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Webinar: NSEE Conversations – Bridging the Skills Gap through PBL and Remote Experiences

DATE: May 8, 2020

NSEE Conversations: Bridging the Skills Gap through PBL and remote experiences. During our session we spent time with 181 practitioners from across the nation (and other nations)! I have the poll results here, we took together on the call. 

Thanks to Urszula Zalewski, Director of Experiential Education in the Career Center at Stony Brook University, for organizing and leading the session. Below, please find information on our speakers.



RIIPEN: Daniela Pico is the Director of External Relations at Riipen, a technology platform enabling transformative opportunities for companies to collaborate with post-secondary students on real-time, real-world experiences. She is a passionate advocate for improving education and supporting youth. Daniela has a Bachelor of Psychology and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Victoria. Prior to joining Riipen, she worked in student advocacy and advising.  

Riipen is enabling transformative opportunities for companies to collaborate with post-secondary students on real-time, real-world challenges that are embedded directly into coursework. To date, Riipen has enabled 42,500 students at 150+ post-secondary institutions to partake in 1.5 million hours of applied learning with 5,000 companies. Riipen’s mission is to help students of all backgrounds and geographies boost their skills, gain career clarity, network with potential employers, and find jobs they love.

To learn more about Riipen and how you can engage with work-integrated experiential learning, please connect with the team or visit their website

Parker Dewey: Jeffrey Moss is the Founder and CEO of Parker Dewey LLC, a company focused on addressing the challenges associated with college-to-career transitions through Micro-Internships. Prior to founding Parker Dewey, Jeffrey spent most of his career as a venture capital investor focusing on the education and technology sectors. In addition, Jeffrey was Chief of Enterprise Growth at Educational Testing Service (ETS) where his efforts focused on the use of assessment to drive equity in education and employment. Jeffrey currently serves on the Indiana University Kelley School of Business Alumni Board, the Purdue University College of Liberal Arts Dean's Advisory Council, and the President’s Advisory Council of Governors State University.  Jeffrey's other relevant Board responsibilities have included: Chairman of the Board of Workstream (Nasdaq: WSTM), a software provider for human resources departments; OneGoal, a non-profit focused on college accessibility and persistence; the Chicago American Marketing Association; and the Illinois Venture Capital Association. 

Parker Dewey (www.ParkerDewey.com) helps address the challenges associated with college-to-career transitions. Specifically, Parker Dewey provides Career Launchers (college / grad students and recent graduates) the opportunity to work on Micro-Internships. These professional, paid, short-term assignments allow Career Launchers to demonstrate their skills and grit, explore careers, and develop their networks as they seek internships and full-time roles. Furthermore, these authentic, experiential learning opportunities complement in-class instruction, thereby improving academic performance and driving completion. 

Global Experiences: Melissa Buerkett is the Director of Partnership Development for Global Experiences.  Prior to this role she served as the London Program Director and Director of European Placement working with GE's employer hosts, and also spearheaded GE's integration of CliftonStrengths.  She holds a Master's degree in Counseling from NYU, and has worked in higher education as a career counselor, instructor and program director for 15 years. 

Global Experiences is comprised of world travelers who are fortunate to have lived, worked, or studied overseas. Our travels have inspired us and shaped our lives, and our shared love for exploring new places and immersing ourselves in foreign cultures is why we all work here. Our team of 30+ spans nationalities in locations around the world. 

Virtual Internships: Ed Holroyd Pearce is co-Founder of Virtual Internships, which provides transformative remote yet global work experience for students.  Before running Virtual internships, Ed jointly ran CRCC Asia, arranging over 1000 work placements each year in Asia. Prior to this Ed worked in Asset Management and before that at a Chinese Airline. Ed is passionate about employability, social mobility and Asian language and culture and is involved with several related institutions at board level. He was educated at Cambridge University, later completing a master’s degree at SOAS, and gaining an MBA at Cass Business School.

Virtual Internships started in 2018 after recognizing that the future of work was at our doorstep, and more students across the world would need to prepare for remote work experience as well as create a network of virtual connections to succeed. The founders also recognized the importance of reducing barriers to internships to widen diversity and inclusion in overall internship participation.

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