this hearing. It was shocking to hear about naval aviation’s fleet challenges, especially when some of my friends are commissioning as naval aviators. I was also able to connect to the content from my Virginia Tech class on Congress.” Added Nicholas, “Another positive memory was the staff themselves. They were some of the most efficient, hardworking, and genuine people I met, and I enjoyed going in to work every day. On the walk to work, I got to see the Capitol every morning. I nodded my head in affirmation and pride that I was working in the center for the worldwide ‘democratic experiment.’ I gained a respect for congressmen and women for the job they are doing. I think people don’t really understand how much work many of them put into their jobs.” This summer, two more cadets are on the hill. Cadet Mackenzie Morris ’18 is a psychology major from Warrenton, Virginia. A community college transfer student enrolled in the Virginia Tech Honors College, she just completed her first year in the Corps. She will early-turn to cadet junior status this fall. Mackenzie’s goal is federal public service, hopefully with the FBI as a behavioral analyst.
Congressman Rob Wittman ’81 with Cadet Nicholas Masella ’18, during his summer internship.
Cadet Ruth Green ’19 of Fairfax, Virginia, is an economics major who aspires to a career in consulting or in the federal government. She reported to Congressman Wittman’s office at the Capitol after her return from Normandy, France, as part of the 2017 Global Scholars Program. A rising junior, she will be the VPI Battalion sergeant major this fall.
Former interns Katelyn Margraf ’16, at center, and Katie Mazzola ‘17.
Meaningful summer experiences, particularly internships, are constantly reinforced to VPI cadets. In today’s college graduate job market, professional experience is the great discriminator. The majority of VPI graduates who have gone to amazing careers leveraged great opportunities available during summer. To earn those opportunities, it helps to be competitive. The Corps experience certainly contributes to giving cadets that edge. Another competitive edge is networking. Many organizations communicate directly through me or Jason Oberoi with their recruitment needs. Jason is assistant director for the Citizen-Leader Track. His focus is employer engagement initiatives, and that includes building the Corps alumni network. The Citizen-Leader Track is very grateful for the enduring partnerships we have with organizations, including well-placed alumni like Congressman Wittman. These cadet interns are very thankful for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to serve Virginia’s 1st Congressional District while gaining experience highly valued by future employers.
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The Summer 2017 edition of the Corps Review, the alumni magazine for the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets.