Dec 2019 grad seeks advice and connections with Project Managers in business/technology fields

I am a senior graduating in December. My interests lie in the intersection of business and technology, like product management, technical consulting, business analytics, or a start-up jack-of-all-trades. Currently, I am looking for full-time product management jobs. I would like to connect with alum who are PMs, who know PMs very well, or who work with PMs, as engineers, designers, analysts, marketers, or customer support, etc.  I am also interested in your thoughts on the responsibilities, challenges, and metrics of PMs.

I also hope to get advice on the full-time PM job search, or learn of other roles that also lie in the intersection of business and technology. My PM applications usually cannot pass the resume screen, even with lots of transferable skills and relevant experience: software engineering, data analytics, startups, UI/UX, consulting, project management, cross-collaboration w/ engineers and designers, etc. I don’t know if it’s due to lacking referrals, PM internships, or well-polished experience descriptions. Therefore, I hope to get resume feedback, interview advice, networking tips, etc.

Any advice, insights, and opportunities are well appreciated. Thank you so much in advance!

Name: Athena Xiao ’19
Majors: Computer science, business
Hometown: Nanchang, China
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Junior seeking bio/neuro alums with non-traditional career paths

Hi!  I’m a junior planning to graduate with a neuroscience degree. While I’ve always been very interested in neuroscience and biology, all of the most popular career paths for a neuroscience degree (pre-med, research, professor) are things I have tried or researched, and I don’t see myself going in those directions. I was wondering if any alumni were in a similar position to me and have branched out to other neuro-related careers, or have any advice that can broaden my perspective on careers that I can look into?  Thank you.

Name: Jane Ussery ’21
Major: Neuroscience
Home town: New Fairfield, CT

Junior seeking alums to explore fields of digital marketing/art for social change

This is Nicole Zamora, a junior majoring in business and psychology and minoring in creativity, the arts and social transformation. So far, I have identified a deep interest in digital marketing, personal development/advancement, and using art as a vehicle for social change. As I plan for an internship next summer, I would like to connect with people who are in either of those fields to learn more about their experience. I will use these insights to clarify what career path I will further explore this summer and to find out if there is an overlap between any of my interests.

Additionally, feel free to share any internship or career-related opportunities that could help narrow my focus.

Thank you in advance for reading this!

Name: Nicole Zamora Flores ’21
Majors: Business, psychology
Minor: Creativity, the arts and social transformation
Home town: Quito, Ecuador
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Junior seeking experience in product management/marketing at a tech company

I am a junior majoring in business with finance & accounting and management concentrations; I am also minoring in economics, international and global studies, and East Asian studies.

This past summer I interned at a tech startup in the skincare industry as a marketing and branding intern. I also participated in the Justice Brandeis Semester program where my team developed and presented an online platform for peer to peer tutoring and communication. I focused primarily on business and marketing, but I also worked alongside programmers to articulate product features and user experiences.

I am looking to apply to internship positions for summer 2020 to explore career options in the intersection of business and tech because I really enjoyed working in an innovative and fast-moving environment. I am thinking about associate product manager/marketing roles in a tech company. Are there any other options that I should explore? What are some technical skills that will strengthen my resume? Thank you so much!

Name: Iris Hao ’20
Major: Business
Minors: East Asian studies, economics, international and global studies
Home town: Beijing, China
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Junior deciding between a software engineering co-op or graduating early and starting FT job

Hello, Brandeisians! I am a junior, studying computer science. I can now graduate one semester early. I am trying to decide between applying for a software engineering co-op during my last semester at Brandeis, or graduating early and getting a job. What would be better for my career? I appreciate your help!

Name: Osamah Mandawi ’21
Major: Computer science
Home town: Baghdad, Iraq
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Any advice on finding internships that combine finance and computer science?

I am a junior double majoring in business and computer science. I am currently seeking  finance internship positions, but I am also looking to combine my business and CS background for summer 2020.  Any advice on companies, roles, or opportunities that would blend these two interests would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you!

Name: Karrina Xie ’21
Majors: Business, computer science
Home town: Shanghai, China
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Mid year coming to Brandeis in January has questions about journalism careers

I am an incoming first year who will enter Brandeis next January. During the half gap year, I did a marketing internship and studied documentary film making at NYFA. Now I am currently interning in the advertising department of a Chinese newspaper company.
However, journalism as a career is still a myth to me. If possible, I’d like to get to know your thoughts on the following:
1. What has been your path in journalism ? How did you get to your position now?
2. Is it possible to switch specialties, for example from econ to politics reporting, or video making to writing?
3. Do you find that you are able to cover the topics you are interested in?
4. Are you aware of any journalism summer internships that are open to first year students?

Name: Teresa Shi ’23
Major: Undecided
Minor: Journalism
Home town: Beijing, China
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Law or international trade? Sophomore seeks alums with experience in these fields

I am a sophomore majoring in philosophy and economics, probably minoring in legal studies. Currently, I am not sure whether to pursue law-related careers or international trade. I would love to have the opportunity to chat with anyone who works in those two fields.

Last summer, I worked as an intern in an export and import company specialized in artificial greenery and garden design. For the upcoming summer of 2020, I am seeking a law-related internship to help me get a better sense of what the field of law looks like. I greatly appreciate any advice or resources.

Name: Yi Zhang ’22
Majors: Philosophy, economics
Minor: Legal studies
Home town: Hangzhou, China
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First year international student wants to connect with neuroscience/computer science alums

I am a first year planning to major in neuroscience and computer science, and likely to minor in economics or psychology.  I am an international student, but I wish to work in the US after graduation, continuing specializing in comp sci or neuroscience.  I look forward to connecting with more neuroscience or computer science alumni, and knowing more about these fields. Another further, less urgent goal of mine is to have an internship in the Boston area next summer. Any advice or help will be appreciated!

Name: Long Yi ’23
Majors: Neuroscience, computer science
Minors: Economics, psychology
Home town: Beijing, China
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First year with interests in art history and neuroscience seeks alumni in museum/urban design roles

Hi, I’m a first-year grappling between two polar fields: neuroscience and art history. I would really love to connect with any alumni currently working in creative spheres—specifically those relating to curation, museum direction, or urban design—to learn about what your current position entails, and the path that you took to get to it. Any and all insight is appreciated!

Name: Sasha Carnes ’23
Majors: Neuroscience, art history
Home town: Winchester, MA
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Senior seeks info on solutions-oriented roles in marketing, strategy, consumer behavior or social responsibility

I am a graduating senior majoring in business and economics with a minor in east Asian studies. I studied abroad in Singapore during my junior year taking classes concentrating on marketing, consumer behavior, and international business.

This past summer I interned at a human resources technology startup working in their client services department and I really enjoyed working in the tech and innovation space. Currently, I am a board fellow at the Waltham Chamber of Commerce working on a corporate social responsibility project.

I am looking to apply for entry-level positions that will allow me to develop and apply my qualitative and quantitative skills to create solutions and problem-solve. However, due to my vast interests in marketing, strategy, and social responsibility, I am unsure of what roles would suit my interests and skills. Any advice will be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Name: Carmen Huang ’20
Majors: Business, economics
Minors: East Asian studies
Home town: Quincy, MA
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Business/art history/philosophy senior with background in analytics seeking creative career in brand management

I’m a senior majoring in business with minors in art history and philosophy. I am seeking career opportunities in brand management (particularly in the CPG/F&B industries) but have found it to be quite difficult to break into the field. Any advice about how to break into the industry? My previous experiences have been focused on analytics and consulting ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies, which is why my resume is getting picked up for much more quantitative than creative roles.

Name: Doria Leibowitz ’20
Major: Business
Minors: Art history, philosophy
Home town: New York
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Advice for first year student seeking summer internship in computer science

Hi! I’m currently a first-year at Brandeis University, planning to major in computer science and biological physics. One goal I have is to secure an internship this summer, preferably in the Boston area, that specializes either in research or CS-related work. However, I noticed that I am disadvantaged as a first-year, since I am competing with other upperclassmen who have taken more relevant coursework and have more experiences than me. How could I stand out as an applicant for these internships?

Name: Daniel Hariyanto ’23
Majors: Computer science, biological physics
Home town: Jakarta, Indonesia
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Senior seeks advice about careers in human factor design/engineering psychology

I am a senior graduating with a degree in Biology. After years of academic lab work and time in dental practices, I’m exploring opportunities that will allow me to use my analytical and problem-solving skills in new and interesting ways. I am extremely interested in human factors and I would like to learn more about careers in the field, which industries might be the best fit for me, and if I should seek graduate education before entering the field

Name: Max Halpern ’20
Major: Biology
Hometown: Shrewsbury, MA
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Young alum seeking marketing/advertising connections in Denver, CO

Hello! I am a 2018 Brandeis alum and have been working in Boston in marketing for the past year. I am planning to relocate to Denver, CO and am on the hunt for careers in the marketing/advertising field. Any help would be much appreciated!


Name: Abigail Grinberg ’18
Majors: Economics, international and global studies
Home town: Mahomet, IL
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Junior seeking advice on breaking into financial services/consulting fields

I am a current economics and politics double-major seeking opportunities in financial services and consulting. I am passionate about being involved in the life-cycle of a business and providing strategic solutions to corporate clients. However, I have struggled to break into the industry. I would love insights, advice, or help connecting with boutique, mid-sized, or large investment banks, consulting firms, or related companies.

Name: Javin Dana ’21
Majors: Economics, politics
Home town: Portland, OR
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HSSP rising junior seeking informational interviews with professionals in fields of healthcare, law, politics

Hello! My name is Emma Wolters and I am a rising junior who is starting to explore possible career paths. While I eventually plan to attend law school, I first hope to work for a few years in a field that roughly pertains to my major. However, I would love the opportunity to chat with anyone about their field as it relates to health care, any sort of policy analysis, law, politics, data analysis, government etc.

I’m hoping to build a greater picture around the possibilities of work after graduation. Any advice, insights, or wisdom would be greatly appreciated!

Name: Emma Wolters ’21
Majors: Health: science, society & policy
Home town: Denver, CO
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HSSP/psych senior seeking roles at mission-driven health policy or advocacy organizations in DC

Hi! I am a senior majoring in Health: Science, Society, and Policy and Psychology with a minor in Business. Last summer I had the privilege to intern with Waltham’s Congresswoman Katherine Clark in her Washington D.C. office, and fell in love with the city.

Additionally, I’ve worked at a non-profit in Israel focused on improving the health of women and children. At Brandeis, I worked in Undergraduate Admissions as a Student Interviewer,  and I also served as a Student Coordinator for Alumni Weekend.

I am currently applying for entry-level positions in mission-driven health policy and advocacy organizations. With my passion for health equity, I see myself working for a similarly passionate non-profit/think tank/advocacy organization that mirrors my own interests. I am looking for advice on how to jump-start my career in a competitive city such as Washington D.C. and overall, any advice from alumni in this field!

Name: Sage Rosenthal ’19
Majors: Health: science, society & policy, psychology
Minor: Theater arts
Home town: Great Neck, NY
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Pre-med turned health-tech senior seeking opportunities in NYC & Boston

Hello!  I’ve always been on the pre-med track, but lately I’ve become interested in the health-tech industry.  I’m applying to jobs in that field in the New York and Boston areas.  I would love to hear from any alumni currently or previously working in health-tech, particularly if you started as pre-med too.  Thank you!

Name: Isaac Graber ’19
Majors: Business, pre-med
Home town: Memphis, TN
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Any neuroscience grad school alums? Senior seeking advice to prepare.

In the next few years, I’m hoping to attend graduate school in neuroscience.  I’m hoping to connect with alumni who have started or completed degrees in this discipline to learn more about your selection and application process and the experience of being in school.  Thank you in advance!

Name: Emma Gao ’19
Majors: Neuroscience, psychology
Hometown: Beijing, China
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Advice for full time roles in arts administration/theater production or political campaigns?

I am seeking a full-time role in arts administration or theater production.  I also have an interest in political campaigning, as well.  I am hoping that alumni in these fields might be able to share some advice, resources, or contacts that may help me approach my search.  Thank you for your time!

Name: Bryan Alexander McNamara ’19
Majors: Politics, history
Minor: Theater arts
Home town: Hopewell Junction, NY
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Senior exploring other options after experience in tech, consulting, math research

I am a senior majoring in computer science and minoring in mathematics. I also studied abroad in an international business school in Switzerland before. Previously, I held a consulting internship at Deloitte, worked as a technical intern in a tech startup, and conducted summer research in discrete mathematics and machine learning at the University of Maryland.

Due to my vast interests and diverse experiences in computer science and business, I am not sure what career path fits my skill sets and interests the most.  I know I don’t want to work extremely long hours (like consulting), nor do I want to do software engineering for life (I can do at least a few years though). Overall, I see myself as a resourceful, entrepreneurial person who is curious about everything and not afraid of taking the road less traveled. I feel like I don’t fit the stereotype of a software engineer, but not sure where I should start my career with all these different experiences and coursework. I have been interviewing for data analyst, implementation specialist, and software engineer positions right now, but I am also want to explore other possible career paths for me.

Insights, advice or past experience would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!

Name: Athena Xiao ’19
Majors: Computer science, business
Hometown: Nanchang, China
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Senior looking to focus on community organizing, advocacy and policy analysis

Hello! I am a senior currently applying for entry-level positions in community organizing and policy analysis. My ideal career would actualize social justice through politics, likely through advocacy and organizing. I have been applying mostly to nonprofits, but am hoping to hear advice about the full range of jobs I should be considering (e.g. government, private sector, political campaigns). One of the issues I am struggling with is choosing an issue to work on – I have experience in gun violence prevention activism but am also interested in sustainability, mental health, and criminal justice, to name a few.

Where do you see someone like myself starting their career? When and how do you recommend that people focus on a specific issue in their advocacy?
Thank you in advance!

Name: Sagie Tvizer ’19
Majors: Politics, history
Hometown: Plainsboro, NJ
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Junior seeking summer internship in environmental law/conservation policy

I’m a junior graduating a semester early with a B.S. in HSSP and minors in legal studies and philosophy. I studied international criminal law in The Hague last summer and spent my childhood living as an expat in Shanghai among other overseas experiences, which have made multinational communities feel accessible and endlessly inspiring.

Through independent studies and extracurricular pursuits I’ve developed a keen interest in environmental work and in particular, environmental law. This summer job or internship would be my first exposure to work in the environmental sector, so I’d like to work for a smaller-sized organization that would allow me more freedom to expand the breadth of my understanding of how conservation policy works. I can’t wait to channel my collaborative spirit and dedication to seeing things through into the people, projects, and mission I support this summer and beyond.

I’d appreciate your career advice or to hear about your own career journey.

Name: Kaitlyn Mok ’19
Major: Health: science, society, and policy
Minors: Legal studies, philosophy
Hometown: Irvine, CA / Shanghai, China
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2015 grad hoping to connect with alums in wildlife conservation, advocacy, outreach or research

I have worked extensively with animals and always had a passion for the environment. I want to combine the two and go into wildlife conservation. I’m seeking advice from anyone who works in conservation advocacy, outreach or research. I’d love to know what you do and what experiences have led you to your career. Thank you in advance!

: Sarah Copel ’15
Majors: Biology, psychology
Minor: Theater arts
Hometown: Yorktown, NY
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Senior looking to take on entry-level job in publishing, marketing, or digital media

I am a graduating senior looking to tackle an entry-level job ideally in marketing, publishing, or digital media. My internship and work experience have given me a thorough understanding of marketing and sales. However, with my majors being in politics and my minors being in creative writing and environmental studies, my practical experience is a unique blend of disciplines. I am currently a Marketing Assistant at Brandeis International Business School, Social Media Strategist for an environmental nonprofit, and an Amazon Prime Student Ambassador for the school year. I prefer to be busy, which is hopefully evident. My dream has always been to enter the publishing industry because I am a passionate reader and amateur book reviewer. I have found it difficult to get past step one when applying to publishing-related roles, so any advice there is absolutely wanted. I am always finding new ways to blend these passions of mine, but am finding it difficult to find a clear path forward. Any advice and discussion are valuable! Thanks.

Name: Charlotte Lang ’19
Majors: Politics, Environmental studies
Minor: Creative writing
Hometown: Hollis, NH
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Senior seeking advice for entering the commercial video, TV, film industry

I am in my final semester at Brandeis and am searching for find a job in video for after graduation. I would ultimately like to have a career shooting and editing video. I have interned doing commercial video for American Eagle/Aerie and am hoping for advice on getting started in the commercial video, television and film industry. Additionally, my portfolio can be found at if you are interested in viewing my work. Thank you for your help!

Name: Elizabeth Cayouette-Gluckman ’19
Majors: Film, television and interactive media; Interpersonal and mass communications
Hometown: Salem, MA
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Senior seeking advice from alumni in media and Los Angeles

I’m a senior majoring in English and Film, Television, and Interactive Media looking for career advice. I’ve been considering moving to L.A. after I graduate to work in the film industry. At Brandeis I’ve focused on expanding my network and developing my technical skills with cameras, editing, etc., but I’m unsure about what the next step would be to work in media production. A long-term goal would be to become a screenwriter, but I’m unsure of how to start on that path—I would love to learn how one starts out in a TV writer’s room. Any advice from people based in the area working in a media industry would be extremely welcome.

Name: Noah Harper ’19
Majors: Film, Television, and Interactive Media, English
Hometown: Austin, TX
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Sophomore hoping to connect with corporate lawyers

Hi! I am double majoring in economics and psychology. This past summer I interned at the Legal Aid Society as an investigative intern and had an amazing experience. I would love to explore the corporate world of law and am looking for advice on how to leverage my past experience to make me an ideal candidate for corporate law positions. I would also just love to talk to anyone in the legal field and learn more about what you do!

Name: Noa Hankin ’20
Majors: Economics, psychology
Hometown: New York
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Senior seeking speech pathologist for advice on gap year, grad school

I am a current Brandeis senior looking for work for next year and possibly even next semester as I will be reduced status. I am hoping to go into the field of Speech Language Pathology and would love to do something related to that field during a gap year as I apply to graduate schools. I have already taken most of the prerequisite classes for graduate school online and have begun looking into fields such as ABA therapy or classroom aide positions for next school year. I would also love any advice on anything that will be helpful when applying to graduate school.

Name: Arinn Polinsky ’19
Major: Linguistics
Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA
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Neuro major seeking advice on internships, grad schools that focus on human-machine interaction

Hello! I’m a sophomore pursuing a BS/MS in neuroscience, and I work in a systems neuroscience lab exploring memory and learning. I am really interested in how digital technology affects humans and have taken some CS and anthropology courses. After graduation, I want to conduct and/or report research on related topics, both as a scientist and as a writer. I am reaching out to seek recommendations for graduate school programs that focus on human-machine interaction and possible internship/volunteering opportunities that would better my understanding of the topic. Thank you so much!

Name: Ziyi Guo ’21
Majors: Neuroscience, psychology
Hometown: Waltham, MA
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Careers that support the mental health/legal rights of immigrants?

I am a senior graduating in May that is interested in supporting the mental health of Latino immigrant families, especially unaccompanied minors. I am bilingual in English and Spanish and have worked in many multilingual settings.
To better support this population, I am hoping to work in the field of immigration law this summer. I am most interested in non-profit organizations, but I am also open to immigration law firms, especially if they are in the Bay Area. What motivates you most about your job and how has your role changed over your time in this field?
I have applied for a Fulbright scholarship to teach English and work at a community health clinic in México for the following academic year, so I would also love to learn more about that program. What were the benefits and challenges of taking this gap year program?
In sum, I would like to hear from alumni that have experience working with immigrant families, whether it be by way of health or legal assistance. Thank you in advance for your time!

Name: Nina Rosenblatt ’19
Majors: Psychology, Hispanic studies
Hometown: San Francisco Bay Area
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Student athlete trying to diversify finance experience beyond wealth management

I am a student-athlete wrapping up my first semester of my junior year. I have a strong passion for finance and the business industry. I have been networking on LinkedIn with alumni in fields that I am interested in. I have had many calls where I have learned more about the industry and different avenues within finance.

I have found interest in Capital Markets, Wealth Management, and Investment Banking. I made it to the final rounds of a summer analyst role in Loan Capital Markets with U.S. Bank; however, I failed to land the offer. I apply to at least one internship a day, and I attempt to cast a wide net in terms of size of branch, job, hours, pay, and such. I have the opportunity to return back to Merrill Lynch in Naples, Florida to intern in Wealth Management, but I am trying create more opportunity for myself in other fields.

I am hoping to find more networking opportunities to hopefully get my foot in the door in a big city. I hope to find myself in a position to learn and create opportunity moving forward.

Name: Jackson Carman ’20
Majors: Business, English
Hometown: Naples, FL
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London calling? Junior seeking specific advice from finance professionals in US and UK

Hello. I’m a junior studying economics, business, and computer science. I am very interested in finance, and I have applied to many positions in the following fields: Sales & Trading, Investment Banking, Corporate Banking, Quantitative Analysis, and Capital Markets. If you have any experience in these industries, I would like to ask some career related questions to help find the right fit for me. For example, do you think one of these industries are in higher demand than the other? Do you think one of the industries will be more valuable in the future?

Also, regarding your current position, what actions did you take to attain your role? Was it through honing your skills through business school or tests like the CFA? Was it through networking? Did you transfer within your company to your current position?

A lot of my internship applications are for positions in London, but I have never been there before. I would love to gain a better understanding of the finance work culture in London compared to the United States before I have an in-person interview with any interested firms.

Some other questions I would like to ask: If you could do it all over again, what would you do differently? If hiring, what would you look for from new graduates from your firm, and what is the best way to prepare for interviews?

I look forward to speaking with you.

Name: Theo Golob ’20
Majors: Economics, business
Hometown: Wellesley Hills, MA
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Sophomore needs help deciding which area of finance to pursue this summer

Hello. I am a sophomore with a double major in economics and business. On campus, I am an analyst for the Brandeis Undergraduate Investment Club, a teaching assistant for financial accounting, and a member of Brandeis’ club soccer team. Academically, I am very interested in accounting, finance, competitive strategy, and business analytics. However, I have had difficulty determining what specifically I want to do this summer for an internship. I would love to connect with fellow Brandesians who work in finance to learn more about different areas of the field. Additionally, I would appreciate advice as to how to best align myself to succeed in the future financial world (whether it be by learning specific programming languages, reading certain books, practicing certain networking habits, etc.). Thank you, and I look forward to connecting!

Name: Robert Banks ’21
Majors: Economics, business
Hometown: West Orange, NJ
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Varsity baseball player with interests in chemistry and biology looking for advice on finding first internship

Hi! I am a sophomore at Brandeis University. I am an aspiring Chemistry and Biology major. I am also on the Varsity Baseball team here at Brandeis. I have learned a lot from my teammates, who I consider to be family. They have taught me how to work hard. Regarding advice, I am looking for my first real summer job/internship and I am a little overwhelmed. I would like to hear how alumni got their career started! Any advice will be useful. Thanks!

Name: Daniel Frey ’21
Majors: Chemistry, biology
Hometown: Boston, MA
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French-speaking senior hoping to start career at think tank or risk assessment firm, in US or abroad

Hello! I’m a politics and French major set to graduate in spring 2019, and I’m looking for career advice. My interests include U.S. foreign policy, European politics, and transatlantic relations. Right now I’m working on an honors thesis concerning NATO expansion. Having spent a semester in Paris, I am open to working abroad, especially in Europe. I am also fluent in French.

All that said, I’m most interested in working at a think tank or risk assessment firm, and would love to talk to alumni about them. Thank you for your time!

Name: Peri Meyers ’19
Majors: Politics, French
Hometown: Montclair, NJ
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Senior English major seeking career advice in the publishing industry

Hello! I am a senior majoring in English and anthropology, and I know I would like to work in book publishing after graduation. This past summer I interned at Massie & McQuilkin, a literary agency in NYC, and I am currently in the process of applying and interviewing for Boston-area editorial internships for spring 2019. I am looking for advice from those who have found work in publishing, regardless of whether or not you work in an editorial department. It would be so helpful to hear about your career trajectories; what was your first job? Did you apply to work at magazines or newspapers as well? Additionally, if anyone has any insight on the Boston publishing scene, and how it differs from New York, I would love to hear about that. There seem to be less publishing opportunities in Boston, and I want to ensure I begin my job search in a place where there is room for growth. Any help is greatly appreciated!

Name: Abigail Gardener ’19
Majors: English, anthropology
Hometown: Nutley, NJ
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Senior soccer player seeking advice on preparing for physician assistant school or the medical field

My name is Emily and I am a senior hoping to continue on to Physician Assistant school after taking a gap year. I am most interested in working in gynecology or neonatology and am intrigued in the intersections between human health and the environment. Last spring I was fortunate to have an opportunity to work in neonatal research and while I really enjoyed it, I would like to understand what other opportunities are out there for aspiring physicians to gain experience. As I prepare to graduate in the Spring I would really love advice on how to make my gap year as meaningful as possible and how to navigate finding patient contact opportunities or clinical hours. Any advice from alumni on how you navigated your gap year and balanced finding experience while applying to schools is greatly appreciated!

Name: Emily Thiem ’19
Majors: HSSP
Hometown: Kinnelon, NJ
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Senior seeking direction for entering human capital management and/or consulting

Hi there, my name is Dustin and I am a senior at Brandeis University majoring in business with a specialization in HR. After doing an internship in HR and taking a variety of classes, I realized I really enjoyed Human Capital Management and Consulting. I’d love to get some advice on how to break into this field! I’d also love general advice about landing interviews, conducting case interviews, and professional networking. Thank you!

Name: Dustin Lee ’19
Majors: Business (Specialization in Human Resources and Leadership)
Hometown: Houston, TX
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Junior seeking internship advice for advocacy, human rights, immigration fields

I am a junior majoring in Politics and International and Global Studies with a minor in East Asian Studies. I am interested in learning more about the fields of law, public policy and advocacy . I am interested in finding summer internships in these field with focuses in advocacy for human rights, immigration law, and other public interest sectors. I would greatly appreciate any resources or advice.

Name: Rolanda Donelson ’20
Majors: Politics, international and global studies
Hometown: Washington, DC
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Econ student interested in fashion industry

I am an economics major and I am interested in going into the fashion industry, particularly in being a fashion buyer. I am finding it difficult to get into that industry since Brandeis is not an art/fashion school. I am looking for advice on how I could get involved in the fashion industry with a background like mine. Leads to internships at a fashion company would also be very much appreciated.

Name: Andrea Murillo ’20
Majors: Economics, history
Hometown: Chicago, IL
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Junior seeking opportunity to use creative skills in business fields

I am a third-year international student from Jamaica looking to make connections with those working in the fields of international business and marketing. I have always been interested in the creative and business industries and would love to learn more about how to explore and bridge the two. To date, I have only had internship experience working in accounting as an assistant to the credit controller for an agro-producer and in marketing as an executive marketing assistant for some corporate companies in the Caribbean region. These experiences have been very valuable, but I am now looking to apply and further develop the skills that I have garnered through an internship in the U.S. or wider international market. I am curious to see if there are any alumni who have successfully gone about using their creative skills in the business industry. I would greatly appreciate any advice and guidance on how best to navigate the industry as an international student in order to gain valuable internship experience and make some useful connections.

Name: Rasheed Peters ’20
Major: Business
Minor: Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation
Hometown: St. Catherine, Jamaica
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Junior seeking business internships in Mandarin-speaking countries

Hello, I am a junior, majoring in anthropology and business. I am learning Mandarin Chinese and am looking for business internships that will help me explore my interests and be exposed to different levels and varieties of business areas. I am looking for advice specifically on international business internships (preferably in Mandarin-speaking countries) with strong mentorship programs or support systems for undergrad interns.

Name: Isabel Yeoh
Class Year: 2020
Majors: Anthropology, business
Hometown: Honolulu
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Mid-career alum seeking program management opportunities in Arabic-speaking countries

I’m a mid-career professional trying to get back to the field that I majored in at Brandeis. I’m completing a MS in Program Evaluation this spring and am looking for evaluation, monitoring, or program management opportunities in the Arabic-speaking Middle East. What’s the best door for entry? Large organizations like the UN or smaller, grassroots humanitarian organizations? In both cases, I’m looking for alumni connections to help me learn more about building a career in this field.

Name: Elizabeth (Bowman) AlFayad
Class Year: 2010
Majors while at Brandeis: Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies, international & global studies
Hometown: Rochester, NY
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Do I need to double major in business and co-sci to succeed in data science, or is a minor OK?

I am majoring in computer science and business right now, but the work load is really heavy. In regards to the business and data science industry, is it fundamental that I continue with both these majors? Or is pursuing a minor in business or economics sufficient in order to be prepared for the industry?

Name: Hangyu Du ’21
Majors: Computer Science, Business
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Are co-sci classes necessary to succeed in AI/machine learning? Neuroscience student looking to pivot.

I’m an BS/MS in neuroscience candidate in my last year, with most of my research consisting of neural simulations and computational work. I am interested in applying to jobs in the field of A.I/ machine learning after graduation but did not complete many computer science courses while at Brandeis. How much is coursework in CS valued in the industry as compared to the experience I’ve already had in neuroscience, and what are some things I could do in the next year to strengthen my resume?

Name: Jose Alejandro Garcia ’19
Major: Neuroscience

BA/MA student seeking roles that leverage multicultural, communication, and relationship building skills

I am a BA/MA grad student studying comparative humanities. I have strong multicultural communication and relationship cultivation skills, and excel at visual and content marketing. I am hoping to speak with alumni who currently use these skills in their daily roles to get a better sense of how I can employ them after graduation. I greatly appreciate any help!

Name: Xinyi Du ’18 (BA)
Major: Comparative Humanities
Hometown: Beijing, China
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Sophomore co-sci major looking to transition to consulting/business fields

Hi!  I am a computer science and business double major sophomore. I got experience working at a top-level tech giant when I interned at as a software engineer this summer. I really want experience working in business or consulting next summer. Any advice for transitioning and leveraging my skills would be appreciated.

Name: Hangyu Du ’21
Majors: Computer Science, Business
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Seeking alums who attended southern law schools and/or attorneys practicing advocacy or disability law

I am currently a senior at Brandeis applying to law school. I’m looking at schools in the southeast such as UNC School of Law, UGA, and Wake Forest. I wanted to hear from a current Law student or attorney interested in/practicing Child Advocacy or Disability Law. This is my main field of interest, and as I am currently in the process of applying, I wanted to hear from people who have already done what I am currently doing. Did you take a gap year before you attended, and did you find that experience valuable? What are your favorite parts of the job, and what challenges do you think are most present in daily life because of your career?

Name: Sabrina Greer ’19
Majors: Anthropology and Psychology
Hometown: Greensboro, NC
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Senior seeking advice about product market/management

I am a senior double majoring in International & Global Studies and Sociology interested in learning more about product marketing and/or product management! Last summer, I was first introduced to the product community after doing a product marketing internship. I would love to connect with anyone for advice, opportunities, and resources to learn more about product.

Name: Lauren Chin ’19
Majors: IGS, Sociology
Minor:Hispanic Studies
Hometown: Acton, MA
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Senior seeking career advice on psychology fields that work with underserved populations

Hello! I am a senior studying psychology, and I am working on figuring out the direction I’d like my career to go after college. I have had a variety of experiences helping others, including working as a Teaching Assistant at Lemberg Children’s Center for the past few years, working with survivors of acquired brain injury at Supportive Living Inc., volunteering as a peer supporter for STAR, and volunteering at a mental health services center when I studied abroad in Denmark. I also am currently doing my senior thesis at the CoPE Lab, studying how different coping strategies can buffer against the effects of stress on depression symptoms.
It has become clear to me that I want to help others, especially those in underserved communities. While I love working one-on-one with people, I am also very interested in planning as a whole to help people (lately I have been particularly been interested in at-risk youth in underserved communities). I have been looking into macro-social work, and I was thinking this might be the right field for me, but I’m not quite sure. Do you have any insight into other fields I could look at? Also, do you have any advice for positions and experiences to seek right after graduation? Thank you in advance!

Name: Rachel Groth ’19
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Hauppauge, NY
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Math and economics major seeking internship advice after successful summer at Ernst & Young

This summer, I had an internship at Ernst & Young at the Transaction Advisory Services Department. I want to build on this experience, and currently I am applying for summer internship positions, such as analyst, trader, and market researcher. At Brandeis, I am majoring in Applied Math and Economics. I am seeking advice on possible positions and internship opportunities in this field, and was also wondering which elements of my experience I should highlight when applying to these internships?

Name: Yueting Chen ’21
Major: Math and Economics
Hometown: Beijing, China
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Politics student seeking undergraduate opportunities in international law

Hi!  I am a junior studying politics. I recently participated in the Brandeis in the Hague program for international law, and really fell in love with the field. I was wondering as an undergrad how I can possibly get involved in the international law arena before law school through? Are there internships or other preparatory methods you’d recommend?  Also, I was wondering if you know of any paid opportunities to fund my living expenses while I am interning for such an organization? Thank you so much!

Name: Tom Alger ’20
Major: Politics
Hometown: Plymouth, MA
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Business student with passion for start-ups and aerospace industry

Hi! My name is Amanda Fernbach and I’m a junior studying business with minors in physics and economics. My dream is to work in the aerospace industry because I love space. Alternatively I am also potentially interested in pursuing consulting for start ups. I am seeking for internships for this upcoming summer and would be grateful for the opportunity to speak with anyone working in either the aerospace industry or with start-ups! Thank you so much!

Name: Amanda Fernbach ’20
Major: Business
Hometown: Long Beach, CA
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IGS student seeking opportunities/advice in foreign services, diplomacy, or international NGOs

I am a junior majoring in IGS and politics and am looking to pursue a career in foreign service and diplomacy. Ideally I’d like to work at an FSO for the State Department, but I am also open to other opportunities in international organizations like the UN, UNESCO, World Bank, Interpol, etc. I would love to learn about international opportunities and other organizations with an international focus, and seeking any advice from those who have worked in this field! Thanks so much!

Name: Natalya Wozab ’20
Major: International and Global Studies, Politics
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Recent alum seeking advice on GIS job search

I’m a recent alumna seeking opportunities/advice on utilizing GIS (Geographic Information Systems) in a professional job, preferably in New York or Boston. Any advice on jobs or companies to pursue that are seeking people with this knowledge or other skills that might go in conjunction with GIS would be appreciated!

Name: Tova Perlman ’18
Major: Art History
Hometown: Pittsburgh
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2012 grad seeking jobs that promote equity through advocacy/education in NYC

Hi everyone, I am a 2012 alum looking for jobs in NYC working for a foundation, doing corporate social responsibility work, and/or working for the city government. I have my BA in Public Health and MA in Education Policy. For the past three years, I have and currently work for a small non-profit organization doing educational policy and advocacy work on behalf of Native American students.

I am incredibly passionate about serving disadvantaged communities and driven by working towards equity for all communities. Please email me if there are any individuals or organizations that you recommend I follow up with. I am looking to move to work NYC by the end of the summer so any recommendations are greatly appreciated.

Name: Dimple Patel ’12
Major: HSSP
Hometown: Washington
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Seeking alums in R&D or marketing in biotech/healthcare industry.

I’m particularly seeking people in research and development, or even marketing, in biotech or health environment.  I’m seeking an exploratory and learning experience that encourages growth after graduation.  Thank you!

Name: Anwesha Ghosh
Majors: Biochemistry, Economics
Hometown: Franklin, MA
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Neuro and math major pursuing research opportunities post-Brandeis.

I’ve held research positions at Brandeis and several Boston-area hospitals.  I hope to work for a few years, specifically in research, before pursuing graduate studies/PhD programs.  Any advice would be appreciated!

Name: Tanaz Abid
Majors: Neuroscience & Mathematics
Hometown: Lexington, MA
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Senior seeks advice from alums who took several years off before MD/PhD program.

Hi!  I’ve always wanted to do a MD/PhD program and go into clinical research, but I’m planning to take a few years off first so that I can have some experience with clinical research and know that’s what I want to do.  I’d like to talk to someone who’s been down this path before, about how to pursue short-term research jobs (I’m just starting my search) and who to make the most of this time before pursing graduate school.

Name: Leila “Rubi” Fettig
Major: Biochemistry
Hometown: Worcester, MA
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Bio major explores different avenues in healthcare: research, med school, and community outreach.

I am seeking advice on opportunities in public health (specifically community outreach), clinical research, and medical school.  Also, any information about doing MD/MPH programs vs. separate degrees would be helpful.  Mentorship and general life advice would be great.  Thanks!

Name: Linda Forrester
Major: Biology
Hometown: Bronx, NY
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Med-school bound senior seeking mentorship, advice, and networking with alums in health professions.

I am pursuing a career in medicine and health-related fields.  I would like to connect with alumni who work in these professions or are on their journey to medical school for mentorship, networking and career opportunities.

Name: Magdalena Skumial
Majors: HSSP & Biology
Hometown: New York, NY
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Licensed elementary ed grad seeking first job working with students in Massachusetts.

I am graduating with a BA in English and minors in linguistics and elementary education, as well as a license in elementary education in Massachusetts.  I am open to positions, both full and part-time, working with children in schools.  Any advice or information would be greatly appreciated!

Name: Caitlin Kelly
Major: English
Hometown: Ellington, CT
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Graduating senior hoping to connect with computational biologists or bioinformatics researchers.

I’m currently looking for bioinformatics research positions or computational biologist roles in Boston-area labs and industry.  I hope to connect with other computational biologists from Brandeis.

Name: Radhika Jangi
Major: Biochemistry
Hometown: Acton, MA
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Any actuaries out there? Graduating senior seeks advice on exams, related fields, entry-level positions.

As a double major in math and economics, I am very interested in pursuing a career in actuarial science. I have passed one SOA exam FM and taken exam MFE in March. Currently, I am studying for exam P. Without prior internship experience, I find it very hard to start a career in actuarial science. Should I consider starting a career in related fields while completing more exams? Would you have any tips to learn VBA? Thank you very much for reading this. I greatly appreciate it!

Name: Coco Xiang ’18
Majors: Math and Economics
Hometown: Chongqing, China
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Class of 2016 alum with MPH seeking advice on health policy/communications positions in Boston area.

I am a 2016 graduate of Brandeis. I am about to graduate in a month from Boston University with my MPH, and am looking for a health policy or health communications job in the Boston area. I would love to talk to anyone about potential opportunities, or even just advice on finding a job in public health that is the right fit for me – any assistance would be appreciated! Thank you!

Name: Jessica Plante ’16
Majors: Politics, Health: Science, Society and Policy
Hometown: Hampden, MA
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Forensics, anyone? Graduating senior seeks advice on entering the field.

I am a graduating senior looking for people who are working or have worked in the forensic sciences and are willing to talk about their experiences. I’m thinking about looking for a job in the field and would like to know more about what working in the forensic sciences would entail (different positions, work hours, work environment, general advice, etc.).

Name: Linda Liu ’18
Majors: Biology and Russian Studies
Hometown: Boxborough, MA
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Rising junior seeking internship in marketing/strategy in law or health industry.

I have a strong passion for marketing and business strategy, and would love to apply my knowledge from the classroom and previous positions . I am interested in the fields of business, law, and health. I have worked both nationally and locally, from a non-profit start up in Tel Aviv, Israel to a legal research institute in the New England area. I want to utilize my summer as an intern to make a long-lasting impact. I would love to connect with you to learn more about your organization and explain in more detail my previous experiences and coursework.

Name: Jamie Jason ’20
Majors: Business, Hispanic Studies, Minor: Legal Studies
Hometown: Wilmington, NC
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No marketing major, no problem? Graduating senior seeks advice on California marketing positions.

I am an Economics major looking at career options in California (L.A. or San Francisco preferably) and am very open to different positions. I am particularly interested in careers that are marketing-related and am looking into advertising agencies. Any advice on where to start, especially without a major in marketing, would be helpful. Thank you!!

Name: Yoonjoo Moon
Majors: Economics, Psychology
Hometown: Carbondale, IL
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Seeking alums who completed MPH at Yale, BU or Emory.

I am a senior looking to talk to any recent alumni who went to Yale, BU, or Emory to complete an MPH (particularly if you were HSSP major while at Brandeis, and pursued your MPH immediately after completing your undergraduate studies). I am in the process of trying to decide which program to attend, so any insights you can provide would be greatly appreciated

Name: Rebecca Miller
Majors: HSSP & Anthropology
Hometown: Silver Spring, MD
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Class of ’17 alum weighing nursing or DO after MSN-RN degree.

I am a Brandeis Alum (2017) currently pursuing an MSN-RN at Columbia University. I am going to graduate in August and would love to work in the Boston area, preferably in a pediatric, OB, or psychiatric setting. I am planning on pursuing a medical or NP degree after working for a couple years, and would love to gain more experience in a supportive, fast-paced, diverse work environment that will help me become the best health provider possible, and that will invest in my potential. I am very torn between nursing and medicine, and also am unsure of what specialty I would like to pursue (thinking of peds transplant, cardiology, endocrine, or OB/GYN). My program provides very little support and resources, and I would love to speak to a Brandeis grad/connection who can give me a well-rounded and unbiased view of medicine, if it’s worth it with healthcare today to pursue medicine (note: I am interested in DO), and if being an NP is basically on-par with a physician. Thank you!

Name: Rachel Dobkin ’17
Majors: HSSP & Biology
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
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Math major exploring career options upon graduation.

I am a senior, graduating in May with a B.A. in mathematics and a minor in economics. I am looking to enter the job market, but at the moment I am not sure what career path I would like to pursue. I am originally from Long Island, N.Y. but am planning on moving away after graduation. The city that piques my interest the most is San Diego, although I am open to living and working anywhere.

My previous working experience is varied; I have had internships in residential real estate as well as in government, and since my sophomore year have had an on-campus job in the athletic department.

Potential career-related interests of mine include sports and public transit, and I would definitely be interested in jobs in those fields. Working in the public sector or for a non-profit also piques my interest, but I am willing to consider anything.

If anyone was in a similar situation towards the end of their undergraduate years or has any advice to offer, I would appreciate it very much. Thank you in advance.

Name: Corey Cohen ’18
Major: Mathematics
Hometown: Plainview, NY
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Seeking advice on research positions in public health & health policy

I am graduating this coming May with majors in Political Science and International and Global Studies. During my time at Brandeis and through internships that I participated in, I became very interested in health policy and public health research, taking multiple courses in this area to further my academic knowledge. I have been applying to various research positions within these fields, for example at Dartmouth College, MGH, Boston Childrens, RTI and others. I was wondering if you have any advice for a young professional who is seeking to enter the health policy and public health field. I would also like to hear about your experience within this field, how you got started, what your job search process looked like and your experience so far.

Name: Helena Voltmer ’18
Majors: IGS and Politics
Hometown: Windsor, VT
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Business-turned-law senior seeking info on securing entry-level paralegal positions in NYC.

I’m a graduating senior studying Sociology and Business. However, my true passion is law. Although I am not studying law, I have taken course such as Introduction to Law and Business Law to help solidify my interest. After graduation I am moving to NYC and taking a year off before applying to law school. Within that year, I would really enjoy working for a law firm of any sort (small or large) to gain valuable experience before law school. I have begun the process of applying for jobs and find it difficult to obtain a paralegal/legal assistant position without attending law school first. I am searching for any advice a past Brandeis Alum may have to help me better understand how to acquire a job in the legal field. I appreciate any and all feedback!

Name: Eve Hart ’18
Majors: Business & Sociology
Hometown: Manasquan, NJ
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Graduating senior seeks advice on public health jobs before MPH degree.

I am a senior seeking advice on pursuing a Master of Public Health degree, as well as careers relating to public health, government, and non-profits. I have a double major in Health: Science, Society, & Policy and Sociology with broad interests in community health, global health, health communications, health policy, food security, and urban design.

I plan on taking time off before pursuing a MPH and am interested in speaking to alumni who have done the same. I would appreciate advice on applying to public health graduate programs and building work and research experience after graduation. I am eager to listen to your stories and for any guidance you can provide. Thank you!

Name: Sharon Cai ’18
Majors: Health: Science, Society, & Policy and Sociology
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
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Senior Basketball Player Seeks to Combine Marketing and Athletics

I am a Sociology major with a minor in business. I am also captain and member of Brandeis Women’s Basketball. My interests in the future is marketing. With my background in athletics, I have found that sports marketing has particularly grabbed my interest because it combines two things that I have a passion for. My internship this fall semester dealt with sports apparel at a start up in Boston and it was a positive and valuable experience. However, I am also eager to doing marketing work with sporting organizations like the NBA. I am grateful for all advice in how to continue to pursue a marketing career, what companies to put on my radar, or just general insight on how to tackle the career field as a senior.  Thank you for your time!

Name: Noel Hodges ’18
Major: Sociology
Hometown: Southampton, New York
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Seeking advice for publishing summer opportunity before grad school

I am a senior seeking advice on entering and working within the publishing industry. I have a double major in European Cultural Studies, & Language and Linguistics. I have additional minors in Classical Studies, Comparative Literature and Culture, and Creative Writing. I have been admitted to the Master of Arts Program in Comparative Humanities at Brandeis University for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Professionally, I work with resident scholar Marg Berg on multiple translation and editing projects through the Women’s Studies Student-Scholar Partnership program. Additionally, I have a position in Office Support in the Brandeis Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. On campus, I am the current Undergraduate Departmental Representative for Comparative Literature and Culture, and I am co-president of Charlamos, a Spanish speaking social group.

I am interested in learning about opportunities to network and gain experience in the summer of 2018 and during grad school.

Name: Talia Franks ’18
Majors: European Cultural Studies; Language and Linguistics
Hometown: Framingham, Massachusetts
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Senior interested in healthcare consulting or biotech/pharmaceutical marketing

I’m an HSSP senior interested in healthcare consulting or biotech/pharmaceutical marketing.  Healthcare consulting piqued my interest because of its wide reach and variety, so I’m looking for advice on entering the industry, finding companies with employment opportunities, and other potential career paths where health plays a major role in the company.

For several summers I’ve interned for a biotech company in the sales development and marketing departments. I want to keep my foot in the science and technical details while being part of the communications, marketing, and PR within the company. Similarly, I’m looking to hear more about people’s experiences with their roles, companies of interest/mention, and other pathways to be involved in this industry.

It’s helpful for me to hear people’s stories, so hearing where you got where you currently are and lessons you’ve learned on the way is a great help!

Name: Avanti Mohan ’18
Major: HSSP
Hometown: Groton, Massachusetts
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Senior hoping to publish paper at CoSci conference

I am seeking advice on how to write successful research papers in computer science. I hope to publish a paper in a computer science conference before I graduate. I am graduating this spring and will go to computer science graduate school, focusing on machine learning and bioinformatics. I have worked on two projects, one is of computer vision and the other is of graph matching and pattern learning. My coauthor and I have submitted the later project to a top bioinformatics conference and got rejected. I would love to hear advice on how to write a competitive paper. Any advice or connections are welcome!

Name: Martin Ma ’18
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: China
Preferred Location: San Francisco Bay area
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Recent grad looking to combine interests in sustainable agriculture and culture

I am a recent graduate of Brandeis with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Anthropology. I am looking for ways to combine my interests for sustainable agriculture, culture, and working with people. I am looking for advice as to what type of direction I can take within these areas of study. I have experience in education, summer camp, and gardening/farming. I am looking to explore possibilities in the non-profit world, but am open to any suggestions or ideas. Thank you!

Name: Lilah Doris ’17
Major: Environmental Studies, Anthropology
Hometown: Northport, New York
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Sophomore seeking advice for career in conservation biology

I’m a sophomore at Brandeis studying Biology with minors in Environmental Studies and English. I have an interest going into conservation biology, however many of the opportunities available to get hands on experience in this field requires a large fee. I’m wondering how I can manage to get some experience in this field without going broke in the meantime. Any wisdom regarding graduate school programs would also be deeply appreciated.

Name: Jessica Kinsley ’20
Major: Biology
Hometown: Providence, Rhode Island
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Senior seeking advice on self-marketing for consulting jobs

I am a senior at Brandeis University majoring in Economics and HSSP. I am interested in consulting as a career path post graduating. I was wondering what is the best way to market myself as a strong candidate and gain the initial interviews for post-graduation opportunities? In addition, what advice would you give to seniors in college entering the workforce? Is there anything that you would have done differently looking back now? Thank you!

Name: Shriraj Shah ’18
Majors: Economics and Health: Science, Society & Policy
Hometown: Elmhurst, New York
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Senior interested in machine learning, data science, AI seeks advice on research, grad school

I am a mid-year junior gradating in Dec. 2018. I double major in computer science and mathematics. My interests lie in machine learning, algorithms, combinatorics, natural language processing, data science and AI. I have had an internship experience in software engineering and coursework related to machine learning. Currently I am actively seeking summer research or industry internship opportunities in ML. In the long run, I am thinking about getting a PhD. Any advice you have regarding the following questions would be great!

1. I want to find a research area that lies in the intersection of computer science and mathematics.
2. I am deciding between getting a ML related job vs applying for graduate school directly.
3. I am wondering what are most important things to do to be a competitive ML job candidate or grad school applicant.

I am happy to connect with industry professionals or researchers whose work involves ML, data science, or any fields above. Insights, advice or past experience would be greatly appreciated for a new grad entering these fields.

Thank you so much!

Name: Athena Xiao ’18 (Dec)
Majors: Computer Science, Mathematics
Hometown: Nanjing, China
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Pre-med student seeking gap year and application advice

As an aspiring physician, I would like to seek any opportunities to explore the medical field and healthcare during my last year of college and gap year. I am a junior, majoring in Biology, and I intend to apply for medical school in the spring of 2019. Last summer, I shadowed several surgeons; currently, I volunteer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and TA for Organic Chemistry Lab. I would also definitely like to explore and pursue clinical research and public health, as well as interacting with working professionals in these fields.

I would definitely appreciate any insight from Brandeis alumni on finding these opportunities and maximizing my time before I graduate. Additionally, I would be grateful for any guidance on navigating the process of applying for medical school and entering the medical field.

Name: Trevor Lee ’19
Major: Biology
Hometown: San Ramon, California
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Sophomore seeking political campaign experience using marketing skills

I am a sophomore, looking for advice on how to intern for political campaigns. I am a Politics major, but my experience is in marketing and communications.  I have had three jobs that have taught me a lot about digital marketing and networking, along with communications and social media. I believe the perfect intersection for me would be working on political campaigns. The only experience I have in campaigning is going door to door in NH for Bernie Sanders during the 2016 primary. I am hoping to make some connections and get some advice that would help me break into this field in NY. All advice is welcome!

Name: Liv Molho ’20
Majors: Politics, Studio Art
Hometown: Larchmont, New York
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Aspiring Writer Seeking Literary Agent

I am currently a senior at Brandeis University. I recently fulfilled my dream of writing a young adult novel. It is based on a lot of my own experiences as a college student and in life in general. I am currently in search of a literary agent and need advice for finding one and navigating the publishing world.  I look forward to hearing from you and thank you in advance for your help and expertise!

Name: Patricia Cordischi ’18
Majors: Theater, Legal Studies
Hometown: Sudbury, Massachusetts
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Senior interested in aligning skill set with healthcare careers

I am a senior triple majoring in Health, Science, Society, and Policy; International Global Studies; and East Asian studies. I am looking to explore areas within healthcare on a local, state, and/or international scale.

I have conducted many healthcare research projects while studying abroad in Denmark and at my internship focused on brain injury rehabilitation programs. They include analysis of medical and circumvention services such as IVF and healthcare in correlation with media and advertisement priority.

I am currently doing a thesis on the relation between advertisements and medical vs circumvention tourism services such as abortion, fertility, and ART across the globe.

I am also proficient with web design with self-taught HTML and am currently working on graphic design skills which I believe can help me when looking at careers focused on healthcare awareness and administration.

I am open to career advice and building my alumni networks concerning any healthcare companies, hospitals, or organizations that would be interested in this particular skill set.

Name: Amy Zhang ’18
Majors: HSSP, International Global Studies, and East Asian Studies
Hometown: North Providence, Rhode Island
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Senior weighing law school vs. public policy program

I am a senior looking for career advice on the legal and NGO fields. I am majoring in international & global studies, politics, and business. I am considering getting more experience before going to law school or a masters program in public policy.

After attending the Brandeis in the Hague summer program, I interned at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Before then, I interned at an arbitration court in China. From these experiences, I developed an interest in civil rights and international law, and gained strong legal research skills. I am also interested in public policy and would like to learn more about NGOs. I look forward to talking to alums and hearing more about their career paths. Also, I would greatly appreciate any insights on JD/MPP degrees, as well as connections in legal/NGO industries, especially for international students. Thank you so much!

Name: Ziyang Chen ’18
Majors: International and global studies; politics; and business
Hometown: Shenzhen, China
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Politics major seeks leads on civil rights path

I am a junior majoring in politics and minoring in business and economics. I am interested in learning more about the field of law as well as public policy. I am looking for summer internships within these fields that focus on civil rights issues such as housing discrimination.

Name: La’Dericka Hall ’19
Major: Politics
Hometown: Southaven, MS
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Psychology student curious about social work

I’m a junior pursuing a degree in psychology. My primary interest is in clinical psychology, and I plan to earn a Masters in Social Work post-graduation. Throughout my time at Brandeis, I have worked as a psychology Research Assistant for the Aging, Culture, and Cognition Lab, a Teaching Assistant for Lemberg Children’s Center, a Peer Counselor, and an Undergraduate Representative for the Psychology Department. In the spring, I will be studying clinical psychology in Copenhagen and am now in the process of registering for a clinical practicum placement. I am curious about how approaches to mental health treatments differ across cultures. I am also curious about your thoughts and experiences regarding working with a diverse group of patients versus specializing in treating one demographic. If you have any thoughts about these questions or experience in the field of social work, I look forward to connecting with you!

Name: Lauren Puglisi ’19
Majors: Psychology
Hometown: New York, NY
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Student seeks advice on career fields and tech companies

I am a junior majoring in Computer Science and Hispanic Studies, with a minor in Economics. I am looking for career advice on what field(s) I could go into with my seemingly odd combination of studies and how I could differentiate myself from other people who are possibly better programmers but are not that international as I am. Specifically, I would like to know how I could present myself to technology-related firms and gain their attention. So far I have interned in summer camps as a counselor and an architect firm helping with daily operations and customer connections. Any advice would be much appreciated.

Name: Jingyun (Roderick) Huang ’19
Majors: Computer Science, Hispanic Studies; minor in Economics
Hometown: Hangzhou, China
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Insights into finance grad programs and internships

I will graduate in May 2019, and I am a junior student pursuing a B.A. in Economics, Mathematics, and Computer Science. I want to apply to Master of Financial Engineering programs in graduate school. I am interested in quantitative finance and I want to learn more about it. I have multifaceted skills in programming, math modeling, and business.

I am trying to find an internship which is related to quantitative finance in Summer 2018. I would appreciate any insights/suggestions from alumni on what kind of internship I should look for, how to strengthen my skills during my undergraduate school, and different Masters of Financial Engineering programs. Also, I am passionate about start-ups, especially financial start-ups. I would appreciate any viewpoints from alumni who are working in this field.

Thank you for your time and help in advance!

Name: Oliver He ’19
Majors: Mathematics, Economics and Computer Science
Hometown: Zhejiang, China
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Sophomore looking to build connections

I am a sophomore majoring in Economics and Psychology and minoring in Legal Studies. I am extremely interested in both behavioral economics and law. Last summer, I interned at a microfinance non-profit as the Fundraising and Development Intern and gained communication and research skills. In addition, I am a member of The Right to Immigration Institute (TRII) club, which is a Waltham-based nonprofit that provides humanitarian legal services to the local immigrant community. As a member of the club, I am being trained to provide legal counsel to low income persons at no cost. I am currently looking for internships in both the public and private sector and would very much appreciate advice on how to network and build connections with professionals in these fields.

Name: Noa Hankin ’20
Majors: Economics and Psychology
Hometown: New York, New York
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Aspiring comedy performer/writer heading to Chicago

I am a junior looking for opportunities in comedy performance or writing. I am hoping to have an internship this summer with NBC or Reductress. I am nervous because I do not have any direct production experience. However, I am currently Media Intern for Flotilla TV and Naffy Improv, and I am a performer at ImprovBoston. I am also going to Chicago next semester for the Comedy Studies program at Second City.

What are some ways I can make myself a more competitive applicant for NBC internships? Are there opportunities in Chicago for production experience? Thank you for your help.

Name: Mina Bond ’19
Majors: Women’s, gender and sexuality studies; creative writing, and environmental studies
Hometown: Northampton, MA
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Aspiring architect seeks to leverage liberal arts degree

I am graduating early from Brandeis this December with a BA in Environmental Studies and a minor in Architectural Studies. I am looking to do an internship for an architecture firm this spring with a focus (or branch focusing on) sustainable/green design. I have two internship experiences- one working in a firm with a focus on sustainable residential design and the other, a firm which primarily does LEED certifications. I am looking for advice from professionals in Boston without a degree in a traditional architecture program. How do I appear competitive in the market without a Bachelor of Architecture but with a degree from an liberal arts program like Brandeis? Thank you!

Name: Stephanie Strifert ’17
Majors: Environmental Studies; minor in Architectural Studies
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
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Culture passionate student seeks career advice

I am looking for career advice on client-facing roles with a heavy emphasis on communication and people skills, such as sales, marketing, and business development. I am looking primarily into these departments and the Software and Financial Services sectors. I have experience working in Business Development at Salsify, a growing startup in downtown Boston. Also, I worked at Vorwerk while abroad in Shanghai, China handling specialty consumer behavior projects. I hope to use my background and international work experience at companies with global capabilities since I have a deep passion for people and culture. I enjoy fast-paced, high-intensity environments as well, and I am open to connecting with alumni that work in similar environments.

Name: Eric Goldberg ’18
Majors: International & Global Studies, East Asian Studies
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
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Senior seeking tips on art therapy graduate programs

I am a senior beginning my application process for a Master of Arts in Art Therapy. I am looking for advice about the field of art therapy, as well as advice about choosing a program. I am applying solely to NYC area schools so if anyone has attended Pratt, NYU, School of Visual Arts, or College of New Rochelle for AT, please reach out. Thank you.

Name: Ceara Genovesi ’18
Majors: Psychology and Art
Hometown: Blauvelt, NY
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