Class of 2014 Spends Fall Break Shadowing in NYC

By Jennifer Segal, Junior

The Park Scholar class of 2014 spent their Fall Break shadowing professionals for the annual New York City Shadowing Trip. Students were able to shadow professionals at a company of their choice in a communications field.

The Park Scholars left by bus Thursday morning and arrived at the World Trade Center Hotel by midday on Friday. Some Park Scholars ended up shadowing after their arrival on Thursday and got to shadow professionals during their late night film productions.

Scholars shadowed at a variety of companies this semester. Some of these include: MediaCom, NPR, Disney, Edelman, and MADRE.

Junior Communication Management and Design major, Megan Devlin, shadowed three members of the Communications Department at MADRE. MADRE is an international women's human rights organization that uses human rights to advance social justice. Some of the responsibilities of the team she shadowed reaches out to donors, corresponds with the media, and produces materials about action alerts and advocacy programs.

“This experience really showed me the value of how I can use my communications and media skills in a workplace like MADRE without having to compromise my values for social, economic, political and environmental justice, ” Devlin said.

Integrated Marketing Communications major Meredith Sager shadowed Mykal Urbina, a Park Scholar alumna, who now works at, a non-profit focusing on bettering public school education.

“Seeing Mykal and the rest of the team was an absolutely incredible opportunity since I am interested in nonprofit communications. It was really valuable to see how she was able to blend her communications degree with her passion to make the world a little bit better-something I'm also hoping to achieve,” Sager said.

While some scholars left Friday for other commitments, most scholars stayed in the city to explore and enjoy some downtime after shadowing. Everyone returned to Ithaca on Saturday after a productive Fall Break, feeling accomplished their experiences meeting professionals and learning more about the communications field.

Shadowing professions in the industry was a great way for the junior class to network with professionals in fields of their interests and to get a glimpse of what a typical day at different jobs would be like.


Want to learn more about the shadowing trip? Check out junior Park Scholar Dylan Van Arsdale's account here.


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