Senior and junior fellows help with the internship and job search process. The Fellows program provides a selected and highly trained paraprofessional student staff to augment the services of the professional career advisers. Fellows are available for drop-in and scheduled individual appointments in our Main Street West office. They meet with many first-year students, assist during Career Sessions, and help all students with resumé and cover letter critiques.

Are you a current Connecticut College student interested in becoming a Fellow? Talk to your Career Adviser.

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Rocio Cardenas ‘19

Junior Career Fellow from Chicago, Illinois. Behavioral Neuroscience major

Rocio is a scholar in the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy (PICA). She has conducted research with psychology professor Schroeder during the summer after her first year and with Professor Eastman, who specializes in developmental genetics, during the summer after her sophomore year. She has previous experience as a member of Students Organized Against Racism (S.O.A.R) and Active Minds an organization that aims to decrease mental health stigma. She is currently interning at Safe Futures in New London, an organization that offers services to people who have experienced domestic violence or sexual assault. Rocio hopes to combine her research experience and community involvement to become a genetic counselor or a mental health clinician in her hometown of Chicago.

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Johana Cortez-Hernandez ‘18

Senior Career Fellow from East Palo Alto, California. Anthropology and History double major, with a concentration in Latin America

Johana is a scholar in the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy (PICA) and a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. She is interested in shedding light on the perceptions and realities that single mothers of color experience within the welfare system in the San Francisco Bay area. Her interest in this issue expanded during her internship this past summer at the Santa Clara Bay Area Legal Aid, assisting in the public benefits department working with Social Security and public benefits recipients. On campus, Johana is involved with Unity House, the multicultural center, as a “Big Sib” and mentor for first generation students, and with the Chicanx activist group (M.E.C.h.A) and M.E.C.h.A’s Folk dance group. After graduation, Johana plans on hopefully working in the non-governmental sector or in human and social services in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Marc Klepacki '19


As a biological sciences major, Marc has a strong passion for the life sciences and the relationships between society and the environment. For the past two summers, he has worked as a recreation assistant for the Cape Cod National Seashore, where he ensured the safety of both patrons and local wildlife. On campus, he is a member of the Pre-Health Club. Marc swims for the varsity men’s team, earning All-NESCAC honors as well as the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship award. He is exploring careers related to biochemical research, environmental sustainability and medicine. He is a nature enthusiast, and an avid surfer and skier.

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Allison 'Allie' Kyff ‘18

Senior Career Fellow from West Hartford, Connecticut. English and American Studies double major with a concentration in Expressive Arts and Cultural Studies.

Following her interests in American history, expressive arts and cultural studies, Allie spent the summer as an intern at the National Parks of Boston in Boston, Massachusetts, as part of the Youth Engagement Team. On campus, she serves as the Social Chair of the Connecticut College Roosevelt Institute chapter, a public policy think tank. In the fall of her junior year, she studied English literature and history at The University of Edinburgh for Study Abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is planning on writing an honors thesis in the American Studies department. Allie is interested in eventually pursuing a career in museum work related to American history, culture, and the arts.

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Lien Pham ‘18

Senior Career Fellow from Hanoi, Vietnam. Economics and International Relations double major, Psychology minor.

This past summer, Lien interned at AIA Group, an international life insurance company in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Previously, she also acquired diverse experiences in sales, human resources, and risk analysis across the real estate, hospitality, and banking industries. Lien is passionate about how individuals behave to maximize profits and how nations make decisions in the context of globalization. She spent the fall of her junior semester abroad exploring these themes at University College London in London, United Kingdom. On campus, Lien was a Student Adviser to first year students, wrote for Cadenza Art and Literary Magazine, and plays the violin in the Connecticut College Orchestra. She also loves photography, fantasy fiction, and instrumental music. After graduation, Lien hopes to land a job in management consulting or human resources.

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Elizabeth Powell '18

Senior Lead Career Fellow from Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. Sociology and Economics double major.

Elizabeth spent last summer working as an associate producer for New York-based photographer Claiborne Swanson Frank. She worked on the production of a portrait collection to be published by Assouline Publishing in April of 2018. On campus, she is Creative Director for The Look Magazine as well as the Social Chair for her class. In her junior year, she studied at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. There, she studied the economic implications of globalized commerce as well as international advertising strategy. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in the field of digital publications.

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Rakhshi Qureshi ‘18

Senior Career Fellow from New York, New York. ACS Chemistry major, Anthropology minor.

As a Science Leader, Rakhshi’s research interests are directed toward organic chemistry and its practical applications. She wishes to use scientific knowledge and her interest in organic chemistry to develop and improve products that people use in their daily lives, specifically within the cosmetic industry. During the summer after her sophomore year, Rakhshi was a research assistant at the Yale University Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry Department. This past summer, she served as an Assistant Coordinator of Clinical Research at Columbia University Medical Center. Previously, Rakhshi has worked with Professor Bruce R. Branchini in the Chemistry Department to assist in research on bioluminescence of fireflies for her Near-Infrared Bioluminescence Research Project. Currently, Rakhshi is working on editing and publishing a children’s book on immigration. Through Unity House and ALANA (African American, Latino/a, Asian American and Native American), Rakhshi has participated in the Big Sib/Lil Sib Programs. She has served as a Science Leader General Chemistry tutor, and has worked at the Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives. In her free time, Rakhshi plays volleyball and flute, and enjoys reading. Post college, Rakhshi plans to pursue a career in cosmetic chemistry and aims to one day obtain a Ph.D. in organic chemistry.

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Becca Smith '19

Junior Fellow from Winchester, Massachusetts. Psychology and Human Development double major and a PICA scholar.

As a psychology and human development double major and a scholar in the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy (PICA), Becca is interested in issues of equity in early childhood education. This past summer, Becca was the Policy and Government Relations intern at Jumpstart, an early education nonprofit striving to break the cycle of poverty through educational opportunities for young children. Most recently, Becca studied Child Development in Scandinavia at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. On campus, Becca is the co-president for Connecticut College Hillel and is actively involved at the Connecticut College Children’s program. Becca hopes to pursue a career in education policy with a focus on early childhood education.

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Yi Xie ’18

Senior Career Fellow from Shanghai, China. Film Studies and Computer Science double major.

Yi is scholar in the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology (C@T). She is fascinated by the ways in which technology advancement influences the content and representation in film and other types of media. After spending her junior spring abroad in Prague studying film production, Yi continued pursuing her interest by working at both the Documentary Group and SinoVision English Channel as a production intern in New York City over this past summer. Yi is a certified Level 1 CRLA (College Reading & Learning Association) Peer Tutor and serves as a Teaching Assistant for the Computer Science Department on campus. She is also an active member of the Film Studies Student Advisory Board and plays the flute in the Connecticut College Orchestra. For senior year, her main goals are to complete her senior integrated project for the Ammerman Center and her senior flute recital. After college, Yi hopes to pursue a career in the multimedia industry.


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Nikita Terry ‘19

Junior pre-law Career Fellow from New London, Connecticut. Psychology and Africana Studies double major.

Nikita was born and raised in New London and has been involved in the community for many years. She loves talking with and helping others in any way she can. She is a certified member of the Student Support Network here on campus and was a part of the JED Foundation’s Student Advisory Council. She is currently interning with Teammates For Life as the Administrative Assistant. Nikita has done research on discriminatory tendencies, racial prejudice, and adolescent development. She is the President of the Africana Studies Student Advisory Board. In high school, she interned at the law firm of Mariani Reck Lane LLC, and conducted a presentation about being a family lawyer. In her free time, she works as an Assistant Coach of the New London High School women’s softball team. After Conn, she plans to attend graduate school to get her doctorate in psychology.


Career Graduate Intern

During Spring 2018, we have a Career Graduate Intern from the University of Rhode Island, Addison Chau. He will contribute to our office through his participation in special projects and is conducting individual projects towards his master’s degree. He is available for individual appointments, as well as resumé and cover letter critiques.

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Addison Chau

Addison is a master's degree candidate in the University of Rhode Island’s College Student Personnel Program. He joins Connecticut College as an intern for the Office of Career and Professional Development for the Spring 2018 semester. Through this role, he hopes to learn from the professional staff about how to contribute to student success and development through a career lens as he explores multiple perspectives of student experience in higher education.

Addison is a Rhode Island native and a graduate of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. As an undergraduate student, an English major and management minor, he changed his major twice before deciding to pursue a career working among college students!