My name is Danya Schlussel and I am a senior and Psychology major at Brandeis University graduating in May. I am interested in job opportunities in psychology research before pursuing a doctorate. My primary interest is in working with children, so ideally my position would allow me to work with a younger population. I have substantial experience working with youth of all ages and working in psychology research labs.
I am looking for a full-time job as a research assistant in New York City. Any advice, connections, or tips to help me along this process would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
I am excited to be graduating Brandeis University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology this coming May. Currently, I work as a research technician preparing equipment for the researchers in the lab including creating and testing antibiotic plates, sterilizing pipettes, Eppendorf tubes, and glass tubes, and creating various medias.
Last summer, I had the opportunity to work as a physician office assistant (POA) at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital through the
Healthcare Administration Summer Support Program. Through this position, I handled heavy telephone volume, rescheduled patients tests and appointments, and updated electronic medical records (EMR).
I am interested in learning about two different paths: emergency medicine and its work environment as well as healthcare consulting. Post graduation I would like to work either as a clinical researcher in emergency medicine or some entry-level healthcare consulting. I am very excited to hear from Brandeis Alumni and your experiences!
I graduated from Brandeis University in 2016 with a degree in psychology and sociology. I currently work at Brandeis at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, assisting in social science demographic research on Jewish communities. This is a two-year gig, and once it’s up I’d like to move onto something else. But I am completely in the dark with what I’d like to do! I am interested in human behavior and social science, however, I don’t know if social science research is the right path for me. From what I’ve seen, it contains sitting in front of a computer and dealing with spreadsheets all day. Additionally, I don’t want to go into academia. Is there a path that social science researchers can take that entails a more engaging, non-academic atmosphere? For what it’s worth, I also do not want to go into clinical psychology or the mental health field, either. Information such as what an average day of a social science researcher looks like, inside and outside academia, would be very helpful. Social justice topics interest me, such as crime, gender issues, etc, as well as general topical social issues, such as why people vote the way they do, how technology affects human relationships, etc. I just don’t really know what to do with these interests! Graduate school seems like an appropriate option, but I don’t even know where to begin. It’s hard for me to articulate what exactly I’m interested in, and because I’ve never experienced the field except at the low level I am in now, it’s hard to know if it is right for me. Any assistance would be appreciated!
I am a graduating senior at Brandeis seeking opportunities in the non-profit world, with a focus on human rights, international studies/development, and related fields. I am an International and Global Studies and History double major with a passion for human rights, social justice, foreign policy, research, and writing. I currently intern for a foreign affairs journal where I research international news and help edit original content pieces from top foreign policy analysts. I previously interned at a non-profit in Jerusalem that worked to provide social and educational opportunities to Ethiopian immigrants. At Brandeis, I am an editor for the school newspaper The Justice and have contributed to the Brandeis International Journal, and I am also the founder and editor-in-chief of a feminist website which works to promote creative works from women around the world.
I’m interested in learning about what it is like to work at a non-profit, particularly those focused on human rights, women’s rights, or related issues. I am curious as to what types of roles are typically available for entry-level candidates and what kind of impact one can make in those roles, as well as what future experiences non-profit work could potentially lead to. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!
My name is Abigail Rothstein and I am a senior majoring in Education Policy with minors in Environmental Studies and Social Justice and Social Policy. Before I pursue a higher degree in law, education, or sociology, I am looking for opportunities that will allow me to use media as a platform for social change. As someone who has experience using multimedia to share messages on activism and social movements, I have learned a great deal about the power of communication to share ideas. As such, I am looking for journalism, documentarian, or social justice storytelling organizations that will help people share their stories.
This past summer I was a project management intern at a medical advertising agency known as GreyHealth Group in New York City. From this internship, I learned how to create budgets, timelines and further developed my communication skills by coordinating projects through all the different departments in the agency.
At Brandeis University I am the coordinator of Junior Brandeis Achievers (JBA), a Waltham Group after school program at two local elementary schools. Working with the administration of both the elementary schools, we manage the creation and execution of targeted programs for second through fifth-grade students at the schools. The coordinators recruit Brandeis and high school students to participate in JBA, train the volunteers in how to make lesson plans that stay within budget and how to engage with the students.
In addition to JBA, I volunteered in a Health Psychology Lab at Brandeis where I recruited study participants as well as captured and analyzed study results. Finally, I am captain of the women’s ultimate Frisbee team at Brandeis, a team I have been a member of since freshman year.
I’d love to speak to alumni who work in healthcare fields and learn about the different kinds of work that is available. I’d also appreciate advice on how to best network and connect with others in organizations that might be recruiting.
I am trying to find a way to integrate my interest in public health with a fundraising position (preferably with a non-profit). I would love to speak with alumni who are in all public health fields, but specifically with those who have jobs similar to my interests. I would like to know how they got started in their careers, and how I can gain more experience.
I’ve worked at the women’s retailer Anthropologie for the past 2.5 years building and creating interior installations and window displays of varying scales. I employ a wide variety of materials, practices, and processes in my work (both professionally and personally) and would like to learn more about professions where my skill set can be employed. I’m definitely done with retail for now and looking for something less transient.
I can see myself going in a multitude of directions ranging from interior design, set design, prop design, artisan apprenticeships, furniture building, historical preservation and replication, freelance work and commissions.
I would love to connect with alumni who have experience in any of those fields (or related ones!) and learn more about why you love it as I determine my next career move.
I’m a sophomore majoring in Mathematics and Anthropology. I enjoy research and would like to get a job this summer that involves quantitative research.
In my classes, I’m working with SPSS and ArcGIS, and I enjoy using both software packages. Last year, I was a legislative intern at the Massachusetts State Senate where I wrote reports on pending legislation and did quantitative research using Excel. I am currently the programming director for the Brandeis Diversity Conference; in that role, I developed the schedule and invited several speakers to participate. Next academic year I’ll be studying abroad at the London School of Economics.
I’m hoping to talk to alumni who work with data about career options involving quantitative research. I’m also hoping for recommendations about ways I can get real world experience with data this summer. As an anthropology major, I would be interested in advice about career options that combine quantitative research with qualitative research.
I am a motivated senior majoring in HSSP and politics with minors in anthropology and women’s and gender studies. I am in my first semester of the accelerated master’s in public policy program with a concentration in health policy at the Heller School at Brandeis. I am passionate about reproductive rights and health care accessibility, and I am interested in learning about how to work in the field of health policy, specifically reproductive health. Thank you for your help; I look forward to speaking with you!
I am seeking advice on how someone in the finance field landed a summer internship during the summer before junior year. As a sophomore, I am having difficulty finding companies that hire sophomores, so if there is anyone who has any knowledge about finance/insurance companies that hire sophomores as summer interns, I would love to learn more.
I’m a senior pre-med student majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry. I’ve always known that I want to be a doctor and my experiences during my years at Brandeis have only reinforced that desire. In the last 10 years or so, it has become clear that taking a year or two off between being an undergraduate student and enrolling in a medical school is a path that these institutions prefer to see their applicants take. Therefore, I have recently begun a job search for gap year opportunities in clinical research or public health service projects. However, I have found the process of searching for a job that I know I will likely only hold for a short period of time to be somewhat awkward and difficult to approach. It has been challenging to express my interest in potential jobs while being perfectly honest about my intended path in life because most employers don’t want to hire someone who they know is there temporarily. That being said, does anyone have advice for an appropriate way that pre-med students can earnestly express interest in jobs they plan on holding for only a year or two?
I’m an alumna, BA class of ’15 and MA class of ’16, looking to relocate from Boston to the San Francisco Bay Area. I currently work at an agency that serves poor and homeless women in Boston, seeing clients on a one-on-one basis, providing information, referrals and support. I am relocating to the SF Bay Area in May of 2017, and am looking for opportunities to network with Brandeis alumni who have experience with women’s issues, close contacts with clients, and working with a vibrant team that is passionate and knowledgeable about the work, with opportunities to engage in systemic change. I am interested in experiences in nonprofit development, startups, grant writing and reviewing, and charitable foundations.
I’m interested in a career in human resources, but after taking a class on American healthcare this semester, I found that I have an interest in that subject as well. The problem I’d love some help on is this: if I decide that I want to pursue a career in healthcare, what should I do? I have thought about a masters in Healthcare Administration, but I am not exactly sure what that entails. The only jobs I really know about are public policy and being a practitioner in some capacity, which doesn’t interest me. I’d love to know more about administrative roles in healthcare that do not involve becoming a practitioner. Thank you in advance for any help you can offer me!
I am currently a sophomore on the pre-med track with an intended double major in biology and HSSP, and an interest in neuroscience. I am interested but still unsure about pursuing medical school, and would appreciate any advice from anyone who might have been in a similar position. I would love to gain insight on why you chose to go to medical school or pursue an alternative career in the health field. If you are a recent grad, I would love to learn about your post-graduate/current medical school experience.
I am a December 2016 graduate currently applying to law school and searching for temporary job opportunities as a legal assistant or paralegal in New York City. I recently interned at the New York State Office of the Attorney General and the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission this past summer. From these experiences, I have strong legal research skills, practice preparing written memoranda, and familiarity with the civil litigation process. I would greatly appreciate any advice on where I might search for work opportunities as well as general insight on preparing for law school. Thank you very much!
I am a junior majoring in anthropology and minoring in creativity, the arts, and social transformation. I am a creative thinker with an ability to recognize the unique talents and leadership qualities that my peers have in order to help them gain more self-empowerment. Born and raised in Somerville, MA, I have watched gentrification unfold in my hometown and seen thousands of Somerville residents forced to move out due to rising housing costs. With this experience in hand, I would like to continue pursuing my interest in supporting youth development and the arts in order to help fight the negative effects of gentrification anywhere in the United States, for this is a national trend. I want to know what kind of career paths would allow me to pursue these issues, and whether receiving additional schooling beyond my Bachelor’s degree would be essential in pursuing this work. Thank you!
I am a graduating senior at Brandeis seeking opportunities in health care innovation. As an HSSP major with experience in health care startups, I am passionate about making an impact on the American population’s health. Last semester, I studied abroad on SIT’s Chile Public Health program where I gained knowledge behind-the-scenes of clinics and hospitals. I would love to work with people on the business side of health care, whether it’s creating and maintaining partnerships or bringing departments together within an organization. At the Hiatt Career Center, I am a peer career advisor and I enjoy building relationships with students to help them achieve career success. I want to do this on a larger scale for health care startups, institutions, or organizations. I’m interested in hearing about types of entry-level roles and places that might fit my interests and passions within health care or health tech. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!
My tentative plan is to pursue a post-bacc program in cybersecurity within the UMaine system after I graduate from Brandeis. I’m hoping to speak with someone currently working in the field of cybersecurity to see how they feel about the profession. Given the somewhat non sequitur connection between my undergraduate majors and my post-grad goals, I’d also love advice on transitioning from the world of the humanities to the world of computer science. Thanks for your help!
I’m about to finish my first course in public health and I absolutely love the issue we have been talking about. From this experience, I am contemplating pursuing a career in public health with a focus on international health. I would greatly appreciate any insight into the field, potential career paths, and educational opportunities I could pursue after I complete my undergraduate degree.
Hello! I am a senior studying studio art and computer science with a minor in English. I have been lucky enough to find a job that allows me to combine all three, but I’m interested in pursuing painting on the side as well. I would appreciate any advice you may have for working and establishing myself as an artist while also working full time.
Hello! I’m currently a senior graduating in May ’17. I’m hoping to gain more experience either working for a law firm or politician before perhaps applying to law school. For the past three years I’ve been interning (via internet) as a legislative analyst for the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. This work has been fascinating and given me some insight into the whole process of local legislation.
I’ve also been working for the Schuster Institute’s Innocence Project. As a research assistant, I help re-investigate cases and create memos on potential wrongful MA convictions.
I hope to eventually work in policy and help women and children facing systemic inequalities both at home and abroad. I’m interested in connecting with people in law and/or government and would be very grateful to speak with current professionals in these fields.
I am a sophomore double majoring in politics and American studies. I am interested in journalism and would like to intern at a publication this summer. Any advice as to which publications might be interested in a summer intern would be helpful! I have experience with Adobe InDesign and I publish two to three articles weekly in Brandeis’ student-run newspaper, The Hoot. Any advice about how to break into this industry would be helpful!
Hi, I am a senior who is freaking out a little about post-grad life.
I would like some advice on how to find an entry level position that will help advance my career in a field in which I do not have any experience. I am a neuroscience and biology major who has an interest in pursuing a potential career in food science and pharmaceutical development; however, I do not have much of a chemistry background. Entry level positions in this field seem to require candidates with either the necessary classes such as a food science course or research experience but I have neither. Is it even worth me applying to a job that I have little to no qualifications for? Should I apply to a job that I do not want to do just to obtain experience so that I will become a more qualified candidate for the actual job I would like to do in the future? Any insight will aid me greatly! Thanks in advance.
I am a senior on the pre-med track, but before medical school I will be taking a gap year to enhance my academic and clinical experience. Since coming to Brandeis I have not had the chance to explore all of my interests in healthcare, and this is where I am seeking advice. I have a keen interest in public health, and specifically increasing access to mental health education in minority communities. Within my gap year, I would love to explore the public health sector but I am having some difficulty figuring out how to do that. I would be extremely appreciative if anyone could offer advice on their gap year before medical school and what opportunities there are for students like me. Thank you!
I am currently a senior graduating in May with a B.A. in English and Film, Television and Interactive Media. Post-graduation, I am interested in doing content marketing or more editorial-based roles for a non-profit or university. I love my job as a student advisor at the Hiatt Career Center, and having written for a variety of companies (including a celebrity news website, a Boston insurance company, several career-development blogs, etc.), I’ve found that I most enjoy working on content when I know that it is helping somebody.
I would appreciate any opportunities to speak with current professionals working in student services or at a non-profit about their experiences and get advice on how to move forward as I begin my job search.
Hello! I am a senior at Brandeis University graduating with a major in economics and minors in computer science and business. Economics had always been my favorite subject in high school, and the microeconomics class that I took with Professor Coiner only intensified my interest. Since then, I have studied abroad in the heart of London’s financial services sector where I was able to intern at a high street firm that provided accounting services for small businesses and startups. Now I am looking to apply the analytical skills that I have gained during these four years towards a position in the private sector. I am eager to work for a large firm, preferably in its marketing or accounting and finance departments. Any insight on how to successfully enter this field would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
My name is Patrick Flahive. I am a current junior majoring in business and environmental studies and I am a member of the Brandeis men’s soccer team. I am interested in both business and sustainability and am looking to incorporate both aspects into my job. After working at Harvard’s Office for Sustainability, I am looking for business internships to broaden my scope on what industry I want to work in. I am still unsure of what industry I want to go into and I am seeking any advice, or recommendations that you may have.
I am senior graduating this upcoming May with a Bachelors in biology, and I am interested in learning more about physician assistant programs. I would like to know what potential pathways I can take towards becoming a PA, as well as how current PAs feel about their profession.
Recently I became an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Turrigiano Lab and have discovered my interest in neuroscience and research alongside my pre-med track. I am looking into traveling abroad this summer and am currently searching for possible internships or volunteering opportunities in Europe within this field. This would be my first time abroad, so I would be very grateful for any advice and insight from your experience, specifically if you have done research or a medical internship abroad. Thank you!
I am a senior graduating with a B.A. in economics and mathematics. I am applying to Masters of Financial Engineering programs and would like to learn more about careers in quantitative finance, what kind internship or full-time positions you would suggest I look for, how to strengthen my skills during graduate school, and insights about different Masters of Financial Engineering programs. Thank you.
Hello! My name is Oye Ehikhamhen and I am a senior double majoring in Business and Health: Science, Society and Policy. Plot twist: Although it is not shown in my areas of study, I have a strong passion in theater and have immersed myself in it by taking classes as well as acting and directing in main stage productions during my time here at Brandeis. My passion for theater has lead to my interest in the entertainment industry as a whole – theater, film, publicity and management. Since I am not majoring in theater or films studies, my resources on “next steps” have been limiting. I am currently seeking advice on aspects of the entertainment industry including: how to get into this industry, managing the cutthroat environment, as well as how to balance work and personal life. I am more than welcoming of any advice that you believe will be useful to me or any of your own personal experiences that you can share with me. Thank you in advance!
My name is Chi Duong. I am an international student from Vietnam and is currently a junior at Brandeis University. I am a double major in Business and Economics. I am interested in the financial industry, especially investment banking. I would like to know what kind of skills, quality, characteristics, and experience that investment banks usually look for in a candidate.
I am interested in software engineering, AI, edX, and consulting. I have combined skill sets of business and computer science as well as various intercultural experiences. I am seeking internship opportunities in both the computer science and business fields. I would like to hear from professionals working in both fields about their professional experience, industry insights, and career path. I am also interested in professional advice on how I can fully utilize my combined backgrounds. I am open to working anywhere in the states or even abroad. Additionally, I am earnest about entrepreneurship and startups. I would be happy to hear from founders of tech-related startups or alumni working in startups or incubators. Thank you so much in advance!
I am a junior double majoring in economics and international & global studies. I have interned at China Galaxy Securities, HSBC Bank, and Deloitte. After doing extensive research in consulting, I have become truly interested in consulting as I love problem solving and being constantly challenged to learn about new things. I am intellectually curious, well-rounded and self-driven. I would like to know more about the consulting industry and seek career advice through networking with Brandeis alumni so that I can obtain first-hand information about consulting and therefore better navigate my career path.
I am a current senior at Brandeis graduating with a B.A. in Biology and Philosophy. I am fascinated by the natural world and want to figure it out, both metaphysically and scientifically. My interest in these subjects was piqued when I took the class Philosophy of Science with Professor Marusic. Next year, I hope to be teaching biology in Sierra Leone as a Peace Corps volunteer—and become a Philosopher King in the process. Afterwards, I hope to attend graduate school for geology or evolutionary biology through the Peace Corps Coverdell Program. I would like to learn more about careers in these fields, get general career advice, and learn how to strengthen my graduate school application.
I am graduating in 2017 with a B.S./ M.S. in biochemistry and minors in classics and chemistry. I perform biochemistry/ biophysics research in the Professor Dorothee Kern’s lab. I discovered my interest in an environmental career recently, after taking an introductory environmental chemistry course. Besides the class, I have no experience with environmental studies, and I don’t know anything about the environmental job sector. What jobs are available in this area for scientists with a background in biochemistry or chemistry? Although I find green chemistry and waste/drinking water treatment particularly engaging, I am open to all environmental careers. I would be grateful for advice and insights about your experience!
I am currently an undergraduate senior seeking advice on how to enter the human resources field as I will graduate in May 2017. My interest in HR was piqued after completing Professor Suderow’s Organizational Behavior course my sophomore year. Since then, I had a summer internship where I was able to focus on training and development by creating a curriculum intended for international business students. At Brandeis, I gained training skills by teaching break dance for weekly practices as co-founder of Stop Motion Dance Crew. I am interested in all areas of HR including employee relations, training and development, compensation and benefits, and organizational design. I am looking to discuss these areas with an HR professional and learn how to successfully enter this field. Thank you.
I am a current senior at Brandeis majoring in International and Global Studies with minors in South Asian Studies and Economics. All my life, from my experiences living in India and traveling to numerous other countries, I have developed an immense curiosity of different governments, cultures, and the various problems societies face. I have also focused on development and government and NGOs’ role in promoting it. As a result, I tend to have an international perspective on the issues I care about, often looking at them through an anthropological lens.
Over the past few months, I have become interested in business as well. I would like to pursue an MBA in five to six years from now. In the meantime, I want to employ my communications experience, among other skills, in addition to my curiosity and fields of study, in the private sector. I am keen on working for a large private company, ideally in its marketing department. In the long run, I hope to be involved with multiple businesses in different roles. Some may focus on my areas of study while others are in different industries.
I would appreciate any connections with whom I can get advice and learn about possible opportunities after I graduate in May of 2017. Thanks so much.
I am a rising senior graduating with a B.S./M.S. in neuroscience, and a B.S. in biology and psychology with a history minor. I am considering applying to clinical psychology PhD programs with a focus in neuropsychology and would like to learn more about careers in the field, what kind of volunteer or internship positions are available to gain clinical experience, and how to strengthen my graduate school applications.
Hello! I would like to learn how best to break into a design career. I have creative interests that span from installation art and production to design strategy and product development. I love to work with people, evaluate ideas, and develop comprehensive solutions for improvement. Please contact me if you have any suggestions or information. Thank you!
I am a recent Brandeis graduate who’s been looking for a job in the communications field (since I’ve had great experiences working in corporate communications during my internships) for a couple of months now.
I was wondering if there were any communication professionals out there that had any advice or could help guide me down the path of landing jobs in the communication field (brand, corporate, marketing, PR, etc.) especially for a recent graduate like myself. It’s been difficult trying to figure out what jobs are meant to be out of your reach or if there are credentials I need to develop first to be considered.
I would like to work at a non-government organization/non-profit dealing with international sustainability and development. I would love to work at the UN. I am looking at international Master’s programs or MPH programs. I would love to meet alumni who work in urban planning and community health or with children.
Name: Zari Havercome ’16 Majors: Health: science, society and policy, international & global studies Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
I am not sure what path I want to pursue. I would like to get experience in a theater company. I am also interested in youth-based community service, so I might also want to look at being some kind of mentor. Any advice on what I can do with these majors and minors would be helpful!
Name: Yaznil Baez ’16 Majors/Minors: Psychology, sociology/ education studies, theater arts Hometown: Brockton, MA
I am really interested in physician assistant shadowing. I am also really interested in working in jobs related to the medical field. Any advice related to shadowing and medical-related jobs would be greatly appreciated. My future plan is to take a gap year and apply to the physician’s assistant program at MCPHS University.
Name: Sabrina Lynch ’16 Major/Minor: Biology/ chemistry Hometown: Brockton, MA
I am interested in working in politics or for a non-governmental organization or in law. I am considering law school in a few years as well. I would love to be in New York, Boston, or D.C. Any advice would be great!
Name: Rivka Gross Majors: Politics, international & global studies Hometown: Boulder, CO
I would like to know how to work internationally with small companies and non-governmental organizations. I would love to meet alumni with experience in looking for graduate anthropology programs that have strong experiential components/field work. I would also like to talk to folks who traveled and took up projects as they went.
Name: Sara Taylor Majors: Environmental studies, anthropology Hometown: Charlottesville, VA
I am looking for advice on beginning a career in banking/consulting. I would eventually want to go back to school for a psychology degree and become a clinical psychologist. I am looking for insight into these fields.
Name: Justin Bradshaw ’16 Major: Sociology Hometown: Fayetteville, GA
I have decided to devote my life to fighting gender inequality. I have some savings of my own and family financial supports, but it wouldn’t be enough to tackle this issue in China. I would like to operate a feminist non-governmental organization in Asia; however I need some guidance in terms of its establishment, funding, etc. I would also like advice on whether it is necessary for me to obtain a Master’s degree in business or education to better achieve my goal.
Name: Kebei Zhao Majors: Economics, business, international & global studies Hometown: China
I study international and global studies and American studies here, and spent time traveling and studying abroad. I have experience working and volunteering in Ireland and Brazil, and speak Hebrew and Portuguese. I am interested in pursuing a path in foreign affairs and international conflict, and would welcome opportunities to travel and work abroad. I am curious how Brandeis alumni currently working in these areas broke into the field after college. After speaking to professors and people in the industry, there appears to be a consensus that without previous experience it is very hard to get your foot in the door. Being a full time student for my whole life, I am confident in my abilities but have not held a full time job in the field. What paths have alumni taken to get where they are? Thank you for your time, and any advice and wisdom is appreciated.
Name: Tzvi Miller Majors: International & global studies, American studies Hometown: Berkeley, CA
I became interested in scientific research late in my undergraduate career and was wondering if it’s possible to obtain an entry-level research position (such as a research technician or assistant) without any previous research experience. Are there any programs besides Masters programs that can help to teach me lab techniques/ equipment?
Name: Andrew Saechew ’15 Majors: Neuroscience, biology, chemistry Hometown: Attleboro, MA
I am interested in a career in public policy, specifically in housing, healthcare, and poverty. I am also considering community organization, political campaign work, or non-profit work. I would greatly appreciate information about if I should be considering an MPP or other grad school degree. I would love to learn about social justice and non-profit career opportunities as well as your experiences! Thank you.
Name: Noah Coolidge ’16 Majors: History, sociology Hometown: Lexington, MA
I am looking for advice regarding entry level positions in the television industry with a focus on development, casting, or writing. I am currently working a remote position with a marketing company and planning on moving to LA during the summer or early fall.
Name: Fiona Merullo ’16 Majors: Film/television, psychology Hometown: Shrewsburg, MA
My name is Jodecy Colon and I am currently living in New York City. I graduated from Brandeis University in 2015 with a Bachelors in chemistry. I am seeking employment in a science research lab in New York, preferably in a cancer biology or biomedical research lab. I have research experience in cancer biology, biophysics and neuroscience. I also have experience in teaching and I have volunteered at Massachusetts General Hospital and I would love to work in a hospital or university setting. If you can help me in anyway with my job search, I would be very thankful. Thank you very much and have a nice day.
Name: Jodecy Colon ’15 Major: Chemistry Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
As a junior at Brandeis, studying health: science, society, & policy (HSSP), I am interested in integrative healthcare, social entrepreneurship, political activism, graphic design and social media. I am goal-oriented and work well with others. I enjoy traveling, exploring diverse cultures and thrive in hand-on experiences.My previous work experiences include: assisting in the physical therapy department in an Israeli hospital, coaching a swim team and instructing individuals of all ages on proper swimming techniques for multiple summers, and teaching graduate students how to swim. I excel in social environments and in helping others achieve their potential. I am looking to complete the required observational hours for graduate school in physical therapy, and/or gain additional integrated healthcare experiences.I am looking to further explore career options that align with my studies and interests. I sincerely welcome the opportunity of speaking with you.
Hello! My name is Naomi Rodriguez-Finer and I’m a graduating senior ready to pursue a career in entertainment in the city of Los Angeles. I’m aiming to start as a PA and learn as much as I can. Moving across the country feels like a big step and I’m sure there are a number of ways to avoid some common mistakes. I would like to ask anyone who has ever moved house for advice on how you handled the move, where you found housing, transportation, etc. Did you have a secured job before you moved? Any and all help is greatly appreciated!
Hello, my name is Rebecca Miller and I’m looking to explore careers relating to science policy/ communications. I have volunteered with environmental groups and have some experience lobbying for a health education initiative. I really enjoy learning about various scientific concepts and then using that knowledge to determine logical solutions to societal problems. I have considered looking into bioethics/ public policy Masters programs post-Brandeis, but was wondering if there might be alumni who have similar interests and might be willing to clue me into the types of career paths available or give advice on what might be the most useful educational or work experiences. I am unsure of whether it is more logical to focus on the sciences or on the legal/ethical aspects of policy as an undergrad, and would also love to hear about the paths others have taken. Thank you so much for your help!
Name: Rebecca Miller ’18 Major: Health: science, society & policy, biological anthropology Hometown: Silver Spring, MD
Hi, I am Chenxi Zhao, a rising senior double majoring in economics and mathematics. I really want to pursue a career in the field of accounting, and I am preparing to attend an accounting master’s program after my graduation next year. I am seeking career advice on how to get an internship in the field of accounting as a non-accounting major student. I have sent several applications on accounting internships, but I have not received any responses yet. Thanks!
Name: Chenxi Zhao ’17 Majors: Economics, mathematics Hometown: Waltham, MA
Hello. I am a recent Brandeis grad working as a paralegal in New York. I’m about to start law school in the fall. I am looking for advice from someone who successfully negotiated with a law school for an increase in financial aid. I’d like to hear about strategic ways to go about the negotiation. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you.
Name: Jessica Puterman ’15 Major: History Hometown: New York, NY
My name is Rebecca Mitchell and I am currently a senior majoring in economics and international & global studies and minoring in environmental studies and legal studies. I’ve spent a large part of my time at Brandeis doing research and work involving economics and environmental issues. After receiving a World of Work Grant to fund my summer internship from the Hiatt Career Center, I worked as an Economics Intern and Research Assistant at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute for their Senior Marine Resource Economist. Due to this experience, I know that I would thrive in a career involving economic research, data analysis, and policy. I am looking for a full-time job at an institution where I can gain more hands-on experience. I would love advice on how to enter the field of economics research and any other advice, connections, or tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.
Name: Rebecca Mitchell ’16 Majors/Minors: Economics, international & global studies/ environmental studies, legal studies Hometown: Scarborough, ME
Hello, my name is Steve Lee and I am a senior undergraduate student. I am searching for jobs at the moment. My main interests lie in the area of human resources, accounting, and business. Over the last four years, I worked as a compliance intern at Allianz Global Investors (financial services), accounting intern at GS Caltex (oil corporation), project intern at Towers Watson (HR consulting firm), and lastly as an HR specialist at the Ministry of National Defense. I have built up my experiences mostly in my home country, South Korea. My interests are not specific to one industry and I figured it would be worthwhile to have exposure to different fields. I have applied to companies that relate to my work experience, but I feel a bit discouraged because I have rarely heard back from them. I would appreciate it very much if someone could provide me with guidance and possible connections to reach out to. Thank you very much.
Name: Steve Lee ’16 Majors: Economics, psychology Hometown: Springfield, PA
Hello, I am Andrew Thomason. I have been, for the past month or so, visiting the career center and trying to figure out what career exactly I wish to pursue. I’ve found that I am interested in careers that require reasoning through problems. More specifically, careers such as fraud examiners, management analysts, and intelligence analyst. The appeal for me was the stated need for inductive reasoning, which has always been something that has interested me and the reason philosophy appealed to me in general. For the sake of fully knowing if this is what I wish to pursue, and how to pursue those potential careers, I would like to learn more about them, and how they apply specifically to my interest in inductive reasoning. It would also be great to learn what skills and qualifications specifically are needed for these careers. Thank you.
Name: Andrew Thomason ’16 Major: Philosophy Hometown: Reynoldsburg, OH
My name is Rishab Verma, and I am an economics and mathematics double major in my second year at Brandeis University. I have developed my analytical and quantitative skills at Brandeis and I hope to apply them in a future internship. I am looking for an internship in finance, business development, or statistics. I am motivated to learn and want to gain valuable experience. With my double major, I have taken a broad range of classes from Linear Algebra to Statistics in Economics to Financial Accounting. However, I am still confused to what career I can pursue with this range of interests. I have taken a couple business classes here and I love them, as you learn to apply all your interests from philosophy to psychology. Business is a field in which I am interested in as I love figuring out real world problems. Any advice from alumni in this field would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Name: Rishab Verma ’18 Majors: Mathematics, economics Hometown: San Francisco, CA
My name is Jaime and I am a senior majoring in English literature and minoring in politics and environmental studies. I’m seeking a full-time position as a reporter at either an online or traditional newspaper.
I have some journalism experience. I was features editor of The Justice for over a year and am currently an associate editor. I’m also a reporter The Editorial, where I conduct and edit interviews with creatives and entrepreneurs in the Boston area. This semester, I am also working as an editorial intern at a public radio program called Living On Earth.
Are you a journalist with insights to share? What smaller/local publications are respected in the industry and what skills do they value most in an entry-level reporter? I’m obsessed with becoming a better interviewer, a better writer and more effective collaborator — any advice on improving my craft and/or navigating this job market is appreciated!
Name: Jaime Kaiser ’16 Major: English literature Hometown: Pelham, NY
My name is Allan and I am a junior majoring in heath: science, society and policy and minoring in economics. I am eager to seek advice and connect with Brandeis alumni on possible opportunities in healthcare. My interests in healthcare include, but are not limited to, pharmaceutical marketing, data analysis and hospital administration. Any advice on your experiences will be deeply appreciated.
Name: Allan Chuang ’17 Major: Health: science, society and policy Hometown: Charlottesville, VA
My name is Talia Zapinsky and I am a senior at Brandeis University graduating in May. Because of my passion for understanding consumer behavior, I am majoring in business and psychology. I am an active leader in the business club on campus, TAMID, having served as VP of Marketing for two years and presently as a project manager. Additionally, I am co-editor of advertising for the school newspaper, co-captain of a volleyball intramural team and a member of the Ultimate Frisbee team. I have had great summer experiences at J. Walter Thompson, Silverback Social, and Adcorp Media Group.
I am looking for a full-time job relating to marketing or brand/consumer marketing, specifically in New York City. Any advice, connections, or tips to help me along this process would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Name: Talia Zapinsky ’16 Majors: Business, psychology Hometown: New York, NY
My name is Karen and I’m a Master’s candidate at the comparative humanities program at Brandeis, graduating this coming May. Academically, I focus on feminist literature – fiction, theory and ethnography – and I explore how this intertextuality can bring knowledge to bear upon social policy and social justice movement. I’m engaged in issues of gender inequality, especially sexual and otherwise gender-based violence. I have experience advocating for survivors, facilitating discussions regarding consent in local community groups, fundraising and development, and awareness raising through the strategic use of social media. I’m interested in breaking into the field of gender-based direct service nonprofits in Boston as well as the San Francisco Bay Area. Any tips or advice from alumni with some experience in that field would be much appreciated!
Name: Karen Lengler ’15 Majors: Women’s, gender and sexuality studies, international and global studies Hometown: Boston, MA
My name is Rawda Aljawhary, and I’m searching for a full-time position or internship in the field of marketing and communications. I have a year of experience in marketing, communications, and data analysis. I’m interested in client relationship management and online behavior analysis.
I’d like to meet for informational interviews to talk about how to stand out in the marketing industry. I’d love my next career opportunity to be at an exciting marketing agency or in-house department.
I have been struggling for awhile to figure out how my interests might match a future career. I’m majoring in psychology and sociology, and find people fascinating. I realized last semester that working in a clinical/therapy context is not right for me. I’m more interested in relationships between people and group dynamics, but from a people-watcher perspective, such as how and why people misunderstand each other. I thought for a couple months that organizational psychology is right for me, because I think it applies some of this to create a more productive work space. But I don’t know how much I care about the business world and work environments – more just groups of people in general. I’ve been encouraged to look into social psychology. I do enjoy research and data analyzing, but I don’t want to be a professor. What else could I do with it? I’d love some help on what industries I should go into. I hate to be vain, but a large salary is important to me, and that scares me about my majors and interests. If it helps, I’m outgoing but fairly introverted and prefer working on tasks alone rather than in groups/teams.
Name: Naomi Weinblatt ’16 Majors: Psychology and sociology Hometown: Queens, NY
Hello, my name is Daniel Yao, a senior about to graduate with a double major in chemistry and business. My unique background provides me with a more analytical base that I want to use in a business/finance setting. I have been an active member in the Brandeis community, from being a TA for Financial Accounting to working at Brandeis’ Student Financial Services, where I work with the Department of Education and other companies to promote responsible financing, to the Global Microfinance Brigade, where I lead a group of students on volunteer missions in impoverished nations like Honduras. If you have any career advice or job leads where I can continue to explore the business/finance industry, I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to talk with you! Thank you for your consideration!
Name: Daniel Yao ’16 Majors: Chemistry, business Hometown: North Andover, MA
I am a senior on track to graduate in May. I’m seeking advice for my job search. I am interested in food access and food production. I would love to speak to someone who works in food justice on the policy level or in a think tank. I would like a job that teaches me new skills such as research or a job that hones my grant writing skills.
I’ve worked on a farm doing field work as well as coordinating a low-income market. I also conducted a price-value analysis of the CSA model of the farm that I worked at v. other local, organic vendors. Additionally, I have some experience in grant writing.
I’m writing this because I am struggling to find a job that is both in my field of interest and that I am qualified for. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Name: Alisa Feinswog ’16 Majors: Environmental Studies, Food Security Hometown: San Diego, CA
My name is George Velonias. I am a junior majoring in economics. I have several upcoming economic consulting internships and am trying to prepare for the case study portion of the interviews. I am wondering if anyone has advice on economic consulting cases. Firms I am currently interviewing with include Compass Lexecon, Brattle Group, and NERA.
Name: George Velonias ’17 Major: Economics Hometown: Lexington, MA
I am a senior double majoring in anthropology and music, with a minor in classical studies. Since I am graduating in May 2016, and have little to no clue about how to proceed forward, I would absolutely love any advice, knowledge, past experiences, stories, general information or tidbits of brainstorming guidance. Seriously. Any and everything is more than welcome!
Besides my studies, I am also passionate about community service and non-profit work. I have been a coordinator for the Waltham Group since freshman year, and have spent the past six summers working with underprivileged youth. I’ve also run the gamut in terms of summer work, from a camp counselor in Cambridge, MA, to a volunteer in Bangalore, India, to working on an archaeological dig in Kabri, Israel. Since I have been somewhat around the world, I am not too picky in terms of location either.
If anyone has any advice in the fields of anthropology, music, archaeology, classical studies, non-profit, international development or anything that just seems fun and creative, I am all ears!
Name: David Kapaon ’16 Majors: Anthropology, music Hometown: Northborough, MA
I just finished my last semester at Brandeis and want to work in fashion, ideally, with a fashion magazine or a PR firm with an emphasis on luxury.
I have previously interned with Oscar de la Renta and Vogue India as a sales and marketing intern, respectively. In addition, while at Brandeis, I was one of the recipients of the 2014 YMA Fashion Fund Scholarship award.
I’m just beginning my job search and would love to conduct some informational interviews and glean any wisdom from alumns. I’d love any advice or guidance from alumns who have worked in the industry or know of someone who has. In addition, any kind words of support and encouragement while undertaking the daunting task of applying to jobs would be much appreciated! Thank you!
Name: Kiran Gill ’15 Majors: Art history, business Hometown: North Andover, MA
My name is Samantha Daniels and I am currently a senior majoring in women’s and gender studies. My professional experience has fallen under two categories: outreach/education and counseling-type roles. I am particularly passionate about sexual and domestic violence awareness and survivor services.
During a summer internship at Jewish Vocational Service in Boston, I designed a vocational English curriculum for newly arrived refugees. Each day, I would give the teacher the lesson plan I created. I now work for the Brandeis Office of Prevention Services. In this role, I coordinate sexual assault prevention education programming and conduct outreach to student organizations and other university departments. I am also beginning to develop curriculum.
Last fall, I was one of four students who worked to develop the Brandeis Rape Crisis Center, where I served as Volunteer Coordinator and as a peer counselor. I held office hours for survivors who wanted a safe space to talk. Currently, I serve as a Community Advisor. I serve as a support system for my residents in their times of need.
I have loved each of these positions. I am seeking opportunities that are either similar to the work I do at the Office of Prevention Service or to the work I did at the Rape Crisis Center. While I am passionate about prevention education programming, I also am very fulfilled by counseling roles. I am looking to work at a nonprofit or in higher ed. Many of the jobs that have interested me are masters preferred and I would love advice on how to enter the field. I would also love advice bout entering the field of clinical social work. Thank you for your time!
Name: Samantha Daniels ’16 Major: Women’s and gender studies Hometown: Syosset, NY
As a sophomore majoring in math and minoring in econ and computer science, I am either very early on or have not yet started the course track for my majors and minors. I am looking for an internship in New York City or on Long Island this summer, but am open to exploring different professional avenues. I do not have any primarily math-based prior experiences, but I have worked in education-related fields, having tutored privately and taught at Kumon (although I am not particularly interested in going into education as a career). Math-related interests of mine include probability and statistics, especially as they relate to sports. As I wrote before, though, I am on the beginning part of the math major track and have not yet taken any courses directly related to those fields. If anyone was in a similar situation during their undergraduate years or has any advice to offer, I would appreciate it very much. Thank you in advance.
Name: Corey Cohen ’18 Major: Mathematics Hometown: Plainview, NY
After a few years in the (Jewish) non-profit world, I’m looking to transition to a role in management consulting. I’m particularly interested in working with federal clients (or other DC-based, non-travel roles) in strategy, organizational design, and change management. I’m looking at the big firms, and am equally interested in smaller, boutique or growing firms as well. I’d love to take you or someone you know out to coffee and chat about any insight you may have.
Name: Raechel Banks ’12 Major: International and Global Studies Hometown: Washington, DC
My name is Madeline Rosenberg and I am a senior graduating in May 2016 studying Health: Science, Society and Policy and Environmental Studies. I have strong passions for public health, environmental studies, sociological phenomenon, and art, and have channeled these interests into social science research, writing, and reading.
My academic and work experiences are varied: I have had the opportunity to be a member of the Environmental Health and Justice JBS; a research assistant for a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism; a research intern for a documentary series with Warrior Poets; a research assistant for a scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center; and a thesis candidate with the HSSP department focused on the relationship between tattoos, college age women, and health.
After reflecting on these experiences, I am gripped by and subsequently hoping to pursue work in the fields of journalism (written, broadcast, documentary), film/TV, and publishing.
For someone whose formal academic areas of study are different from these specific career paths, what should my next steps be? How do I catch up on knowledge of these fields that I would have studied in a classroom setting? Where should I be looking for jobs? How should I go about becoming a more competitive candidate to production companies, journalistic and news companies and organizations, and publishing firms?
Any advice regarding these fields or questions is greatly appreciated. Thank you very much in advance for your time!
Name: Madeline Rosenberg ’16 Major: Health: Science, Society and Policy Hometown: Scarsdale, New York
I am a current senior searching for a year-long entry level job after graduation beginning in July 2016. I am interested in either clinical research or public health initiatives involving nutrition. I have a passion for medicine, public health, nutrition, and pediatrics. I have a wealth of clinical knowledge I can bring to the table, being a nationally registered EMT and having shadowed surgeons and an internal medicine doctor. I also have worked with young children for the past four out of five summers. Additionally, I have taken several public health courses including topics such as epidemiology and American healthcare. I am planning on taking psychological statistics next semester. I am unsure where or how to start my search and am looking forward to any suggestions and advice the alumni community may have.
Name: Meka Uffenheimer ’16 Major: Biology Hometown: Mission Viejo, CA
I am a senior graduating in May, majoring in Business and American Studies and minoring in Journalism. I am looking for entry-level positions in public relations, preferably in the Boston area. I am particularly interested in creative public relations and the media industry. I have interned at a public relations firm in New Jersey for two summers, and interned at Hot Press, a music magazine in Dublin, Ireland last spring while I studied abroad there. At Brandeis, I have been actively involved with The Justice, and have worked for the Women’s Studies Research Center as a research assistant, as well as with the English Language Programs office as a mentor and English tutor. For my American Studies honors thesis, I am researching and writing about animation during World War II. As you can see, I have varied interests and experience and am trying to find a good fit for me for after graduation. I have started the process of job searching, but I want to make sure that I am looking at all possible opportunities. If you have any career advice or public relations connections in Boston, I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to talk to you. Thank you for your consideration.
Hi, I’m a career changer trying to make my way into dentistry from social work. I will be completing my postbac predental program at Brandeis University by May, 2016 and start my application cycle for dental school from there. I’ve been shadowing 2 general dentists and 1 orthodontics and learned some assisting skills. It will be a great honor to receive advice from you about dentistry in general as well as how to wisely spend the gap year. Thank you!
Name: Zheqing Jiang ’16 Major: Social Work Hometown: Quzhou, China
I am a Brandeis graduate with a major in history and an Independent Interdisciplinary Major in urban studies. After graduation I completed the [IN]City Summer Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, and participated in an Israel internship program at a Jerusalem think-tank that promoted public policy. Upon returning to Boston, where I now live, I worked as a project archivist at Boston University’s Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center. Recently I researched and co-wrote an article titled, “Resistance and Rebirth in Lower Roxbury: How an Anti-Highway Movement Empowered a Neighborhood,” that has been accepted for publication in the journal America’s Changing Neighborhoods.
I am currently looking for an entry level urban planning position. My commitment to the field leans toward the areas of transit planning, land use, and historic preservation. I am also interested in advocating for improved public transportation through policy development.
I would greatly appreciate any insight and advice on how I could enter the field of urban planning. Thank you in advance.
I am a third-year student majoring in neuroscience and psychology. Medicine and biomedical research are careers I have strongly considered but ultimately decided against. I still wish to improve peoples’ health and quality of life, but just at the population level. My experiences include research in health psychology (Brandeis lab) and immunology (NIH/NIDDK internship at Stanford). I have also been a Teaching Assistant in a social science statistics course. The most rewarding aspects of these jobs have been collaborating and working as a team, as well as interpreting data. Therefore I am considering a career involving study design and data analysis. I am now seeking to transition into the field of public health. At the moment, I am planning on working for a few years before pursuing an MPH (epi/biostats). Advice on entering public health and maximizing my future experiences before graduate school would be greatly appreciated. It would be extremely helpful to talk to alums about what they are doing and how they got there. I would also love to hear about any summer openings or opportunities you think I should know about. Positions in a health department or clinical research opportunities are of particular interest to me. Looking forward to hearing from you!
Name: Won Young Cheong ’17 Majors: Neuroscience, Psychology Hometown: San Jose, CA
I am a recent Brandeis alumna who is having difficulty finding work in research. Though as a pre-med student I have a strong science background, I majored in psychology (with a minor in computer science) rather than neuroscience (which I find far more satisfying and engaging). I am now looking to gain practical experience participating in neuroscience (or related biology) research before applying to graduate programs to gain a better understanding of the realities of a career as a researcher as well as to improve my scientific foundation and expand my research skill repertoire. I have found my major to be quite limiting–though I do have science coursework, I have struggled to find research positions because my major disqualifies me from the majority of lab positions I have come across and I worry I will not be able to get the experience I need to prepare me for graduate studies. I would love to be contacted by someone who can give me advice on how I can, having majored in psychology, reposition myself for a scientific career and make this transition– it would be extremely useful to speak to someone who has made this jump. I would especially love to be contacted by someone who can connect me with a potential employer or even an internship.
Name: Alice Gelman ’13 Majors: Psychology Hometown: Boston, MA
My name is Brendan Schneider and I am a senior double-majoring in Environmental Studies and Computer Science. I have been looking for environmental internships for this spring as well as jobs after graduation where I can combine my two interests. I love working on and solving environmental issues and would like to use computer programs, data, and statistical analysis to do so. I particularly enjoyed my Geographic Information System courses, so I might be interested in pursuing a career in geospatial analysis. Any advice or ideas would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
Hi, my name is Genna Karp and I am a sophomore here at Brandeis. I am on the pre-health track and am double majoring in Health: Science, Society and Policy and Biology. I am hoping to become a physician assistant, and am looking for a glance into life as a PA. I have shadowed an orthopedic PA as well as an Urgent Care center PA but I am hoping for a full image. In addition, I would love some advice on applying to PA school and getting the required hands on experience necessary for applications. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
Name: Genna Karp ’18 Majors: Health: Science, Society and Policy, Biology Hometown: Springfield, NJ