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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I am looking to enter the world of film and TV, with a particular interest in screenwriting and comedies. I have worked at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, and am currently interning with WGBH’s Antiques Roadshow. I would love to hear about advice on breaking into this field after graduation, as well as more about the film scene in specific locations, as I am wondering about a potential relocation.
Name: Anna Craven ’18
Majors: Film, TV & interactive media; creative writing
Hometown: Boston, MA
Varsity Sport: Fencing
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I just graduated in May with a B.A. in Health: Science, Society, and Policy and I am interested in pursuing a career in community health promotion. To me, this entails considering the roles of the built environment and social and environmental determinants of health to come up with ways to improve physical activity, nutrition, and other health trends in a community. Ideally, I would like to work in a setting where I can combine research, theory, and practice. I hope to gain some experience in the workforce before seeking a dual master’s degree in public health and urban planning. I would like to connect with Brandeis alumni who are in the public health field with similar interests who may be able to offer advice and insight into career opportunities.
Name: Nina Sayles ’17
Hometown: Mamaroneck, NY
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I’m interested in a career in human resources, but after taking a class on American healthcare this semester, I found that I have an interest in that subject as well. The problem I’d love some help on is this: if I decide that I want to pursue a career in healthcare, what should I do? I have thought about a masters in Healthcare Administration, but I am not exactly sure what that entails. The only jobs I really know about are public policy and being a practitioner in some capacity, which doesn’t interest me. I’d love to know more about administrative roles in healthcare that do not involve becoming a practitioner. Thank you in advance for any help you can offer me!
Name: Sadie-Rose Apfel ’18
Major: Psychology (minor in business)
Hometown: Stamford, CT
My name is Patrick Flahive. I am a current junior majoring in business and environmental studies and I am a member of the Brandeis men’s soccer team. I am interested in both business and sustainability and am looking to incorporate both aspects into my job. After working at Harvard’s Office for Sustainability, I am looking for business internships to broaden my scope on what industry I want to work in. I am still unsure of what industry I want to go into and I am seeking any advice, or recommendations that you may have.
Name: Patrick Flahive ’18
Majors: business, environmental studies
Hometown: Springfield, Illinois
As a junior at Brandeis, studying health: science, society, & policy (HSSP), I am interested in integrative healthcare, social entrepreneurship, political activism, graphic design and social media. I am goal-oriented and work well with others. I enjoy traveling, exploring diverse cultures and thrive in hand-on experiences.My previous work experiences include: assisting in the physical therapy department in an Israeli hospital, coaching a swim team and instructing individuals of all ages on proper swimming techniques for multiple summers, and teaching graduate students how to swim. I excel in social environments and in helping others achieve their potential. I am looking to complete the required observational hours for graduate school in physical therapy, and/or gain additional integrated healthcare experiences.I am looking to further explore career options that align with my studies and interests. I sincerely welcome the opportunity of speaking with you.
Name: Jonas Singer ’17
Major: Health: science, society, & policy
Hometown: Millburn, NJ
Hi, my name is Genna Karp and I am a sophomore here at Brandeis. I am on the pre-health track and am double majoring in Health: Science, Society and Policy and Biology. I am hoping to become a physician assistant, and am looking for a glance into life as a PA. I have shadowed an orthopedic PA as well as an Urgent Care center PA but I am hoping for a full image. In addition, I would love some advice on applying to PA school and getting the required hands on experience necessary for applications. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
Name: Genna Karp ’18
Majors: Health: Science, Society and Policy, Biology
Hometown: Springfield, NJ
My name is Eric Shen and I am currently a senior that is majoring in biology and minoring in business. I had the ultimate goal of finding a job where I can combine both my passions for healthcare and business together. I later realized down my college career that I had a passion for business as well. Although I have strong skills in analytical lab work and research projects, I am currently trying to gain more experience in the business world as an administrative assistant at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and a marketing intern at Performance Architects, Inc. I am looking for any career advice or potential job leads where I can apply my technical analytical skills and knowledge garnered from my healthcare experience and apply it in a business setting. Thank you for your time and consideration!
Name: Eric Shen ‘ 16
Hometown: Mountainside, NJ
Hello, my name is Olivia Leavitt and I am a current freshman and interested in majoring in business. I am also an avid New England sports fan, go Patriots! I am interested in acquiring an internship this summer with a sports related company. I am eager to get involved in marketing, operations, analytics, management, or athletic training. I am looking for connections and experience in the department of sports business. Thanks!
Name: Olivia Leavitt ’19
Hometown: Falmouth, ME
I am a senior at Brandeis graduating with a BS in biology and in environmental studies with a minor in chemistry. I would like to find a job that combines both my majors (biology and environmental studies) such as environmental health and research. Are there any Brandeis alums with a similar background to mine? I plan on continuing to graduate school after a couple of years of experience. Any advice would be appreciated!
Name: Sophia Glickman ’16
Majors: Biology, Environmental Studies
Hometown: Valhalla, NY
My name is Tove Olaussen Freeman and I am a senior majoring in Health: Science, Society and Policy and minoring in Business and Economics. I am also a varsity athlete and a captain for the Women’s Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field. I have experience in researching health literacy in migrant workers in Oslo, Norway. I am currently applying for graduate degree programs in Health Economics and Global Health. I am interested in hearing from alumni that have experiences either internationally or abroad in Health Economics and/or Public Health/Policy. Is it possible to combine my interests in global health with the private sector? Thank you in advance!
Name: Tove Olaussen Freeman ’16
Major: Health: Science, Society and Policy
Hometown: Oakham, MA
My name is Lydia McCaleb and I am a senior at Brandeis majoring in Psychology with minors in Legal Studies and Latin American Studies. I am also a captain of the Brandeis Track & Field team. This past summer I was a forensic social work intern at Lawyers For Children, a non-profit in New York City. I worked closely with adolescents in foster care, acquiring resources and advocating on their behalf. I am interested in law, particularly the areas of public-interest and criminal law. I am hoping to work as a paralegal for a couple of years before pursuing law school. I would like to hear about the experiences of alumni working in these fields and learn about the different career paths that may be available for someone interested in going to law school in the near future. Any advice is greatly appreciated!
Name: Lydia McCaleb ’16
Hometown: Evanston, IL
My name is Melissa Darling and I am currently majoring in Business and Psychology with a minor in Economics. I am seeking advice on what my next steps should be going forward with my future. I cannot decide if I should apply to the BA/MBA program here at Brandeis and get my masters in one more year, or if I should try entering the work force, specifically a rotational program, to get experience and then go back to school in the future and possibly have my business pay for me. I am looking to hear from alumni who had to make a similar choice, what they did, and if that was the right choice for them.
Name: Melissa Darling ’16
Majors: Business, Psychology
Hometown: Weymouth, MA
Greetings to the Brandeis Alumni. My name is Marcelo Brociner and I am a sophomore here at Brandeis. I am an Anthropology major with a minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST). I wanted to ask any Anthropology majors out there (perhaps Sociology as well) what sort of first-hand experience I should seek out while I am still an undergraduate. I am pursuing a career in music after college, but during/after that journey, I plan to work as an anthropologist. I am doing a study tour in Vietnam next semester which is going to be fascinating, but I was curious to know if anyone knew of any specific projects I could undertake. Thank you for taking your time to read/respond to this inquiry. Have a wonderful day!
Name: Marcelo Brociner ’18
Hometown: Somerville, MA
My name is Brandon Odze and I am a senior considering a gap year before law school. I have a job offer from the political consulting firm I interned with over the summer in Washington D.C., but my contract would end in November after the 2016 election cycle. I would like to go to law school the next fall, August 2017. I am looking to gain insight on law-related or politics-related work for the 7 to 8 months before I enter law school. Thank you.
Name: Brandon Odze ’16
Majors: Politics, Economics
Hometown: Melville, NY
My name is Kelsey Whitaker and I am a senior double majoring in Biology and Health: Science, Society and Policy. I am also a varsity athlete and captain of the Brandeis cross country and track teams. This past summer I had an internship working at the SLI Brain Injury Wellness Center creating workout routines for patients and tracking data that will be used for future research. I am very interested in the fields of public health and health policy as well as epidemiology. I would like to hear about the work that different alumni are doing in these fields so as to gain a better understanding of career options. Any feedback or information is appreciated. Thank you in advance.
Name: Kelsey Whitaker ’16
Majors: Biology, Health: Science, Society and Policy
Hometown: Kingston, MA
My name is Gabriella Guillette and I graduated this past May with a double major in Women’s and Gender Studies and International and Global Studies. I plan to work a few years before acquiring my master’s degree in public policy. I have work experience with impoverished communities and have interned in an awareness raising capacity for Jane Doe Inc. around sexual assault and domestic violence. I am particularly looking for advice on working with domestic violence and gender based violence. However, I am also eager to hear advice/perspectives/experiences on service work in general especially that which has a holistic and survivor-centric approach. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Name: Gabriella Guillette
Majors: Women’s and Gender Studies, International and Global Studies
Hometown: Lunenburg, MA
Hi, My name is Brandon Odze and I am a current junior looking to take two gap years between graduating from Brandeis and going to Law School. I would like to work in public finance, but was wondering if it would look better or make me look more appealing if I worked for a government agency or non-profit. I would eventually like to end up in business law but I also want to make my resume appealing to law schools and show that I used my gap years extremely efficiently. If you have any advice for me, please contact me. Thank you for taking the time to look at my Wisdom Wanted ad.
I am preparing to graduate with a Master’s of Science in Wellness Management accompanied by a minor in Business Essentials from Ball State University. I completed my undergraduate degree from Brandeis University in 2012, studying American Studies and Studio Art. Being a Massachusetts native I would like to return to the New England area. I am seeking an internship or full-time position that will help me to gain real world experience and further develop my skill set. The focus of my graduate study has been work-site wellness and positive behavior change. I would greatly appreciate ideas and/or opportunities.
Name: Brighid Courtney ’12
Major(s): MS, Wellness Management; BA, American Studies & Studio Art
Varsity sport: Basketball
Hometown: Southampton, MA
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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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Women’s basketball senior looking for advice regarding job/career choices that fit well with athletes. I am very interested in working in a fast-paced, hands-on, team-oriented atmosphere focused on results. At Brandeis I have enjoyed being president of the Brandeis Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC), creating and organizing events for all types of students and having an impact. I would love to speak with alumni who can help me figure out how my background and skills translate into different careers. Sports fanatic, with particular love of basketball and football.
Name: Kasey Dean ’14
Major(s): Business & American Studies
Hometown: Southbury, CT
Varsity Sport: Basketball
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My name is Brian Allen and I am a Junior majoring in Business as well as a member of the Varsity Baseball team. I am currently pursuing an internship in Business for summer 2014. I would appreciate any advice on how to narrow down my internship search, and whether there is anything you would have personally done differently when you first started searching for an internship or job in the business field.
Name: Brian Allen ’15
Hometown: Salem, NH
Varsity Sport: Baseball
Undergraduate student and captain of the Women’s Varsity Softball Team graduating in May of 2014. Double major in Health: Science, Society and Policy and Sociology, looking for a Spring internship in the Greater Boston Area. Interested in working in the health care industry, specifically alternative therapies for mental health disorders. I would appreciate speaking to Brandeis alumni in the local area who have any leads on opportunities that would help me explore these areas of interest.
Name: Leah McWilliams ’14
Major(s): Health: Science, Society and Policy; Sociology
Hometown: Billerica, MA
Varsity Sport: Softball
My name is David Maher, I am currently a sophomore on the varsity baseball team. I am an undecided major; however, my plan is to pursue a business major with a computer science minor. For the past few years I have observed my uncle and the work he has done for Barclays on Wall Street. His job is very interesting to me. I love trying to figure out how the market works. I like the uncertainty of not knowing what will happen to stocks; it makes the job fun. Any advice that you could give me on the field of investment banking would be much appreciated. I would love to learn more about this field! Thanks for your time.
Name: David Maher ’16
Hometown: Beverly, MA
Varsity Sport: Baseball
Graduating senior, member of the Women’s Soccer team, majoring in Business, seeking advice about breaking into the consumer products, sports, or fashion/retail industry at the corporate level. My dream is to fulfill a marketing/advertising or public relations leadership position within a large, global retailer. Post-graduation I plan on moving to New York City, Washington D.C., or staying in Boston for a full-time position. I am currently an Account Management Intern at Blitz Media in Waltham, MA where I support strategic media planning and research for clients such as Carbonite, Sears, American Dental Partners, and Elements Massage. This past summer, I interned at an athletic event services company in Somerville, MA, where I acquired skills and experience in marketing/communications, business development, and social media planning. I would love to chat with anyone working in these various industries about their career path. Thank you for your time and consideration!
Name: Megan A. Kessler ’14
Hometown: Hopkinton, MA
Varsity Sport: Soccer
I’m a current junior double majoring in Business and Economics with a minor in Politics, and a member of both the Women’s Soccer Team and Track & Field teams. I have an interest in working in finance or a data-oriented field such as marketing analytics. I am looking for information and advice on how to narrow down my focus to steer my career path and internship search in a more specific direction. I have particular interest in the following finance fields: Asset Valuation, Portfolio Management, Capital Markets, and Corporate Banking, but I’m open to any suggestions and willing to learn about different fields! I would greatly appreciate any insight or advice you would be willing to give me!
Name: Alyssa Fenenbock ’15
Hometown: Upper Saddle River, NJ
Varsity Sport: Soccer, Track & Field
I am a student-athlete seeking advice on Masters programs in the Greater Boston area. As an avid spectator of sports and life-time athlete I am excited to pursue a career in the sports and events industries. Last summer I was able to intern with the Brooklyn Nets, and I would love the chance to speak with someone who has some insight in the marketing, finance, or corporate sponsorships areas as well. I would also like to pursue a graduate program in marketing, not specifically sports marketing or sports administration. I am considering the new Brandeis University IBS BA/MBA program, and I am interested in what alumni and professionals think of this new program and others.
Full name: Alec Spivack ’15
Major(s): Business, Italian, Spanish
Hometown: Miami, FL
Varsity Sport: Soccer
I’m currently a 2016 undergraduate and member of the Varsity Softball team who intends to major in Psychology (possibly clinical or sports related) and Anthropology. I love helping and working with people in any situation, and I would greatly appreciate any advice regarding careers or job benefits related to my majors. I would like to speak to alumni who will help me learn more about my area of study in the professional world, and I’m curious as to how you reached your current position.
Name: Danielle Novotny ’16
Major(s): Psychology, Anthropology
Hometown: Milford, NJ
Varsity Sport: Softball
I am currently a junior with a dual major in Business and Psychology and a member of the Women’s soccer team. I had the opportunity to work with a growing business-
to-business company this past summer as the marketing intern and would like
to gain insight into what is the next best step into pursuing a marketing career
after I graduate. I am curious as to whether it is best to intern with more than
one company, or to return to the same company? What do the different roles of marketing entail? I would like to speak with alumni to gather as much knowledge from others’ experiences as I can in furthering my career.
Name: Corinne Bortniker ’15
Major(s): Business and Psychology
Hometown: Chappaqua, NY
Varsity Sport: Soccer
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Hello! I am a senior majoring in Neuroscience and HSSP. I am primarily interested in cancer research but I am also interested in general neuroscience and public health related research as well. Seeking advice on a career in research (academia and industry) and how to apply to lab positions. I have worked in three labs so far, two as a student researcher (currently working on a thesis) and one as a lab technician. I am investigating the factors contributing to the differences seen in glucocorticoid sensitivity between older and younger women and men. I would love to talk to you about your career path, how you got to where you are now, and other relevant or future opportunities. Thank you so much for your time, I really appreciate it!
Name: Kristin Ha ’14
Major(s): Neuroscience and HSSP
Hometown: New York, New York
Varsity Sport: Fencing
2015 undergrad and captain of the women’s varsity softball team who is double majoring in Business and Sociology (with a minor in Economics), seeking practical experience/internship in Chicago. I would love to incorporate my ambition to succeed in business with my love of sports. I am reaching out to learn about your experience mixing these two passions and would also appreciate speaking to Brandeis alums in the Chicago area who have advice or leads for me regarding professional opportunities in Chicago.
Name: Cori Coleman ’15
Major(s): Business and Sociology
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Varsity Sport: Softball