What’s one way to stand out in an extremely competitive job market? Have a documented resume of experience and established connections. Biomedical Engineering major Jennifer Trinh has parlayed her knowledge, cooperative education (co-op) experience, and the Stevens alumni network into a great job offer while finishing up her senior year. Jennifer will graduate in May with her B.E. in Biomedical Engineering as well as a Project Management graduate certificate. Her focus and ambition, coupled with opportunities for professional practice at Stevens, helped her secure the position she wanted.
“Stevens provided me with the career, leadership and networking opportunities necessary to gain an advantage. The Cooperative Education program that helped me secure two eight-month long assignments where I made critical workflow improvements and developed training guidelines for my companies,” Jennifer describes. “For my final summer experience, I decided to seek my own internship at J&J and worked closely with the Office of Career Development and Stevens alumni. In this internship, I built a strong network of more than 10 Stevens alumni from Ethicon and J&J IT, some of whom were already my mentors in college.”
Though it was the internship at Johnson & Johnson that directly led to her full-time offer with Depuy Syntheses in their prestigious Information Technology Leadership Development Program (ITLDP), her co-op experiences at Stryker Orthopaedics and Jarchem Industries, Inc. also prepared her for starting her first rotation as an Associate Analyst with project management duties. A two-year rotational program offering leadership development in both business and technology, the ITLDP is a perfect place for Jennifer, whose goal is to work for a healthcare company that specializes in clinical research, healthcare education, medical technology and service to the community.
Despite participating in many activities, Jennifer credits Greek Life as a standout experience during her time at Stevens: “In Fall 2009, I joined a small local sorority where the women were ambitious and one-of-a-kind. Its diverse sisterhood shared the same values as mine: friendship, loyalty, and love. It has been most rewarding because of the opportunities to meet new people, take on leadership roles, participate in Greek social events, and serve as a mentor for young women. More recently, I had the honor of bringing my sorority to national status by chartering the Gamma Chi Chapter of Theta Phi Alpha Fraternity and expanding its network to over 25,000 collegians and alumnae – not many people can put that on their resume!”
Looking ahead, Jennifer says she would like to spearhead future medical technology education programs for professionals like the Ethicon Professional Education program and complete a Master’s degree in Project Management. She urges other students to bring their own brand of “value-added” to everything they do, as each individual makes the world a better place with their bright ideas.