Stephen is a graduate student in Penn State University's 5-year Human Resources / Employment Relations IUG program. He intends to graduate in May of 2018 with a Masters of Science in Human Resources and Employment Relations.
In May of 2016 Stephen was selected to enroll in an embedded program offered by Penn State and based in Jönköping, Sweden. While studying in Sweden, Stephen attended seminars at Jönköping University and Gothenburg University focused on global human resource management within a welfare system. He also had the opportunity to visit the Swedish Board of Agriculture, Husqvarna Group, IKEA, and Volvo Group to observe corporate HR practices.While in Sweden, Stephen gained valuable insight pertaining to cultural diversity, international labor relations, and the application of basic human resources practices in a global setting.
Stephen has a diverse range of professional experience. This past summer Stephen worked as a Social Media Marketing Intern for The Bacharach Leadership Group (BLG) led by Professor Samuel Bacharach, Director of the Cornell Institute of Workplace Studies. During his time with BLG, Stephen managed social media channels and actively participated in marketing projects for The Agenda Mover book published by the Cornell University Press. During the summer of 2015 Stephen worked as a legal intern for Tuff City Records in New York City. While interning at Tuff City Records, Stephen assisted the legal department with drafting licensing agreements, conducting legal research, and registering musical copyrights with the United States Copyright Office.
In addition to his interests in Human Resources and Employment Relations, Stephen is actively involved with the Penn State Dance Marathon as a member of the Dancer Relations Committee. As a committee member, Stephen ensures the safety and well-being of volunteers selected as dancers for THON Weekend. Stephen was selected as a Fundraising Specialist for THON 2017. As a Fundraising Specialist, Stephen assists in the development of fundraising strategies and evaluates fundraising programs benefitting families impacted by pediatric cancer. Stephen is dedicated and eager to apply the skills he has learned to a well respected organization.