October 26, 2015
In her role as a leader development intern for Deloitte last summer, senior Danielle Boutwell experienced firsthand the benefits of having a strong collegiate alumni network.
During her junior year at Susquehanna, Boutwell contacted Jeff Orlando '00, chief learning officer of Leader Development & Performance for Deloitte. "I received Jeff's name through multiple mentors and advisors at Susquehanna, and as soon as I learned what Jeff did at Deloitte, I reached out and we started having the conversation about what I was interested in pursuing professionally," says Boutwell. "Jeff and I both found that this seemed like a great fit, and I was persistent in staying in contact with him to secure a summer experience."
With a major in psychology and minor in human resources management, Boutwell has a unique combination of educational tools that qualified her for the internship. "I have the analytical research and experimental design background from psychology, paired with the business background from my human resources minor that I need to succeed in this internship."
From initial design to final delivery, Boutwell got the chance to see what professional leader development programming looks like from start to finish. She also traveled across the country to implement such programs. In Texas she visited Deloitte University, a leadership center for company employees, where she helped deliver a program for new partners in the firm. Along the way, Boutwell also worked with Bill Cleary '01, a senior manager in the firm's Human Capital practice.
As she looks to the future, Boutwell hopes to find a career in leadership and organizational development. "The mentors that I gained at Deloitte are interested in helping me understand where I can go with this experience. I met people inside and outside of Deloitte that will influence my opportunities."
Boutwell encourages other Susquehanna students to use the alumni network to their advantage. "If you put yourself out there and utilize networking opportunities, that's what will result in gaining relevant experience. Be persistent but stay professional; don't be pushy. Just make sure that they can see your drive."