Student Testimonials

Explore how UMass Boston students have launched their careers with StEP.

Thank you so much for accepting me into the program and guiding my way through the internship/job search process. Along with the efforts of Dan Phillips, Devan, program’s mentor, and the VDC team, I have been given the opportunity to work full-time with a business intelligence startup, InsightSquared. Devan did an amazing job guiding me through the whole process, and her advice was tremendously valuable. I look forward to being a mentor to students one day.
Kian Phillip

Bachelor of Science in Management, UMass Boston, 2019

Dan, thank you so much. I am genuinely grateful for the opportunity to work with CHAOSSEARCH! Also, thank you for creating the Entrepreneurship Program. I have a classmate that recently got accepted as well, and I mentioned how much positive impact the program is going to make in their life.
Klinbert Garcia

Bachelor of Science in Management, UMass Boston, 2019

It has been an absolute pleasure so far working with the Venture Development Center. Big thanks to Dan for letting me in the program. My mentor Mike Giacometti has taught me a lot of invaluable information in the job search process that I otherwise would not have picked up so fast on my own. I noticed a great deal of self-confidence in myself and this is the most invested I’ve been in keeping my career status sharp. I look forward to mentoring other students down the road in finding their intended career paths.
Michael Panchu

Bachelor of Science in Management, Information Technology Business Intelligence major, UMass Boston, 2020

Thank you for connecting me with Michelle, Gabriela and Courtney. Program mentors are all amazing and intelligent women who have taught me so much in this short time. And a thank you to Dan, who’ve been so helpful and insightful during the whole process! Thank you for being such an active supporter at UMass and for others around the Boston area. You have made a tremendous impact.  I cannot wait to see where this path leads. 
Brooke Haley

Bachelor of Science in Management, UMass Boston 2022

It has been an honor to not only receive the Entrepreneur Scholarship but also the mentorship of Dan Phillips and the team at the Venture Development Center. I hope that I can fully utilize their guidance and support so that I might eventually be in a position to pay it forward – and someday help to propel other motivated students towards their chosen careers.
Sarah DuBois-Coyne

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, UMass Boston, 2020

The mentorship helped me decide what kind of career I wanted to have in IT. I recommend the mentorship program because you can make connections and mentors help you figure out the direction you want to head into.
Wallace Pena

Bachelor of Science in Management, Information Technology major, UMass Boston, 2019

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