I am a junior double majoring in International and Global Studies and Sociology, with a minor in Hispanic Studies, and pursuing a career in marketing, communications, and public relations. I would like advice on how to successfully break into the private sector as someone with more public sector (non-profits, charity) experience. Specifically, what is the best way to gain skills and expertise in marketing and communications without having formally studied business? Last summer, I started my transition from the public to private industry by working as a content marketing specialist for the Brandeis Graduate Professional Studies program. I would like to continue learning more about the industry and welcome any advice from alumni.
I am a recent graduate who is currently looking to connect with alumni involved in the legal, communications or investigative journalism fields. I have experience working in both research-oriented and administrative roles. I look forward to talking to alumni about their experiences.
My name is Abigail Rothstein and I am a senior majoring in Education Policy with minors in Environmental Studies and Social Justice and Social Policy. Before I pursue a higher degree in law, education, or sociology, I am looking for opportunities that will allow me to use media as a platform for social change. As someone who has experience using multimedia to share messages on activism and social movements, I have learned a great deal about the power of communication to share ideas. As such, I am looking for journalism, documentarian, or social justice storytelling organizations that will help people share their stories.
Name: Abigail Rothstein ’17
Majors: education policy, environmental studies, social justice and social policy
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
I am a recent Brandeis graduate who’s been looking for a job in the communications field (since I’ve had great experiences working in corporate communications during my internships) for a couple of months now.
I was wondering if there were any communication professionals out there that had any advice or could help guide me down the path of landing jobs in the communication field (brand, corporate, marketing, PR, etc.) especially for a recent graduate like myself. It’s been difficult trying to figure out what jobs are meant to be out of your reach or if there are credentials I need to develop first to be considered.
Name: Tony Chase ’16
Majors: business, sociology
Hometown: Franklin, MA
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 Rawda Aljawhary, and I’m searching for a full-time position or internship in the field of marketing and communications. I have a year of experience in marketing, communications, and data analysis. I’m interested in client relationship management and online behavior analysis.
I’d like to meet for informational interviews to talk about how to stand out in the marketing industry. I’d love my next career opportunity to be at an exciting marketing agency or in-house department.
Thank you very much,
Name: Rawda Aljawhary ’14
Majors: Sociology, creative writing
Hometown: Boonton, NJ
Hello! I recently graduated with my master’s degree in Broadcast and Digital Journalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University after receiving my bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University in 2013. While my background includes television reporting and media production, I am also exploring public relations/media positions. I am looking to utilize my writing and storytelling skills and apply them to a more creative platform. I wanted to see if any alumni had any suggestions for me in my job search or any advice for an aspiring communications professional. Thank you for your help!
Name: Andi Mucasey ’13
Major: International and Global Studies
Hometown: Missouri City, TX
My name is Emily Reich and I am currently a junior double majoring in communication & media and psychology with a minor in business. I have previously interned in public relations and marketing, and during the school year I am a Campus Editor-at-Large for the Huffington Post as well as a senior writer and editor for Her Campus. I would love to learn more about the publishing world, specifically the different areas of publishing, how to break into publishing, and what kinds of experience potential employers look for. I have experience writing and editing, and would appreciate gaining insight into the specifics of what it means to work in publishing.
Name: Emily Reich ’17
Majors: Communication & Media, Psychology
Hometown: Katonah, NY
Hello! I am an international student from India, graduating this May. As I search for jobs in communications and development, I would be grateful to alumni who could share personal experience and guide me through the process of finding a position without my visa being an obstacle. Thank you!
My name is Talia Zapinsky and I am a junior at Brandeis University, majoring in business and psychology and am looking for a summer internship. Through my active involvement on college campus and a variety of summer internships, I have worked on various teams and projects creating and executing social media promotions, as well as growing extracurricular club awareness in the digital marketplace. Additionally, I have extensively researched consumer behavior and social media presence in different markets for prior summer internships. Presently, I am Vice President of Marketing of TAMID at Brandeis, a business consulting club on campus, conducting marketing research and analysis for start-ups. Through social media I encourage members to become involved in TAMID. In addition, I am a hard worker, highly efficient, and detail oriented. I am presently co-editor of advertising for the Brandeis University school newspaper, The Justice, where we actively reach out to local businesses in the Waltham area, manage ads for sponsors in weekly printed issues and create rates and administer online advertising. I am looking for a summer internship relating to marketing or brand/consumer marketing, specifically in New York City. I would love to work in the consumer product industry or media/entertainment industry if possible. Any advice, connections, or tips to help me along this summer internship process would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
I’m currently senior studying Cultural Anthropology and International and Global Studies (IGS) with a focus in social media/global communication. I spent a semester abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, studying international advertising and cross-cultural communication, and am looking to pursue a career within the advertising/marketing industry. I have background experience in account management, public relations, and nonprofit marketing, and most recently have been interning (for two semesters now) on the digital strategy team at Hill Holliday. I’m graduating in May and looking to pursue strategy/planning opportunities as well as account management roles. Do any alums have advice for me in terms of the best way to get my foot in the door? I’d be interested in connecting with alums within the industry—I’d like to learn about various agencies/specific roles, as well as any potential entry-level opportunities. Thank you!
I graduated in May with a BA in Psychology. I always loved working with kids so as I began the Psychology track I thought I would one day be a school psychologist. After years of schooling myself I decided I needed to take a break and join the workforce. I am looking for a job in PR, marketing, communications, or development preferably in a Jewish nonprofit setting but I have opened my options to corporations also. I would appreciate any advice, leads or connections you might have.
I’m incredibly interested in the public relations field and would love to meet/speak with alumni who have their own PR firms or occupy senior level positions in other firms. I’m specifically interested in corporate communications, government relations and folks working in PR in the entertainment space. In terms of the experience I already have, I established my own nonprofit organization last year called Voices of Conservative Youth that is dedicated to changing the way young people perceive the Republican Party. I’ve done my own PR for the group and have been able to garner a significant amount of media placement in the process. I’m looking for mentorship in the PR field and would love it if you’d connect me with someone who’s willing to provide it. Thanks in advance for the consideration and I’m very much looking forward to hearing from you.
Name: Josh Nass ’14
Hometown: New York, NY
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A 2014 graduating senior seeking full time opportunities in Boston or New York. I am particularly interested in pursuing careers in either the account management, content, or strategy departments at full-fledged advertising agencies. I have recently wrapped up an account management internship at Hill Holliday, having worked on the Liberty Mutual account for the 2014 Winter Olympics, and the Novartis account with their upcoming drug campaign launch. During my internship, I’ve had opportunities to learn about each department within the agency and build a network of contacts. Additionally, I have also been part of the IPG Summer Intern program as a marketing intern for IW Group, Inc. last summer. I would love to speak with anyone who has advice on what next steps I should take to be able to enter into the ad agency world full-time, and any tips or strategies on standing out as the best candidate to employers.
Name: Jennifer H. Kim ’14
Major: Hispanic Studies
Hometown: Roslyn Heights, NY
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I’m a soon-to-be graduate with majors in business and history. I spent my time at Brandeis as the general manager of WBRS and I found that I am interested in media management. I want to know what careers are out there for a student like myself. Any advice would be helpful! Thank you.
Name: Lee Nisson ’14
Major(s): Business & History
Hometown: Denver, CO
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I am a 2014 Economics major and an advertising enthusiast. I interned as a copywriter this summer and loved it. We used to get creative briefs that outlined the goals/tone for the project and I want to learn more about the strategy behind those briefs. I am also interested in New Business, the competitive nature of pitches, and finding out exactly what the potential client needs to win the account. I’m interested in content strategy as a whole as well and would love to talk more to anyone with SEO, content, or copywriting experience.
Name: Ayan Sanyal ’14
Hometown: Lexington, MA
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Double major in International Global Studies and Economics with minor in South Asian Studies seeking advice and opportunities in NGO management and/or Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). I am enthusiastic about social work, and I have always wanted to work in this field. I interned at an NGO in China this past summer as a Brandeis Social Justice WOW fellow, and that internship has truly expanded my knowledge about NGOs. In addition, I plan to work at a corporate level (preferably in the CSR or Public Relations department) first before start working at an NGO. I would love to talk to Brandeisians who have working experience in NGOs or CSR field. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide!
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 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
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.
I am a Studio Art (painter) major graduating this May. I am also the Marketing and Communications intern at Hiatt Career Center, President of the Student Committee for the Rose Art Museum, and a Roosevelt Fellow (peer academic advisor for first year students). I would love to hear from alums and parents who also have BAs in Fine Arts and have pursued careers in visual arts, museums, galleries, arts non-profits and higher education. What kinds of paths did you take to get to where you are today? What cities are best for young artists? As a person dedicated to making art, how did/do you manage to earn a living while making your art? For those who did not go down a studio route, how did you get involved in the museum or gallery world? What kinds of opportunities exist in the marketing and communications fields for the art world?
Hometown: Long Beach, NY
Major: Studio Art