Hi! I am a senior majoring in Health: Science, Society, and Policy and Psychology with a minor in Business. Last summer I had the privilege to intern with Waltham’s Congresswoman Katherine Clark in her Washington D.C. office, and fell in love with the city.
Additionally, I’ve worked at a non-profit in Israel focused on improving the health of women and children. At Brandeis, I worked in Undergraduate Admissions as a Student Interviewer, and I also served as a Student Coordinator for Alumni Weekend.
I am currently applying for entry-level positions in mission-driven health policy and advocacy organizations. With my passion for health equity, I see myself working for a similarly passionate non-profit/think tank/advocacy organization that mirrors my own interests. I am looking for advice on how to jump-start my career in a competitive city such as Washington D.C. and overall, any advice from alumni in this field!
Name: Sage Rosenthal ’19 Majors: Health: science, society & policy, psychology Minor: Theater arts Home town: Great Neck, NY Email: firstname.lastname@example.org See Sage’s LinkedIn profile
Hello! I’ve always been on the pre-med track, but lately I’ve become interested in the health-tech industry. I’m applying to jobs in that field in the New York and Boston areas. I would love to hear from any alumni currently or previously working in health-tech, particularly if you started as pre-med too. Thank you!
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 Email: email@example.com View Nina’s Linkedin profile
Hi! I’ve always wanted to do a MD/PhD program and go into clinical research, but I’m planning to take a few years off first so that I can have some experience with clinical research and know that’s what I want to do. I’d like to talk to someone who’s been down this path before, about how to pursue short-term research jobs (I’m just starting my search) and who to make the most of this time before pursing graduate school.
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 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Majors: Politics, Health: Science, Society and Policy Hometown: Hampden, MA View Jessica’s LinkedIn profile.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
I am an HSSP major and an anthropology minor. I know that I want to do work in the public health field, but I’m not sure exactly what. I’m interested in incorporating international cultural practices/alternative medicine in the Western healthcare system. What advice do you have for finding careers related to this field?
I am excited to be graduating Brandeis University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology this coming May. Currently, I work as a research technician preparing equipment for the researchers in the lab including creating and testing antibiotic plates, sterilizing pipettes, Eppendorf tubes, and glass tubes, and creating various medias.
Last summer, I had the opportunity to work as a physician office assistant (POA) at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital through the
Healthcare Administration Summer Support Program. Through this position, I handled heavy telephone volume, rescheduled patients tests and appointments, and updated electronic medical records (EMR).
I am interested in learning about two different paths: emergency medicine and its work environment as well as healthcare consulting. Post graduation I would like to work either as a clinical researcher in emergency medicine or some entry-level healthcare consulting. I am very excited to hear from Brandeis Alumni and your experiences!
Name: Caitlin King ‘ 17 Majors: biology Hometown: Queens, NY
This past summer I was a project management intern at a medical advertising agency known as GreyHealth Group in New York City. From this internship, I learned how to create budgets, timelines and further developed my communication skills by coordinating projects through all the different departments in the agency.
At Brandeis University I am the coordinator of Junior Brandeis Achievers (JBA), a Waltham Group after school program at two local elementary schools. Working with the administration of both the elementary schools, we manage the creation and execution of targeted programs for second through fifth-grade students at the schools. The coordinators recruit Brandeis and high school students to participate in JBA, train the volunteers in how to make lesson plans that stay within budget and how to engage with the students.
In addition to JBA, I volunteered in a Health Psychology Lab at Brandeis where I recruited study participants as well as captured and analyzed study results. Finally, I am captain of the women’s ultimate Frisbee team at Brandeis, a team I have been a member of since freshman year.
I’d love to speak to alumni who work in healthcare fields and learn about the different kinds of work that is available. I’d also appreciate advice on how to best network and connect with others in organizations that might be recruiting.
I am trying to find a way to integrate my interest in public health with a fundraising position (preferably with a non-profit). I would love to speak with alumni who are in all public health fields, but specifically with those who have jobs similar to my interests. I would like to know how they got started in their careers, and how I can gain more experience.
Name: Danielle Lebowitz ’19 Majors: HSSP Hometown: White Plains, NY
I am a motivated senior majoring in HSSP and politics with minors in anthropology and women’s and gender studies. I am in my first semester of the accelerated master’s in public policy program with a concentration in health policy at the Heller School at Brandeis. I am passionate about reproductive rights and health care accessibility, and I am interested in learning about how to work in the field of health policy, specifically reproductive health. Thank you for your help; I look forward to speaking with you!
I’m a senior pre-med student majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry. I’ve always known that I want to be a doctor and my experiences during my years at Brandeis have only reinforced that desire. In the last 10 years or so, it has become clear that taking a year or two off between being an undergraduate student and enrolling in a medical school is a path that these institutions prefer to see their applicants take. Therefore, I have recently begun a job search for gap year opportunities in clinical research or public health service projects. However, I have found the process of searching for a job that I know I will likely only hold for a short period of time to be somewhat awkward and difficult to approach. It has been challenging to express my interest in potential jobs while being perfectly honest about my intended path in life because most employers don’t want to hire someone who they know is there temporarily. That being said, does anyone have advice for an appropriate way that pre-med students can earnestly express interest in jobs they plan on holding for only a year or two?
Name: Alex Landau ’17 Major: Biology Hometown: Fairfield, CT
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!
I am currently a sophomore on the pre-med track with an intended double major in biology and HSSP, and an interest in neuroscience. I am interested but still unsure about pursuing medical school, and would appreciate any advice from anyone who might have been in a similar position. I would love to gain insight on why you chose to go to medical school or pursue an alternative career in the health field. If you are a recent grad, I would love to learn about your post-graduate/current medical school experience.
Name: Maytal Babajanian ’19 Majors: Biology, HSSP Hometown: Roslyn Heights, NY
I am a graduating senior at Brandeis seeking opportunities in health care innovation. As an HSSP major with experience in health care startups, I am passionate about making an impact on the American population’s health. Last semester, I studied abroad on SIT’s Chile Public Health program where I gained knowledge behind-the-scenes of clinics and hospitals. I would love to work with people on the business side of health care, whether it’s creating and maintaining partnerships or bringing departments together within an organization. At the Hiatt Career Center, I am a peer career advisor and I enjoy building relationships with students to help them achieve career success. I want to do this on a larger scale for health care startups, institutions, or organizations. I’m interested in hearing about types of entry-level roles and places that might fit my interests and passions within health care or health tech. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!
Name: Rebecca Groner ’17 Majors: Neuroscience and Biology Hometown: Worcester, MA
I am a senior on the pre-med track, but before medical school I will be taking a gap year to enhance my academic and clinical experience. Since coming to Brandeis I have not had the chance to explore all of my interests in healthcare, and this is where I am seeking advice. I have a keen interest in public health, and specifically increasing access to mental health education in minority communities. Within my gap year, I would love to explore the public health sector but I am having some difficulty figuring out how to do that. I would be extremely appreciative if anyone could offer advice on their gap year before medical school and what opportunities there are for students like me. Thank you!
Name: Megan Boateng ’17 Majors: Neuroscience and Biology Hometown: Worcester, MA
I am really interested in physician assistant shadowing. I am also really interested in working in jobs related to the medical field. Any advice related to shadowing and medical-related jobs would be greatly appreciated. My future plan is to take a gap year and apply to the physician’s assistant program at MCPHS University.
Name: Sabrina Lynch ’16 Major/Minor: Biology/ chemistry Hometown: Brockton, MA
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.
My name is Allan and I am a junior majoring in heath: science, society and policy and minoring in economics. I am eager to seek advice and connect with Brandeis alumni on possible opportunities in healthcare. My interests in healthcare include, but are not limited to, pharmaceutical marketing, data analysis and hospital administration. Any advice on your experiences will be deeply appreciated.
Name: Allan Chuang ’17 Major: Health: science, society and policy Hometown: Charlottesville, VA
My name is Madeline Rosenberg and I am a senior graduating in May 2016 studying Health: Science, Society and Policy and Environmental Studies. I have strong passions for public health, environmental studies, sociological phenomenon, and art, and have channeled these interests into social science research, writing, and reading.
My academic and work experiences are varied: I have had the opportunity to be a member of the Environmental Health and Justice JBS; a research assistant for a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism; a research intern for a documentary series with Warrior Poets; a research assistant for a scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center; and a thesis candidate with the HSSP department focused on the relationship between tattoos, college age women, and health.
After reflecting on these experiences, I am gripped by and subsequently hoping to pursue work in the fields of journalism (written, broadcast, documentary), film/TV, and publishing.
For someone whose formal academic areas of study are different from these specific career paths, what should my next steps be? How do I catch up on knowledge of these fields that I would have studied in a classroom setting? Where should I be looking for jobs? How should I go about becoming a more competitive candidate to production companies, journalistic and news companies and organizations, and publishing firms?
Any advice regarding these fields or questions is greatly appreciated. Thank you very much in advance for your time!
Name: Madeline Rosenberg ’16 Major: Health: Science, Society and Policy Hometown: Scarsdale, New York
I am a third-year student majoring in neuroscience and psychology. Medicine and biomedical research are careers I have strongly considered but ultimately decided against. I still wish to improve peoples’ health and quality of life, but just at the population level. My experiences include research in health psychology (Brandeis lab) and immunology (NIH/NIDDK internship at Stanford). I have also been a Teaching Assistant in a social science statistics course. The most rewarding aspects of these jobs have been collaborating and working as a team, as well as interpreting data. Therefore I am considering a career involving study design and data analysis. I am now seeking to transition into the field of public health. At the moment, I am planning on working for a few years before pursuing an MPH (epi/biostats). Advice on entering public health and maximizing my future experiences before graduate school would be greatly appreciated. It would be extremely helpful to talk to alums about what they are doing and how they got there. I would also love to hear about any summer openings or opportunities you think I should know about. Positions in a health department or clinical research opportunities are of particular interest to me. Looking forward to hearing from you!
Name: Won Young Cheong ’17 Majors: Neuroscience, Psychology Hometown: San Jose, CA
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 Major: Biology Hometown: Mountainside, NJ
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
The Brandeis pre-health advising team is compiling a list of Brandeis alumni who are currently enrolled or have graduated from medical, dental or veterinary school to connect with current undergraduate and post-bac Brandeis students embarking on the application process. While pre-health staff members function as the primary advisors, we are looking to connect students with an additional resource in the health care field. If you are interested in serving as a mentor (primarily over email), please email email@example.com for more information.
I am a recent Brandeis graduate where I was a triple major. I received a Bachelor of Science in Health: Science, Society and Policy, Biology and Hispanic Studies, with honors for my thesis. I am in the process of taking the MCAT and applying to medical schools, but I am first looking for clinical volunteer experience that enables me to interact with patients, shadowing opportunities where I will be able to interact with healthcare professionals and learn about their interactions with patients, and/or employment opportunities as a medical scribe, transcriptionist or secretary. I have office skills that I attained in my 2.5 years working in the office of The Arc of Massachusetts in Waltham, MA. I am able to use Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher. I am proficient in Spanish. I also have prior experience in entering patient information into a database from my clinical work with Global Medical Brigades in rural Honduras. In the triage station, I took down patient history, vitals, and symptoms, and I was able to shadow physicians in the consultation station, assist in the OB/GYN station, lead the education station teaching about personal hygiene, and fill prescriptions in the pharmacy. Prior volunteer experience includes being a Hospital Helper at Newton-Wellesley, a classroom volunteer through Junior Brandeis Achievers at Stanley Elementary School, a Health and Wellness Intern at the Chill Zone, a middle school rec program in Waltham, and an Undergraduate Departmental Representative for Hispanic Studies (as well as serving on the UDR council). I am wondering how to go about looking for these types of positions (aside from websites like Careerbuilder) and how to go about networking with former alumni.
I’m a graduating HSSP/Biology senior interested in getting clinical research experience dealing with children/pediatrics and diabetes before applying to graduate programs in public health or bio-medical science. Any advice on how to effectively break into the field or opportunities I should be aware of would be greatly appreciated. Additionally, if any alums have a similar experience I would love to find out how you got to where you are today. 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!
I’m a graduating senior majoring in Health: Science, Society, and Policy and Biology. Eventually I would like to go to med school but for the moment I’m interested in research positions in the South Florida area. If any alums have advice on how to make the most of research during a gap year or what I should try to look for during my search I would greatly appreciate it.
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.
I am currently a senior in my last semester at Brandeis. At the moment, I’m trying to figure out something to do in a gap year (or two) and currently I’m leaning towards positions in healthcare or in clinical research, specifically neurology if possible. I’ve tried my best to look through research labs in Boston and keep tabs on the job search boards for MGH and Beth Israel, as I would like to stay in Boston for my gap year. None of the applications have yielded any results, so, I’m asking for advice about other locations I should look into or if, perhaps, I should just look in my hometown. Thank you for your time!
I am a senior at Brandeis University and will be receiving a B.A. in Health: Science, Society and Policy (HSSP) with a minor in Legal Studies at the conclusion of this semester. I am currently a Peer Assistant in the HSSP department, and I have completed policy research internships with Health Care For All (a non-profit advocacy agency) and with the Healthcare Financing Committee of the Massachusetts State Senate. I am now looking for a job in the health policy field. Any advice or recommendations on position openings or general information about the field would be greatly appreciated.
My name is Lindsay Fitzpatrick and I am a senior at Brandeis University. My career aspiration is to be a physician assistant, and I am currently looking into fulfilling all of the requirements that go into the application process for PA masters programs. I am looking for advice on what jobs people have used to fulfill their hours, as well as any advice with the application process! I have had little interaction with PAs, so hearing more about why you love your job, and some insight into your daily life would be incredibly appreciated. I look forward to hearing from you!
As a senior on the pre-med track, I am excited to pursue research opportunities in the medical field during my upcoming gap year. I am passionate about patient care, in particular the field of pediatrics. I have been looking for positions in the Philadelphia area, but am struggling to find opportunities appropriate for recent graduates. Ideally, I hope to build on my clinical and research experience before entering medical school. I would greatly appreciate any guidance or advice about how best to find a valuable experience for next year. Thank you!
I am currently applying to medical school a as a Junior. I feel that my all the components of my application are strong except for my MCAT score (it is below the national average). That said, I have still decided to apply this cycle to schools that have accepted applicants with an MCAT score in my range. I was hoping to hear from alumni that have perhaps been in the same position as me and how they went about selecting schools. Knowing that my MCAT score is bringing my application down, are there any other ways I can enhance my application? I look forward to hearing any advice!
I am a Brandeis University senior. I have future plans to become a bio-medical researcher and doctor. I am hoping to find a position as a clinical research assistant or a related research assistant. I would also be interested in shadowing doctors of various specialties, as I have always enjoyed the atmosphere in a hospital. In a hospital, the atmosphere feels very supportive and hopeful even in the face of serious maladies. Any recommendations for places or people that may align with my interests would be greatly appreciated.
I have been interested in the science of nutrition and food since middle school and hope to incorporate those passions into my career. I have worked at Dr. Hayes’ diabetes lab for 1.5 years studying dietary influences of various foods and compounds on development and prevention of dyslipidemia and Type 2 Diabetes. It was the most rewarding and enjoyable job I have ever had, but was unable to return to work after studying abroad in Thailand. Originally, I was thinking of going into research, but now I am also considering medicine. An MD/PhD focusing on nutrition science and preventative medicine seems like the best of both worlds, but I don’t know if I’m qualified enough or if it is possible to do research and practice medicine because of grant competition. For those in medicine and research, do MD/PhD programs have any advantages over other degrees? What else should I consider when deciding on a post-graduate program? What should I do now to prepare? Are there any particular graduate programs I should consider – medical or research based? I have emailed many PIs at universities and hospitals for research positions and opportunities, but everyone said they were full. How can I get into a lab and gain more research experience?
I am currently a junior double majoring in Neuroscience and HSSP and am very interested in pursuing a career in pediatric occupational therapy. I have had experience shadowing and assisting occupational therapists but would appreciate any insight into organizations/programs that may offer interns a more integrated experience. I appreciate your time and insight.
I am a graduating Neuroscience major looking to learn more about chronic pain and/or stress management, and what careers I could pursue in this field, clinical or otherwise. Working alongside a chiropractor this summer helped me realize that I want to help people to lead functional and productive lives despite their health issues. However, I do not think I am ready to become a clinician just yet, so I would like to know more about types of positions where I could gain practical experience in the interim between now and graduate school. I am particularly interested in the use of complementary therapies, but I would appreciate any type of information or advice that you could offer. If you work in this field, I would love to hear about the steps that you took to get where you are now, and what you would recommend I do in the next few years. Thanks!
I’m a graduating HSSP senior looking to network with and meet professionals in the healthcare and health policy field. I would like to be involved in healthcare either as a research assistant, clinical administrative support specialist, or similar position for a couple of years before I pursue my masters in public health (or perhaps another graduate degree). Any advice on applying for these positions and making the most out of my time before graduate school would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Name: Amelia Lundkvist ’14 Major(s): HSSP Hometown: Portland, ME
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 View Brighid’s LinkedIn profile.
I am currently applying to medical school, and looking for a gap year job (in research or a hospital setting) before I hopefully matriculate in Fall 2015. Do any alumni have suggestions as to where I could look for such a job? Thank you for your time and any thoughts!
I want to attend med school or nursing school (Nurse Practitioner) within the next 1-2 years. However, in the mean time, I need to fulfill certain prerequisites (like chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, and anatomy). I will hopefully take classes a few days a week while working part-time. I paid my way through Brandeis, so getting a job that pays the bills and is also relevant to my future career path is very important. Any advice on pursuing this path is much appreciated!
I am a graduating senior looking for a job in the healthcare field before heading to nursing school. I would prefer a job that deals with healthcare management or experience with patients. I would describe myself as a hard-working student, who appreciates the value built in to teamwork. I have experience with non-profits, which is another career avenue that I am looking to pursue. Finally, I would love to shadow a doctor or nurse. My final career aspiration is to be a neonatal nurse practitioner, but I require additional pre-reqs.
My name is Ariana Boltax, and I am very interested in science education at the University level. After Brandeis, I will be attending veterinary school at Cornell University. My goal is to obtain a DVM followed by a PhD and to integrate the health sciences through education. Veterinary science is a fascinating combination of disciplines in a medically relevant fashion, and I am excited by the contributions that veterinary science has to offer to other health sciences, particularly human medicine.
Aspiring public health professional seeks advice on graduate programs. I will be starting an MPH program at the Yale School of Public Health this fall and am looking for any advice from current or former MPH students (from Yale or elsewhere). Were there any things you wish you had known before you started your program? Are there any courses you would recommend (e.g. taking more quantitative courses in graduate school)? I would greatly appreciate any general advice about completing an MPH.
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!
Sophomore majoring in HSSP seeking advice about physical therapy and other healthcare careers. I am interested in learning what factors influenced your decision into becoming a specific health professional. I would also like to know what I can to do to prepare for a career in the health care field. Any advice on this is greatly appreciated!
My name is Yael Bellin and I am a senior at Brandeis majoring in Health: Science, Society and Policy (HSSP). I am seeking alumni who work in public health research in the Washington, D.C. area. My past experience includes internships at groundbreaking research organizations such as Montefiore Hospital’s Care Management Organization in Yonkers, NY and The Sax Institute in Sydney, Australia. I am projected to complete a senior honor’s thesis entitled, “The Pursuit of Patient Education and Empowerment in the Midst of Chronic Kidney Disease” in April 2014. I would like to learn how I can use the skills I have acquired through these experiences into career opportunities in Washington, D.C. I posses strong writing and analytic abilities as well as superior organizational and interpersonal skills. Specifically, though not exclusively, I am interested in connecting with those who work in clinical research labs or research institutions such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health and the American Institutes for Research.
I am a senior double majoring in Biology and HSSP. Through my research position in a drug-development lab at Brandeis University, I gained many invaluable lab skills and realized that I want to go into Biotech/Pharma industry. In the future, I am also looking into getting an MBA and get involved in the management side of a biotech firm. As I am approaching to the end of my undergraduate life, I would love to learn more about how other alumni, who had a similar career pathway, found their first job, and what they did to reach their end goal.
Name: Sinan Isim ’14 Major(s): Biology and HSSP Hometown: Istanbul, Turkey
I am a double major in HSSP and Psychology graduating in December of 2014. I recently had an “ah-ha! moment” and realized that what I would truly like to do is become a health educator at the high school level. Before going into teaching, however, I’d love to gain some experience in the health communications field with organizations geared towards the prevention of diseases such as eating disorders and obesity. I’ve also been looking into masters programs that combine Health Communications & Health Education and would love to talk to anyone who has any experience with this type of graduate program and/or the field itself. Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated.
Name: Sara Hazelnis ’14 Major: HSSP & Psychology Hometown: Liberty, NY
I am currently a sophomore with an undeclared major but am interested in pursuing a double-major in Neuroscience and HSSP (Health, Science, Society, and Policy). I am interested in learning what alumni have gone on to do with these majors. I am looking to form a career in the health field but due to its vastness, I would appreciate learning what variety of opportunities are out there. Any and all advice is appreciated! Thank you for your time!
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
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
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!
Name: Anna Bessendorf ’15 Major(s): HSSP, Environmental Studies Hometown: New York, NY
Graduating senior searching for legal-related positions in the Boston area. Mainly interested in Mental Health Law but also drawn to helping disadvantaged populations in general. Looking for any legal-related work. My current search has led me to apply for Paralegal, Secretarial, and Legislative Advocacy positions. Do you have any advice for me as I continue my job search? Places to investigate? Skills to build? People with whom I should connect? Thank you!
Name: Heather Stoloff ’13 Major(s): Psychology, minors in Social Justice Social Policy and Hebrew Hometown: South Plainfield, NJ
I graduated this May with a degree in Neuroscience. I am very passionate about researching and furthering the understanding of the brain and would like some advice on what you did after you graduated. Were you happy with your decisions and your path? What would you have changed? I have a goal and a passion for neuroscience especially in disease research, injury, and memory, but I am open to new opportunities and directions.
Name: Rosanna Veggeberg ’13 Major: Neuroscience Hometown: Winchester, MA
I just finished my freshman year at Brandeis. I am on the pre-med path and plan on going to medical school. I would like to learn more about the opportunities available for me to explore the medical world, from clinical work to research. Also, I would like to talk to people who took the path to medical school to familiarize myself with what to expect and how I can approach medicine.
Name: Daniel Shor ’16 Major(s): Biology & Neuroscience Hometown: Waltham, MA
Neuroscience and technology double major on the pre-health track with interests in clinical research, especially having to do with neurobiological diseases. Planning to go to medical school but considering a glide year. I’m looking for possible ideas for the glide year, and I would ideally like to stay in the Chicago area to do so and would love to get some advice on paths to take!
Name: Elizabeth Zharovsky ‘15 Major(s): Neuroscience, Biology Hometown: Chicago, IL
I am a pre-med student, an aspiring obstetrician, and a children’s book author who is actively seeking literary representation. I am active with the March of Dimes and other Chicago women’s health charities such as Expanding Lives. I have also spent about 5.5 years doing scientific research and have found I am interested in gynecologic oncology. Recently, however, I’ve pursued research and investigative journalism through the Schuster Institute and am finding inspiration in health writing and narrative medicine. This summer I will be traveling to Bulgaria to collect patient narratives and intern in an under-sourced obstetrics hospital as a Sorensen Fellow. I would love to meet Brandeis alumni in the healthcare fields who can share their career trajectory narratives with me. I would appreciate any advice on how to get my children’s book published as well. Looking forward to chatting with you!
Name: Damiana Andonova ’15 Major(s): HSSP, Biology Hometown: Wilmette, IL
Health and Business double major, looking for advice about health care industry, in particular, pharmaceutical industry. Previous experiences include working at a health IT start-up and alongside a Nurse Manager at a hospital. I’m looking into understanding more about the opportunities that exist within the pharmaceutical industry (on the corporate/administration side). I would like the opportunity to speak with professionals who have worked in the industry for a while and could really help me understand more about the different facets of the corporate side of the pharmaceutical industry.
2011 Brandeis graduate working as a Research Assistant at Harvard School of Public Health studying health care financing and health system design. Double majored in Economics and Music. Captain of the cross-country and track teams. Looking to get more work experience outside the academic world before going to business school for health care management. Goal in the meantime is to find the best way to leverage background in health policy research in the health industry and get some hands-on experience developing and implementing new health care payment and delivery models. Would love to speak with somebody about the health care payer/provider space, and the types of experience that might be most valuable for a competitive business school application.
Psychology major with a strong interest in law, particularly health care law. I plan to take some time off before going to law school and would like to hear some suggestions as to how I can make the most of this time. I would love to talk to a current health care lawyer or a current law student interested in health care law to discuss what this path demands and what motivated them to choose this area.
Student: Brittany Bell ’13
Hometown: Queens, NY
2015 undergrad passionate about life sciences, but torn between medicine and research. So to the wonderful alums in the fields of both medicine and research: I would love to hear about your experiences and know more about the multiple career paths possible. Your insights and advice could greatly help me steer myself towards a certain track. I would also truly appreciate a shadowing opportunity to really understand what it is like to be in your shoes!
Pre-med undergraduate seeks advice about how to maximize a glide year, as well as firsthand accounts of personal experiences working in the medical field. I hope to connect with recent graduates currently in a glide year, or alumni whose medical careers unfolded following a successful glide year. I am invested in opportunities in a setting in which I would be able to improve my Spanish skills and/or work with children. I would appreciate the chance to speak with you regarding advice or recommendations of how to find such opportunities and incorporate them into my preparedness for medical school.
Student: Sarah Azarchi ’13
Hometown: Marlboro, NJ
Major: Biology, HSSP
I aspire to improve the health and wellness of those around me by gaining experience in the medical or public health field. Recently, I completed a summer internship at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in the Bureau of Tuberculosis Control. My research experience includes work at the Mailman School of Public Health and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. My questions are for medical school students and physicians: What was the best and most informative experience you had before applying to medical school? How did this experience change the way you view health and medicine? If you took time off, how did you spend that time in a meaningful way? What skills and values do you think are most important in the health profession? How do you see medical education changing in the future?
Student: Aaron Schluger ’14
Hometown: Millwood, NY
2013 undergrad double-majoring in Health: Science, Society and Policy (HSSP) and Business. I had several internships at different hospitals in Boston, working on projects in various areas including Development, Clinical Research and Marketing. I have been working as a research assistant for Brandeis professor for two years and this experience has strengthened my research and data analysis skills. I am interested in being a market researcher/analyst in the health care industry, and would like to know how I can reach my goal of being a healthcare consultant. I would like to know what kind of skills and experiences are the most important and what steps I should take to get into the healthcare consulting industry. I would love to speak with alumni who work as healthcare analysts or consultants to learn more about their career path.
Student: Julie Yiu ’13
Hometown: Hong Kong, China
Major: HSSP; Business
Psychology and Health: Science, Society and Policy (HSSP) major working on thesis about the experience of illness of epilepsy and diabetes for young adults who have experienced the college campus atmosphere, with Prof. Conrad, chair of Sociology and HSSP program. Also working at Aging, Cognition and Culture lab with Laura and Prof. Gutchess on cross cultural differences of categorical memory in the US, Israel and Turkey. My true passion is working directly with children. I now volunteer in three organizations for low-income children fun enrichment programs and spent my summer as a camp counselor in Istanbul. I hope to complete a Ph.D. in clinical psychology after getting work experience in the healthcare/mental healthcare/childcare fields in the US. I seek advice about options for entry level positions with that goal in mind. Where do healthcare, childcare and education converge? What do employers look for in such fields? What advice do you have for a college senior hoping to start a career in these fields?
Student: Rozi Levi ’13
Hometown: Izmir, Turkey
Major: Psychology, HSSP