Mechanical engineering student receives Chapel Executive Internship funding

August 9, 2022

By Danielle Mather

Editor’s Note: A version of this article originally appeared on Penn State News. Benjamin Burlovic, a fourth-year mechanical engineering major who also majors in economics, is one of 22 students to participate in the program and the third to be highlighted by the College of Liberal Arts.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Benjamin Burlovic, a fourth-year Penn State Schreyer Scholar who is majoring in mechanical engineering and economics, received funding from the Virginia Todd Chapel Executive Internship Program to intern with Deloitte this summer. Based in New York City, Burlovic spent the summer strengthening his connections within the consulting industry as a strategy and analytics consulting intern for the company.

The Chapel Executive Internship Program, facilitated by the College of the Liberal Arts, supports internship experiences for liberal arts students who achieve academic success and who seek top-level career development opportunities in the private sector. The program was established by Virginia "Jinnie" Todd Chapel and her husband, John, with leadership gifts creating an endowment now valued at $2.5 million. Virginia Todd Chapel graduated from Penn State in 1965 as an English major.

This year, the program offered 22 high-performing students a stipend of $5,000 for their internship experience. Burlovic used his funding to intern in strategy and analytics consulting for Deloitte.

“The projects for a strategy consultant can vary so much,” he said. “I think that my educational background of having to go from very different classrooms helped me stay on my toes, learn quickly, and learn very different things, which is what you have to do with consulting.”

The internship, Burlovic said, taught him to practice balancing a busy workload with various niche clientele demands, working in such diverse markets as life sciences, health care, marketing and sports media. According to Burlovic, the varied environment is one of his passions in consulting, which he discovered when he joined Schreyer Consulting, a student organization housed in the Schreyer Honors College that helps students connect to a field within consulting and further their own professional abilities, his first year of college. He is now the organization’s president.

“As of now, I think I’m set on strategy consulting and have loved my time at Deloitte,” he said. “I have a few weeks left, which is sad but excited because I get to come back to Penn State and share my experience.”


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