiences of undergraduate college students collaborating in Penn State Schuylkill Co-Op. For extra tales like Centola E Silva’s, go to The sequence is written by Courtney Weikel, a fourth-year Penn State Schuylkill student majoring in company communication and finishing her summer season internship within the campus’s Office of Strategic Communications.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — From Schuylkill Haven to San Diego to Rio De Janeiro, second-year Penn State Schuylkill student Lucas Centola E Silva has made essentially the most of a distant internship alternative whereas residing at house in Brazil this summer season.
Centola E Silva landed his summer season internship with Sizigi, an eportfolio platform primarily based in San Diego, California. Sizigi helps people trying to find jobs and firms trying to find candidates by making a relationship between the 2 events all through the hiring course of. Centola E Silva stated, “I selected Sizigi as a result of the corporate appears to have an enormous potential to develop and assist lots of people get their dream jobs.”
His expertise with Sizigi allowed Centola E Silva to join with these in management positions to talk about new concepts. “I had by no means imagined I might work for a corporation and find a way to attain out to the CEO to discuss concepts I had to develop their advertising methods,” he stated. “That positively made my expertise memorable, and after working for Sizigi, I’ll set the bar excessive for future jobs.”
Centola E Silva is majoring in enterprise with the advertising/administration possibility and can be pursuing a certificates in sports activities administration. His campus involvement consists of competing for Penn State Schuylkill on the lads’s basketball staff, and being a founding member of Penn State Schuylkill Co-Op.
We lately caught up with Centola E Silva to talk about his distant internship expertise with Sizigi, and right here’s what he had to say.
Q: Describe a day within the life at your internship.Centola E Silva: At Sizigi, I set up occasions and initiatives to assist the corporate develop and promote the model. We can write weblog posts, do social media takeovers, or produce movies that may assist job hunters of their job search.
Q: How have your Co-Op programs ready you to your summer season internship?Centola E Silva: The Co-Op programs have helped in a number of methods all through this expertise. During the 2 Co-Op programs I’ve taken thus far, Ms. Kate Zimmerman [director of cooperative education] taught us how to construct our résumé, write a canopy letter, how to discuss to your supervisor or advisor, how to gown for work, and extra. I consider this expertise will assist me sooner or later as a result of it’s the first time I’m in knowledgeable surroundings. I had no expertise prior to this internship, and I consider I’ll keep in mind the ideas I acquired at Sizigi for the remainder of my life.
Q: How did you hear concerning the Co-Op program?Centola E Silva: My tutorial advisor advised me concerning the Co-Op program, and I spotted that might be nice for my plans as a result of I had no expertise. I knew the Co-Op program would get me prepared for skilled life, and that I might really want that, particularly as a world student who got here from a very totally different tradition.
Q: What recommendation do you’ve gotten for college kids trying to be part of Co-Op and discover internships?Centola E Silva: I might do every little thing I did once more and suggest it to incoming college students as a result of I realized about some elementary rules for individuals who need to get a job early in faculty and be totally different. COVID-19 prevented me from being on campus freshman 12 months, however I’m excited to lastly be on campus this fall. I hope I can expertise every little thing Penn State Schuylkill has to supply and hope to have an amazing sophomore season with the basketball staff.
Q: As a world student, are you able to clarify your distinctive place within the Co-Op program?Centola E Silva: Being a world student within the Co-Op program means lots to me, and it may be very helpful for this system as properly. I consider worldwide college students can carry totally different views to sure conditions, and that may actually assist this system develop as an entire.
To study extra about Penn State Schuylkill Co-Op and how one can become involved as both a student or an employer, go to or contact Kate Zimmerman, director of cooperative schooling, at [email protected] or 570-385-6296.

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