Melanie Stephano

Vice President of Human Resources, SCA Personal Care

(Linked-in -  Note: Stephanie will soon be based outside of the U.S.)

"The reputation of Villanova's HRD program and connections with the Alumni afforded me an opportunity to have internships at both SAP and Dow Chemical, formerly Rohm and Haas Company. These two opportunities were the foundation for the start of my professional career in Human Resources.

 I graduated from the program in 2002 and still remain connected to Dr. David Bush and alumni. The continued support I receive from the HRD program either through making contacts, bringing in talented interns or partnering on research projects allows me make contributions to my business as well as back to the HR community. I recommend taking advantage of capturing the growing talent from the students in this program!"


Nick Larson

Senior Consultant, Compensation,

"Prior to Villanova’s HRD Internship Program, I knew I wanted to work in Human Resources, but was uncertain of the direction I wanted to take. As a program participant, I capitalized on an outstanding internship opportunity with Mercer Consulting, the world’s largest HR consulting firm. The internship resulted in a full-time employment opportunity that not only launched my career, but put me on the fast-track to a leadership position and defined my career ambitions."


Makeda Brown, SPHR

Executive Director HR,
Merck & Co
.   (Linked-in)

“The internship I completed while in the program helped me fully transition into the world of human resources. While the HRD program provided foundational knowledge of the industry, my internship provided the opportunity for hands-on experience. I was able to bring my internship experiences into the classroom, as well as bring what I was learning in the classroom into the workplace. I felt as though I was really contributing to my organization. And they must have felt so too, because they offered me my first full-time position in human resources.”