Jan Pagoria

Director of Internships and Instructor in Love School of Business
Koury Business Center 106
2075 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
jpagoria@elon.edu (336) 278-6065

Brief Biography

Jan has over 25 years' experience in student affairs, academic affairs and career development at the undergraduate and graduate level. She has worked with students from the Arts, Communication, Liberal Arts and Business areas.

"I finally figured out what I wanted to do when I grew up; help others figure out what they want to do when they grow up!"


M.A., COMMUNICATION, Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, Indiana

(Emphasis in Organizational Communication & Education Psychology)

B.A. FINE ART/Sculpture, Indiana University Northwest, Gary, Indiana          

Employment History

Elon University                                                                                        Elon, NC

Martha and Spencer Love School of Business                                       1/12 – Present

Director of Internships:

  • Administer the internship program for the school
  • Teach all credit-bearing business internship courses
  • Supervise student ambassadors for the Porter Family Professional Development Center
  • With the Associate Director of Career Services and Associate Director of Corporate & Employer Relations, deliver quality programs and services to all business majors
  • Collaborate with the university’s Student Professional Development Center
  • Teach the Professional Development course for Business Fellows

Wake Forest University                                                                        Winston-Salem, NC

Schools of Business - Graduate Management Programs                    1/08 – 1/12

Student Affairs – Accountancy (MSA), MBA, MA:

  • Advised students on pre-requisites, academic progress, internship and career questions
  • Served as student advocate in honor code inquiries; academic probation cases
  • Coordinated 2011 “Meet the Firms” internship fair that yielded a record number of participating firms - 12 firms and 88 student participants
  • Coordinated programs with Accounting firms, partners and Accounting Advisory Council
  • Planned/delivered other MSA programs: orientations, Accounting Diversity Consortium, Accounting outreach programs for diverse high school students
  • Developed positive partnerships with Schools of Business and Offices of Multicultural Affairs, Counseling Services and Learning Assistance Center; this helped to increase student engagement and get students connected to resources proactively vs. reactively
  • Campus-wide Contributions/Committee work:
  • Completed Gatekeepers Workshops I, II & III (Diversity & Inclusion training)
  • After completing campus workshop: “Institute for Dismantling Racism” helped to bring IDR workshop to campus for 4 subsequent semesters
  • Security Council and Social Justice Committee
  • Professional Development Center Advisory Board (PDC)
  • WFU Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) & County-wide CERT Team

Arizona State University                                                                     Tempe, AZ

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Dean’s Office                              9/01 – 1/08

Director, CLASWorks (College of Liberal Arts & Sciences – Works!)

  • Coordinated the internship placement component for the ASU Capitol Scholars Program in Washington D.C. - Conducted 30+ internship site visits in D.C. each summer
  • Taught career exploration; upper division career management courses each semester
  • Developed college-wide internship policies; trained departmental coordinators
  • Served as liaison to the U.S. Department of State for the Diplomat-in-Residence Program
  • Managed budget; collaborated with General Counsel’s office to ensure compliance with internship agreements; supervised administrative staff
  • Partnered with chairs, faculty, student organizations and alumni to deliver targeted career programming to liberal arts undergrads. Enrollment-=12,000+; 12 departments
  • Established a robust, collaborative relationship with the university’s career services staff and dean’s office; increasing student participation at Career Services events; more tailored programming for CLAS students
  • Developed relationships with corporate, government and non-profit organizations, educating them on how CLAS students can contribute to their organizational goals, broadening opportunities for all liberal arts and sciences majors.
Thunderbird, School of Global Management                              Glendale, AZ

Manager, Academic Advising Programs/Internship Education        3/98 – 9/01

  • Coordinated academic and administrative component of the International Graduate Internship Program
  • Promoted from Career Management Center to Academic Affairs, reporting to Vice President, Student and Academic Affairs

Assistant Director of Career Management Programs

  • Implemented Career Leader as assessment tool; developed Career Action Plan
  • Advised students; responded to alumni and prospective student inquiries
  • Liaison to student clubs and member of the Scholarship Committee

Columbia College Chicago                                                                   Chicago, IL

Director, Career Planning & Placement                                                  8/89 – 2/98

  • Provided career counseling guidance for arts and communication students
  • Supervised and coordinated the activities for professional staff of 7 that included: Career Resource Center, Student Employment Program, selected internship programs, career advising, and on-campus recruitment
  • Managed the Internship Stipend Awards, including grant writing and award distribution
  • Worked with Internship Coordinators to develop standardized college-wide guidelines
  • Promoted from career advisor to assistant director; director

Courses Taught

Internship courses for Arts and Sciences; Business (BUS 381)

Professional Development

Business Communication

Elon 101 and other Student Success freshmen courses


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