Alumni introduce students to the working world.

Jim Kellerk ’91 and Johanna Ortiz ’13 at GE’s offices. Ortiz has an internship in GE’s Financial Management Program this summer.

“Mr. Kellerk was open and made me feel comfortable. He talked to me about his most challenging experiences and what he did to overcome those situations,” said Ortiz. “He also talked about being a father and a husband. I was happy to know that he had been at some point a student like me with very ambitious goals, a plan, and great hopes. He attributes a lot of his success to his parents’ support and to the moral and ethical values he learned while at Fairfield.”

Ortiz, who has a double-major in math and psychology, said the Job Shadow experience helped her consider different areas where she could use her math major, such as accounting, management, finance, and even human resources. She has since applied for and received an internship in GE’s Financial Management Program this summer. “This activity has opened so many doors for me.”


The Job Shadow experience benefited students even as far away from campus as Santa Monica, Calif., where Grayson Phillips ’13, a finance major, met with Mitch Clarfield ’82 for a day at the offices of Deutsche Bank Berkshire Mortgage. Clarfield initiated Phillips into the loan origination process, and had him sit in on a “pipeline meeting” with clients across the country.

“The best part of the experience was just to see a different part of finance and actually go and do it,” said Phillips. “Mitch is a great salesman. We talked about good business practices — being honest, maintaining relationships, and how that develops into referrals.”

Clarfield felt similarly about his day with Phillips. “It was great to see a new generation of Fairfield graduates — and amazing to see what kinds of skills they possess relative to what we knew and could do when we graduated. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to help mold students’ career paths and assist them in making contacts.”

Most of the 60 alumni who participated in the inaugural Job Shadow program expressed the desire to do it again for students next year. “Students had wonderful experiences meeting with Fairfield alumni, seeing how they spend their days, and getting advice from seasoned professionals,” said Cath Borgman. “Some students have even secured internships at the firms they visited. Hopefully, they’ve gained some insight into their field of interest which will motivate them to prepare as much as they can now while in school.”

The second annual Job Shadow program will take place the week of January 7-11, 2013, during the University’s winter break. If you would like to host a Fairfield student at your place of business, contact Julie Tuozzoli ’85, director of Alumni Career Services, at, or visit

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