Growing up in central Jersey, Melanie always knew Rider was the school she wanted to go to. She had a few chances to explore the campus and when it came time, she found herself a home at Rider. The reputation of the Norm Brodsky College of Business made Melanie’s decision even easier, and since Rider has a more close-knit community than larger schools she knew she would get the leadership opportunities she desired.
Rider’s impact on Melanie’s career
Melanie got involved in everything she could at Rider, volunteering with the Bonner Community Scholars, taking part in DAARSTOC (Developing Administrative Abilities and Resources through Synergistic Training and Organizational Competencies), acting as president of the Human Resources Association and going on three international service trips. With all of that, Melanie also juggled a full-time course load, internships and two part-time jobs. Taking note of her peers that were working hard motivated her to keep moving forward.
Through being a member of DAARSTOC, Melanie was able to learn unique skills that would ensure her success in job interviews for internships and future professional roles. Melanie’s first summer internship was with Six Flags, where aside from riding the roller coasters she helped to hire over 1,500 new employees. She then went on to complete a year-long co-op with L’Oréal where her responsibilities included hiring, planning employee engagement events and assisting with performance reviews, while also enjoying the perks of a company store.
I found the classes that I needed to take for my human resources and management and leadership majors to be so relevant to the work I was doing at my internships and when I entered the professional workforce.”
Melanie Hunter '14
Recruiter at Google
When it came to school, Melanie found the curriculum for both her majors particularly relevant to the work she was conducting outside of the classroom. Taking advantage of the small class sizes, she forged meaningful relationships with her professors. One class in particular Melanie found extremely valuable was “Selection and Training” taught by Dean of the Norm Brodsky College of Business Gene Kutcher, “I use the concepts that I learned in that class every single day in my current role at Google.”
After graduation, Melanie’s career success continued after accepting a job with Bloomberg LP. Based in Princeton, she started as a recruiting coordinator but was soon promoted. After five years of amazing opportunities there, including relocating to Hong Kong for a year, Melanie decided it was time to try something new. She moved to Philadelphia and started work with Comcast NBCUniversal with their recruiting team. Then, in July 2021 she received the call of her dreams, she had been accepted for a recruiting position at Google. Her main responsibility is to assist in the hiring process for Ph.D. students studying software engineering, and she is loving it.