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Eric Paternoster ’16

2016 Johnson & Johnson IT Leadership Development Program
Major: Information Systems

I give Rider so much credit. Without my classes, my professors and my co-op experiences, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

The Proof Is In Our Students

Why Eric Chose Rider

Eric, who transferred to Rider from a local community college, first came to campus for a Fall Open House. The depth of the courses offered to information systems majors — especially data mining — surprised him. “After talking to the professors and learning more about the program, I felt that it was a really good fit.”

Rider's Impact on Eric's Career

In January 2015, Eric landed a paid, six-month digital technologist co-op at Johnson & Johnson. The co-op was extended full-time through the summer and on a part-time basis through his senior year. During his initial co-op, he worked as an intermediary between marketers and web developers, using skills gained in a public speaking class along with knowledge gained from his various Information Systems course at Rider.  As time progressed and he finished his first co-op, Eric eventually moved to a heavily data-focused role, which allowed for a more diverse technical experience.

“It was a phenomenal experience. It gave me a good look at the world of business. I developed technical skills and business acumen, and also became familiar with the infrastructure and environment of Johnson & Johnson as an organization.”

Continued Success

In August 2015, Eric applied for Johnson & Johnson’s Information Technology Leadership Development Program — a highly competitive program and an entree into the company. After a lengthy, multi-stage interview process, he was accepted into the Johnson & Johnson Class of 2016 ITLD, which begins in June.

“I was thrilled to receive a phone call with an offer into the ITLDP program, and to have a job locked down before I graduated,” says Eric.

  • Double the Experience
    Eric gained valuable hands-on experience through his co-op at Johnson & Johnson — which was extended two times over the next year and a half.

  • Job Offer
    In the fall of his senior year, Eric received a job offer from Johnson & Johnson. He will begin a prestigious two-year Information Technology Leadership Development Program (ITDLP) in June 2016. “My co-op experience at Johnson & Johnson really paid off,” says Eric.

  • Added Credentials
    In addition to his business degree, Eric will graduate with a SAP Integrated Business Certificate.

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