Foreign Service Careers with Max Krafft ’09 Thursday, 10/19 12pm • Career Center
Max Krafft ’09 is a diplomat in the Foreign Service of the Department of State. His first assignment was to the U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara, Mexico. In November, he heads to Norway to begin his assignment to the U.S. Embassy in Oslo. Max specializes in Public Diplomacy — a combination of public affairs work, planning cultural and educational programs and exchanges, and relationship building — but he also has experience with a broad range of diplomatic activities, including helping American citizens in distress (including those injured or arrested overseas), meeting with foreign government officials, and planning events with visiting American artists and authors. He speaks Spanish and Norwegian, both of which he learned at the Foreign Service Institute, as well as some German and Arabic. His pre-Foreign Service career includes stints as a marketing copywriter, video producer/director, bicycle mechanic, and baker.
Max began at Wesleyan with the Class of 2004, but took a break from his studies a couple years in, during which time he served in the U.S. Army as a bass guitar player in a military band. He returned to finish his degree in English with the Class of 2009, graduating with University Honors. While at Wesleyan, Max was active in the LGBT+ community and the campus music scene, and worked as a Writing Tutor and for the Sound Co-op. He is a member of the Eclectic Society and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Max credits his liberal arts experience at Wesleyan with helping prepare him for diplomatic work, which requires creativity, flexibility, persistence, and the ability to understand and communicate with people from other cultures and backgrounds.
1. Law School Admissions: Process & Strategy
Friday, October 13, 12:15pm-1:15pm, Boger Hall, room 114.
Conducted by Elizabeth Madigan, Esq., Assistant Director of Admissions, Brooklyn Law School, this session is for students applying to law school AND for those who are undecided. Questions addressed will include: Should I apply to law school? Where should I apply? How do I strategically present my strengths and profile? How do I handle possible deficits? Ms. Madigan will cover all aspects of the application, including your LSAT score, transcript, letters of recommendation, personal statement and other essays, character and fitness issues, and resumes. You will gain insight as to how these components are viewed from the perspective of an admissions officer. Co-sponsored by the Gordon Career Center, the College of Social Studies, the Government Department, Deans Renee Johnson-Thornton and Jennifer Wood, and the Wesleyan Mock Trial Association.
2. Columbia Law School & Financial Aid
Tuesday, October 17, 12:00pm-1:00pm, Boger Hall, room 110.
Danielle Lev, Associate Director of Admissions, Columbia Law School, will discuss this top-ranked law program, the nuances of the application process, and financial aid for law school in general. Of note will be Columbia Law School’s financial aid options. Note that Columbia Law School admitted three graduates from the Class of 2017. This information session is co-sponsored by the College of Social Studies, the Government Department, and Wesleyan Mock Trial.
The Gordon Career Center launched a new student funding initiative called the Career Development Grant. This serves as an expansion (and replacement) of the old SuitUp fund. Students can still ask for money to cover interview attire as before, but may now also request funds for things like graduate exam fees, career-related travel expenses, and professional conferences. They may request up to $500 over their time at Wesleyan. In general students must be on need-based aid to qualify, though exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
You can read more here. Interested students are asked to contact Jacquie Fought (email@example.com) for an application, or Anne Santaniello (firstname.lastname@example.org) if they have questions about what the fund covers, etc.
The Gordon Career Center at Wesleyan University is excited to announce a new partnership with the Denver-based CLIMB Internship Program.
Colorado Leaders, Interns and Mentors in Business (CLIMB) is an intensive paid summer internship program for students from Wesleyan, Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Middlebury, Brown, MIT, Denison, and Northwestern McCormick School of Engineering. The 30-40 students learn the business, professional, civic, and social offerings of the Denver area. CLIMB offers students challenging paid jobs, introductions to the community and its leaders, alumni mentorships, interesting events and group housing for the summer.
The CLIMB program consists of four principal components to educate students and connect them with Denver and Colorado.
The cornerstone of the program is to provide high-quality, 7- to 10-week paid summer internships (private, nonprofit, and public). The program offers a wide range of employment opportunities in metro Denver. A few of our past employers include the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Pathfinder Systems, the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, Analysis Group, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Emich Volkswagen, Hosting.com and Apartment Investment and Management Company (AIMCO).
The program sponsors a series of programs and events during the summer to educate students about Denver, and introduce them to Colorado. Events have included discussions with the Mayor, the Superintendent of Denver Public Schools, Senator Gary Hart, the President and CEO of the Denver Broncos, business leaders, discussions of climate change and water policy, a lecture and Shakespeare play “under the stars,” rafting on the Colorado and Arkansas rivers, picnics and hikes, community service opportunities, and alumni-hosted dinners.
Interns are housed together, at the Program’s expense, at Campus Village at Auraria, www.campusvillagedenver.com. Students share dinners and discussions of work, and build close and lasting friendships, and understandings of their various schools.
Students are paired with local mentors to help them learn about Denver, and to connect them to Denver. Mentors are friends and models for the students as they demonstrate the balance of work, family, organizational commitments, and civic leadership. Alumni of participating schools are welcome to apply for mentoring opportunities by contacting email@example.com.
Internship opportunities across a variety of fields and industries are posted by the CLIMB Internship Program (rather than by each company) on Handshake. To see newly added opportunities log-in to Handshake, click on “Jobs & Internships,” and search by the keyword “CLIMB.”
Water Engineering Intern, Wright Water Engineers — Application Deadline 1/29
Simulator Engineering Intern, Pathfinder Systems, Inc. — Application Deadline 1/29
Investment Analyst Summer Internship, Arrowpoint Partners — Application Deadline 1/30
Biomedical Research and Introduction to Medical Careers Internship, Webb-Waring — Application Deadline 1/29
Marketing/Digital Internship, Novus Biologicals — Application Deadline 1/29
Business Intern, FareHarbor — Application Deadline 2/19
Summer Internship Program, Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Biology — Application Deadline 2/19
Clean Energy Internships, National Renewable Energy Lab — Application Deadline 2/19
Real Estate Private Equity Summer Associate, Ascentris (Cardinal Internship) — Application Deadline 3/19
Career Planning 101
As juniors you are probably wondering what you should be doing to prepare for a summer internship, or life after Wesleyan. Come to a special event to welcome members of the Class of 2018 to the Gordon Career Center. Learn how we can help you define your career interests, articulate the value of your liberal arts education, and find an internship. Meet the staff, hear about our resources, and let us partner with you as you begin to explore possible career paths.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
12:15 P.M. – 1:15 P.M.
Gordon Career Center (41 Wyllys Ave.)
The Career Center and Disability Resources are cosponsoring a workshop on Disability Disclosure in the Job Search Process this Friday, February 12th, at noon in 41 Wyllys, room 114. We will discuss the why, when, what and to whom to disclose your disability in your job search process and examine situations that current Wesleyan students and alum have shared with us. We look forward to a lively, interactive discussion!
The University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment has received funding to begin a Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (DDCSP). The DDCSP is looking to bring undergrads who are currently froshes and sophomores to Ann Arbor for 8-week summer internships. This is a two-year program so students will spend two summers in Ann Arbor either participating on a professor’s research project or interning in a conservation organization or government agency. The program covers the students’ stipends, travel cost, housing, and board. We are seeking students who are from groups currently underrepresented in the conservation field or students who are committed to furthering diversity in the field.
There are still spots available in the programs listed below. Students with questions should contact: Rachel M. Munafo, Assistant Director of PR & Communications, Wesleyan University Career Center, 860.685.2180, firstname.lastname@example.org
Winter on Wyllys 2015 encompasses a variety of career programming options designed for students to focus on their own career development over Winter Break. Students interested in CareerLab, Wall Street Prep and the Bloomberg Aptitude Test (the BAT) must register and fill-out the Res Lifehousing request form by 12pm on Monday, December 1st.
CareerLab will be held in the mornings from January 12th through the 16th and will be followed by the Winter WESpeaker Series in collaboration with APR. Wall Street Prep will be held January 19th & 20th and the BAT will be given on January 21st. While students can only sign up for either Choosing Good Work or CareerLab all students are welcome to also sign up for Wall Street Prep & The BAT.
CareerLab , taught by Persephone Hall, is aimed at students who know what they want to do after graduation or for the summer but aren’t quite sure how to get there. The program is a boot camp style introduction to everything a student needs to know to start their internship or job search and with the skills to launch themselves as a professional in their field of interest. Cost: $100, Fee Waivers Available.
Wall Street Prep is an intensive 2-day seminar led by former investment bankers with applied expertise in financial and valuation modeling methodologies, and bridges the gap between academics and the real world to equip students with the hands-on practical financial skills that they will need to excel during the recruiting process and on the job. Cost: $200, Fee Waivers Available.
The Bloomberg Aptitude Test evaluates the ability to think critically on financial topics and readiness for careers in business. After taking the test, students can enter their scores into the BAT Talent Search, a tool used by employers to identify candidates for entry-level jobs in business. Wesleyan will be offering the two-hour test on-campus for no cost.