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October 3: Engineering Career Fair at Thayer School

The 17th Annual Thayer School of Engineering Career Fair is TODAY, October 3 thayer(1pm-5pm) in the GlycoFi Atrium & The Great Hall at Thayer.

Can you attend if you are not an Engineering Sciences major? Yes! Companies that attend frequently offer internships and rotational training programs outside of Engineering and Computer Science.

The event is open to all Dartmouth students and alumni are welcome to attend.

There are 49 organizations attending, to view a list of participating organizations, visit:

Participating employers include General Mills, Medtronic, Trinity Partners, Trip Advisor, Oracle and VistaPrint.

How to Prepare for Career Fair (Tuesday & Wednesday)

We're looking forward to seeing you this week at the Employer Connections Fair at the TopScreen Shot 2013-09-23 at 8.40.02 AM of The Hop, from noon to 4 pm. Over 100 organizations will be attending to scout for potential employees. We encourage you to research organizations participating in the fair before you go. You can access the fair directory here. We also recommend using the Library's recommended resources to study up on organizations that are coming to the fair. Marketline Advantage is especially useful for researching for-profit organizations; check out the library's non-profit research guide to prepare for meeting with employers in the non-profit room on Tuesday.

Engage, give a warm smile, engage – no need to sound rehearsed, as if you’re reading from a script, but do come up with an opening statement that lets the representative know that you’re not just simply milling around, waiting for someone to come to you and do all the talking.

“Hello. My name is Jane, and I’m a studio art major. I read an article in the Brazen Careerist recently about your graphic design internship being one of the best in the country. Can you tell me a little more about what you look for in an intern?”

Even if you don't know as much as you should about a company, use openness and enthusiasm to spin a conversation in your favor.

"I understand you are hiring Analysts; what's a typical day look like for an Analyst?"

Be bold and pull at common threads. From your research, find things you have in common - maybe the employer is a Dartmouth Alum, or perhaps community leader of an organization you're a member of in college. If you can connect on a deeper level with an employer, they will see you as a person with a vested interested in their company, rather than just another resume in a stack of applications.

Good luck!

Alumni Stories: Matthew Megill '00, Missionary Physician in Niger


Matthew Megill ’00 is a missionary physician at a Christian hospital in Niger. His work focuses on HIV prevention and treatment. The hospital  employs 30 to 40 full time staffers and cares for about 300 outpatient and 100 inpatients daily.

Megill was a Classics major and involved in various Christian groups in his time at Dartmouth. He spent an off-term volunteering at a hospital in Jordan and taught middle school students at an English-speaking school in Cairo, Egypt following graduation. He received his medical degree from Temple University in 2005.

Position: HIV Program Director at Galmi hospital

Please provide a two sentence description of what you do:

I am a missionary physician serving at a Christian hospital in Niger. As HIV Program Director, I head HIV services, which covers screening, treatment, and outreach.

What is most satisfying about your current work?

I love to see our patients get better on ARVs (anti-retroviral medications). In 2012, we screened over 22,000 patients for HIV and follow about 600 on ARVs.

What’s the best way to enter your field? Any essential elements of preparation?

Medical school is pretty linear. Missions preparation involves quite a bit of concurrent screening and preparation as well.

What advice would you give to others seeking opportunities in this field?

Read widely and have a strong intellectual appetite.

How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?

Dartmouth was a wonderful stepping stone.

Trends in Medical School Enrollment

M.Megill_2Interested in a career in medicine?  You’re in luck – according to a recent news release by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), U.S. medical schools are on track to increase enrollment 30 percent from 2002 to 2017, a goal that AAMC had called for in 2006 in order to meet the medical demands of aging baby-boomers.  AAMC has projected that there will be a shortage of 90,000 primary care and specialty doctors in the U.S. by 2020. The news was not all positive, however, as federal funding for residency positions has remained stagnant.  According to AAMC President and CEO Darrell Kirch, this is a problem because students studying medicine are required to complete these training programs in order to become practicing physicians.  Congress’s failure to increase funding for residency programs has caused the enrollment increases at medical schools to have only limited effectiveness at increasing the number of practicing physicians.

Given the highly competitive nature of medical school admissions, how can you best prepare yourself for acceptance?  Check out these trends in medical school admissions for some helpful hints:

1. Medical schools are implementing holistic review

While medical schools traditionally relied on GPA and MCAT scores to evaluate applicants, new research that found MCAT scores highly correlated to test takers’ race, gender and socioeconomic background has caused schools to re-think the way they review applications.  Groups like the AAMC have promoted holistic review processes where applicants’ intellectual achievement, employment experience, personal background, community service and leadership qualities, among other intangibles, are evaluated as well.   According to a recent article published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, an early proponent of holistic review, saw its 2012 entering class GPA and MCAT scores rise to 3.66 and 33.62 from 3.57 and 31.68, while students underrepresented in medicine rose to 20% from 12%.

Take away: Get involved in community programs and volunteer groups that match with your interests, especially if they are relevant to your future career in medicine. Think about attending events run by Globemed, a student group that addresses global health inequity, becoming involved in Dartmouth's Emergency Medical Services, or volunteering at events run by the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical School in order to round out your classroom interests with relevant extracurricular programs.

2. “Early assurance” programs are expanding

Schools like Dartmouth, Georgetown, Northwestern and Tufts, offer undergraduate students a chance to apply to their affiliated medical schools as rising juniors.  The goal of such programs is to allow students a chance to broaden the scope of their college academic pursuits and avoid the substantial time and energy investment students usually make studying for the MCAT exam.  Dartmouth began offering an early assurance program to Geisel in 2012-2013 and extended admission to five members of the class of 2014 through the program.

Take away: If you are sure you want to pursue a career in medicine, check out Dartmouth and other programs that offer early assurance admission as a way to reduce stress during your senior year and avoid preparation for the MCAT exam.

3. More students are taking time off before medical school

80 percent of Dartmouth students take at least one year off before attending medical school, a percentage that pre-health advisor Sarah Berger said she expects to see grow in coming years. Some students pursue academic programs to help round out their medical school applications or gain further research and lab experience, while others take time off to pursue opportunities unrelated to medicine, Berger said.

Take away: If you know you want to attend medical school, think about whether it would be helpful to take a year or more off.  This time might contribute to stronger professional skills that you can list on your application, or it might help you narrow the focus of your medical studies.

Looking for further advice about pre-health academic advising? Visit Berger at the student advising offices located on the first floor of Baker-Berry library or her colleague, Lee Witters, at his office in the Life Sciences Center.  Career services can help you to navigate your search for off-term or post-graduate internships and fellowships related to health, but see Berger and Witters for specific MCAT test preparation practice or pre-health academic planning.

Alumni Story: S. Caroline Kerr '05, CEO for Joyce Ivy Foundation

Courtesy of S. Caroline Kerr. S. Caroline Kerr ’05 is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of the Joyce Ivy Foundation, a non-profit organization that offers programs and scholarships to help young women from the Midwest attend college. At Dartmouth, Kerr majored in Sociology major modified with Women's and Gender Studies. She also earned a minor in Education. She was also a member of Palaeopitus senior society, competed on the women's crew team, and was Dartmouth Rainbow Alliance co-chair, among other activities.

Kerr is president of DGALA, Dartmouth's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender alumni association. She has previously worked in Dartmouth's admissions office and recently completed a master's degree at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Please provide a two sentence description of what you do.

I lead a non-profit organization that seeks to raise and broaden the college aspirations of talented female high schools students. The Joyce Ivy Foundation works with a variety of partner organizations across different sectors as we engage in our work.

What is most satisfying about your current work?

I believe in the mission of helping to connect talented youth with educational opportunities at highly selective colleges and universities (such as Dartmouth.) I enjoy the variety in my work: developing strategy, launching new initiatives, managing a team, and thinking creatively about how we contribute to the national landscape of college access.

What’s the best way to enter your field? Any essential elements of preparation?

The Joyce Ivy Foundation works specifically in the realm of college access, and I have previously worked in college admissions and college counseling. In an entrepreneurial setting, thinking creatively about partnerships and bringing an enthusiasm to relationships with potential partners, donors, and other supporters is invaluable.

What advice would you give to others seeking opportunities in this field?

Take advantage of volunteer or internship opportunities as a way to gain exposure to the field or work of interest, and use those opportunities to build your network.

How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?

My undergraduate courses, jobs and internships, and involvement in student organizations prepared me to work effectively with a range of colleagues. I worked in the Undergraduate Admissions Office after college, and the work environment and mentoring I received prepared me well for graduate school and other professional roles. I have also been active in Dartmouth alumni leadership, such as the Alumni Council and affiliated groups, which has significantly contributed to my leadership development as well as provided me an opportunity to  stay engaged with Dartmouth.

Vault: A Trove of Resources

Photo courtesy of The Imperfect Traveller Interested in off-campus opportunities in law, accounting, banking or consulting?  What about alternative energy, healthcare, biology and life sciences?  Deadlines for these opportunities are coming up, with the corporate recruitment deadlines now less than a week away (July 8 at midnight!).

Luckily Career Services subscribes to Vault, a leading online database with rankings and reviews of top employers that you can search by industry or location.  These resources can help you decide which company is right for you and tailor your cover letter. Vault also offers guides on specific industries, interviewing, and a host of other topics from grad school to corporate careers.

To access Vault, log into DartBoard, the Career Service’s platform to search and apply to job opportunities.  Once you are on your account homepage, click “Resource Library,” located in the tab on the left side of the page.  Click the “Vault Career Insider” link to access the Vault webpage and create an account to get started!

Once you are on the Vault website, you can click through the tabs on the top of the page to access reviews and rankings of specific firms or general information about industries and professions.  Vault also maintains a number of blogs about hot topics related to job search and interviewing that you can access here as well.

Alumni Stories: Charlie Stoebe '08 on Entering the Media Industry

After graduating from Dartmouth in 2008 with a degree in Psychology, Charlie Stoebe immediately began a two-year Rotational Program at NBC Universal focused on digital media. Since completing the program, he's spent the past three years working in the sales and marketing side of NBC Sports. We asked him to tell us a little bit more about what it is like to work in Advertising and how to best enter the field: Position: Marketing Manager at NBC Universal (NBC Sports).

Two sentence description of what you do

Charlie Stoebe

The role of the Sales Marketing group is to generate revenue for NBC Sports through advertising. My specific role on the Marketing side is to come up with custom solutions for brands to execute on NBC Sports properties.

What is most satisfying about your current work?

I love how challenging and different each day is. On Monday I'll be thinking of how to convince McDonald's to spend money within Sunday Night Football, and then on Tuesday I'm working on an idea for Allstate within Premier League soccer. It's the benefit of working in a fast paced environment for a large company.

What’s the best way to enter your field? Any essential elements of preparation?

I think the best way is to get a job within a large media company. I started in a rotational program where I got to see different sides of the organization (News Publishing, Ad Sales, & Digital Products) before settling down into my current role. Obviously that is not available everywhere but any exposure within a large media company will help you learn about the different skills needed within each department.

What advice would you give to others seeking opportunities in this field?

I think the most important thing for Sales Marketing is writing. I have always loved writing - whether it be ridiculous emails to my fraternity or the infinite-page Psych papers each term. My job at its core is creative writing so having any background where writing is key will be extremely helpful.

How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?

The NBC rotational program I started in came to campus for the Employer Connections Fair and that's how I got my start. Luckily for me the head of the program was a Dartmouth '97 and he was intent on having someone from Dartmouth get into the program - forever grateful to have been that someone.

Is there anything that we haven't asked you that you think we should?

The media industry is definitely underrepresented at most (if not all) career fairs, but don't let that fool you - there is a job for every passion and major. Check the careers section of the websites of all the major networks (NBC, CBS, ESPN, MTV, etc.) to see what's available. There are an infinite number of entry-level jobs at these companies so just because they don't come to campus does not mean they are not hiring.

Alumni Stories: Noel Danforth '85 on Working as an Independent Graphic Designer

Position: Principal, Gold Star Studios/Independent Graphic Design Professional 
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Description of what you do: I am a graphic designer. I use visual communication (design) skills to design and develop a broad range of materials for my clients. You can see some of my work on my website:
Major at Dartmouth: French
What is most satisfying about your current work? 
Being fulfilled by what I do each day. Design exposes you to so many of life's currents and allows you to use your intuition to explore.  I have variously fallen in love with different aspects of my design practice: form, color, typography, layout, my tools and my current obsession—my camera. I've been exploring the idea of seeing and perspective through the camera lens.  
The beauty of a career in design is that there are so many possibilities and if you like learning (most liberal arts students do) it's a great field as it is continues to evolve and there are always new things to learn. When I started my career in graphic design the computer was a relatively new tool for designers; with the computer and of course the web, many new areas of design practice have been born. 
What’s the best way to enter your field? Any essential elements of preparation? 
There are various ways to obtain the background you need to be a designer and it's a multifaceted field with many specializations. My advice is to research what type of design you'd ultimately like to practice and to have that information direct your educational path. Pick a school and culture that aligns with your goals. The traditional path is to attend a BFA or MFA program. Ultimately an MFA is the best route if you'd like to teach design. 
When I started looking into a career in design, I was initially disheartened as it seemed the best approach was a BFA and that I had, in a sense, "missed the boat" and an MFA seemed beyond my reach not having any background in design nor a portfolio. After researching the possibilities open to me and considering school locations, finances and work prospects I decided to take a less traditional path. I attended the Massachusetts College of Art and Design's graphic design certificate program, an evening program, and gained work experience by day. Before entering the program I took design courses to see if pursuing design studies was something I really wanted, and I was able to build a portfolio to gain entrance. A portfolio allows potential employers/design schools to assess your design skills.  It is a reflection of you and your work, and a good portfolio is a necessity when you start looking for work or are seeking to gain admission to a design program.
What advice would you give to others seeking opportunities in graphic design?
For exploring the field I recommend taking courses in design at an art college. This will expose you to the design skills you need to develop, the culture of art schools, and allow you to start building a portfolio. Once you have developed a portfolio you can apply to a design program and/or start looking for work. Personally I found attending an evening program and gaining work experience simultaneously to be very rewarding; I was able to immediately put my new skills into practice. Design is about practice, the more you do the better you get.
Can you tell us about your experiences in different work environments as a graphic designer? Which has been your favorite?
I have worked in-house for educational institutions, financial services companies, a medium-sized design firm, and an in-house advertising agency. I enjoyed all these experiences to different degrees and I learned something from each environment. One distinction often made in the design world is working in-house as opposed to working independently or as a freelancer. All have their advantages; for me it comes down to personal preference and that can change over the course of your career. Having this varied background is what allowed me to start my own practice. It enabled me to broaden the scope of my portfolio and develop a network for future work opportunities. Running my own small practice suits me now and is my current favorite.
How would you recommend students who are interested in freelancing get into the field?
A freelance design career is something that develops over time and doing good work is the best marketing tool. If your work is good, clients will become repeat customers and new clients will seek you out. To start out you must be armed with a strong portfolio then you can either introduce yourself to prospective clients/employers or seek out an agency that specializes in connecting employers with temporary design help. This latter approach is an excellent way to see different work environments and to explore what type of work you might enjoy as a practice long-term. 
What do you do to keep your practice/perspective fresh and evolving?
I enjoy experimenting in different media; this gets me away from my computer and allows me to access different thought pathways for problem solving. I believe design is about keeping open and developing a keen eye. Also, I find it important to remind myself in a more tactile way why I love what I do. Picking up another media and working with color, shape and texture in an intuitive way helps me to connect to less directed problem-solving. Whether it's drawing, painting, sewing, or beading, I love to work in a way that allows more freedom for my intuition to connect with an unconscious flow. We all carry ideas around that sometimes need a little coaxing into the light.
How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?
Dartmouth's dedication to undergraduate liberal arts is legend, the broad spectrum and depth of course offerings allows students many lens on the world. Design is a big picture field, it's everywhere and in everything, the more of the world you understand the better you will be at your practice. Though my design skills are essential to my practice the underlying skills are from the liberal arts: having a broad knowledge-base from sciences to languages, the ability to problem solve and communicate clearly, having curiosity and discipline, and a love of learning. Dartmouth serves these up in spades.

How to Combine Social Justice & The Performing Arts (No Fooling!) - Leese Walker '91

Interested in pursuing a career in the performing arts and/or political activism? Leese is the founder of Strike Anywhere, an education and performance ensemble that promotes free-thinking and greater social awareness through politically-charged original works. As a freelance artist, Leese’s work has included working with an experimental theatre company, performing Shakespearean roles, and playing the Lakota flute with the Wendy Osserman Dance Company.

A long-time core improvising actor with the Walter Thompson Orchestra, Leese also helped them adapt Soundpainting, the live-composing sign language, for theater. In addition to her work with Strike Anywhere, Leese is a freelance a teaching artist at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Manhattan's Roundabout Theatre. A past member of the board of Directors for the Network of Ensemble Theatres, her work has been featured on NPR, Radio France and U.S. television.

Leese joined us via Skype for a conversation on Monday, April 1, 2013.  Please check back for an audio recording of the session.



Is there an MBA in your future? Check out Tuck!

Planning to pursue an MBA after finishing your Bachelor's degree at Dartmouth? Curious about what an MBA program is? The Tuck Admissions Office invites you to explore another part of campus and the possibility of a future in business.  Throughout the spring, they are offering opportunities to visit Tuck, interact with current students and talk to staff:

8:30 AM or 10:20 AM - Class Visit 12 PM - Lunch with Students 12:45 PM - Tour of Tuck 1:30 PM - Q&A with an Admissions Officer

The program is available every Monday and Tuesday through May, with a couple of exceptions.  Here are program dates:

March 26, 27 April 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 23, 30 May 6, 7, 14, 20, 21

***To reserve a spot, or if you have any questions, please contact Gelsey Tolosa  (gelsey.a.tolosa<at>tuck<dot>dartmouth<dot>edu).

If you're unable to attend but have questions about Tuck's MBA program, don't hesitate to contact the Admissions office.

They are looking forward to meeting you!



1. Export-Import Bank of the United States - Public Affairs Specialist POST-GRAD 2. Council on Foreign Relations -Research Associates - POST-GRAD 3. Honduras - Health Education & Advocacy Liaisons- INTERNSHIP 4. Costa Rica - Center for Sustainable Development Studies - Program Intern, POST-GRAD 5. 'Virtual' Research INTERNSHIP, China Brief - The Jamestown Foundation (DC) 6. Switzerland - UN Watch - INTERN 7. China Market Research Group - 2-Year Business Analyst Program 8. JUNIORS - Fulbright Applications - Open MAY 1 - Various Abroad Opportunities 9.  Germany - Wolfgang Köhler Primate Research Center - INTERN 10. Conversation: CAREERS IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Meeting Public Challenges from the Private Sector Speaker:  Michael Fairbanks, co-founder of SEVEN (Social Equity Venture Fund)




1. Export-Import Bank of the United States - Public Affairs Specialist POST-GRAD: The Ex-Im Bank is the official export credit agency of the United States. This position is located in the Office of Communications-Public Affairs and is being filled under the Pathways Recent Graduate Program. Activities include preparation of information on Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank's export financing programs and policies to domestic and international news media, U.S. and foreign businesses, banks, federal/state/local government agencies, private organizations and groups, and the general public. Deadline:  MARCH 27 Website:


2. Council on Foreign Relations-Research Associates - POST-GRAD             1) Southeast Asia (DC); 2) Global Health (NY): 1)Support a CFR Fellow whose work examines U.S. policy toward Southeast Asia. Must have 1+ yr. of administrative and/or internship experience; 2) Support Senior Fellow for Global Health Laurie Garrett, a highly sought after expert on many global health issues, including global health funding, HIV/AIDS, and biosecurity. Send Resume & Cover Letter (incl. position name in email) to Council on Foreign Relations Human Resources Office 58 E. 68th St., New York, NY 10065 FAX: (212) 434-9893 Website:

3. Honduras - Global Healing - Health Education & Advocacy Liaisons (HEAL)  - INTERNSHIP: HEAL student internship provides advanced undergraduate students with a unique opportunity to experience pediatric medicine and community health at the Roatán Volunteer Pediatric Clinic (RVPC) in Roatán, Honduras. As part of the American and Honduran medical team, student interns play a key role in the daily operations of the RVPC. Outside of clinic, student interns volunteer with local community organizations and/or carry out their own community or public health projects. Send Resume & Cover Letter to Website:


4. Costa Rica - Center for Sustainable Development Studies - Program Intern, POST-GRAD: The School for Field Studies (SFS) is  nation's largest field-based provider of environmental study abroad programs, the interns provide support in the areas of Research, Student Programming, and Operations. This includes program delivery, academics, research, group dynamics, logistics, program safety, risk management and site maintenance. Mid-August 2013-August 2014. Website:


5. 'Virtual' Research INTERNSHIP, China Brief - The Jamestown Foundation (DC) Research and analyze a variety of foreign, defense, economic and policy issues related to China between 15-20 hrs @ week. Receive assignments, conduct research and analysis, and submit contributions via the Internet. Proficiency in Mandarin Chinese is preferred. Interns work directly with the China Brief Editor, Peter Mattis. email a resume, cover letter, and a short writing sample to Peter Mattis: In the subject line, please indicate "Research Intern." Website:

6. Switzerland - UN Watch - INTERN: UN Watch's mission is to monitor the performance of the United Nations according to the yardstick of its Charter and to protect human rights for all.  Substantive intern responsibilities can include research and writing of reports, drafting correspondence, monitoring and reporting on meetings at the UN, attending and reporting on meetings with diplomats and UN officials, fact-checking and taking notes.  Preference is given to candidates who apply at least 6 months in advance. Website:


7. China Market Research Group - 2-Year Business Analyst Program: Learn and practice the skills necessary to perform top-tier market research and strategy consulting Website:


8. JUNIORS - Fulbright Applications - Open MAY 1 - Various Abroad Opportunities: Get started investigating Fulbright grants for 1) Study/Research (Business, Journalism, Sciences and Public Health and Creative/Performing Arts) ; 2) English Teaching Assistantships 3) Fulbright-mtvU (international musical culture); 4) Travel Grants (Italy, Germany, and Hungary) Website: Preliminary campus deadline: July 1 - check with  !


9.  Germany - Wolfgang Köhler Primate Research Center - INTERN: Internships should last at least 8 weeks. The Primate Center is part of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropologhy.  Please send your application at least 6 months in advance to: Daniel Hanus  Phone: +49 (341) 3550 - 610 Website:


10.  CAREERS IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Meeting Public Challenges from the Private Sector Speaker:  Michael Fairbanks, co-founder of SEVEN (Social Equity Venture Fund) is a virtual non-profit entity run by entrepreneurs whose strategy is to markedly increase the rate of innovation and diffusion of enterprise-based solutions to poverty) THURSDAY, March 28, 1-2pm @ Haldeman 041 *R.S.V.P. to Panera lunch provided

ALSO, see INTERNATIONAL Career Link at

**To schedule an Appointment with an Advisor, call Career Services at 646-2215




Careers In International Development & Entrepreneurship (3/28)

Are you interested in solving global public challenges -- from health and economic development to poverty -- through private-based solutions? Attend this program and have a conversation with Michael Fairbanks, co-founder of  Seven (Social Equity Venture Fund), a virtual non-profit entity run by entrepreneurs whose strategy is to increase the rate of innovation and diffusion of enterprise-based solutions to poverty

Meeting Public Challenges from the Private Sector THURSDAY, March 28, 1-2pm @ Haldeman 041 Lunch provided  (RSVP to

About  Michael Fairbanks was a U.S. Peace Corps teacher in Kenya (1979-1981). He has been a founder and chief executive in both the private and NGO sectors. A long-time angel investor in the life sciences, he is a founding board member of Silver Creek Pharmaceuticals, based in San Francisco, which is focused on solutions to heart disease; and a founding board member in Akagera Pharmaceuticals, which seeks a solution to Tuberculosis.

He has worked closely with two dozen heads of government in Latin America, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and Asia; he is Senior Advisor since 2001 to President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. He co–authored Harvard Business School’s book on business strategy in emerging markets, “Plowing the Sea, Nurturing the Hidden Sources of Advantage in Developing Nations,” and edited, “In The River They Swim, Enterprise Solutions to Poverty.”

He is a Director of the Rwanda Biomedical Board, which oversees that nation’s health care system, and the Akilah Institute for Women, Rwanda’s first women’s college. He is a citizen of the United States, the European Union (Ireland), and Rwanda.

Intern Stories: Catherine Treyz '13 on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams

Position: Summer Intern at NBC Nightly News with Brian WilliamsLocation: New York City Description of what you did: I was a broadcast intern at Nightly News during Summer 2012, where I worked directly with producers on news and feature pieces for the evening newscast. Major at Dartmouth: English with concentrations on popular culture and British literature

1. What was the most satisfying about your work?

From the first day, I was relieved to realize that my internship would be different from those portrayed on television sitcoms — there were no coffee runs. Immediately, I became an active member of the newsroom team and was often responsible for meeting the same daily deadlines as producers, designers, writers, and reporters. During the first week, I was trained by media professionals on how to use specific video editing and logging programs. I further developed those skills throughout my internship, editing videos for and previewing footage for news and Olympics pieces.

Although I was completing basic production tasks, it was truly awesome seeing even seconds of footage I logged and highlighted for producers appear on the national evening newscast. Luckily for me, as an Olympics aficionado, many of my assignments were completed in preparation for the London 2012 Summer Games. I also assisted producers and crew on a couple of on-location shoots, including a day spent in the Bronx filming the New York Yankees at their HOPE Week charity events. At the end of the summer, I was hired as a “runner” for NBC and MSNBC at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, where the hands-on production experiences continued. Overall, I was introduced to the truly multi-faceted field that is news media. The career options are endless.

2. What’s the best way to enter the broadcast journalism field? Any essential elements of preparation?

First, you have to like news. Whether you prefer broadcast over print is not important, because there are skills, like writing, that overlap in both fields. But your job will be variably different each day given the nature of news. You have to embrace that nature and you have to like that nature. Secondly, some experience, whether it’s through a campus publication or previous internship(s), in news or media is certainly a plus. It makes the adjustment to a professional newsroom easier and exciting. Also, there will be certain takeaways: You can apply the skills you learn when you return to work with your campus groups or in future jobs.

With that being said, it’s also very important to have an open mind and thick skin. Professional producers and editors take the time to show you how they start and finish a piece. They also talk with you and review your own work, offering suggestions and edits to a web piece you’ve spent hours working on. Take those moments as learning experiences. Some of the more interesting conversations I had with producers were about just two seconds of footage we were considering.

3. What advice would you give to others seeking internships in this field?

Be willing to try something different. For instance, if you’re interested in an editorial internship but get a media design or business one, don’t necessarily turn it down. Your interests can change — and that’s a good thing. Chances are good that you’ll likely experience editorial aspects in a business or design environment as well, or vice versa. It’s an interdisciplinary field.

4. How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?

At this internship, I noticed my liberal arts background come into play. Because of Dartmouth’s curriculum requirements and liberal arts emphasis, I have taken courses in many departments. I incorporated skills and knowledge from classes in several departments into my daily duties. Dartmouth classes and experiences have pushed me to think deeply, act resourcefully, and ask important questions. In July, when the Aurora, Colorado shootings occurred, the Nightly office was quickly reacting to the breaking news and changing reports. My coursework in media research, statistics, public policy, anthropology, and literature helped me efficiently assist producers and communicate with others throughout the country.

As I approach graduation, I also realize how important resources like Rauner Special Collections and Jones Media Center are in pursuing my career path. There you learn valuable research methods and how to use similar and sometimes the same software media and production companies use.

5. Is there anything else you would like to add?

Interning at NBC was a wonderful experience. In fact, I was sad to leave on my last day! I definitely suggest browsing the NBC Universal career site if you’re interested in news, entertainment, sports, business, marketing, law, and, well, just about anything! I met interns from different departments and we all only had positive things to say about our internships. Take a look and apply!

Career Blitz: Environmental

  1. 4 Myths About Green, Environmental, and Infrastructure Jobs - ARTICLE (
  2. American Farm School (Post-Graduate) - POST-GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS (Apply by March 15), Thessaloniki, Greece
  3. American GeoSciences Fellowship - INTERNSHIPS (Deadline March 15), Washington, DC
  4. Environmental and Energy Study Institute - INTERNSHIPS (Apply now), Washington, DC
  5. Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership - INTERNSHIPS (Deadline March 15), Hurricane Island, Maine)
  6. MillerCoors - SUSTAINABILITY INTERNSHIP (Apply now), Milwaukee, WI
  7. NativeEnergy - INTERN (Apply Now), Burlington, VT
  8. New York City Department of Environmental Protection - INTERNSHIP, New York, NY
  9. Trends in Environmental Jobs and Employment - ARTICLE (Environmental Programs.Net)
  10. World Resources Institute - RESEARCH INTERN (Apply Now), Washington, DC

4 Myths About Green, Environmental, and Infrastructure Jobs – ARTICLE (

American Farm School (Post-Graduate) – POST-GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS (Apply by March 15), Thessaloniki, Greece Five post-graduate teaching fellowships are available at independent, nonprofit educational institution founded in 1904 to serve the needs of Greece and the surrounding Balkan areas. The School prepares its graduates for prominent roles in community life and in the agriculture and food sectors by teaching farming and business practices that are economically viable, ecologically sound and socially responsible.

American GeoSciences Fellowship – INTERNSHIPS (Apply by March 15), Washington, DC Interested in public policy and in how Washington impacts the geoscience community? Gain a first-hand understanding of the legislative process and the operation of executive branch agencies while honing your writing, research, and web publishing skills. Stipend provided.

Environmental and Energy Study Institute – INTERNSHIPS (Apply Now), Washington, DC Provide substantive help to advance our environmental and energy policy agenda. Gain insight into the workings of Congress and the federal legislative process, knowledge of significant environmental and energy issues, and learn how to build coalitions with other organizations.

Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership – INTERNSHIPS (Deadline March 15), Hurricane Island, Maine Hands-on experiential education opportunity. Gain field research experience and leadership training in a remote off-shore environment. Internships available in Research, Infrastructure and Design.

MillerCoors – SUSTAINABILITY INTERNSHIP (Apply now), Milwaukee, WI Support the sustainability team with departmental research and strategic planning assignments. Communicate regularly with members of the Public Affairs and Communications Organization, research and write on issues of substantive importance in Sustainability in meetings with external organizations, and educate consumers on drunk driving prevention and recycling.

NativeEnergy – INTERN (Apply Now), Burlington, VT Gain valuable educational experience in carbon accounting, marketing, sales, and project development. Interns have moved on to careers in the energy sector, public policy, environmental advocacy, and other fields.

New York City Department of Environmental Protection – INTERNSHIP, New York, NY Help preserve and protect NYC’s water supply and make New York City more sustainable. Projects include participating in mega projects, working with state and Federal regulators on critical water quality issues, and helping to "design and build the most ingenious water system in the world?

Trends in Environmental Jobs and Employment – ARTICLE (Environmental Programs.Net)

World Resources Institute – RESEARCH INTERN (Apply Now), Washington, DC Assist in the President's Office of a research and policy organization focusing on the intersection of the environment and socio-economic development. This is a paid internship available now; search site for other internship opportunities in summer and off-term.

Check out additional resources through Career Services here:

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Intern Stories: Marina Villeneuve '13 on Newsday Internships

Position: Reporting Intern at Newsday Location: Melville, NY

Two sentence description of what you did: I reported and wrote breaking news, daily and enterprise articles about courts, crime and town politics for the Long Island desk.

Major at Dartmouth: Government

1. What was most satisfying about your internship? I love journalism because I get the chance to learn something new every day. I'm never stuck behind a desk for long periods of time — instead, the bulk of my time is spent talking to people and learning about their stories and perspectives. When I am behind a desk, I'm investigating longer-term pieces or crafting cogent ledes. Being a breaking news intern at Newsday means that I come to work with little to no idea about what I'll actually be doing, which is so exciting. What's most personally satisfying is that "aha" moment when the story comes together, and does so in a way that breathes life into an otherwise dry or complex issue.

2. What’s the best way to enter your field? Any essential elements of preparation? Networking: The world of journalism is super small. Everyone knows each other, which means networking is essential to both finding and ultimately landing internships and jobs. But, before you network, you need to have the skills and experience to back you up. Google your favorite journalists and use LinkedIn to see how they got where they are, and what sorts of skills helped them get there. Use the Dartmouth Alumni Network to search for journalists and ask for career advice.

Multimedia skills: It's also essential to be comfortable with photo/video/audio-editing software. That doesn't mean you have to be a professional, but you should be able to produce a multimedia package. Jones Media Center often has workshops on Photoshop and other softwares, and you can also access free tutorials on HTML and what not through sites like Lynda.

Clips: Still, internships alone aren't enough — it's the clips that you get at those internships are what will ultimately set you apart from other candidates. Have a wide variety of clips, from breaking news, to features, to analytical pieces across a wide variety of subject matter. Most places ask for three to five clips.

Internships: Internships are so essential, and media outlets nowadays really expect you to have at least one journalism internship before they'd even consider hiring you. Don't get hung up on "big name papers" — instead, look at the skills and experiences they picked up along their path and figure out ways to develop those skills yourself. Small papers/media outlets can often be even more formative experiences for young journalists as they often are able to help train journalists on a more personal level.

Applying to jobs/internships: Do your research before sending out your package of clips, cover letter, references and resume — think of it as your first assignment. Find out who are the recruiters at the media outlets you'd like to work for one day, and start working relationships with them. This means everything from sending them clips to updates on your career (but not constantly, of course). Keep in touch with editors at past papers you've worked at, as they can often give you good leads on jobs or let you know of a position opening up at that very paper! This is an example of ways that internships can lead to jobs. Send your package on — or preferably ahead of — deadline, figure out who to address it to, and make sure you have no awkward typos.

Job-training programs: Lastly, keep an eye out job training programs like the Los Angeles Times Metpro, NPR's Fellowship programs, Gannett Talent Development Program, the Atlantic Media Company's Fellowship program, etc. Also, think of journalism graduate school carefully. Think about what you want to get from J-school before you apply/enroll in a senior year haze.

3. What advice would you give to others seeking opportunities in this field? I'd highly recommend joining a journalism organization, like the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Society of Professional Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors, etc. Joining an organization (at a discounted student rate!) shows that you're seriously interested in becoming a better journalist. These groups host annual/biannual conferences featuring professional development workshops, mentoring programs, job fairs, etc.

These organizations also have chapters that offer get-togethers, student scholarships and internship opportunities, etc. I'd also recommend awesome journalism training programs like the Chips Quinn Scholars Program, The New York Times Student Journalism Institute, the Sports Journalism Institute, etc. While you're in school, seek out freelancing and stringing opportunities to keep your skills polished.

And lastly, don't be afraid to just ask questions and create your own opportunities. Last spring, I cold-called every D.C. news bureau and pitched myself. I landed an internship at a national wire service and developed several relationships with potential employers — including The Los Angeles Times, who hired me as a D.C. intern for this upcoming summer. You might feel like a weirdo, but as long as you know your goals for the internship and what you can contribute, you're gold. In the meantime, check out some tips on landing an internship, learn some data and business reporting skills (here's a list of bootcamps),  and make sure you have a professional social media presence. Oh, and seek Dartmouth funds to host unpaid journalistic opportunities.

Note: Want to learn more about internships in Communications? Don't miss our panel February 21, 4:30 PM in Career Services. Sign up today!

Career Blitz: Science

Topics Include:

  1. All Ivy Environmental Career Fair - Event 3/1/2013,Columbia University, New York, NY
  2. Biogen Idec - Public Affairs/Community Lab Intern (SUMMER), Cambridge, MA
  3. California Science & Technology Policy - Fellowship (Apply by 2/28) (1 Year), Sacramento, CA
  4. Dannon Yogurt - Probiotics Fellowship (Apply by April 1),
  5. Genzyme (Roche) - Structural Biology Intern (SUMMER), South San Francisco, CA
  6. Medzilla - RESOURCE, Nationwide
  7. National Association of Science Writers - FAQ for New & Aspiring Science Writers - ARTICLE,
  8. National Institute of Mental Health - Section on Bipolar Spectrum Disorders - Research Assistant (Apply now!), Bethesda, MD
  9. National Science Foundation - Summer Research Opportunities - Multiple Disciplines (SUMMER), Nationwide
  10. Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Internship Program - INTERNSHIP (Year-round opportunities), Arlington, VA

All Ivy Environmental Career Fair – Event 3/1/2013 (Columbia University, New York, NY) Meet with representatives from 60+ organizations hiring for internships and full-time employees. Registration is now open.

Biogen Idec – Public Affairs/Community Lab Intern (Cambridge, MA) Assist with running the summer sessions for high school students in the Community Lab. Provide  basic laboratory preparation and clean up, assist with organizing summer sessions, and provide teaching assistance during the sessions

California Science & Technology Policy – Fellowship (Apply by 2/28) (Sacramento, California) Fellows are placed in the California State Legislature.  Fellows work hands on with policy-makers to develop solutions to complex scientific and technical issues facing California through their interaction with the legislative process.

Dannon Yogurt – Probiotics Fellowship (Apply by April 1) The $25,000 Fellowship supports the education of a student who shows a strong interest in the research of nutritional and functional benefits of both yogurt and probiotics.  It enables a current or incoming graduate student of a science program to enhance his or her academic path in probiotics and yogurt research

Genzyme (Roche) – Structural Biology Intern (South San Francisco, CA) Refine your research techniques as one of two undergraduate interns in the Structural Biology department of one of the world's leading research-focused healthcare groups. A member of the Roche Group, Genentech has been at the forefront of the biotechnology industry for more than 30 years, using human genetic information to develop novel medicines for serious and life-threatening diseases.

Medzilla – RESOURCE (Nationwide) Find hands-on research internships from organizations including M.D. Anderson, Genzyme, Covance, and Amgen. Site contains opportunities nationwide.

National Association of Science Writers – FAQ for New & Aspiring Science Writers - ARTICLE Interested in learning more about career opportunities and the work of a science writer? This article provides a great overview of the field and the work.

National Institute of Mental Health - Section on Bipolar Spectrum Disorders – Research Assistant (Apply now!) (Bethesda, MD) Research the pathophysiology, treatment and prevention of childhood mental illnesses, with an emphasis on bipolar disorder in children. Apply online and forward a letter of interest and resume to: Lizz Reeves, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, Dept. of Health and Human Services Tel. 301-594-1690

National Science Foundation – Summer Research Opportunities - Multiple Disciplines (Nationwide) Directory of National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduates Program. This is a listing of opportunities available for Environmental Science related programs, visit individual sites for program details and application deadlines.

Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Internship Program – INTERNSHIP (Arlington, VA) Want to be at the heart of the debate about science and technology policy in the US? Assist with research, writing, planning, and organizational activities that support the Institute's mission to provide a forum for the free exchange of ideas for the purpose of informing public policy.

Check out more science opportunities at

Make an appointment by calling 603-646-2215


Intern Stories: Amber Porter '14 on Kennedy Center Internships


Position: Intern Location: John F. Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts, Washington, D.C. Date: Fall Term 2012

  1. How did you find the internship? 

    I am addicted to job and internship hunting. I saw a number of interesting internships in Chicago, but The Kennedy Center internship was particularly appealing because it offered structured professional development programs.I followed the guidelines on the website to apply. The application process was intensive and required a cover letter, resume, two letters of recommendation, and a formal application.

  2. Tell us about your internship? The Kennedy Center hires 30 interns every semester, each of them is assigned to a different office. I worked in an office called Performing Arts for Everyone, an initiative that offers a different performance every day at 6 pm on the Kennedy's Center Millennium Stage. All performances offered by the program are free and open to the public.I joined a small staff team of five full-time employees. We worked collaboratively on assignments. One of the primary tasks I was assigned was to work directly with visiting artists to create performance programs for each event. Once a week I ran the entire performance, working directly with the tech crew, artists, and ushers to ensure house management and stage management ran smoothly.
  3. What was most satisfying about your internship? My desk was outside the office of a Vice President. He would often take breaks to come outside and talk to me about his work and what we were working on. He asked me for some coaching on social media – Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter – and we set up formal appointments for me to train him.He also assigned me special projects. My favorite was working on Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday commemoration concert featuring many of today’s leading American folk musicians. I got to curate sound clips from an archived interview with Guthrie from the 1930s to use in between the acts during the performance. It was fabulous to have such an active and creative role in something so important.
  4. Where did you live and how did you find housing? I lived in Thompson Markward Hall, an old-fashioned women's boarding house in DC that charges $925 for a single room, breakfast and dinner every day.I learned about the boarding house from U.S. Senator Tom Udall's office; I had interned for the Senator in his New Mexico office during high school.
  5. What are you involved in at Dartmouth? I am a student stage manager for the Theater Department, which takes up most of my time.  I also work for the Hopkins Center both as house manager and as a student assistant in the Director's Office.  In addition, I am a UGA.
  6. How did you choose to major in Theater? 

    I'd initially thought I'd be a campaign manager and major in Mathematical & Social Sciences. But my randomly assigned faculty advisor was the Theater Department Chair and I was attracted by the small department and by how the students and the faculty worked together as a family. The Theater Department open house was where I realized I could use all the skills and interests that had made me interested in campaign management to delve into the realm of theater. I'd enjoyed the theater work I'd done in middle and high school and took a Stage Management class at Dartmouth that sealed the deal.

  7. Does this internship affect your future plans regarding post-graduate activity? 

    The internship helped me further refine my career goals.Before this internship, I knew I wanted to go into Arts Administration – which isn't a field we learn about a great deal. Through my internship, I learned more about Arts Administration as an industry – and all of the different categories of work that fall under the umbrella of work in Arts Administration.Before the program, I thought I'd graduate and work in the arts in development or as an assistant until I found my way. The internship – and my classes at Dartmouth – have helped me realize that I am a very kinetic learner in that I'm aptly suited for working at hands-on projects. I now want to be a producer.

    Now that I know what I want to do, I'm conducting a lot of informational interviews – and have learned there's not a specific path to being a Producer. I'm going to work on gaining the skills others have advised me to develop in programming and non-profit administration for starters.

    How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?

    I visited Career Services for help with my resume and cover letter. I also worked with my theater professors to learn more about the industry, opportunities available, and arts-specific resume tips.

CAREER BLITZ: Government & Public Policy

1. Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Klindt/Dye Internship – (Apply by March 31), Washington, D.C.2. U.S. Government Office of Personnel Management - Resource 3. U.S. Supreme Court Judicial Internship - Internships (Apply by March 10), Washington, D.C. 4. ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project - Internships (Now accepting applications), New York, NY 5. American Enterprise Institute - Internships (April 1), Washington, D.C. 6. Audubon Society - Internships (Now accepting applications), Washington, D.C. 7. Center for American Progress - Internships (Feb. 17), Washington, D.C. 8. Manhattan Institute for Policy Research - Internships (Apply by March 4), Washington, D.C. 9. National Cattlemen's Beef Association - Internships (Apply by March 4), Washington, D.C. 10. Partnership for Public Service Fellows Program - Fellowships (Apply by March 8), Washington, D.C. 11. Sierra Club - Internships (Now accepting applications), Washington, D.C. 12. The Fund for American Studies Eben Tisdale Public Policy Fellowship - Fellowships (March 15), Washington, D.C.

Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Klindt/Dye Internship, Washington, D.C. Help Democratic candidates and caucuses while gaining valuable political experience. As many as four internships are offered each summer. Some of duties will be administrative, but interns are also given substantive projects based on the interests and current office needs.

U.S. Government Office of Personnel Management – Resource Interested in an internship or full-time job post-graduation? The government's programs have recently changed. This fact sheet will give you an overview of how to search for Federal positions.

U.S. Supreme Court Judicial Internship – Internships, Washington, D.C. Have an interest in law, management, and the social sciences? Gain exposure to the field of judicial administration through work in the Office of the Counselor to the Chief Justice. Interns may also participate in the diverse research. Open to advanced undergraduates and graduating seniors who have interests in law, management, and social sciences

ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project – Internships, New York, NY Learn about public policy while protecting women's rights. Conducting factual research on issues relating to civil liberties and reproductive freedom, assist with the archiving of case files and advocacy materials, and work on other projects as assigned.

American Enterprise Institute – Internships, Washington, D.C. The American Enterprise Institute, a public policy think tank, offers internships year-round for students interested in working on economic policy, foreign and defense policy, social and political studies, public relations, The American online magazine, publications editing, marketing, government relations, and communications.

Audubon Society – Internships, Washington, D.C. Gain real-world policy experience — an inside look at Congress, hands-on work with one of the conservation community’s most extensive grassroots programs, and an intriguing exposure to the network of federal agencies in D.C. Work side-by-side with Audubon's highly skilled lobbyists, policy advocates, and grassroots team to develop a range of lobbying, policy, and outreach skills.

Center for American Progress – Internships, Washington, D.C. Intern for progressive public policy research and advocacy think tank. Engage with the Center’s policy experts and participate in activities including research, writing, administrative tasks, conferences and web-based projects.

Manhattan Institute for Policy Research – Internships, Washington, D.C. A unique work experience at a right-of-center think tank with a free market perspective. Gain broad exposure to MI's work by contributing editing, administrative, and research skills directly to various MI departments. Internships available year-round.

National Cattlemen's Beef Association – Internships, Washington, D.C. Work on behalf of America’s cattlemen and women in Washington, D.C. Interns work alongside NCBA’s lobbying team, regulatory experts, communications team and political action committee to ensure legislative and regulatory actions taken inside the nation’s Beltway don’t cause harm to the cattle industry.

Partnership for Public Service Fellows Program – Fellowships, Washington, D.C. Transforming the way government works while developing professional skills through a Fellowship with the Partnership for Public Service. Fellows' duties vary but often include event planning and execution, conducting research, writing and preparing correspondence, and conducting outreach to external partners, such as government agencies and colleges and universities.

Sierra Club – Internships, Washington, D.C. Help Sierra Club's legislative office monitor legislative activities and public policy decisions of environmental concern, while also educating Congress, the public, and Sierra Club members on environmental quality. Work ranges from research and preparing brief materials to writing summaries and fact sheets.

The Fund for American Studies Eben Tisdale Public Policy Fellowship – Fellowships, Washington, D.C. Create a brighter, more prosperous future by preparing young people for leadership and teaching them the ideas of freedom and a free-market economy. Explore current public policy issues of critical importance to the high technology sector of the economy. The Fellowship programs includes a full-time 8 week public policy internship with a high-tech company, firm or trade association, and weekly issues seminar lunches hosted by Tisdale sponsors.

Think you have an idea about what the best careers are?

You may be surprised at some of the professions that made U.S. News’s list of the top 100 Best Jobs of 2013, which is topped off by Dentistry and includes nursing, software development, and physical therapy among its top 10. In creating this Best Jobs list, U.S. News took into account and allotted different weights to factors such as 10-year growth volume, 10-year growth percentage, median salary, job prospects, employment rate, stress level, and work-life balance.

This weighting methodology ensures that all of the top picks are not necessarily the typical cash cows, as many lower-paying professions offer other qualities that are also important to consider in the job search process.

Want to figure out the career that's going to work best for you? Engage in careful research and consider many factors including job location or necessary training and education—when deciding where to anchor your career.

If you haven't done so before, check out the Majors to Careers section on the Career Services homepage.

For a list of growing fields with projected increases in hiring and growth, check out Rick Newman’s 10 Businesses That Will Boom in 2020.

We also recommend, a site sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, to get additional suggestions on employment projections, training requirements and jobs by area of interest.



Five tips from former Wall Street Journal reporter Joe Mathewson ’55 for students interested in journalism

“I’ve never met a bored journalist,” Medill School of Journalism professor and former Wall Street Picture of Joe Mathewson courtesy of 123People.comJournal reporter Joe Mathewson ’55 often tells students, noting that there are “no dull jobs and no dull days” in the field of journalism. While some people like to claim that journalism is a dying field, Mathewson rightly believes that it is simply evolving, and he wants students to know that journalism needs talented graduates with a passion for writing and a strong liberal arts background. With a number of grandchildren at the College, Mathewson is a regular visitor to Career Services and a mentor to students currently considering a career in journalism. Here, we’ve compiled Mathewson’s top five tips for students who have a passion for the written word and investigating the world around them.

  1. Journalism needs intellectually curious young graduates from a variety of academic backgrounds — sell your experience, no matter what it is! Whether you are a history or neuroscience or economics major, journalism needs you.
  2. Have a blog and credentials you can show people. Nothing speaks to your skills better than a thorough, well-organized set of clips. Make sure you can speak to why your previous experience, regardless of its direct relation to journalism, will help you succeed as a journalist.
  3. Don’t confine yourself to print. In this day and age, you need to have multiple skills — learn to shoot and edit video, take photographs, blog and manage social media. Wire services in particular are booming.
  4. Learn how to write about economics. The economy is the number one story around the world right now, and you will be a highly marketable employee if you know how to write about business, employment and interest rates.
  5. Familiarize yourself with the tricks of the trade — AP style, interview skills, journalistic ethics, etc. Do research for specific job and internship opportunities. If you’re applying for a job with the Associated Press, Bloomberg or Reuters, learn the verbs of attribution in business journalism.

Interested in pursuing job or internship opportunities in journalism? Make sure you’ve signed up on Dartboard to receive our regular blitzes about communications jobs! There are stories out there waiting to be told — are you going to be the one to tell them?