Looking for Funding for your Unpaid or Low-paid Summer Experience?

The 2019 Wesleyan Summer Grants Program will be accepting applications from January 28th – February 28th, 11:59pm.

Wesleyan Summer Grants are funding resources awarded through the Gordon Career Center which allow students to pursue no- or low-paid career-related summer experiences. Experiential learning opportunities can be both in the U.S. and abroad and include career-related opportunities such as internships, faculty-mentored research, language study, volunteer work, field study, and academic programs.

The Gordon Career Center will be holding four information sessions which will cover funding opportunities, eligibility and requirements, navigating the application process, and what makes a strong application. All sessions will conclude with a Q&A.
01.29 – WSG Information Session, 12:00pm, Career Center
02.01 – WSG Information Session, 12:15pm, Career Center
02.07 – WSG Information Session, 12:00pm, Career Center
02.11 – WSG Information Session, 12:15pm, Career Center

The list of available grants and the application can be accessed on AcademicWorks through WesPortal. For more information about the application process, please visit the Gordon Career Center website.

Don’t know where to begin or need help with your application? Schedule an appointment to meet with a career advisor.

RISE Professional Development Series for Students of Color

In solidarity with students of color, the Office for Student Activities and Leadership Development (SALD) and the Gordon Career Center are hosting a four-part professional development series for students of color interested in pursuing higher education–the Rise: Higher Education Leadership Series for People of Color.

Thursday 11/15, 5-7pm
RISE: Pre-Law Seminar featuring Shana Simmons ’03, Corporate Counsel at Google and Wesleyan Board of Trustee Member
Dinner will be provided at 5 pm, and the event will begin at 5:30! Register here:https://goo.gl/forms/TsEaK3xEJkKWylWq1

Come be in community and hear from keynote speaker Shana Simmons ’03 discuss her lived experiences in pursuing higher education in the legal field: microaggressions, application processes, how to utilize your undergrad experience to the fullest extent, and more will be discussed!

Shana is a corporate counsel at Google Inc., where she manages a team that supports Google’s growing Cloud business and also brings her commitment to diversity and inclusion to the work place. Before Google, she was an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Stein and Hamilton LLP in its New York and London offices. Shana received a law degree from University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where she served as the diversity editor of the California Law Review, development editor of the Berkeley Journal of African American Law & Policy, and co-president of the Law Students of African Descent. While in law school, Shana also interned at the East Bay Community Law Center, where she focused on projects that would empower low-income communities of color to build long-term solutions to poverty through the advancement of community-owned cooperative businesses and affordable housing. Before law school, Shana taught for three years (one year in Washington, DC, at a public charter high school geared towards disadvantaged black youth and the next two years at the American Indian Public Charter School in Oakland, California, where her seventh-grade students received the highest scores in Alameda County on the standardized state math tests). Shana was recognized in 2009 for her work with Oakland youth with a proclamation from the Mayor of Oakland.

Shana has served on the boards of the YMCA of the East Bay and Harlem Week, Inc., and currently sits on the board of Lawyers for One America.

At Wesleyan: Shana was a College of Social Studies major and a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. She was an active contributor to the student of color community on campus, served in leadership positions with Ujamaa, the Student of Color Council, and she also coordinated the Students of Color Pre-Frosh Weekend during her four years at Wesleyan, receiving the Vanguard Prize for her efforts. She was a resident advisor in Malcolm X House and WestCo, and the head resident of the Affinity Program Houses. She was also a senior interviewer.

Friday 11/16, 5-7pm, Gordon Career Center
RISE: Graduate School Seminar
Dinner will be provided at 5 pm, and the event will begin at 5:30! Register here:https://goo.gl/forms/TsEaK3xEJkKWylWq1

Come be in community and hear from alum of color discuss their lived experiences in pursuing higher education health professions: microaggressions, application processes, how to utilize your undergrad experience to the fullest extent, and more will be discussed!

Panelists include:

Renee Johnson-Thornton ’05, PhD, Dean of Class of 2022 at Wesleyan University
Elsa Hardy ’14, Graduate Student at Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Julissa Pena ’12, Senior Registration & Financial Analyst, SSC, Office of the University Registrar at Columbia University
LaNell Williams ’15, Ph.D. Candidate Harvard University

Theater Career Meetup 10/12

Friday, October 12,  11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Theater Studio

Interested in a career in theater? Join us for a career meet-up with advisors from the Gordon Career Center. They will lead a discussion about building a career in theater, exploring different opportunities, internship and job search strategies, leveraging the Wesleyan network, how to apply for a Wesleyan summer grant, and more. Connect and meet others who have experience working in theater. Don’t miss this special opportunity!

All students welcome!

Co-sponsored by the Wesleyan Theater Department and the Gordon Career Center

Lunch provided (vegan option)

Facebook Event Page:https://www.facebook.com/events/1966654066729758/
Handshake Event Page:https://wesleyan.joinhandshake.com/events/217558/share_preview

Alternative Career Paths for STEM Majors 10/12

Alumni Panelist Bios

Robin LeWinter ’94, Senior Director, Medical Affairs at Keryx Biopharmaceuticals Wesleyan Major: Physics and Astronomy

Robin has 15+ years of experience in medical affairs and communications. Most recently, she worked in the nephrology space, and prior to that she focused on rare disease at Keryx Biopharmaceuticals. She obtained her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of California, San Francisco and conducted post-doctoral work at SRI International before moving to industry. When not in the office, Robin spends way too much time watching her daughter Meredith play soccer and her son Liam act in plays. She also enjoys hiking and doing crosswords.

Ernest Roos IV ’99, Associate Director, Global Clinical Development at Otsuka Pharmaceutical Wesleyan Major: Neuroscience and Behavior

Dr. Roos received his MD from the UAG School of Medicine and is actively completing his thesis for a
Master of Public Health from Mt. Sinai Icahn School of Medicine. At Otsuka, he is currently the project lead for both early phase R&D in Digital Medicine and the Pediatric Tourette’s Team. Dr. Roos initially explored opportunities in the healthcare technology sector at two Wall Street startups to refine his perspective and execution of health industry transformative strategies. He implements these broad interpersonal, academic and professional tools in his current activities in clinical development to create groundbreaking therapy and technological innovations that transcend the limits of medical treatment.

Rebecca Schofield ’11, Project Manager at Homeowner’s Rehab, Inc. Wesleyan Major: E&ES and Environmental Studies

Rebecca earned her MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning and a certificate in Community
and Environmental Studies from Tufts University. At Homeowner’s Rehab, Inc. (HRI), she works to preserve
and create new affordable housing in the City of Boston through coordinating financing applications and project construction, as well as advocating for key policies and innovative technologies that better support sustainable development. To date, she has supported the refinancing and redevelopment of Auburn Court, the acquisition and financing of the 98-unit new construction Concord Highlands project (expected completion 2020), and the acquisition of Matheson Apartments (an existing 70-unit development in Worcester, rehab planned for 2019), as well as shorter-term refinancing and rehab projects within HRI’s portfolio.

Abigail Wheeler ’17, Consultant at IBM BlockChain.  Wesleyan Major: Psychology and Hispanic Literature and Culture

At IBM Blockchain, Abigail consults clients across industries in blockchain strategy and to deliver end-to- end blockchain implementations. Her team engages new clients in discovery workshops to explain both
the technology and IBM’s proven consortium-led methodology for building networks, while helping clients refine and select best-fit business problems for a blockchain solution. She is also an active blockchain writer and editor for the IBM Institute for Business Value. In her free time, Abigail enjoys soaking up the vibrant restaurant scene in NYC, and is currently training for the 2018 NYC Marathon.

Careers for the Common Good: A Panel Discussion about Meaningful Work after Wesleyan

Careers for the Common Good: a panel discussion about meaningful work after Wesleyan
Monday, October 1
12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
Gordon Career Center


Ila Shah ’00, Managing Director at College of Social Innovation. She has worked in talent acquisition for non-profit organizations across the U.S. in areas such as education, healthcare, and philanthropy.

Wesleyan Major: Government

Kalia Lydgate ’07, National Coordinator at Dream Corps, a non-profit founded by Van Jones that is committed to social justice causes.
Wesleyan Major: University Major/Social Ecology

Leslie Gabel-Brett ’76, Consultant at Gabel-Brett Consulting, which offers strategy, planning and communications for the public and nonprofit sectors. She is also a Visiting Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life at Wesleyan.
Wesleyan Major: Psychology

Ron Brone, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and Director of Residential Care at the Albert J. Solnit Center, Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility for adolescent girls. He also serves as adjunct faculty at Fairfield University and Middlesex Community College.


Anthony Price ’20, Founder, Be The Change Venture

Sponsored by the Gordon Career Center and the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Registration on Handshake is encouraged: https://wesleyan.joinhandshake.com/events/211718/share_preview

Accelerate: Prepare for Fall Recruiting

Accelerate: Prepare for Fall Recruiting
Friday, September 14th • 10am – 1pm
Lunch Provided

Accelerate is a job search boot camp for seniors and juniors planning on applying for positions via the Gordon Career Center’s Fall On-Campus Recruiting program. It is intended to provide you will real time guidance in order to prepare for interviews and evaluate offers of employment. Lunch will be served and will include Q&A with GCC staff. The workshop will be led by the Director of the Gordon Career Center, Sharon Belden Castonguay.

Register on Handshake: https://wesleyan.joinhandshake.com/events/186290/share_preview

For more information, please contact

Rachel M. Munafo
Associate Director of PR & Communications
Gordon Career Center • Wesleyan University
860.685.2180 • rmunafo@wesleyan.edu

“Career Decisions” Online Course Free to Wesleyan Students on Coursera

Career Decisions, a new online course on Coursera, aims to help learners understand their motivations, strengths, and goals, and appreciate how personal identity affects career decision making. The course is taught by adult developmental psychologist and career counselor, Sharon Belden Castonguay, Director of the Gordon Career Center at Wesleyan University and is offered free of charge to Wesleyan students and alumni. Those who have completed the course speak very highly of the experience and feel that it has been excellent preparation for getting started with the career decision making process.

Craft Your Personal Elevator Pitch

Learn how to craft your personal elevator pitch and answer the dreaded ” tell me about yourself” question. Gordon Career Center staff will teach you strategies to introduce yourself confidentially in interviews or networking situations. Participate in a simple, low-pressure speed networking activity that will give you a chance to practice and get feedback. Also, bring your resume or laptop for resume review questions.

Presented in partnership with the Caribbean Student Association and Carib Week celebration.

Light refreshments served.

Don’t forget to register for this event on Handshake!