Meet the Pitt Commons Interns


 


 

Name: Catie Conrad
Major: Marketing
Year at Pitt: 5th Year Senior
Role on the Pitt Commons team: Platform Administrator

What groups or activities are you involved with on campus?
•   Blue and Gold Society
•   Volunteer Assistant Coach for the Women’s Gymnastics Team
•   Member of Pitt Triathlon

What do you find most exciting about the launch of Pitt Commons?
I am most excited about marketing and promoting Pitt Commons – I cannot wait to hear all the buzz around campus about it. The platform is going to shape how Pitt students engage and create their future through mentoring and networking relationships with other students, faculty, alumni, and professionals.

What do you hope to gain from building your own Pitt network?
Already I have developed lasting relationships within my network. I hope to grow it even further and open myself to all aspects of the Pitt community. Plus, building my Pitt network gives me a reason to always come back to this beautiful city!

What’s your favorite thing about being a student at Pitt?
My favorite thing about being at Pitt is all the incredible opportunities we have as students. Whatever path we want to go on, there are so many amazing individuals to help us get there. This campus – and city – is full of passionate, hardworking, and enthusiastic people providing resources and opportunities to help make our dreams come true.

If you were an animal, what would you be?
Golden Retriever dog... because they are happy and excited all the time!
 



Name: Jacob Margasak
Major: Information Science
Year at Pitt: Sophomore
Role on the Pitt Commons team: Platform Training

What groups or activities are you involved with on campus?
I am part of the Honors College here at Pitt, as well as a co-ed honors fraternity called Phi Sigma Pi.  I also actively participate in intramural sports on campus, like basketball and soccer.  Additionally, I hope to start DJing soon for WPTS on a new show that I put together.

What do you find most exciting about the launch of Pitt Commons?
The most exciting part of our launch for me is the fact that we are doing something completely new and uncharted here at the University of Pittsburgh. I am excited to see where this can go and how big we can become.

What do you hope to gain from building your own Pitt network?
Pitt Commons offers so many useful resources, and I hope that by creating my own Pitt network I will be able foster meaningful relationships with both faculty and alumni within my prospective industry and gain insight into how I can forward my career both during and after college.

What’s your favorite thing about being a student at Pitt?
The tradition and history, hands down.I couldn’t imagine going to a school without a rich sense of community and history like we have here at Pitt. From the Cathedral of Learning, to the football chants, to the city of Pittsburgh as a whole, I am surrounded by a sense of history that never ceases to amaze me.

If you were an animal, what would you be? 
I would be a teacup pig. This may not be a common answer but I believe that it fits me well because I am efficient, even-tempered, and I work well with others.  Also, I like to think that I am cute and lovable – and if that doesn’t describe a teacup pig, then I don’t know what does.
 



Name: Jon Shaiken
Major: Communication and Rhetoric
Year at Pitt: Junior
Role on the Pitt Commons team: Content Development

What groups or activities are you involved with on campus?
•   Student Government Board – Operations Director
•   Pitt Pathfinder

What do you find most exciting about the launch of Pitt Commons?
The most exciting part about the launch of Pitt Commons is all the opportunities to connect with alumni in fields that are related to my career interests! I can’t wait to make those connections and build a network of professionals that will not only help me in my time here at Pitt, but for years beyond graduation.

What do you hope to gain from building your own Pitt network?
I hope to gain connections that are willing to give me advice and help me grow as I enter the professional world. Aside from that, I am excited to meet alumni from all over the world and learn about their experiences.

What’s your favorite thing about being a student at Pitt?
My favorite part is being able to interact with other students from all over the country and the world. I have met so many unique people in my time here, and I wouldn’t trade those connections for anything!

If you were an animal, what would you be?
I would be a Great Pyrenees dog because they are big and fluffy and very friendly, and I think that is a perfect way to describe myself!