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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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!
Name: Sarah Copel ’15
Majors: Biology, psychology
Minor: Theater arts
Hometown: Yorktown, NY
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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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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 www.elizabethcayouettegluckman.com 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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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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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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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
Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
Hometown: Kinnelon, NJ
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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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
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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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 JD.com 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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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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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
Hometown: Acton, MA
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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
Hometown: Hauppauge, NY
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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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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
Hometown: Plymouth, MA
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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
Hometown: Long Beach, CA
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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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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
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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
Hometown: Plainview, NY
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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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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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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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I am a Sociology major with a minor in business. I am also captain and member of Brandeis Women’s Basketball. My interests in the future is marketing. With my background in athletics, I have found that sports marketing has particularly grabbed my interest because it combines two things that I have a passion for. My internship this fall semester dealt with sports apparel at a start up in Boston and it was a positive and valuable experience. However, I am also eager to doing marketing work with sporting organizations like the NBA. I am grateful for all advice in how to continue to pursue a marketing career, what companies to put on my radar, or just general insight on how to tackle the career field as a senior. Thank you for your time!
Name: Noel Hodges ’18
Hometown: Southampton, New York
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I am a senior seeking advice on entering and working within the publishing industry. I have a double major in European Cultural Studies, & Language and Linguistics. I have additional minors in Classical Studies, Comparative Literature and Culture, and Creative Writing. I have been admitted to the Master of Arts Program in Comparative Humanities at Brandeis University for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Professionally, I work with resident scholar Marg Berg on multiple translation and editing projects through the Women’s Studies Student-Scholar Partnership program. Additionally, I have a position in Office Support in the Brandeis Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. On campus, I am the current Undergraduate Departmental Representative for Comparative Literature and Culture, and I am co-president of Charlamos, a Spanish speaking social group.
I am interested in learning about opportunities to network and gain experience in the summer of 2018 and during grad school.
Name: Talia Franks ’18
Majors: European Cultural Studies; Language and Linguistics
Hometown: Framingham, Massachusetts
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I’m an HSSP senior interested in healthcare consulting or biotech/pharmaceutical marketing. Healthcare consulting piqued my interest because of its wide reach and variety, so I’m looking for advice on entering the industry, finding companies with employment opportunities, and other potential career paths where health plays a major role in the company.
For several summers I’ve interned for a biotech company in the sales development and marketing departments. I want to keep my foot in the science and technical details while being part of the communications, marketing, and PR within the company. Similarly, I’m looking to hear more about people’s experiences with their roles, companies of interest/mention, and other pathways to be involved in this industry.
It’s helpful for me to hear people’s stories, so hearing where you got where you currently are and lessons you’ve learned on the way is a great help!
Name: Avanti Mohan ’18
Hometown: Groton, Massachusetts
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I am seeking advice on how to write successful research papers in computer science. I hope to publish a paper in a computer science conference before I graduate. I am graduating this spring and will go to computer science graduate school, focusing on machine learning and bioinformatics. I have worked on two projects, one is of computer vision and the other is of graph matching and pattern learning. My coauthor and I have submitted the later project to a top bioinformatics conference and got rejected. I would love to hear advice on how to write a competitive paper. Any advice or connections are welcome!
Name: Martin Ma ’18
Major: Computer Science
Preferred Location: San Francisco Bay area
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I am a recent graduate of Brandeis with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Anthropology. I am looking for ways to combine my interests for sustainable agriculture, culture, and working with people. I am looking for advice as to what type of direction I can take within these areas of study. I have experience in education, summer camp, and gardening/farming. I am looking to explore possibilities in the non-profit world, but am open to any suggestions or ideas. Thank you!
Name: Lilah Doris ’17
Major: Environmental Studies, Anthropology
Hometown: Northport, New York
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I’m a sophomore at Brandeis studying Biology with minors in Environmental Studies and English. I have an interest going into conservation biology, however many of the opportunities available to get hands on experience in this field requires a large fee. I’m wondering how I can manage to get some experience in this field without going broke in the meantime. Any wisdom regarding graduate school programs would also be deeply appreciated.
Name: Jessica Kinsley ’20
Hometown: Providence, Rhode Island
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I am a senior at Brandeis University majoring in Economics and HSSP. I am interested in consulting as a career path post graduating. I was wondering what is the best way to market myself as a strong candidate and gain the initial interviews for post-graduation opportunities? In addition, what advice would you give to seniors in college entering the workforce? Is there anything that you would have done differently looking back now? Thank you!
Name: Shriraj Shah ’18
Majors: Economics and Health: Science, Society & Policy
Hometown: Elmhurst, New York
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I am a mid-year junior gradating in Dec. 2018. I double major in computer science and mathematics. My interests lie in machine learning, algorithms, combinatorics, natural language processing, data science and AI. I have had an internship experience in software engineering and coursework related to machine learning. Currently I am actively seeking summer research or industry internship opportunities in ML. In the long run, I am thinking about getting a PhD. Any advice you have regarding the following questions would be great!
1. I want to find a research area that lies in the intersection of computer science and mathematics.
2. I am deciding between getting a ML related job vs applying for graduate school directly.
3. I am wondering what are most important things to do to be a competitive ML job candidate or grad school applicant.
I am happy to connect with industry professionals or researchers whose work involves ML, data science, or any fields above. Insights, advice or past experience would be greatly appreciated for a new grad entering these fields.
Thank you so much!
Name: Athena Xiao ’18 (Dec)
Majors: Computer Science, Mathematics
Hometown: Nanjing, China
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As an aspiring physician, I would like to seek any opportunities to explore the medical field and healthcare during my last year of college and gap year. I am a junior, majoring in Biology, and I intend to apply for medical school in the spring of 2019. Last summer, I shadowed several surgeons; currently, I volunteer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and TA for Organic Chemistry Lab. I would also definitely like to explore and pursue clinical research and public health, as well as interacting with working professionals in these fields.
I would definitely appreciate any insight from Brandeis alumni on finding these opportunities and maximizing my time before I graduate. Additionally, I would be grateful for any guidance on navigating the process of applying for medical school and entering the medical field.
Name: Trevor Lee ’19
Hometown: San Ramon, California
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I am a sophomore, looking for advice on how to intern for political campaigns. I am a Politics major, but my experience is in marketing and communications. I have had three jobs that have taught me a lot about digital marketing and networking, along with communications and social media. I believe the perfect intersection for me would be working on political campaigns. The only experience I have in campaigning is going door to door in NH for Bernie Sanders during the 2016 primary. I am hoping to make some connections and get some advice that would help me break into this field in NY. All advice is welcome!
Name: Liv Molho ’20
Majors: Politics, Studio Art
Hometown: Larchmont, New York
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I am currently a senior at Brandeis University. I recently fulfilled my dream of writing a young adult novel. It is based on a lot of my own experiences as a college student and in life in general. I am currently in search of a literary agent and need advice for finding one and navigating the publishing world. I look forward to hearing from you and thank you in advance for your help and expertise!
Name: Patricia Cordischi ’18
Majors: Theater, Legal Studies
Hometown: Sudbury, Massachusetts
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I am a senior triple majoring in Health, Science, Society, and Policy; International Global Studies; and East Asian studies. I am looking to explore areas within healthcare on a local, state, and/or international scale.
I have conducted many healthcare research projects while studying abroad in Denmark and at my internship focused on brain injury rehabilitation programs. They include analysis of medical and circumvention services such as IVF and healthcare in correlation with media and advertisement priority.
I am currently doing a thesis on the relation between advertisements and medical vs circumvention tourism services such as abortion, fertility, and ART across the globe.
I am also proficient with web design with self-taught HTML and am currently working on graphic design skills which I believe can help me when looking at careers focused on healthcare awareness and administration.
I am open to career advice and building my alumni networks concerning any healthcare companies, hospitals, or organizations that would be interested in this particular skill set.
Name: Amy Zhang ’18
Majors: HSSP, International Global Studies, and East Asian Studies
Hometown: North Providence, Rhode Island
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I am a senior looking for career advice on the legal and NGO fields. I am majoring in international & global studies, politics, and business. I am considering getting more experience before going to law school or a masters program in public policy.
After attending the Brandeis in the Hague summer program, I interned at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Before then, I interned at an arbitration court in China. From these experiences, I developed an interest in civil rights and international law, and gained strong legal research skills. I am also interested in public policy and would like to learn more about NGOs. I look forward to talking to alums and hearing more about their career paths. Also, I would greatly appreciate any insights on JD/MPP degrees, as well as connections in legal/NGO industries, especially for international students. Thank you so much!
Name: Ziyang Chen ’18
Majors: International and global studies; politics; and business
Hometown: Shenzhen, China
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I am a junior majoring in politics and minoring in business and economics. I am interested in learning more about the field of law as well as public policy. I am looking for summer internships within these fields that focus on civil rights issues such as housing discrimination.
Name: La’Dericka Hall ’19
Hometown: Southaven, MS
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I’m a junior pursuing a degree in psychology. My primary interest is in clinical psychology, and I plan to earn a Masters in Social Work post-graduation. Throughout my time at Brandeis, I have worked as a psychology Research Assistant for the Aging, Culture, and Cognition Lab, a Teaching Assistant for Lemberg Children’s Center, a Peer Counselor, and an Undergraduate Representative for the Psychology Department. In the spring, I will be studying clinical psychology in Copenhagen and am now in the process of registering for a clinical practicum placement. I am curious about how approaches to mental health treatments differ across cultures. I am also curious about your thoughts and experiences regarding working with a diverse group of patients versus specializing in treating one demographic. If you have any thoughts about these questions or experience in the field of social work, I look forward to connecting with you!
Name: Lauren Puglisi ’19
Hometown: New York, NY
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I am a junior majoring in Computer Science and Hispanic Studies, with a minor in Economics. I am looking for career advice on what field(s) I could go into with my seemingly odd combination of studies and how I could differentiate myself from other people who are possibly better programmers but are not that international as I am. Specifically, I would like to know how I could present myself to technology-related firms and gain their attention. So far I have interned in summer camps as a counselor and an architect firm helping with daily operations and customer connections. Any advice would be much appreciated.
Name: Jingyun (Roderick) Huang ’19
Majors: Computer Science, Hispanic Studies; minor in Economics
Hometown: Hangzhou, China
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I will graduate in May 2019, and I am a junior student pursuing a B.A. in Economics, Mathematics, and Computer Science. I want to apply to Master of Financial Engineering programs in graduate school. I am interested in quantitative finance and I want to learn more about it. I have multifaceted skills in programming, math modeling, and business.
I am trying to find an internship which is related to quantitative finance in Summer 2018. I would appreciate any insights/suggestions from alumni on what kind of internship I should look for, how to strengthen my skills during my undergraduate school, and different Masters of Financial Engineering programs. Also, I am passionate about start-ups, especially financial start-ups. I would appreciate any viewpoints from alumni who are working in this field.
Thank you for your time and help in advance!
Name: Oliver He ’19
Majors: Mathematics, Economics and Computer Science
Hometown: Zhejiang, China
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I am a sophomore majoring in Economics and Psychology and minoring in Legal Studies. I am extremely interested in both behavioral economics and law. Last summer, I interned at a microfinance non-profit as the Fundraising and Development Intern and gained communication and research skills. In addition, I am a member of The Right to Immigration Institute (TRII) club, which is a Waltham-based nonprofit that provides humanitarian legal services to the local immigrant community. As a member of the club, I am being trained to provide legal counsel to low income persons at no cost. I am currently looking for internships in both the public and private sector and would very much appreciate advice on how to network and build connections with professionals in these fields.
Name: Noa Hankin ’20
Majors: Economics and Psychology
Hometown: New York, New York
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I am a junior looking for opportunities in comedy performance or writing. I am hoping to have an internship this summer with NBC or Reductress. I am nervous because I do not have any direct production experience. However, I am currently Media Intern for Flotilla TV and Naffy Improv, and I am a performer at ImprovBoston. I am also going to Chicago next semester for the Comedy Studies program at Second City.
What are some ways I can make myself a more competitive applicant for NBC internships? Are there opportunities in Chicago for production experience? Thank you for your help.
Name: Mina Bond ’19
Majors: Women’s, gender and sexuality studies; creative writing, and environmental studies
Hometown: Northampton, MA
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