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 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 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 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 majoring in Environmental Studies and Hispanic Studies. I am interested in public outreach work relating to issues of environmental safety, particularly in how it relates to minority and low-income groups who are generally affected the most. I have experience working in a position at WATCH CDC advocating for housing justice in Waltham, where I meet with clients to help find solutions to their housing, food access and economic issues they faced. I really valued the personal connections I made there, and I am looking for advice on types of jobs that will get me experience on the ground with these kinds of issues so that I can fully understand them and find my next steps.
Name: Sam Lieb ’19
Majors: Environmental Studies and Hispanic Studies
Hometown: Omaha, NE
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I am a senior who has a real passion and zest for the environmental field. As I have started looking for jobs after graduation in the spring, I have come across a lot of positions that both require a science-based degree and significant amount of experience. So far, I have found myself considerably overwhelmed with these job listings since I seriously lack credentials. I am most interested in education, advocacy, “some” research, and definitely hands-on work. I just finished an internship involving wildlife care, although I do not see myself doing that in the future. I want to know what it is like to work for non-profit environmental groups. I would love to hear more about the pros and cons of working for climate change-based groups like Audubon, Sierra Club, WWF, etc.
Name: Sabrina Pond ’18
Majors: Environmental Studies and Psychology
Hometown: North Haven, CT
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I am interested in opportunities in healthcare, public policy and Jewish professional leadership after graduation. I’d love to speak with alumni working in any of these fields to explore opportunities!
Name: Jonas Singer ’17
Majors: HSSP, minor in politics
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I am a graduating senior at Brandeis seeking opportunities in the non-profit world, with a focus on human rights, international studies/development, and related fields. I am an International and Global Studies and History double major with a passion for human rights, social justice, foreign policy, research, and writing. I currently intern for a foreign affairs journal where I research international news and help edit original content pieces from top foreign policy analysts. I previously interned at a non-profit in Jerusalem that worked to provide social and educational opportunities to Ethiopian immigrants. At Brandeis, I am an editor for the school newspaper The Justice and have contributed to the Brandeis International Journal, and I am also the founder and editor-in-chief of a feminist website which works to promote creative works from women around the world.
I’m interested in learning about what it is like to work at a non-profit, particularly those focused on human rights, women’s rights, or related issues. I am curious as to what types of roles are typically available for entry-level candidates and what kind of impact one can make in those roles, as well as what future experiences non-profit work could potentially lead to. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!
Name: Rachel Sharer ’17
Majors: international and global studies, history
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
I’m an alumna, BA class of ’15 and MA class of ’16, looking to relocate from Boston to the San Francisco Bay Area. I currently work at an agency that serves poor and homeless women in Boston, seeing clients on a one-on-one basis, providing information, referrals and support. I am relocating to the SF Bay Area in May of 2017, and am looking for opportunities to network with Brandeis alumni who have experience with women’s issues, close contacts with clients, and working with a vibrant team that is passionate and knowledgeable about the work, with opportunities to engage in systemic change. I am interested in experiences in nonprofit development, startups, grant writing and reviewing, and charitable foundations.
Name: Karen Lengler ’15, MA’16
Majors: International and Global Studies, Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies
Hometown: Sao Paulo, Brazil
I am a junior majoring in anthropology and minoring in creativity, the arts, and social transformation. I am a creative thinker with an ability to recognize the unique talents and leadership qualities that my peers have in order to help them gain more self-empowerment. Born and raised in Somerville, MA, I have watched gentrification unfold in my hometown and seen thousands of Somerville residents forced to move out due to rising housing costs. With this experience in hand, I would like to continue pursuing my interest in supporting youth development and the arts in order to help fight the negative effects of gentrification anywhere in the United States, for this is a national trend. I want to know what kind of career paths would allow me to pursue these issues, and whether receiving additional schooling beyond my Bachelor’s degree would be essential in pursuing this work. Thank you!
Name: Marcelo Brociner ’18
Hometown: Somerville, MA
Hello! I’m currently a senior graduating in May ’17. I’m hoping to gain more experience either working for a law firm or politician before perhaps applying to law school. For the past three years I’ve been interning (via internet) as a legislative analyst for the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. This work has been fascinating and given me some insight into the whole process of local legislation.
I’ve also been working for the Schuster Institute’s Innocence Project. As a research assistant, I help re-investigate cases and create memos on potential wrongful MA convictions.
I hope to eventually work in policy and help women and children facing systemic inequalities both at home and abroad. I’m interested in connecting with people in law and/or government and would be very grateful to speak with current professionals in these fields.
Name: Olivia Gladstone ’17
Majors: Anthropology, business
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
I would like to work at a non-government organization/non-profit dealing with international sustainability and development. I would love to work at the UN. I am looking at international Master’s programs or MPH programs. I would love to meet alumni who work in urban planning and community health or with children.
Name: Zari Havercome ’16
Majors: Health: science, society and policy, international & global studies
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
I am currently seeking business and health: science, society and policy employment opportunities in the Los Angeles, California area. Insight into these career paths would be greatly appreciated.
Name: Liset Valdivia Hernandez
Majors: Business, health: science, society and policy
Hometown: Venice, CA
I have decided to devote my life to fighting gender inequality. I have some savings of my own and family financial supports, but it wouldn’t be enough to tackle this issue in China. I would like to operate a feminist non-governmental organization in Asia; however I need some guidance in terms of its establishment, funding, etc. I would also like advice on whether it is necessary for me to obtain a Master’s degree in business or education to better achieve my goal.
Name: Kebei Zhao
Majors: Economics, business, international & global studies
Hello, my name is Rebecca Miller and I’m looking to explore careers relating to science policy/ communications. I have volunteered with environmental groups and have some experience lobbying for a health education initiative. I really enjoy learning about various scientific concepts and then using that knowledge to determine logical solutions to societal problems. I have considered looking into bioethics/ public policy Masters programs post-Brandeis, but was wondering if there might be alumni who have similar interests and might be willing to clue me into the types of career paths available or give advice on what might be the most useful educational or work experiences. I am unsure of whether it is more logical to focus on the sciences or on the legal/ethical aspects of policy as an undergrad, and would also love to hear about the paths others have taken. Thank you so much for your help!
Name: Rebecca Miller ’18
Major: Health: science, society & policy, biological anthropology
Hometown: Silver Spring, MD
My name is Rebecca Mitchell and I am currently a senior majoring in economics and international & global studies and minoring in environmental studies and legal studies. I’ve spent a large part of my time at Brandeis doing research and work involving economics and environmental issues. After receiving a World of Work Grant to fund my summer internship from the Hiatt Career Center, I worked as an Economics Intern and Research Assistant at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute for their Senior Marine Resource Economist. Due to this experience, I know that I would thrive in a career involving economic research, data analysis, and policy. I am looking for a full-time job at an institution where I can gain more hands-on experience. I would love advice on how to enter the field of economics research and any other advice, connections, or tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.
Name: Rebecca Mitchell ’16
Majors/Minors: Economics, international & global studies/ environmental studies, legal studies
Hometown: Scarborough, ME
My name is Karen and I’m a Master’s candidate at the comparative humanities program at Brandeis, graduating this coming May. Academically, I focus on feminist literature – fiction, theory and ethnography – and I explore how this intertextuality can bring knowledge to bear upon social policy and social justice movement. I’m engaged in issues of gender inequality, especially sexual and otherwise gender-based violence. I have experience advocating for survivors, facilitating discussions regarding consent in local community groups, fundraising and development, and awareness raising through the strategic use of social media. I’m interested in breaking into the field of gender-based direct service nonprofits in Boston as well as the San Francisco Bay Area. Any tips or advice from alumni with some experience in that field would be much appreciated!
Name: Karen Lengler ’15
Majors: Women’s, gender and sexuality studies, international and global studies
Hometown: Boston, MA
I am a senior on track to graduate in May. I’m seeking advice for my job search. I am interested in food access and food production. I would love to speak to someone who works in food justice on the policy level or in a think tank. I would like a job that teaches me new skills such as research or a job that hones my grant writing skills.
I’ve worked on a farm doing field work as well as coordinating a low-income market. I also conducted a price-value analysis of the CSA model of the farm that I worked at v. other local, organic vendors. Additionally, I have some experience in grant writing.
I’m writing this because I am struggling to find a job that is both in my field of interest and that I am qualified for. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Name: Alisa Feinswog ’16
Majors: Environmental Studies, Food Security
Hometown: San Diego, CA
My name is Samantha Daniels and I am currently a senior majoring in women’s and gender studies. My professional experience has fallen under two categories: outreach/education and counseling-type roles. I am particularly passionate about sexual and domestic violence awareness and survivor services.
During a summer internship at Jewish Vocational Service in Boston, I designed a vocational English curriculum for newly arrived refugees. Each day, I would give the teacher the lesson plan I created. I now work for the Brandeis Office of Prevention Services. In this role, I coordinate sexual assault prevention education programming and conduct outreach to student organizations and other university departments. I am also beginning to develop curriculum.
Last fall, I was one of four students who worked to develop the Brandeis Rape Crisis Center, where I served as Volunteer Coordinator and as a peer counselor. I held office hours for survivors who wanted a safe space to talk. Currently, I serve as a Community Advisor. I serve as a support system for my residents in their times of need.
I have loved each of these positions. I am seeking opportunities that are either similar to the work I do at the Office of Prevention Service or to the work I did at the Rape Crisis Center. While I am passionate about prevention education programming, I also am very fulfilled by counseling roles. I am looking to work at a nonprofit or in higher ed. Many of the jobs that have interested me are masters preferred and I would love advice on how to enter the field. I would also love advice bout entering the field of clinical social work. Thank you for your time!
Name: Samantha Daniels ’16
Major: Women’s and gender studies
Hometown: Syosset, NY
My name is Tove Olaussen Freeman and I am a senior majoring in Health: Science, Society and Policy and minoring in Business and Economics. I am also a varsity athlete and a captain for the Women’s Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field. I have experience in researching health literacy in migrant workers in Oslo, Norway. I am currently applying for graduate degree programs in Health Economics and Global Health. I am interested in hearing from alumni that have experiences either internationally or abroad in Health Economics and/or Public Health/Policy. Is it possible to combine my interests in global health with the private sector? Thank you in advance!
Name: Tove Olaussen Freeman ’16
Major: Health: Science, Society and Policy
Hometown: Oakham, MA
My name is Kelsey Whitaker and I am a senior double majoring in Biology and Health: Science, Society and Policy. I am also a varsity athlete and captain of the Brandeis cross country and track teams. This past summer I had an internship working at the SLI Brain Injury Wellness Center creating workout routines for patients and tracking data that will be used for future research. I am very interested in the fields of public health and health policy as well as epidemiology. I would like to hear about the work that different alumni are doing in these fields so as to gain a better understanding of career options. Any feedback or information is appreciated. Thank you in advance.
Name: Kelsey Whitaker ’16
Majors: Biology, Health: Science, Society and Policy
Hometown: Kingston, MA
My name is Gabriella Guillette and I graduated this past May with a double major in Women’s and Gender Studies and International and Global Studies. I plan to work a few years before acquiring my master’s degree in public policy. I have work experience with impoverished communities and have interned in an awareness raising capacity for Jane Doe Inc. around sexual assault and domestic violence. I am particularly looking for advice on working with domestic violence and gender based violence. However, I am also eager to hear advice/perspectives/experiences on service work in general especially that which has a holistic and survivor-centric approach. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Name: Gabriella Guillette
Majors: Women’s and Gender Studies, International and Global Studies
Hometown: Lunenburg, MA
I am a graduating senior looking for a position ideally for a year or two before continuing on to graduate school for public health. I would like to work as a research assistant at a think tank or do some sort of nonprofit work related to health and/or poverty. I would appreciate any advice or experience you may have in the field. Thank you!
I’m a graduating HSSP senior minoring in Economics and Spanish with an interest in health care policy and health care consulting. I would like to be in the the DC or NY area after graduation and would greatly appreciate any advice or insight on how to break into the industry in these regions. Thank you!
Hello, my name is Shaoleen Khaled and I am hoping to seek advice about the medical profession and public policy profession because I hope to integrate my career in medicine and utilize it as a tool to create reforms in public policy. Any and all perspectives from alumni would be greatly appreciated.
Hello! My name is Mia and I am a senior currently studying abroad in Gulu, Uganda. I spent one semester studying international criminal law in The Hague which inspired a semester in Uganda to explore the reality of post-conflict justice on the ground. I’m currently conducting research towards a thesis on perceptions of International Criminal Court intervention in northern Uganda. I’m torn about what steps to take post-graduation. I’ve considered the Peace Corps, law school, and graduate school. I hope to make travel and academics a permanent part of my life. However, I have to strongly consider my finances. Any advice about continuing my education in conflict resolution or law in a financially feasible way would be greatly appreciated.
Hi! I am a graduating senior with a double major in Art History and Anthropology and a minor in South Asian studies. I am interested in pursuing a career in higher education administration/ office work that can in some way incorporate my interests in education, the arts, social activism, humanities, literature, writing, and editing. I am looking for available opportunities within the Greater Boston area and I am also interested in potential networking opportunities. Any advice or assistance would be extremely helpful!
Name: Ellie Kaufman ’14
Major(s): Art History, Anthropology
Hometown: Amherst, NH
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I seek advice concerning my career choices and opportunities as a sociology major. I have been applying to jobs in HR, reception, sales, customer service, operational support, and recruiting. I would like to do something with reading and writing, perhaps editing or journalism, but I only have academic experience with that field. Social justice and legal services also interest me, as I have participated in student activism and loved mock trial in high school. Also, I do improv comedy and love it! I am staying in the Boston area and would love to connect with Brandeis alumni. Thank you!
Name: Jesse Hart ’14
Hometown: Worthington, OH
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I want to learn any and all ways to use theatre to create community and facilitate dialogue. I just finished a thesis project and paper, “Applied Theatre for Conflict Exploration: A Workshop Experiment,” and I am looking for more experience and professional development.
Name: Gabriella Feingold ’14
Major(s): Theatre for Social Change
Hometown: West Hartford, CT
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I am a senior studying HSSP. I am interested in the field of aging and pursuing work that benefits older adults. Ideally, I would like a job that allows me to use my healthcare knowledge from my HSSP courses and experiences in a way that relates to older adults. I am interested primarily in research and policy, rather than in direct clinical care such as social work. Work at a non-profit, policy organization, government institution or other organization interests me. Ultimately, I see myself attending graduate school, possibly pursuing an MPH, MPP, MPA or gerontology degree. However, as I am unsure yet what degree I want to pursue, I would like to gain experience before attending graduate school. Any guidance or suggestions on careers and graduate school are appreciated!
Name: Ilana Mittleman ’14
Hometown: New Rochelle, NY
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Hi my name is Roberta Bergstein, I am an HSSP & Psychology double major on the Varsity Women’s tennis team and I am part of the Master of Public Policy program at Heller. I am looking to take time off over the next few years to gain experience in the public policy field, ideally with a focus in health. I have experience working with autistic children and would love to work for an organization that works towards helping these children. I am looking to speak with Brandeis alumni who are in the public policy field to gain insight on the job search and the demands of the field. Thank you!
Name: Roberta Bergstein ’14
Major(s): Health, Science, Society & Policy and Psychology
Hometown: Hingham, MA
Varsity Sport: Tennis
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Junior majoring in International and Global Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies. Experienced in advocacy and empowerment for migrants in organizations such as the Brazilian Women’s Group of Boston and the Charles River Public Internet Center. Particularly interested in working on women’s rights, preferably with cross-cultural implications. Interested in speaking to alumni in similar field of interest and getting advice on how to break into the field.
Name: Karen Lengler ’15
Major(s): International and Global Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies
Rising Brandeis senior interested in working in disability policy, advocacy and research after graduation. Interested in advice and networking opportunities with alums working in human services (government, non-profit or agency) broadly, and disability issues more specifically.
Name: Leah Igdalsky ’14
Major(s): Psychology, Hispanic Studies Minor, Social Justice & Social Policy
Hometown: Hartford, CT
Dedicated, detail-oriented student looking for a job that will help her choose between law school and public policy school! Willing to work in a non-profit organization, law firm, think tank, or as a research assistant.
Jonna Cottrell ’13
American Studies, Anthropology
I am a recent grad with a dream of becoming a lobbyist, but I am having trouble figuring out where to start. What kinds of entry-level jobs will get me to that end goal and what kind of paths I should take to get there? Also, what are great resources for finding entry-level positions in politics in general?
Name: Stephanie Plaine ’12
Major(s): American studies and politics
Hometown: West Bloomfield, MI
I am a class of 2013 graduate who studied sociology and education with a focus on social justice and social policy. I wish to be part of a nonprofit team to use my proven leadership and facilitation skills to achieve key goals and make a difference. Last summer I had an incredible internship at the Jewish Teen Funders Network where I jumped into the philanthropy world and created materials to help teens get hands-on experience as grant makers. I want to learn more about your career experiences in nonprofit, development and grant-making–whether you’re a recent grad adjusting to post-college life and getting your feet wet in the nonprofit world or a professional with years of experience that have contributed to a meaningful career. Thank you for your time and help.
Name: Rebecca Bachman ’13
Major(s): Sociology, Education Studies
Hometown: Scarsdale, NY
Rising junior and news editor who is studying English and journalism seeks a summer internship that utilizes my skills in communications and my passion for social activism. Interested in journalism, publishing, social media, and any nonprofit position. I would like to speak with people who are hiring immediately for Chicago summer internships, paid or unpaid, in any of these fields.
Name: Rachel Hirschhaut ‘15
Major(s): English, Journalism, Business, Social Justice & Social Policy
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Senior sociology major seeking advice and entry-level opportunities in advocacy, public policy, and community organizing. I have internship experience in environmental organizing, health policy, and immigrant rights. Most recently, as a Brandeis Legacy Social Justice World of Work Fellow, I worked as a public policy intern with a consumer rights organization in Washington, D.C. where I contributed to research to advance federal regulations concerning telecommunications, food safety, and labor. I would love to learn about your experiences working toward social change.
Student: Lillian Gecker ‘13
Hometown: Chicago, IL