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D-SIP Alum Spotlight: Sydney Gurecki

D-SIP '20, BS '21
Senior Development Assistant, U-M School of Public Health

1. What was your D-SIP experience like?

My D-SIP experience was interesting because it was right in the beginning of the pandemic. I assumed the internship would be canceled, but to my surprise, they were able to make the program completely virtual. While it was tough to not be able to meet in person, I think it made all of us work harder to connect with one another.

2. What is your fondest memory of your time in D-SIP?

My fondest memory from D-SIP was doing homework in a randomly assigned small group. My group and I took maybe 30 minutes to an hour completing the assignment via Zoom, but then we all just stayed on the call to chat for another hour or two. It was really nice to feel like I was hanging out with new friends during a time when most people weren’t in a position to meet anyone new.

3. How have you incorporated what you learned in D-SIP into your life and career?

D-SIP was the first professional experience I ever had, so it’s very easy for me to see how it impacted my life and career. If I could sum it up in one sentence, D-SIP gave me the time and space to be introspective, and that’s allowed me to bring my full self to personal and professional settings.

4. If you could give a piece of advice to the next cohort, what would it be?

If I could give a piece of advice to the next cohort, it would be to maintain the connections you make during the program. Because I stayed in contact with my supervisor during the years following my internship, she let me know when a full-time position opened up so that I could apply. Now, I get to work with an incredible team doing work I really enjoy, and it’s all thanks to D-SIP and the connections I made.

2. What is your fondest memory of your time in D-SIP?

My fondest memory from D-SIP was doing homework in a randomly assigned small group. My group and I took maybe 30 minutes to an hour completing the assignment via Zoom, but then we all just stayed on the call to chat for another hour or two. It was really nice to feel like I was hanging out with new friends during a time when most people weren’t in a position to meet anyone new.

3. How have you incorporated what you learned in D-SIP into your life and career?

D-SIP was the first professional experience I ever had, so it’s very easy for me to see how it impacted my life and career. If I could sum it up in one sentence, D-SIP gave me the time and space to be introspective, and that’s allowed me to bring my full self to personal and professional settings.

4. If you could give a piece of advice to the next cohort, what would it be?

If I could give a piece of advice to the next cohort, it would be to maintain the connections you make during the program. Because I stayed in contact with my supervisor during the years following my internship, she let me know when a full-time position opened up so that I could apply. Now, I get to work with an incredible team doing work I really enjoy, and it’s all thanks to D-SIP and the connections I made.