Foreign Service Careers with Max Krafft ’09, 10/19

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.

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Preparing for Biomedical Graduate School

Harvard University: “Biological and Biomedical Sciences Graduate School Preparation and Career Options Advising Session” 

WHEN: Monday, 2 October 2017
WHERE:  Boger Hall, Rm 112
TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

PRESENTED BY: David Van Vactor, PhD, Professor of Cell Biology, Harvard Medical School, Director, Curriculum Fellows Program;  Jason Heustis, PhD, Lecturer, Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School, Graduate Curriculum, Professional Development and Evaluation Specialist

Members of the Harvard Medical School community will be visiting to connect with students interested in discussing graduate school applications, graduate training and professional development, and the expanding range of career options for PhDs.

For decades, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education has followed very traditional models of training and career preparation.  These models are now undergoing change to better prepare graduates for a rapidly evolving career landscape.

Drs. Van Vactor and Heustis will open a dialogue with the audience to explore how students can effectively navigate portfolio development, graduate school applications and training. Please come and join the conversation!

Co-Sponsored by the Wesleyan Ronald E. McNair Programs
Co-Sponsored by the Division of Natural Sciences and Math
Co-Sponsored by the Office of Equity and Inclusion
Co-Sponsored by WesMASS

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and UT Health

DATE: Wednesday, 11 October 2017
TIME: 6:00-7:30 PM
LOCATION: USDAN, Rm 108

PRESENTED BY: Andrew Bean, PhD, Associate Dean, Professor, Departments of Neurobiology and Anatomy and Pediatrics

“The GSBS has developed a unique curriculum that incorporates the advantages of its association with two medical institutions, which are part of the largest medical center in the world. With 600 labs to choose from, graduate students have significant flexibility in choosing their area of research. Dr. Bean will be speaking about his research in membrane protein trafficking and their graduate programs and the admissions process.” Andrew Bean, PhD

Co-Sponsored by the Wesleyan Ronald E. McNair Programs
Co-Sponsored by the Division of Natural Sciences and Math
Co-Sponsored by WesMASS

CLIMB Internship Program

CLIMB-logo (1)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 compo
nents to educate students and connect them with Denver and Colorado.

Challenging Internships
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).

Events
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.

Group Housing
Interns are housed together, at the Program’s expense, at Campus Village at Aurariawww.campusvillagedenver.com. Students share dinners and discussions of work, and build close and lasting friendships, and understandings of their various schools.

Mentors
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 climbinternships@gmail.com.

Current Opportunities
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.”

Gordon Career Center Open House for the Class of 2020 10/14

The Gordon Career Center (41 Wyllys Avenue) is hosting a special “open-house” event for first-year students on Friday, October 14, at 12:15 pm. Learn about the Center’s resources and services available to you from the start of your first year at Wesleyan. We will provide a brief overview about resume writing, internships, opportunities over winter break,  our career management platform Handshake, and how to get involved on-campus to gain experiences and skills that will help you to land summer internships and jobs.

Meet the staff and the Peer Career Advisors and let us partner with you as you begin to explore your interests and possible career paths. This event is a perfect first step to working with the Gordon Career Center.

For more information, please contact:

Rachel M. Munafo
Assistant Director of PR & Communication
Gordon Career Center
860.685.2180
rmunafo@wesleyan.edu