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New Ferrera Fellowship Allows Students to Pursue Non-Profit Internships

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New Ferrera Fellowship Allows Students to Pursue Non-Profit Internships

Taking social responsibility lessons beyond the classroom, Bentley University announces the first recipients of the Gerald R. Ferrera Service Fellowships for summer 2013 non-profit internships: sophomore Patricia Guiao (pictured left) will work at CarryON, a newly formed wholly-owned subsidiary of St. Francis House in Boston; and junior Hanna Wolsfelt (pictured right) will work and teach at Exploration Schools, Inc. at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Mass.  

“We offered the fellowship to two extremely talented students who possess a strong skill set and intense interest in working for these select non-profit organizations,” says Colleen Murphy, associate director of University Career Services. “The experience will provide greater insight into the functional areas of a non-profit organization, and will help prepare them if they choose to pursue a career in the non-profit industry.”

Wolsfelt will work with faculty members of the Exploration Schools summer programs to design and teach two business courses — Real Monopoly and Ad Ventures. She will also serve as a resident assistant and as a day resident advisor. 

“I've been involved in community service for basically my whole life, mostly with kids,” says Wolsfelt, whose major is Management. “I love working with them because it is so rewarding; you can see the benefits day-to-day as you work with them through whatever it is they might need. The fellowship means that I get to continue to help society, and it will help me pursue my goal for a career in teaching.” 

Guiao is a Finance major and a Liberal Studies Major with a concentration in Earth, Environment & Global Sustainability. She will work with CarryON, a program in which guests of St. Francis House manufacture bags, totes and wallets to sell to retailers. She will help establish competitive pricing, create an efficient workplace environment, and manage finances for the growing program. She will also join the St. Francis House Business Advisory Group. 

“Since I was young, my parents encouraged me to make a difference. Witnessing the hope and fulfillment of people who receive support inspires me to serve,” says Guiao. “I want to play a role in ending the cycle of poverty, to allow others to experience the joy and opportunities that I sometimes take for granted. Seeing others obtain the chance to thrive encourages me to strive for improvements in society.”

The fellowship was established in honor of Gerald R. Ferrera, Adamian Professor of Law at Bentley and longtime advocate for careers dedicated to the greater good of society. It is designed to encourage student internships at non-profit organizations. The program provides a stipend for two fellows each year to pursue work at non-profit organizations, government agencies and NGOs in the United States and abroad.

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,200 full-time undergraduate, 82 part-time undergraduate, 1,000 graduate and 24 doctoral students. Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranks Bentley among the top 10 undergraduate business programs in the country. The Princeton Review’s Annual Best Colleges Guide names Bentley number one in the nation for career services and internship opportunities. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education.


by Meredith Mason  January 31, 2017

Princeton Review has ranked Bentley University the No. 1 college for internship opportunities in the United States as part of their 2017 edition of “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give you the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck.”