Advice for full time roles in arts administration/theater production or political campaigns?

I am seeking a full-time role in arts administration or theater production.  I also have an interest in political campaigning, as well.  I am hoping that alumni in these fields might be able to share some advice, resources, or contacts that may help me approach my search.  Thank you for your time!

Name: Bryan Alexander McNamara ’19
Majors: Politics, history
Minor: Theater arts
Home town: Hopewell Junction, NY
Email: bryanmcnamara@brandeis.edu
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Senior looking to focus on community organizing, advocacy and policy analysis

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
Email: stvizer@brandeis.edu
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Senior looking to take on entry-level job in publishing, marketing, or digital media

I am a graduating senior looking to tackle an entry-level job ideally in marketing, publishing, or digital media. My internship and work experience have given me a thorough understanding of marketing and sales. However, with my majors being in politics and my minors being in creative writing and environmental studies, my practical experience is a unique blend of disciplines. I am currently a Marketing Assistant at Brandeis International Business School, Social Media Strategist for an environmental nonprofit, and an Amazon Prime Student Ambassador for the school year. I prefer to be busy, which is hopefully evident. My dream has always been to enter the publishing industry because I am a passionate reader and amateur book reviewer. I have found it difficult to get past step one when applying to publishing-related roles, so any advice there is absolutely wanted. I am always finding new ways to blend these passions of mine, but am finding it difficult to find a clear path forward. Any advice and discussion are valuable! Thanks.

Name: Charlotte Lang ’19
Majors: Politics, Environmental studies
Minor: Creative writing
Hometown: Hollis, NH
Email: clang5@brandeis.edu
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Sophomore seeking political campaign experience using marketing skills

I am a sophomore, looking for advice on how to intern for political campaigns. I am a Politics major, but my experience is in marketing and communications.  I have had three jobs that have taught me a lot about digital marketing and networking, along with communications and social media. I believe the perfect intersection for me would be working on political campaigns. The only experience I have in campaigning is going door to door in NH for Bernie Sanders during the 2016 primary. I am hoping to make some connections and get some advice that would help me break into this field in NY. All advice is welcome!

Name: Liv Molho ’20
Email: omolho@brandeis.edu
Majors: Politics, Studio Art
Hometown: Larchmont, New York
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Senior weighing law school vs. public policy program

I am a senior looking for career advice on the legal and NGO fields. I am majoring in international & global studies, politics, and business. I am considering getting more experience before going to law school or a masters program in public policy.

After attending the Brandeis in the Hague summer program, I interned at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Before then, I interned at an arbitration court in China. From these experiences, I developed an interest in civil rights and international law, and gained strong legal research skills. I am also interested in public policy and would like to learn more about NGOs. I look forward to talking to alums and hearing more about their career paths. Also, I would greatly appreciate any insights on JD/MPP degrees, as well as connections in legal/NGO industries, especially for international students. Thank you so much!

Name: Ziyang Chen ’18
Email: ziyangch@brandeis.edu
Majors: International and global studies; politics; and business
Hometown: Shenzhen, China
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To reply to this ad, email Ziyang directly at ziyangch@brandeis.edu and cc: wisdomwanted@brandeis.edu for tracking purposes.

Politics major seeks leads on civil rights path

I am a junior majoring in politics and minoring in business and economics. I am interested in learning more about the field of law as well as public policy. I am looking for summer internships within these fields that focus on civil rights issues such as housing discrimination.

Name: La’Dericka Hall ’19
Email: laderickah@brandeis.edu
Major: Politics
Hometown: Southaven, MS
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To reply to this ad, email La’Dericka directly at laderickah@brandeis.edu and cc: wisdomwanted@brandeis.edu for tracking purposes.

Opportunities in health, policy, Jewish leadership for recent grad

I am interested in opportunities in healthcare, public policy and Jewish professional leadership after graduation. I’d love to speak with alumni working in any of these fields to explore opportunities!

Name: Jonas Singer ’17
Email: jbsinger@brandeis.edu
Majors: HSSP, minor in politics
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To reply to this ad, email Jonas directly at jbsinger@brandeis.edu and cc: wisdomwanted@brandeis.edu for tracking purposes.

Aspiring civil rights attorney wants to hear your path

I am a double major in history and American studies with minors in politics and legal studies. I am considering going to law school to be a civil rights lawyer but would love to hear more options and what other grads with similar interests are doing!

Name: Jessica Eichinger ’17
Email: jessicae@brandeis.edu
Majors: American studies, history

To reply to this ad, email Jessica directly at jessicae@brandeis.edu and cc: wisdomwanted@brandeis.edu for tracking purposes.

Archived Ad: Senior looking to break into health policy field

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!

Name: Annie Averill ’17
Majors: HSSP, politics
Hometown: Plaistow, NH

Archived Ad: Seeking Advice on Breaking Into Foreign Affairs

I study international and global studies and American studies here, and spent time traveling and studying abroad. I have experience working and volunteering in Ireland and Brazil, and speak Hebrew and Portuguese. I am interested in pursuing a path in foreign affairs and international conflict, and would welcome opportunities to travel and work abroad. I am curious how Brandeis alumni currently working in these areas broke into the field after college. After speaking to professors and people in the industry, there appears to be a consensus that without previous experience it is very hard to get your foot in the door. Being a full time student for my whole life, I am confident in my abilities but have not held a full time job in the field. What paths have alumni taken to get where they are? Thank you for your time, and any advice and wisdom is appreciated.

Name: Tzvi Miller
Majors: International & global studies, American studies
Hometown: Berkeley, CA

Archived Ad: Graduating Senior Seeks Public Policy Career Advice

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

Archived Ad: Politics Major Seeks Gap Year Experience

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

Archived Ad: Law School Bound Sophomore Seeking Advice on Planning Effective Gap Years

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.

 

Archived Ad: English/Political Science December Grad Looking to Make Most of Gap Year

My name is Gina Gkoulgkountina, I am a senior graduating in December. I am finishing up my majors in English and Political Science and my minor in Legal Studies. I am currently looking into finding a paralegal position for a firm that’s going to help me figure out what type of law I’m passionate about, and whether law school is the best next step for me. I would love to hear from you if you have advice for how to make the most of my gap year, or if you have any advice for this transitional period. Should I be studying for the LSATs? Should I focus on getting a legal job or would any job do?I look forward to hearing back from you!

 

Archived Ad: Economics/Politics Senior Seeking Career and Interview Advice in Consulting Field

I’m a senior studying Economics and Politics. I got interested in consulting as a result of my internship experiences and my year abroad at the University of Oxford. I have a particular interest in management and economic consulting. I would love to speak with alumni in the field to learn about your role as well as how you got interested in your field. I am currently in the process of submitting applications and doing interviews. I would also appreciate interview advice or company recommendations. Thanks!

 

Archived Ad: Senior Abroad Hoping to Make Post Grad Plans Including Conflict Resolution or Law

Hello! My name is Mia and I am a senior currently studying abroad in Gulu, Uganda. I spent one semester studying international criminal law in The Hague which inspired a semester in Uganda to explore the reality of post-conflict justice on the ground. I’m currently conducting research towards a thesis on perceptions of International Criminal Court intervention in northern Uganda. I’m torn about what steps to take post-graduation. I’ve considered the Peace Corps, law school, and graduate school. I hope to make travel and academics a permanent part of my life. However, I have to strongly consider my finances. Any advice about continuing my education in conflict resolution or law in a financially feasible way would be greatly appreciated.

 

Archived Ad: Seeking Mentorship & Career Advice in PR

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
Major: Politics
Hometown: New York, NY
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