I am a Sociology major with a minor in business. I am also captain and member of Brandeis Women’s Basketball. My interests in the future is marketing. With my background in athletics, I have found that sports marketing has particularly grabbed my interest because it combines two things that I have a passion for. My internship this fall semester dealt with sports apparel at a start up in Boston and it was a positive and valuable experience. However, I am also eager to doing marketing work with sporting organizations like the NBA. I am grateful for all advice in how to continue to pursue a marketing career, what companies to put on my radar, or just general insight on how to tackle the career field as a senior. Thank you for your time!
Name: Noel Hodges ’18
Hometown: Southampton, New York
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I am a senior seeking advice on entering and working within the publishing industry. I have a double major in European Cultural Studies, & Language and Linguistics. I have additional minors in Classical Studies, Comparative Literature and Culture, and Creative Writing. I have been admitted to the Master of Arts Program in Comparative Humanities at Brandeis University for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Professionally, I work with resident scholar Marg Berg on multiple translation and editing projects through the Women’s Studies Student-Scholar Partnership program. Additionally, I have a position in Office Support in the Brandeis Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. On campus, I am the current Undergraduate Departmental Representative for Comparative Literature and Culture, and I am co-president of Charlamos, a Spanish speaking social group.
I am interested in learning about opportunities to network and gain experience in the summer of 2018 and during grad school.
Name: Talia Franks ’18
Majors: European Cultural Studies; Language and Linguistics
Hometown: Framingham, Massachusetts
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I’m an HSSP senior interested in healthcare consulting or biotech/pharmaceutical marketing. Healthcare consulting piqued my interest because of its wide reach and variety, so I’m looking for advice on entering the industry, finding companies with employment opportunities, and other potential career paths where health plays a major role in the company.
For several summers I’ve interned for a biotech company in the sales development and marketing departments. I want to keep my foot in the science and technical details while being part of the communications, marketing, and PR within the company. Similarly, I’m looking to hear more about people’s experiences with their roles, companies of interest/mention, and other pathways to be involved in this industry.
It’s helpful for me to hear people’s stories, so hearing where you got where you currently are and lessons you’ve learned on the way is a great help!
Name: Avanti Mohan ’18
Hometown: Groton, Massachusetts
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I am seeking advice on how to write successful research papers in computer science. I hope to publish a paper in a computer science conference before I graduate. I am graduating this spring and will go to computer science graduate school, focusing on machine learning and bioinformatics. I have worked on two projects, one is of computer vision and the other is of graph matching and pattern learning. My coauthor and I have submitted the later project to a top bioinformatics conference and got rejected. I would love to hear advice on how to write a competitive paper. Any advice or connections are welcome!
Name: Martin Ma ’18
Major: Computer Science
Preferred Location: San Francisco Bay area
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I am a recent graduate of Brandeis with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Anthropology. I am looking for ways to combine my interests for sustainable agriculture, culture, and working with people. I am looking for advice as to what type of direction I can take within these areas of study. I have experience in education, summer camp, and gardening/farming. I am looking to explore possibilities in the non-profit world, but am open to any suggestions or ideas. Thank you!
Name: Lilah Doris ’17
Major: Environmental Studies, Anthropology
Hometown: Northport, New York
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I’m a sophomore at Brandeis studying Biology with minors in Environmental Studies and English. I have an interest going into conservation biology, however many of the opportunities available to get hands on experience in this field requires a large fee. I’m wondering how I can manage to get some experience in this field without going broke in the meantime. Any wisdom regarding graduate school programs would also be deeply appreciated.
Name: Jessica Kinsley ’20
Hometown: Providence, Rhode Island
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I am a senior at Brandeis University majoring in Economics and HSSP. I am interested in consulting as a career path post graduating. I was wondering what is the best way to market myself as a strong candidate and gain the initial interviews for post-graduation opportunities? In addition, what advice would you give to seniors in college entering the workforce? Is there anything that you would have done differently looking back now? Thank you!
Name: Shriraj Shah ’18
Majors: Economics and Health: Science, Society & Policy
Hometown: Elmhurst, New York
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I am a mid-year junior gradating in Dec. 2018. I double major in computer science and mathematics. My interests lie in machine learning, algorithms, combinatorics, natural language processing, data science and AI. I have had an internship experience in software engineering and coursework related to machine learning. Currently I am actively seeking summer research or industry internship opportunities in ML. In the long run, I am thinking about getting a PhD. Any advice you have regarding the following questions would be great!
1. I want to find a research area that lies in the intersection of computer science and mathematics.
2. I am deciding between getting a ML related job vs applying for graduate school directly.
3. I am wondering what are most important things to do to be a competitive ML job candidate or grad school applicant.
I am happy to connect with industry professionals or researchers whose work involves ML, data science, or any fields above. Insights, advice or past experience would be greatly appreciated for a new grad entering these fields.
Thank you so much!
Name: Athena Xiao ’18 (Dec)
Majors: Computer Science, Mathematics
Hometown: Nanjing, China
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As an aspiring physician, I would like to seek any opportunities to explore the medical field and healthcare during my last year of college and gap year. I am a junior, majoring in Biology, and I intend to apply for medical school in the spring of 2019. Last summer, I shadowed several surgeons; currently, I volunteer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and TA for Organic Chemistry Lab. I would also definitely like to explore and pursue clinical research and public health, as well as interacting with working professionals in these fields.
I would definitely appreciate any insight from Brandeis alumni on finding these opportunities and maximizing my time before I graduate. Additionally, I would be grateful for any guidance on navigating the process of applying for medical school and entering the medical field.
Name: Trevor Lee ’19
Hometown: San Ramon, California
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I am a sophomore, looking for advice on how to intern for political campaigns. I am a Politics major, but my experience is in marketing and communications. I have had three jobs that have taught me a lot about digital marketing and networking, along with communications and social media. I believe the perfect intersection for me would be working on political campaigns. The only experience I have in campaigning is going door to door in NH for Bernie Sanders during the 2016 primary. I am hoping to make some connections and get some advice that would help me break into this field in NY. All advice is welcome!
Name: Liv Molho ’20
Majors: Politics, Studio Art
Hometown: Larchmont, New York
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I am currently a senior at Brandeis University. I recently fulfilled my dream of writing a young adult novel. It is based on a lot of my own experiences as a college student and in life in general. I am currently in search of a literary agent and need advice for finding one and navigating the publishing world. I look forward to hearing from you and thank you in advance for your help and expertise!
Name: Patricia Cordischi ’18
Majors: Theater, Legal Studies
Hometown: Sudbury, Massachusetts
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I am a senior triple majoring in Health, Science, Society, and Policy; International Global Studies; and East Asian studies. I am looking to explore areas within healthcare on a local, state, and/or international scale.
I have conducted many healthcare research projects while studying abroad in Denmark and at my internship focused on brain injury rehabilitation programs. They include analysis of medical and circumvention services such as IVF and healthcare in correlation with media and advertisement priority.
I am currently doing a thesis on the relation between advertisements and medical vs circumvention tourism services such as abortion, fertility, and ART across the globe.
I am also proficient with web design with self-taught HTML and am currently working on graphic design skills which I believe can help me when looking at careers focused on healthcare awareness and administration.
I am open to career advice and building my alumni networks concerning any healthcare companies, hospitals, or organizations that would be interested in this particular skill set.
Name: Amy Zhang ’18
Majors: HSSP, International Global Studies, and East Asian Studies
Hometown: North Providence, Rhode Island
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I am a senior looking for career advice on the legal and NGO fields. I am majoring in international & global studies, politics, and business. I am considering getting more experience before going to law school or a masters program in public policy.
After attending the Brandeis in the Hague summer program, I interned at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Before then, I interned at an arbitration court in China. From these experiences, I developed an interest in civil rights and international law, and gained strong legal research skills. I am also interested in public policy and would like to learn more about NGOs. I look forward to talking to alums and hearing more about their career paths. Also, I would greatly appreciate any insights on JD/MPP degrees, as well as connections in legal/NGO industries, especially for international students. Thank you so much!
Name: Ziyang Chen ’18
Majors: International and global studies; politics; and business
Hometown: Shenzhen, China
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I am a junior majoring in politics and minoring in business and economics. I am interested in learning more about the field of law as well as public policy. I am looking for summer internships within these fields that focus on civil rights issues such as housing discrimination.
Name: La’Dericka Hall ’19
Hometown: Southaven, MS
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I’m a junior pursuing a degree in psychology. My primary interest is in clinical psychology, and I plan to earn a Masters in Social Work post-graduation. Throughout my time at Brandeis, I have worked as a psychology Research Assistant for the Aging, Culture, and Cognition Lab, a Teaching Assistant for Lemberg Children’s Center, a Peer Counselor, and an Undergraduate Representative for the Psychology Department. In the spring, I will be studying clinical psychology in Copenhagen and am now in the process of registering for a clinical practicum placement. I am curious about how approaches to mental health treatments differ across cultures. I am also curious about your thoughts and experiences regarding working with a diverse group of patients versus specializing in treating one demographic. If you have any thoughts about these questions or experience in the field of social work, I look forward to connecting with you!
Name: Lauren Puglisi ’19
Hometown: New York, NY
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I am a junior majoring in Computer Science and Hispanic Studies, with a minor in Economics. I am looking for career advice on what field(s) I could go into with my seemingly odd combination of studies and how I could differentiate myself from other people who are possibly better programmers but are not that international as I am. Specifically, I would like to know how I could present myself to technology-related firms and gain their attention. So far I have interned in summer camps as a counselor and an architect firm helping with daily operations and customer connections. Any advice would be much appreciated.
Name: Jingyun (Roderick) Huang ’19
Majors: Computer Science, Hispanic Studies; minor in Economics
Hometown: Hangzhou, China
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I will graduate in May 2019, and I am a junior student pursuing a B.A. in Economics, Mathematics, and Computer Science. I want to apply to Master of Financial Engineering programs in graduate school. I am interested in quantitative finance and I want to learn more about it. I have multifaceted skills in programming, math modeling, and business.
I am trying to find an internship which is related to quantitative finance in Summer 2018. I would appreciate any insights/suggestions from alumni on what kind of internship I should look for, how to strengthen my skills during my undergraduate school, and different Masters of Financial Engineering programs. Also, I am passionate about start-ups, especially financial start-ups. I would appreciate any viewpoints from alumni who are working in this field.
Thank you for your time and help in advance!
Name: Oliver He ’19
Majors: Mathematics, Economics and Computer Science
Hometown: Zhejiang, China
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I am a sophomore majoring in Economics and Psychology and minoring in Legal Studies. I am extremely interested in both behavioral economics and law. Last summer, I interned at a microfinance non-profit as the Fundraising and Development Intern and gained communication and research skills. In addition, I am a member of The Right to Immigration Institute (TRII) club, which is a Waltham-based nonprofit that provides humanitarian legal services to the local immigrant community. As a member of the club, I am being trained to provide legal counsel to low income persons at no cost. I am currently looking for internships in both the public and private sector and would very much appreciate advice on how to network and build connections with professionals in these fields.
Name: Noa Hankin ’20
Majors: Economics and Psychology
Hometown: New York, New York
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I am a junior looking for opportunities in comedy performance or writing. I am hoping to have an internship this summer with NBC or Reductress. I am nervous because I do not have any direct production experience. However, I am currently Media Intern for Flotilla TV and Naffy Improv, and I am a performer at ImprovBoston. I am also going to Chicago next semester for the Comedy Studies program at Second City.
What are some ways I can make myself a more competitive applicant for NBC internships? Are there opportunities in Chicago for production experience? Thank you for your help.
Name: Mina Bond ’19
Majors: Women’s, gender and sexuality studies; creative writing, and environmental studies
Hometown: Northampton, MA
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