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Dominic Caldieraro '20

Dominic Caldieraro ’20 has undoubtedly grown from the many hands-on experiences he’s had during his four years at Illinois College.

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The accounting and finance major served as president of IC’s Investment Club and Newman Club, gave back to the local community by completing free tax returns through the VITA program, and completed two off campus internships at Caterpillar and Dot Foods. He even gained experience planning events as he took a lead role in putting together this year’s successful Siblings Overnight. 

Although Dominic spent the end of his senior year in his hometown of Greenville learning remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic, he says he still felt connected to the College during the weeks leading up to graduation. The professors he had worked closely with in the classroom  stayed in close contact to help students transition and to help them overcome academic challenges. Dominic said he was also able to apply the skills he developed working with people located around the world while at Caterpillar, the world's largest construction equipment manufacturer.

“In my internship, I had meetings with people across the world, so that really was a good learning experience to know how to connect virtually,” he said. “There were people who I emailed with during my internship, and I never got to see their faces during my entire internship because they were overseas.”

Dominic plans to relocate to Texas after graduation to begin his career at Caterpillar as an entry level accountant. 

“I have to thank Illinois College a lot for helping me prepare for this opportunity. The Center for Career Readiness and Experiential Learning really helped me work on my interview skills and develop my resume,” he said.

 “My professors made sure that I had the knowledge to go into the real world and be successful in an internship. It’s a lot different going from the classroom to the professional world, but I was thankful that I had the concepts and the understanding to build on. I look forward to continuing to learn and grow professionally throughout my career.”