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Malyke Partlow

Major: Criminology/Security & Risk Analysis
Minor: N/A
Hometown: Pittsburgh

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I found my experience through our career fairs at Penn State. I always had an interest in taking a semester off to get some experience. I spoke to recruiters and expressed my interest, which led to me getting the co-op with Johnson and Johnson (JNJ). I really believe students should seek out the opportunities because they are there! Most Penn State recruiters are alums and really want to help students- if you express that you would be open to doing a co-op, there may be an opportunity for one. I also saw the opportunity online through our college specific internship websites (Network Simplicity/IST Compass)and spoke about it with recruiters once I went to the career fair. 

"My experience with Johnson & Johnson was really great for my development."

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

My experience with JNJ was really great for my development. I had the opportunity to really gain some on the job skills relating to IT. I created multiple websites for internal/external collaboration, used project management software JIRA for assistance with online portals, and tested company applications. It really gave me the chance to work with people across the world, including in Belgium and Singapore! I also had the opportunity to participate in three community service events. It truly was a great experience for my 5 months with JNJ!

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience definitely impacted me in great ways. It was very easy for me to come up to speed because much of the stuff I worked on, I learned in school. I was able to gain better HTML/CSS coding skills by creating websites and I was able to gain good project management skills by working with multiple teams. The opportunity really allowed me to apply what I learned in class on the job.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

I someday hope to be a Chief Information Security Officer. My experience with JNJ allowed me to gain critical IT skills that are really helpful for me to start a career as an IT/Security professional. I really enjoyed gaining background in IT despite being an Information Security major. I really hope to leverage both my Criminology and Information Security degree to start a career potentially in the federal government working in an Information Security role. This experience gave me skills that support my passion which is why I enjoyed the co-op.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would recommend this to another student because of how important this experience can be for you. Gaining experience before you graduate is extremely important for your success after graduation. If you are ever able to take an opportunity like this I think you should. It was amazing! I was also given funding by the College of Liberal Arts to support my co-op as well. That shows me that the College of Liberal Arts is actively supporting their students and it truly did help!

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