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Guest Post: I Used Seelio to Land An Internship and You Can Too!

See How Purdue University Calumet graduate, Stephanie Peters, used Seelio to land an internship

Today we’d like to introduce you to our student spotlight guest contributor, Stephanie Peters, a recent Purdue University Calumet graduate. Congratulations on this great accomplishment, Stephanie!

Stephanie has been kind enough to share her experience using Seelio and how it helped her prepare for her career. As you’ll see, her story is full of tips you can take away as you build your own portfolio. Read on to learn more about:

  • How to use out of class experiences to showcase your skills
  • Why the “About Me” section matters
  • How building a Seelio can help you land an internship or job
  • An employer’s perspective on why portfolios are valuable in the hiring process

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Take it away, Stephanie!

Student Spotlight: Kaley Young, Purdue University Calumet

Surprised by Seelio- The Difference A Semester Can Make

We know there are lot of choices out there for sharing your professional story. At Seelio, our goal is to make sure that it’s as easy as possible to take the things you’re experiencing in and out of school and connect them to whatever it is that you want to do next.

A lot of students first encounter Seelio in one of their classes, and we know that with papers, projects, exams, and all of the other things that come with school that it can take awhile to get comfortable with something new. That’s where our service team comes in. They’re always at the ready to help students and faculty get started and have a great experience on Seelio.

One day, David, one of our educational service leads struck up a conversation with a student at one of his partner schools to see how things were going. We loved hearing her story and wanted to share it with you in case you just learned about Seelio in one of your classes and you’re wondering what it’s all about.

Without further ado, meet Kaley Young, a recent graduate from Purdue University Calumet who studied Management Information Systems and encountered Seelio in her Honors Capstone course.

Screenshot of Kaley Young's Seelio Profile

Purdue University Calumet Announces Partnership with Seelio

Purdue Calumet on Seelio

Career-minded Purdue University Calumet students intent on impressing prospective employers with the fruits of their Purdue education will be able to do so in a more revealing and accessible manner, thanks to a new high tech resource that goes beyond the traditional résumé.

Purdue Calumet announced this morning that it has contracted with Seelio to enable students to showcase their academic accomplishments and provide immediate access to projects and publications via multi-media online portfolios. Essentially, students will be able to use their portfolio to readily demonstrate successful hands-on learning.

With experiential learning a requirement of all Purdue Calumet undergraduates, the opportunity for students to present evidence of related learning they have applied effectively in a real world environment is important, according to Peggy Gerard, Purdue Calumet vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost.

Portfolio of successful learning

“Students who develop an online portfolio can distinguish themselves by capturing evidence of their successful learning,” she said. “Within a competitive job market, students can use such a portfolio effectively during an interview to show employers in an easy to access manner real examples of their educational achievements and application.”

Since September 2014, students in experiential learning courses have been using Seelio to document learning and bring their skills to life with rich, digital portfolios. More than 300 students in disciplines from nursing to engineering have created 1,400+ pieces of content on Seelio, showcasing the unique aspects of experiential learning at Purdue Calumet.

In addition to making it easier for students to capture in-class learning, Purdue Calumet also has leveraged Seelio to connect students with regional industry partners at university events like Technology Day and gatherings of academic and industry leaders.

Presenting to prospective employers

Junior Matthew Dombrowski was offered the opportunity to present his portfolio to 14 industry leaders at the College of Technology’s Dean’s Executive Council meeting last fall.

“The opportunity to actually show future employers my work instead of trying to explain it to them on a résumé is truly amazing,” Dombrowski said. “It really gives people in fields like mine the chance to showcase their best work and actually show people what they are capable of doing.”

Going forward, students in Purdue Calumet’s College of Business; College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science; College of Technology; College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences; and Honors College will have access to Seelio’s technology and services. Opportunities are expected to expand to additional students over the next four years.

Connecting learning experiences with learning objectives

Purdue Calumet also will be able to collect students’ learning experiences and map them against learning objectives to better understand how curricula of various programs are preparing students to be successful.

Seelio CEO and Cofounder Moses Lee said, “We know how important it is to prepare students for success. That’s why we’re excited to partner with Purdue Calumet so students across campus can prepare for their careers from day one and graduate with the ability to present and showcase their important experiential learning.”


Note: This post was originally released via Purdue University Calumet’s Campus News.

To see Purdue Calumet on Seelio, visit www.seelio.com/g/purduecal. To learn more, please contact Emily Keller-Logan, Seelio’s director of marketing and communications, at emily(at)seelio(dot)com, or Wes Lukoshus, Purdue Calumet’s assistant vice chancellor of marketing and communications, at lukoshus(at)purduecal(dot)edu.