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Student Career Preparedness

Christina Maggio, M.B.A.
Director of Fiscal Affairs & Administration
Division of Enrollment Management New Brunswick

I have close to thirty years’ experience in finance, budget and administration, fifteen of which were at Rutgers University. I have worked in several industries during my professional career including Petroleum, Wholesale distribution, Real Estate and Higher Education. In my tenure at Rutgers, I have had the privilege to work as the business manager at the School of Social Work for eight years before transitioning to my current role of Director of Fiscal Affairs & Administration for the Division of Enrollment Management New Brunswick. I have an undergraduate degree in Accounting and a Master in business administration.

Project Sponsor
Courtney McAnuff
Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management, Rutgers New Brunswick
Division of Enrollment Management, New Brunswick


Currently at Rutgers, a program prepares 8th – 12th grade underrepresented minority students (first generation, low-income) who are academically promising the opportunity for a college education. In this program, Rutgers Future Scholars (RFS), takes 8th grade students and incorporates them into a “unique pre-college culture of university programming, events, support, and mentoring that will continue through their high school years, and eventually college” ( These talented students go on to attend some high profile Colleges and Universities include Rutgers. As part of the program, upon acceptance into Rutgers University the students receive full tuition funding.

America Needs You (ANY) ( is a mentoring program for first generation college students that provides mentorship and intensive career development workshops to prepare the students for internships and career preparedness. Overall Project Idea:

To mimic the America Needs You project at Rutgers University as (a) a next step in the RFS program for those students and (b) an opportunity for other first generation students to obtain 1:1 mentorships with working professionals. Enroll undergraduate students entering their sophomore year and require them to obtain an internship opportunity as they enter their junior year.


  • Identify resources to fund a program director, program coordinator and trainer/s, student stipends (possibly RU funding, RU Foundation donors etc.).
  • Reach out to the RU community and local businesses to find career professional mentor coaches who are willing to give up a day twice a month for programming, bonding with mentee, sit on career discussion panels etc.


  • Work with other programs currently at Rutgers that provide services to first generation students and find ways to coordinate/collaborate with those programs:
    • OASIS
    • SEB’s clothing closet for professional interviewing attire
    • Rutgers Future Scholars
    • America Needs You (ANY)
    • EOF
    • Dean of Students
    • Various RU undergraduate Schools/Deans
    • Career Services
      • RICP course – 3 credit general Ed course
      • Internship opportunity searches
      • Job preparation tools
    • Others?