"I had the opportunity to professionally network with some of the key players', along with my professor, within one of the most prestigious companies, in the Philadelphia region," Magdalena Bazurto said reflecting on her participation in a networking event hosted by the Association of Latino Professionals For America, ALPFA, at Independence Blue Cross' headquarters in Philadelphia. She attended the event along with her professor, Curtis Bailey, program director of Business Administration and Accounting. ALPFA educates and empowers Latino students and professionals. Undergraduate students of all majors from Philadelphia Universities were made aware of internships and full-time positions available, at one of Philly's largest companies and employers, Independence Blue Cross. Students had the opportunity to meet with company leaders from all departments including finance, accounting, Information Technology, marketing and human resources.
"One of the things that really surprised and encouraged me," Ms. Bazurto said, "is that the company's workforce is 70% female and their overall commitment and dedication to inclusion and diversity in the workplace." She applied for an Independence Blue Cross paid internship program which, if accepted, would provide her with a great opportunity to seamlessly move into a full-time position with the company. Magdalena is an evening student in the Business Administration program at Esperanza College and will graduate later this year.