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!
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!
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.
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 great appreciated. Thank you for your time.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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,
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
I graduated from the Master of Arts Program in Comparative Humanities in May 2015, focusing my research on human rights in 20th century literature. I also hold undergraduate degrees in English and Russian Studies from Brandeis. During my time at Brandeis, I worked at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, researching topics ranging from forced labor and human trafficking to wrongful conviction. I seek advice about working as a research, editorial, legal, or administrative assistant, preferably in a nonprofit or academic environment. I hope to utilize my interdisciplinary academic experience to embark on a career in social justice advocacy.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
I’m a double major in History & Politics looking to make a difference in the world. After I graduate this May I would like to work at a non-profit that aims to increase tolerance and promote positive thought among children. If any alumni have experience in the non profit world or know of an organization that works towards those goals I would love to hear from you. Thank you so much for your time.
I’m a graduating HSSP senior minoring in Economics and Spanish with an interest in health care policy and health care consulting. I would like to be in the the DC or NY area after graduation and would greatly appreciate any advice or insight on how to break into the industry in these regions. Thank you!
I’m a senior majoring in anthropology with an interest in broadcast journalism. I’m exploring the various aspects of the field and would love to speak with alums who have experience with reporting, anchoring, executive positions, producing, or anything else related. Thank you so much for your time!
I’m a graduating senior majoring in Health: Science, Society, and Policy and Biology. Eventually I would like to go to med school but for the moment I’m interested in research positions in the South Florida area. If any alums have advice on how to make the most of research during a gap year or what I should try to look for during my search I would greatly appreciate it.
I am a graduating senior majoring in Theater And English, minoring in Business. I have had a passion for theater since I was small, and Brandeis has led me to combine this love for theater with the administration and eventual management of a theater company. I enjoyed a successful internship this past summer at a NYC theater company where I was able to work in the field as a communications intern. I have also volunteered at a Shakespeare company where I learned the business of box office and sales. My volunteer work at the Hillel Theater Group (this year as President) has enabled me to learn first hand the importance of sales, marketing, teamwork and a quality product. My LinkedIn profile provides my resume. I would appreciate any advice, leads or connections.
Hello! I am an international student from India, graduating this May. As I search for jobs in communications and development, I would be grateful to alumni who could share personal experience and guide me through the process of finding a position without my visa being an obstacle. Thank you!
Hello, my name is Shaoleen Khaled and I am hoping to seek advice about the medical profession and public policy profession because I hope to integrate my career in medicine and utilize it as a tool to create reforms in public policy. Any and all perspectives from alumni would be greatly appreciated.
I am currently a senior in my last semester at Brandeis. At the moment, I’m trying to figure out something to do in a gap year (or two) and currently I’m leaning towards positions in healthcare or in clinical research, specifically neurology if possible. I’ve tried my best to look through research labs in Boston and keep tabs on the job search boards for MGH and Beth Israel, as I would like to stay in Boston for my gap year. None of the applications have yielded any results, so, I’m asking for advice about other locations I should look into or if, perhaps, I should just look in my hometown. Thank you for your time!
Senior graduating in May with degree on Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and International and Global Studies looking for summer internship in the Boston area. Will be staying at Brandeis for another year to complete a Master’s in Women’s Gender and Sexualities and Public Policy. Experience interning in feminist non-profits such as The Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights (research – international armed conflict) and Rosie’s Place (direct services – homelessness). Interested in any cause-driven organization providing good learning opportunities and/or speaking with any alumni in the area who may be able to provide advice. Thank you.
I am a current senior double majoring in Psychology and English with a minor in French and Francophone Studies seeking advice in the field of forensics or criminal psychology. 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 or criminology (or possibly law school). I am also interested in how the law and psychology coincide. 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!
I am a senior at Brandeis University and will be receiving a B.A. in Health: Science, Society and Policy (HSSP) with a minor in Legal Studies at the conclusion of this semester. I am currently a Peer Assistant in the HSSP department, and I have completed policy research internships with Health Care For All (a non-profit advocacy agency) and with the Healthcare Financing Committee of the Massachusetts State Senate. I am now looking for a job in the health policy field. Any advice or recommendations on position openings or general information about the field would be greatly appreciated.
My name is Lindsay Fitzpatrick and I am a senior at Brandeis University. My career aspiration is to be a physician assistant, and I am currently looking into fulfilling all of the requirements that go into the application process for PA masters programs. I am looking for advice on what jobs people have used to fulfill their hours, as well as any advice with the application process! I have had little interaction with PAs, so hearing more about why you love your job, and some insight into your daily life would be incredibly appreciated. I look forward to hearing from you!
My name is Talia Zapinsky and I am a junior at Brandeis University, majoring in business and psychology and am looking for a summer internship. Through my active involvement on college campus and a variety of summer internships, I have worked on various teams and projects creating and executing social media promotions, as well as growing extracurricular club awareness in the digital marketplace. Additionally, I have extensively researched consumer behavior and social media presence in different markets for prior summer internships. Presently, I am Vice President of Marketing of TAMID at Brandeis, a business consulting club on campus, conducting marketing research and analysis for start-ups. Through social media I encourage members to become involved in TAMID. In addition, I am a hard worker, highly efficient, and detail oriented. I am presently co-editor of advertising for the Brandeis University school newspaper, The Justice, where we actively reach out to local businesses in the Waltham area, manage ads for sponsors in weekly printed issues and create rates and administer online advertising. I am looking for a summer internship relating to marketing or brand/consumer marketing, specifically in New York City. I would love to work in the consumer product industry or media/entertainment industry if possible. Any advice, connections, or tips to help me along this summer internship process would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
I’m currently senior studying Cultural Anthropology and International and Global Studies (IGS) with a focus in social media/global communication. I spent a semester abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, studying international advertising and cross-cultural communication, and am looking to pursue a career within the advertising/marketing industry. I have background experience in account management, public relations, and nonprofit marketing, and most recently have been interning (for two semesters now) on the digital strategy team at Hill Holliday. I’m graduating in May and looking to pursue strategy/planning opportunities as well as account management roles. Do any alums have advice for me in terms of the best way to get my foot in the door? I’d be interested in connecting with alums within the industry—I’d like to learn about various agencies/specific roles, as well as any potential entry-level opportunities. Thank you!
I am currently a first year BA/MA student and I am interested learning more about the difference in various subareas within the financial service industry, like investment banking, assets management and risk management. If any alumni could share with me their industry insights, their opinion on what qualifications make candidates strong in each field, or give me some suggestions for job hunting I would greatly appreciate it.
As a senior on the pre-med track, I am excited to pursue research opportunities in the medical field during my upcoming gap year. I am passionate about patient care, in particular the field of pediatrics. I have been looking for positions in the Philadelphia area, but am struggling to find opportunities appropriate for recent graduates. Ideally, I hope to build on my clinical and research experience before entering medical school. I would greatly appreciate any guidance or advice about how best to find a valuable experience for next year. Thank you!
I am currently applying to medical school a as a Junior. I feel that my all the components of my application are strong except for my MCAT score (it is below the national average). That said, I have still decided to apply this cycle to schools that have accepted applicants with an MCAT score in my range. I was hoping to hear from alumni that have perhaps been in the same position as me and how they went about selecting schools. Knowing that my MCAT score is bringing my application down, are there any other ways I can enhance my application? I look forward to hearing any advice!
I am a recent Brandeis alumna who has been having difficulty finding work in research. I made the mistake of majoring in psychology rather than neuroscience (which I found to be a far more engaging and satisfying direction) and 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 foundation. I would love to be contacted by someone who can give me advice on how I can, having majored in psychology, best reposition myself for a scientific career and make this transition. Majoring in psychology seems to have been the a huge obstacle for me and I am afraid it will hinder any effort I make to break into science even though I have a solid science course background, having been on the premed track as an undergraduate and taken courses thereafter.
My name is Nicole Lenchner and I am junior at Brandeis University currently majoring in economics and business. I am searching for an internship for this summer in finance, consulting, or accounting. I am wondering what the best method is of going about applying for summer internships. Most of the internships I have gotten in the past have been through very specific means and I do not have much experience searching for internships in any other way. I have been trying to look through websites like indeed.com, internships.com, Linkedin.com, etc. and am just wondering if this is the best way to go about doing this. I would appreciate any tips, advice, connections, or opening positions. Anything and everything is helpful. Thank you in advance.
I am a Brandeis University senior. I have future plans to become a bio-medical researcher and doctor. I am hoping to find a position as a clinical research assistant or a related research assistant. I would also be interested in shadowing doctors of various specialties, as I have always enjoyed the atmosphere in a hospital. In a hospital, the atmosphere feels very supportive and hopeful even in the face of serious maladies. Any recommendations for places or people that may align with my interests would be greatly appreciated.
I am a senior majoring in East Asian Studies with a passion for International Higher Education. Concentrating on Japanese, I aim to build a career in an organization that promotes international studies and exchange. I hope to work in a study abroad office on a college campus or in a global organization. I appreciate all advice, tips, connections, and position openings! Thank you!
My name is Heather Spector and I’m currently a sophomore at Brandeis. I’m double majoring in Business and Computer Science. I’m very interested in pursuing a career in Corporate Social Responsibility. Are there any alumni involved in this field that can recommend relevant experience I can get over the summer?
I am currently a junior studying East Asian Studies and International Global Studies. I am passionate about languages, and I am conversational in French, Chinese and Japanese. Through language acquisition and translating, I developed interest in intercultural understanding, international cooperation and dispute resolution. After graduation, I plan to go to law school, however, I would like to gain experience within the law field beforehand. I am hoping to find a legal internship of any kind in Massachusetts for the summer. However, I prefer International Law, Dispute Resolution, International Arbitration, Litigation and Immigration Law. I would greatly appreciate any advice, connections or leads! Thank you!
I am a senior studying Sociology (research track) and Education Studies. I am passionate about research and have experience researching in both majors. My current focus is on understanding social media from a sociological perspective. While I plan to attend graduate school to obtain a PhD in Sociology in the future, I am hoping to first gain more research experience. I am interested in finding positions in social science research in the Northeast or South Florida. If you work in this field, I would love to hear about how you got to where you are, or any other advice you may have. Thank you!
I am a current first year student at Brandeis studying Language and Linguistics. At the moment I am seeking advice on finding an agent and breaking into the publishing industry. My interest in this matter is due to the fact that I myself am an aspiring author and I would like to know more about the process. More specifically I am interested in the publication of young adult fiction and fantasy novels. I have past experience with reviewing books in these genres as I created and ran a book review blog for the Framingham Public Library during my senior year of high school and the summer before. I am very appreciative of any wisdom that you have to offer, as well as the time spent doing so.
I graduated in May with a BA in Psychology. I always loved working with kids so as I began the Psychology track I thought I would one day be a school psychologist. After years of schooling myself I decided I needed to take a break and join the workforce. I am looking for a job in PR, marketing, communications, or development preferably in a Jewish nonprofit setting but I have opened my options to corporations also. I would appreciate any advice, leads or connections you might have.
As a compassionate and analytically-minded recent graduate (May 2014), I am currently looking for opportunities in the San Francisco Bay Area with a non-profit geared toward women’s empowerment, development work in the Middle East, a non-profit consulting firm, or a research institution. I’m particularly looking to leverage my study of Arabic, sociology, and the Middle East – as well as my recent experience as a Public Policy Intern for the World Food Program in D.C. Any advice on your experience breaking into the non-profit world in the Bay Area, suggestions about how to continue adding valuable skills and experiences for this field or insight about organizations to look into would be deeply appreciated! Thank you in advance.
I have been interested in the science of nutrition and food since middle school and hope to incorporate those passions into my career. I have worked at Dr. Hayes’ diabetes lab for 1.5 years studying dietary influences of various foods and compounds on development and prevention of dyslipidemia and Type 2 Diabetes. It was the most rewarding and enjoyable job I have ever had, but was unable to return to work after studying abroad in Thailand. Originally, I was thinking of going into research, but now I am also considering medicine. An MD/PhD focusing on nutrition science and preventative medicine seems like the best of both worlds, but I don’t know if I’m qualified enough or if it is possible to do research and practice medicine because of grant competition. For those in medicine and research, do MD/PhD programs have any advantages over other degrees? What else should I consider when deciding on a post-graduate program? What should I do now to prepare? Are there any particular graduate programs I should consider – medical or research based? I have emailed many PIs at universities and hospitals for research positions and opportunities, but everyone said they were full. How can I get into a lab and gain more research experience?
I am currently a junior majoring in Economics and Mathematics, and also considering a minor in Business. I have had some internship experience in banking where I assisted managers and communicated with clients as well as a journalism internship that helped hone my interpersonal and research skills. I am interested in intern opportunities during the spring or summer in any organization relating to economics or math, especially consulting, analysis or research assistant. I’m open to most locations in the U.S. and China and would greatly appreciate any advice on where to start and how to reach out to organizations. Additionally, I really want to know more about the application process of applying graduate school. What was your experience applying? If you could go back to junior year, how would you have timed your graduate school applications? Or would you have decided to work immediately after graduation? Thank you very much for taking time to look at my Wisdom Wanted Ad, I look forward to hearing back from you.
I am a senior graduating in December with a B.S. in Neuroscience & Biology. I am looking for help in finding organizations or labs that are looking for someone to start towards the end of January/early February. My specific interest is in neuroscience and psychiatry, but I am open to other research areas as well. I’d love some guidance in who to reach out to and the best way to do so.