NORTON, Mass. - Eighteen Wheaton College student-athletes have earned fellowships this summer through the Filene Center for Academic Advising and Career Services that will enrich their academic experiences.
The Davis International and Porter Cleveland fellowships are just a few examples of the Wheaton Edge – a promise that every single student will receive financial support for an internship, research position or other experiential learning opportunity by the time they graduate.
Throughout the summer, the athletics department will feature the student-athletes taking part in these fellowships, including a forward from the women's soccer team Carly Costello '18.
A business and management major from Holyoke, Mass., Costello will intern at Management Recruiters of Springfield, Mass., working on client and customer support and other duties. Costello has received the Keefe Family Foundation Business Fellowship, part of the Wheaton Fellowship program.
Wheaton Athletics: Tell me a little bit about your fellowship.
Carly Costello: The internship I am completing this summer is with a headhunter company called Management Recruiters International Inc. This is a recruiting organization that provides services to a variety of industries in the US and internationally. The success the organization has in recruiting and the knowledge each team has in certain industries creates great results for finding the right candidates.
WA: What interested you in the fellowship?
CC: The fellowship Wheaton offers is a great way for students to gain assistance in the field they want to pursue after college. With my Business and Management degree, the fellowship allows me to gain more experience in a business setting and most importantly establish a connection I can use in the future.
WA: What experiences are you hoping to gain from your fellowship?
CC: I hope to take on work that will be helpful for other business settings such as client/ customer support, research, and data entry. The other part of my experience is connecting with my coworker and reaching out to the company's other office in Boston to get to know people there as well.
WA: What are your career aspirations and how will this help you achieve them?
CC: Business and Management is a very broad major for a job in the business field so I think after completing this internship I want to find a career I can work with clients and use skills I will learn this summer to make my career a success.
WA: How will this experience make you a better leader at Wheaton and on your team?
CC: Finding the internship and applying for the Wheaton Fellowship takes a lot of time and effort which is all worth it in the end, but I can now serve as a leader and help the underclassman earn a fellowship for their work one summer. It is important to encourage this opportunity to others since this can be very beneficial for work after college.
WA: Finally, why do you think these opportunities are beneficial to Wheaton students?
CC: This is beneficial in many ways because most the worry students have is taking on a nonpaid internship but the fellowship alleviates that worry and lets students choose an internship by the one they are most interested in. Students are able to gain helpful knowledge with the support Wheaton gives.