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 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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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 am interested in a career in public policy, specifically in housing, healthcare, and poverty. I am also considering community organization, political campaign work, or non-profit work. I would greatly appreciate information about if I should be considering an MPP or other grad school degree. I would love to learn about social justice and non-profit career opportunities as well as your experiences! Thank you.
Name: Noah Coolidge ’16
Majors: History, sociology
Hometown: Lexington, MA
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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My name is Hailey Magee, and I am currently a junior who will be spending Spring 2014 in Washington DC at American University’s Washington Semester Program. I will be taking courses with AU and also interning for EMILY’s List. I am passionate about reproductive justice and women’s rights. I have served as president of the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, WMGS UDR, and this semester founded and chartered NARAL Pro-Choice on the Brandeis campus. In the future, I would like to work for an non-profit or issue advocacy organization (like NARAL), work on campaigns for state and federal legislators, and one day run for office myself. In DC, I would love to chat or meet up with some Brandeis alum who can offer insight into non-profit and campaign work specifically with regards to reproductive justice or women’s rights. Advice about how to make myself more marketable to these fields, especially in the DC community, would be incredibly helpful. Thank you!
Name: Hailey Magee ’15
Major(s): Politics / Women’s and Gender Studies
Hometown: Newton, NJ
December 2013 Grad in Linguistics and Anthropology with a minor in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. Looking for full time opportunities or advice in the museum, education, archaeology, non-profit, and government sectors. I have completed archaeology field school, interned at a museum, and am currently a Hebrew school teacher, an annotator/adjudicator for the Spatiotemporal Annotation Project, and a teaching assistant for Introduction to Linguistics. I am interested in networking with Brandeis alumni involved in any of these fields and learning about possible career paths. Thank you in advance and I look forward to speaking with you!
Name: Rebecca Loewenstein-Harting ’13
Major(s): Linguistics and Anthropology
Hometown: Robesonia, PA
I’m a double major in HSSP and Environmental Studies, hoping to eventually enter governmental work, such as policy analysis. I’m interested in environmental health and the crossover between environmental and public health issues. I’m looking to learn more about the benefits of advanced degrees in policy and/or public health (and general career advice), and I would like to speak to alumni that will help me learn more about my area of study in the professional world and/or government!
Anna Bessendorf ’15
HSSP, Environmental Studies
New York, NY
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
Sophomore double major in IGS and French with minors in Journalism and Environmental Studies seeks policy or advocacy focused experience, or experience at an established newspaper. Looking for guidance in getting tips from alumni established in international law, government and diplomacy, or print journalism on finding an internship and/or being prepared to go into their respective fields for the summer and/or after graduation. Classroom experience in writing policy memos and international negotiation exercises. Journalism experience includes writing, editing, layout, photography. Proficient in Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe InDesign on Mac and PC. Speak, read, and write French at an intermediate to advanced level.
Student: Alyson Eller ’15
Hometown: Plainview, NY
Major: IGS, French and Francophone Studies