March 3, 2014

Matthew Schultheiss ’15 Learns about Career Possibilities at Cisco Systems

By Shehtaz Huq ’14

Matthew Schultheiss ’15 (Shaker Heights, Ohio) had a great chance to see how his interests in business and technology are combined through a week-long externship at networking giant Cisco Systems, Inc., in San Jose, Calif.

Angel Mendez ’82, senior vice president of Cisco Transformation, provided the opportunity.

Angel Mendez ’82 and Matthew Schultheiss ’15 at Cisco Systems, Inc., in San Jose, Calif.

Angel Mendez ’82 and Matthew Schultheiss ’15 at Cisco Systems, Inc., in San Jose, Calif.

“Throughout the week with Kavinda Udugama ’09 and Angel Mendez, I learned everything from how to ensure product quality to how a supply chain in a multinational corporation is effectively managed,” says Schultheiss, a double major in engineering studies and economics. “In addition to this, the conversations I had with Angel and many of his colleagues helped me to understand the daunting complexity of transforming a business model in a company.”

The most rewarding aspect of the week was getting to meet a myriad of functional groups within Cisco.

“There is an intricate balance of many parts that makes for a successful enterprise,” says Schultheiss. “Trying to figure out how all of this fits together was challenging, but it resulted in a better understanding of how effective corporations need to function.”

The externship, made possible by Career Services and a grant from Alumni Relations, helped him get a clearer picture of where he wants to work and how he can best contribute to any technology company, he adds.

Mendez enjoys helping students find their career path.

“Not only do I learn what is important to these students as they think of employers, but as a trustee of the College, I also learn what life is really like at Lafayette, how these students think of our environment, what works for them, what doesn’t,” he says.

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  1. Angel is a true leader who leads by example. Lafayette and Cisco are lucky to have him.

    says Michael Corbo '81
    March 7, 2014 at 8:21 am
  2. This exemplifies exploring and grasping the opportunities one has to commit to in order to make the most of his school experiences.

    Outstanding, Matt. The Spencers

    says Mr. & Mrs. G. L. Spencer
    March 6, 2014 at 9:43 am
  3. This is amazing, that an undergrad could have such a great connection to the real world of IT. Great student, and great alumni connecting together.

    says Thomas Swales
    March 4, 2014 at 8:53 pm

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