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Jordan Parent

Hey Jordan, we’re glad to have you in our Raptor family and excited that you’re so close to Commencement! What originally made you want to get into the Management field?
Thank you. Through my high school, I had an incredible opportunity to coordinate blood drives with the American Red Cross. After that, I managed an international investor program with an aviation firm. Both of these experiences helped me see that getting a degree in management would be the perfect start.

That’s quite impressive that you were able to secure that internship prior to beginning your college-career. Did that lead to any employment opportunities during your early undergrad years?
Yes, it was definitely a chain reaction! After my internship, I became the Director of Marketing at Chick-fil-A Voorhees. Currently, I am a Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant at Rutgers, as well as an Acquisition Specialist for the Defense Logistics Agency – Department of Defense.

Time certainly goes by quickly. Have you been involved in the world of Management on-campus?
I’ve had an amazing experience with BLDP, Business Leader Development Program, thanks to Dr. Kauffman-Scarborough. The program has equipped me to become a youth mentor at church and help run a volunteer program in the community.

Well it certainly sounds like you’ve been involved outside of the classroom and have done some great work in the community! Transitioning into the classroom, was there a favorite class during your time here that you believe helped you prepare for your career post-graduation?
While I’ve enjoyed many classes, my favorite would have to be Leadership in the 21st Century by Dr. David Dwertmann. This semester, I’m grateful to be the TA for the class. Because of him, I’ve learned how to think critically about leadership and then apply it through real-life projects that he sets up with community partners.

That should be extremely beneficial for you moving forward! What has surprised you most about Rutgers – Camden from the time you arrived?
I was surprised by how much the professors care. Before I started, I expected to be a tiny fish in a huge pond because of Rutgers’ brand recognition and extensive alumni network. I realized quickly that the faculty and staff go above and beyond to help us prepare for our careers.

What’s one piece of advice that you would give the current Cherry Hill East Senior class?
Say yes to as many opportunities as possible. That way you can figure out what energizes you the most. College is a lot of work, so create your life with habits and people that motivate you to keep going.

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BLDP Shadowing Days Application

After being notified of a match, students are responsible for providing personal information to the matched executive (e.g., current resume and cover letter with information on career ambitions). The information on this application is for internal use only, for us to match you as well as possible with and executive from among our alumni database.

BLDP Application

The Fall 2021 Application is now open! 

Priority will be given to applications received by Friday, April 2, 2021. Applications are accepted until all seats are filled. Space is limited, so apply early!

The seminar application process is our gateway for entry into the program. Upon acceptance into BLDP, students will be emailed their acceptance letter plus a special permission number allowing registration for the BLDP seminar.


Seminar applications are solicited each semester and require the following:

  1. Completed application form (at the bottom of this page),
  2. Personal essay
  3. Two (2) letters of recommendation (one academic; one other)

Rutgers-Camden students are invited to apply to apply for enrollment in the BLDP seminar. All applicants are expected to meet both of the following selection criteria:  (1) have sophomore standing or above and (2) have an overall GPA of 3.0 or above. First-semester transfer students will be evaluated based on their GPA earned at Rutgers. Students who fail to meet these admission criteria may still be allowed to apply for (and possibly enroll in) the BLDP seminar, but they will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

The director balances evaluations to make final decisions on people accepted for the seminar (up to a maximum of 15-20 each semester).

Students who are admitted to the BDLP are required to adopt the BLDP Code of Conduct. A signed contract is required from each student.

Students may count activities toward “leadership units” that were initiated prior to taking a seminar, as long as those activities occured primarily during their enrollment in their academic program.

Application for Admission to BLDP Seminar

Applications for the BLDP Seminar will be ongoing until class is filled.

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  • Contact Information

  • Academic Information

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  • Transfer students only.
  • Employment Information

  • List relevant employment history

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  • School Leadership Information

  • Provide evidence of leadership initiative while enrolled in school by listing all school-based organizations and activities in which you have held a leadership role while a student.

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  • Community Leadership Information

  • Provide a list of community or volunteer activities in which you engaged in a leadership role.

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  • Essay

  • Please write a short essay between 150 to 350 words, in which you discuss the reasons why your application should be considered for the Business Leader Development Program, including what you hope to gain from the program and what you can contribute.

  • Additional Submission Instructions

  • For your application to be complete, this form and TWO REFERENCE LETTERS must be on file in the Student Experience Center. Ideally, you should receive one letter from an academic source (e.g., a former or current instructor), and one from a business source (e.g., a former employer - even if for a part-time or volunteer position). Your letter writers should be mail them directly to: Dan Rosenthal, Student Experience Officer, Rutgers University, School of Business, 227 Penn Street, Camden, NJ 08102 or email the letters to daniel.rosenthal@rutgers.edu.

    Please only submit one application. If you experience any technical problems or need to submit the application again, please contact ldrshp@camden.rutgers.edu.

    Thank you.

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