Software engineering major Madeline Cardinale’s job hunt started unexpectedly during her second year at Ship. She just happened to be in a computer lab when a recruiter and a few software developers from Deloitte were speaking to a group of students. A year later she encountered the same recruiter when they spoke to her class on a Zoom session.

“A company info session, a Ship career fair, an application and a few interviews later, I was hired for Deliotte’s Solution Summer Scholar internship program. At the end of the summer, I was offered the position of solution analyst to begin after graduation, and with how much I had enjoyed my internship experience, I signed the offer letter immediately upon receiving it,” said Cardinale, Wood Honors College student.

With an office in Mechanicsburg she’ll be working in one of the companies three software consulting headquarters in the country.

“I’m beyond excited to join such an esteemed and collaborative company, especially after having such an amazing internship with them,” she added.

Chance encounters played a big part in her career plans, but Cardinale is also quick to credit her Ship experience that prepared her for what’s next.

“Ship has prepared me amazingly well for my career through experiences in the Wood Honors College and the School of Engineering,” she said.

Her time in the Honors College helped her develop communication, organization and leadership skills she believes will help her thrive in her career. Collaborative class projects that solved real world problems through partnerships with real world clients gave her an edge and make this next step in her journey seem a lot less intimidating. And of course she’s thankful for the people that made it all possible.

“I owe so much of my success to the encouragement of Dr. Kim Klein, director of the Wood Honors College, and Dr. Carol Wellington, professor of software engineering and my academic advisor. These two women have been such amazing resources and motivators, as they have been available to answer all my questions and match me up with opportunities to help me thrive personally and professionally,” she said.

She’ll celebrate her success with some post-graduation travel with family and friends, but then it’s time to get to work.

“I’m beyond excited to join such an esteemed and collaborative company, especially after having such an amazing internship with them,” she added.