Student Post: Finding the Silver Lining
By Abigail Scardelletti
Cabrini University, Class of 2020
The spring semester of my senior year at Cabrini University was set up to be the best semester of my life! Three days a week, from Tuesday through Thursday, I went to class, finishing my academic requirements to graduate. But on Mondays and Fridays, I got to go to South Philadelphia for my internship at the Wells Fargo Center. I was a marketing intern with the Flyers Skate Zone, which is under the umbrella of the Philadelphia Flyers, a professional ice hockey team.
It was perfect: I got to work in a cubicle that had a view of Lincoln Financial Field. I was tasked with writing content for the Skate Zone, assisting Group Sales with donation requests, and creating social media campaigns for the Skate Zone. I had great co-workers. I got to meet Flyers players and U.S. Women National team players.
Until I didn’t.
I learned that my internship was canceled in the middle of March, the Friday after the Philadelphia 76ers held their last home game against a player with COVID-19. The Wells Fargo Center was not closed yet, but it had just been deep cleaned. My supervisor called me on my cell phone and informed me that, unfortunately, all internships in the Wells Fargo Center were being canceled due to COVID-19.
I had been hoping to turn my spring internship into a job after graduation in May, starting my summer off with a set plan. Instead, I found myself finishing my finals and setting up freelancing accounts online, setting alerts on websites like LinkedIn, Glassdoor, Chegg, and other job sites. I decided to spend my summer finding a job in a hard job market, instead of sitting and feeling sorry for myself.
Now, I’ve found myself applying to positions that I may not have originally wanted or even thought of applying to just so that I can create opportunities for myself and get my name into the job market. I am opening my job search to paid internships as well as jobs that use other skills sets that I have learned and honed during the last four years. My jobs have included editorial intern for Reminder Media, Resident Assistant (RA) for Cabrini University’s Residence Life, Wawa customer service associate, writing tutor, hostess/busser at Houlihan’s Restaurant, and general copywriter.
I promote my work in different ways to get jobs. I get freelance work through Upwork, Freelancer.com, and social media. But work like Wawa, hostessing, and tutoring, I got through a job application process. I got the Wells Fargo Internship through a different website. Look at what your strengths are and do not be scared to promote them; it will help you stand out. Also, take the time to find your passion. Create accounts on job and internship websites and actually use them. LinkedIn lets you create and build a network in this new completely digital age.
If I’ve learned anything from this unfortunate and unprecedented time, it is to just go with the flow. You may not like it, but with everything that leaves you, something new and even better will come.
Through the little time I had at the Wells Fargo Center, I was able to network with other employees, work on talents and interests outside of school, and gain experience in the sports industry that I did not have before.
For the other students who are in the same position that I am: take it in stride! This is not the end. It’s just a setback. Do what you can with what is available, and you will be just fine.
Breathe. This is new and scary for everyone. The rainbow comes after the storm.