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 peaked 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 & 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 & development, compensation & 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 meet other alumni that want to go into academia, specifically teaching social science. I would like to talk to alumni with experience applying to JD/PhD programs.
Name: Allie Goodman ’16
Majors: American studies, sociology
Hometown: Evanston, IL
I am interested in applying to graduate school and furthering my studies. I am interested in research, and would like to talk to alumni who have gone into research.
Name: Johnson Varghese ’16
Hometown: Danbury, CT
I am looking to get into public health. I don’t know what route to take or much about graduate programs, and would appreciate talking to alumni with insight into this field.
Name: Jason Varghese ’16
Majors: Economics, biology
Hometown: Bronx, NY
I would like to learn from people currently employed in the world of environmental studies, and how they found their job. I would also like to learn how to make connections and network.
Name: Sung-Jae Park ’16
Major: Environmental studies
Hometown: Brookline, MA
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 planning to apply to medical school and would appreciate receiving any feedback about the field of health and medicine, and how to go about this.
Name: Charn-xin Fuh ’16
Majors: Biology, health: science, society and policy
Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan
I am seeking graduate programs in physics, specifically nanoscience or quantum physics. I would appreciate speaking to alumni about these types of programs.
Name: Flora Koyen ’16
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
I am interested in book writing, entrepreneurship, and authorship. I would like to learn about making movies, the entertainment industry, YouTube videos, and how to get published.
Name: Sofia Muhlmann ’16
Majors: Psychology, theater arts
Hometown: Longmeadow, MA
I am interested in going into the field of visual arts. I would like to talk to alumni about the best way to get involved in the art world.
Name: Elena Babineau ’16
Majors: Neuroscience, psychology
Hometown: Southington, CT
I am looking for alumni involved in television/ comedy/ writing for advice on steps to enter these fields after graduation. Info on fellowships, cities to be in, etc. would be appreciated.
Name: Daniel Evan Hirshfield ’16
Hometown: Trumbull, CT
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 currently seeking business and health: science, society and policy employment opportunities in the Los Angeles, California area. Insight into these career paths would be greatly appreciated.
Name: Liset Valdivia Hernandez
Majors: Business, health: science, society and policy
Hometown: Venice, CA
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 a pre-med undergraduate student and I would like to talk to alumni about the steps I should take in order to get into med school.
Name: Joel Burt-Miller
Majors: Biology, health: science, society and policy
Hometown: Bronx, NY
I am looking for advice about starting a career in theater/television. I am hoping to shadow a theater or television director. I am also interested in casting and production.
Name: Nicole Bunis ’16
Majors: American studies, theater arts
Hometown: Newton, MA
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
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
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 would like to speak with lawyers with experience in international law, specifically humanitarian law (rather than business-related law).
Name: Ashley Ki
Majors: History, American studies, legal studies
Hometown: East Northport, NY
I am seeking jobs and graduate programs in applied archaeology and jobs as a archaeology technician.
Name: Cristin Reilly ’16
Majors: Anthropology, history
Hometown: Tampico, IL
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
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.
Name: Jonas Singer ’17
Major: Health: science, society, & policy
Hometown: Millburn, NJ
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!
Name: Naomi Rodriguez-Finer ’16
Majors: Business, women’s studies
Hometown: Stroudsburg, PA
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
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
Hometown: Reynoldsburg, OH
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.
Thank you very much,
Name: Rawda Aljawhary ’14
Majors: Sociology, creative writing
Hometown: Boonton, NJ
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
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
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
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.
Name: Ilana Kruger ’16
Majors: Business, American Studies
Hometown: Englewood, NJ
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.
Name: Gabriel Distler ’13
Majors: History, Urban Studies
Hometown: Boca Raton, FL
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
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!
Name: Brendan Schneider ’16
Majors: Environmental Studies, Computer Science
Hometown: Berkeley Heights, NJ
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
My name is Eric Shen and I am currently a senior that is majoring in biology and minoring in business. I had the ultimate goal of finding a job where I can combine both my passions for healthcare and business together. I later realized down my college career that I had a passion for business as well. Although I have strong skills in analytical lab work and research projects, I am currently trying to gain more experience in the business world as an administrative assistant at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and a marketing intern at Performance Architects, Inc. I am looking for any career advice or potential job leads where I can apply my technical analytical skills and knowledge garnered from my healthcare experience and apply it in a business setting. Thank you for your time and consideration!
Name: Eric Shen ‘ 16
Hometown: Mountainside, NJ
Hello, my name is Olivia Leavitt and I am a current freshman and interested in majoring in business. I am also an avid New England sports fan, go Patriots! I am interested in acquiring an internship this summer with a sports related company. I am eager to get involved in marketing, operations, analytics, management, or athletic training. I am looking for connections and experience in the department of sports business. Thanks!
Name: Olivia Leavitt ’19
Hometown: Falmouth, ME
My name is Shoshana Goldberg and I graduated from Brandeis last May with a degree in sociology and minor in religious studies. I recently moved to Jerusalem where I am in the process of searching for a job. I am writing to connect with Brandeis alumni to meet for informational interviews to help me with my job search in the Jerusalem area. I am looking to pursue a career in social work or rehabilitative occupational therapy. For now, I hope to find a job where I can gain exposure to those fields as well as work directly with people. I am interested in working with individuals with special needs of all kinds, as well as with advancing women’s rights and democracy in Israel. I am also interested in part time work as a translator, editor or English freelance writer. Looking forward to hearing from you.
Name: Shoshana Goldberg ’15
Hometown: Seattle, WA
I am a senior at Brandeis graduating with a BS in biology and in environmental studies with a minor in chemistry. I would like to find a job that combines both my majors (biology and environmental studies) such as environmental health and research. Are there any Brandeis alums with a similar background to mine? I plan on continuing to graduate school after a couple of years of experience. Any advice would be appreciated!
Name: Sophia Glickman ’16
Majors: Biology, Environmental Studies
Hometown: Valhalla, NY
I’m a senior on track to graduate in December. I am majoring in psychology with a minor in business. After graduation, I’m looking forward to returning to New York and starting life after Brandeis! I’m looking to be a part of the headhunting or recruiting industry, as I currently am an executive intern at MRI Networks – the Boston Group. I’ve had some experience in assisting the account executives in sourcing the best candidates for our clients’ open job positions, communicating with and interviewing potential interns, updating and renewing job postings on social media, etc. I find it both interesting as well as challenging to hear our account executives’ conversations with candidates, as they often are persuasive but not abrasive to discourage the potential candidates. Since I have some background experience in search and recruiting, I would very much like to gain more hands-on experience in the entire process of recruiting, and get a job as a recruiter in New York City. Considering my minor in business, I am also open to any marketing/business strategy positions. Any career advice, tips on how to get my foot in the door to these industries, or leads for entry-level jobs would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance.
Name: Charley Kim ’15
Hometown: Rye, NY
I’m a little lost as to what I should look for in a job search. I love my studio art major and I have experience with graphic design, but I also study computer science. I like the idea of combining these two things in front-end design, but I also love working with people – especially kids. I taught in a museum a few years ago and really enjoyed it. I am also interested in marketing/design. I need to start thinking about an internship for the summer, but I don’t know where to start – especially with all of these things I think I’d like to do. I’d appreciate any advice!
Name: Alison Simon ’17
Major: Studio Art, Computer Science
Hometown: Westfield, NJ
My career goal is to go to law school, practice law for a while, and then become a legal academic. I understand that a disciplinary PhD has evolved from an interesting addition on the resume to a gold standard. My question is quite specific, but I am wondering what the difference might be between a classic academic PhD and a practitioner’s PhD (i.e. Doctorate in Public Policy) for my goal of securing a teaching job? Ideally, my dream job would involve straddling an appointment at a law school with a position at an undergraduate legal studies program.
Name: David Benger ’14
Major: Politics, Russian Studies
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Hello! I recently graduated with my master’s degree in Broadcast and Digital Journalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University after receiving my bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University in 2013. While my background includes television reporting and media production, I am also exploring public relations/media positions. I am looking to utilize my writing and storytelling skills and apply them to a more creative platform. I wanted to see if any alumni had any suggestions for me in my job search or any advice for an aspiring communications professional. Thank you for your help!
Name: Andi Mucasey ’13
Major: International and Global Studies
Hometown: Missouri City, TX
Hello! My name is Seema Saul and I recently graduated from Brandeis University (2014) with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Art History. I would like to re-locate to the Boston area to obtain a job in the mental health field. I possess a great deal of clinical experience volunteering, interning, and working with toddlers with ASD, children and youth with special needs, and adults with dual diagnoses, developmental disabilities, and/or mental illnesses.
In summary, I am desiring to gain some hands-on clinical experience in the mental health field before applying to a PhD program in child clinical psychology.
I would be most grateful to any alumni who know of entry-level opportunities or have chosen a similar career path.Thank you!
Name: Seema Saul ’14
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
My name is Tove Olaussen Freeman and I am a senior majoring in Health: Science, Society and Policy and minoring in Business and Economics. I am also a varsity athlete and a captain for the Women’s Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field. I have experience in researching health literacy in migrant workers in Oslo, Norway. I am currently applying for graduate degree programs in Health Economics and Global Health. I am interested in hearing from alumni that have experiences either internationally or abroad in Health Economics and/or Public Health/Policy. Is it possible to combine my interests in global health with the private sector? Thank you in advance!
Name: Tove Olaussen Freeman ’16
Major: Health: Science, Society and Policy
Hometown: Oakham, MA
My name is Lydia McCaleb and I am a senior at Brandeis majoring in Psychology with minors in Legal Studies and Latin American Studies. I am also a captain of the Brandeis Track & Field team. This past summer I was a forensic social work intern at Lawyers For Children, a non-profit in New York City. I worked closely with adolescents in foster care, acquiring resources and advocating on their behalf. I am interested in law, particularly the areas of public-interest and criminal law. I am hoping to work as a paralegal for a couple of years before pursuing law school. I would like to hear about the experiences of alumni working in these fields and learn about the different career paths that may be available for someone interested in going to law school in the near future. Any advice is greatly appreciated!
Name: Lydia McCaleb ’16
Hometown: Evanston, IL
My name is Melissa Darling and I am currently majoring in Business and Psychology with a minor in Economics. I am seeking advice on what my next steps should be going forward with my future. I cannot decide if I should apply to the BA/MBA program here at Brandeis and get my masters in one more year, or if I should try entering the work force, specifically a rotational program, to get experience and then go back to school in the future and possibly have my business pay for me. I am looking to hear from alumni who had to make a similar choice, what they did, and if that was the right choice for them.
Name: Melissa Darling ’16
Majors: Business, Psychology
Hometown: Weymouth, MA
My name is Tifani Ng, and I am a senior double majoring in Business and Economics. During this past summer, I interned in Operations within a financial services company and recently accepted a full-time offer from the company. In order to gain a better understanding of this field, I am looking to learn more about Operations roles within organizations, big or small. What kind of work did you/ are doing in Operations? What challenges are you/ have you faced in Operations? If any alums have experience working in this field, I would love to talk to you!
Name: Tifani Ng ’16
Majors: Business, Economics
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Hello, my name is Daniel Krigel and I’m a senior double majoring in Business and Psychology with a minor in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. Although I’m still in the process of figuring out my post graduation career, I’m particularly interested in sales or human resources in the high-tech industry. It’d be helpful hearing from alumni who have followed this career path, know individuals who have, and/or simply have some thoughts (words of wisdom if you will). Thank you!
Name: Daniel Krigel ’16
Majors: Business, Psychology
Hometown: Palo Alto, CA
My name is Sarah DeLuca, and I am a junior double majoring in English and Film, Television, and Interactive Media with a focus in media studies and communications. This past summer I explored several possible career paths by interning at two different companies. I was an editorial intern for a celebrity news website, The Hot Zone USA, and I also interned at a new social media marketing firm in my hometown of Syosset, New York. I would like to continue learning about possible career options for an English major and gain further insight into what various work environments are like. Any advice or information would be greatly appreciated!
Name: Sarah DeLuca ’17
Major: English, Film, Television and Interactive Media
Hometown: Syosset, NY
Greetings to the Brandeis Alumni. My name is Marcelo Brociner and I am a sophomore here at Brandeis. I am an Anthropology major with a minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST). I wanted to ask any Anthropology majors out there (perhaps Sociology as well) what sort of first-hand experience I should seek out while I am still an undergraduate. I am pursuing a career in music after college, but during/after that journey, I plan to work as an anthropologist. I am doing a study tour in Vietnam next semester which is going to be fascinating, but I was curious to know if anyone knew of any specific projects I could undertake. Thank you for taking your time to read/respond to this inquiry. Have a wonderful day!
Name: Marcelo Brociner ’18
Hometown: Somerville, MA
I am a History and Health: Science, Society and Policy (HSSP) double major interested in pursuing a career in law. I have gained some exposure to the practice of law through my internship this summer at Legal Outreach, Inc., during which I interacted daily with attorneys and law students, supervised field trips to a law firm and courthouses, engaged in and prepared students for a mock trial, and learned about various fields of law. I would like to advance my knowledge and understanding of the profession by spending some time working at a law firm. I am strongly considering applying for a part-time paralegal internship in Boston law firms for this spring and was wondering if anyone has tips about steps I should take. I would greatly appreciate any advice about how to approach this process, ideas about where to look for opportunities, and any general tips about applying. Thank you very much!
My name is Brandon Odze and I am a senior considering a gap year before law school. I have a job offer from the political consulting firm I interned with over the summer in Washington D.C., but my contract would end in November after the 2016 election cycle. I would like to go to law school the next fall, August 2017. I am looking to gain insight on law-related or politics-related work for the 7 to 8 months before I enter law school. Thank you.
Name: Brandon Odze ’16
Majors: Politics, Economics
Hometown: Melville, NY
My name is Kelsey Whitaker and I am a senior double majoring in Biology and Health: Science, Society and Policy. I am also a varsity athlete and captain of the Brandeis cross country and track teams. This past summer I had an internship working at the SLI Brain Injury Wellness Center creating workout routines for patients and tracking data that will be used for future research. I am very interested in the fields of public health and health policy as well as epidemiology. I would like to hear about the work that different alumni are doing in these fields so as to gain a better understanding of career options. Any feedback or information is appreciated. Thank you in advance.
Name: Kelsey Whitaker ’16
Majors: Biology, Health: Science, Society and Policy
Hometown: Kingston, MA
My name is Gabriella Guillette and I graduated this past May with a double major in Women’s and Gender Studies and International and Global Studies. I plan to work a few years before acquiring my master’s degree in public policy. I have work experience with impoverished communities and have interned in an awareness raising capacity for Jane Doe Inc. around sexual assault and domestic violence. I am particularly looking for advice on working with domestic violence and gender based violence. However, I am also eager to hear advice/perspectives/experiences on service work in general especially that which has a holistic and survivor-centric approach. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Name: Gabriella Guillette
Majors: Women’s and Gender Studies, International and Global Studies
Hometown: Lunenburg, MA
My name is Emily Reich and I am currently a junior double majoring in communication & media and psychology with a minor in business. I have previously interned in public relations and marketing, and during the school year I am a Campus Editor-at-Large for the Huffington Post as well as a senior writer and editor for Her Campus. I would love to learn more about the publishing world, specifically the different areas of publishing, how to break into publishing, and what kinds of experience potential employers look for. I have experience writing and editing, and would appreciate gaining insight into the specifics of what it means to work in publishing.
Name: Emily Reich ’17
Majors: Communication & Media, Psychology
Hometown: Katonah, NY
My name is Vicky Liu, a rising senior triple major in Computer Science, Mathematics and Economics. I currently work at Liberty Mutual Insurance as an Analyst working in the Actuarial Team under Specialty. During the school year, I serve as an Undergraduate Departmental Representative for the Economics department, and Teaching Assistant for Advanced Macro-Economics, Econometrics and Econ Stats. I would love to learn more about the financial industry especially consulting areas. I greatly enjoyed my internship this summer, but I would love to learn more about other areas with more intensive work loads and greater challenges. I hope to seek advice on career choices, work environment, work load as well as job functions in consulting and i-Banking.
My name is Clifton Masdea. This past May I received my Bachelor of Science in Physics with a minor in Mathematics. My goal is to work as either a research assistant or a technical assistant in the Greater Boston area before I begin applying for graduate programs. I was wondering if anybody knows of any laboratories that are currently looking for a research assistant?
I am a recent Brandeis graduate where I was a triple major. I received a Bachelor of Science in Health: Science, Society and Policy, Biology and Hispanic Studies, with honors for my thesis. I am in the process of taking the MCAT and applying to medical schools, but I am first looking for clinical volunteer experience that enables me to interact with patients, shadowing opportunities where I will be able to interact with healthcare professionals and learn about their interactions with patients, and/or employment opportunities as a medical scribe, transcriptionist or secretary. I have office skills that I attained in my 2.5 years working in the office of The Arc of Massachusetts in Waltham, MA. I am able to use Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher. I am proficient in Spanish. I also have prior experience in entering patient information into a database from my clinical work with Global Medical Brigades in rural Honduras. In the triage station, I took down patient history, vitals, and symptoms, and I was able to shadow physicians in the consultation station, assist in the OB/GYN station, lead the education station teaching about personal hygiene, and fill prescriptions in the pharmacy. Prior volunteer experience includes being a Hospital Helper at Newton-Wellesley, a classroom volunteer through Junior Brandeis Achievers at Stanley Elementary School, a Health and Wellness Intern at the Chill Zone, a middle school rec program in Waltham, and an Undergraduate Departmental Representative for Hispanic Studies (as well as serving on the UDR council). I am wondering how to go about looking for these types of positions (aside from websites like Careerbuilder) and how to go about networking with former alumni.
I am currently looking for jobs in clinical research. In the future, I want to go to medical school and I believe that a job in the clinical field would be a great bridge between college and medical school. If alums have any advice on the best way to maximize my search and future position experience I would greatly appreciate it.
I am a graduating senior looking for a position ideally for a year or two before continuing on to graduate school for public health. I would like to work as a research assistant at a think tank or do some sort of nonprofit work related to health and/or poverty. I would appreciate any advice or experience you may have in the field. Thank you!
Hi Alumni! I’m graduating with a degree in Spanish and minor in Education Studies. I’m looking to work in the education world, either as a teacher or within international education (working abroad and maybe through a program or as a teacher). I’m considering working for a year at home then teaching English for a year abroad. If anyone has suggestions for teaching abroad or working in bilingual education on the west coast, I’d love your input! I’d also love to incorporate my love for music and the arts however possible. Thank you!
I’m a graduating HSSP/Biology senior interested in getting clinical research experience dealing with children/pediatrics and diabetes before applying to graduate programs in public health or bio-medical science. Any advice on how to effectively break into the field or opportunities I should be aware of would be greatly appreciated. Additionally, if any alums have a similar experience I would love to find out how you got to where you are today. Thank you!
I’m a graduating computer science major interested in programming and research & development positions, specifically in the Chicago area. If any alums could offer advice on the industry or any ideas on how to maximize my search I would greatly appreciate it.
I’m a graduating senior double majoring in Music and American Studies. Ideally, I would like to find a job in tv production, specifically working on a scripted series, but I’m having some trouble finding opportunities. The one I have found is at a start up but I’m not sure if that’s the right fit for me. I would love to speak with any alums who have advice to give on breaking into the field and what my next steps should be.
As a major in Math, I am looking to stay in the Boston area after graduation. I am looking for work environments that offer leadership opportunities, especially in ways that allow me to use the skills I learned at Brandeis in both of my majors. I love writing and math and I would love to talk to alumni who share these interest. Thanks!
I’m a graduating senior with a double major in Art History and German Studies. I have had several internships in museums and galleries, and am looking for advice on getting an entry-level job in the art industry. Any alum recommendations on how to best position myself to get started would be great!
I am a graduating senior with a passion for International Higher Education. I have accepted a position to become an Assistant Language Teacher with the JET Program in Japan. As I will be in Japan for at least two years, I am hoping to work or volunteer with organizations that promote international studies and exchange while I am in the new country. I am also hoping to complete an English graduate program about International Higher Education in Japan. I appreciate all advice, tips, connections, and position openings! Thank you!
I am a current senior double majoring in Psychology and English with a minor in French and Francophone Studies seeking advice on how to get involved in clinical research. I would love to do research in a hospital (preferably in the Boston area), to get a different type of experience. I am looking to work in that field upon graduation for a few years before attending a PhD program for clinical psychology with a focus on forensics. I have experience collecting data on sexually aggressive males and I conduct extensive research on wrongful convictions and eyewitness misidentification. I am eager to learn more about the field and how to get involved in it. Any advice would be really appreciated! Thank you!
Hello! I am graduating this May and looking to go into animal behavior, wildlife conservation, zoology, or a combination of those fields. I am looking to work at zoos to gain experience before going on to earn a PhD in animal behavior. If anyone has experience in these areas I would appreciate any advice you have to give. It would be great to learn you got to where you are today. Thank you!