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.  In addition to her additional academic work through PICA, she also participates in Active Minds and seeks to advocate for mental health access in underrepresented communities.  She has previous experience as a member of Students Organized Against Racism (S.O.A.R). Rocio hopes to combine her research experience and community involvement to become a genetic counselor 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 continuing her education through a master’s degree in applied anthropology, hopefully working in the non-governmental sector or in human and social services in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Caitlin Flohr '19

Junior pre-business Career Fellow from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Asian History major, East Asian Studies and Economics double minor.

After studying abroad in Beijing, China, her senior year of high school, Caitlin knew she wanted to major in Asian History at Connecticut College. Her experience abroad, coupled with her interest in business, also lead her to her double minor. This past summer, Caitlin gained business knowledge, skills and experience by participating in the Tuck Business Bridge Program at Dartmouth College. On campus she is an active member of the Peggotty Investment Club. As a woman on the club’s executive board, Caitlin is an advocate for women in finance. Last year she was also the Chinese Language Fellow who planned cultural and language based events for the campus community.

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Marc Klepacki ‘19

Junior pre-health Career Fellow from Hadley, Massachusetts. Biological Sciences major, with a concentration in Cellular and Molecular Science.

As a Biological Sciences major, Marc has a strong passion for the life sciences and the importance of physical health as it relates to both 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 College’s Active Minds group as well as 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 physical therapy, public health, or biochemical research. 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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Khanh Nghiem ‘19

Junior Career Fellow from Hanoi, Vietnam. Computer Science Major, Mathematics and Sociology double minor.

Khanh is scholar in the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology (C@T). He embraces the liberal arts by engaging with a diverse academic curriculum and independent projects at Connecticut College. His interests lie at the intersection of technology and social justice. He sees new technology as both a solution to injustice and as a subject of social criticism. Last summer, Khanh interned at Yale Information Technology Services, New Haven, Connecticut, as a Project Coordinator Intern. He is currently working to further develop CamelTours, a web application that provides communities with the platform to create multimedia presentations of their local heritage. On campus, he is a computer science teaching assistant and a member of the department’s Student Advisory Board. He takes voice lessons and performs in choral concerts. After graduation, he plans to pursue a Ph.D. in computer science or digital sociology.

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Lan-Huong ‘Pansy’ Nguyen ‘19

Junior Career Lead Fellow from Chicago, Illinois. Anthropology and Botany double major with a concentration in Ethnobotany, as well as a candidate in the Museum Studies Certificate Program.

Pansy is interested in educating the public on plants’ cultural significance. During the summer of 2017, she interned at the Field Museum in Chicago through the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. She worked in the botany collection investigating a new bryophyte species. Pansy is involved with Unity House, the multicultural center on campus, working as the Social Media Intern for the past two years. She is also a  mentor through the ALANA program as a “Lil Sib” and “Big Sib,” involved with Asian Students in Action (A.S.I.A), and Students Organizing Against racism (SOAR). In her free time, she enjoys watching TV shows such as "Doctor Who" and "Grey’s Anatomy." Post-graduation, Pansy aims to continue onto graduate school in hopes of pursuing a Ph.D. in anthropology.

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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 Career Fellow from Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. Sociology and Economics double major, American Studies minor.

Elizabeth spent this past summer interning as an associate producer for renowned photographer Claiborne Swanson Frank in the production of a portrait collection to be published by Assouline in the spring 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 production or communications.

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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. 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 and continues to collaborate with Professor Branchini to continue her Near-Infrared Bioluminescence Research Project. 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 been 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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Magdalene Soule ’19

Junior Career Fellow from Concord, New Hampshire. Psychology major, candidate in the Museum Studies Certificate Program.

Magdalene is very interested in the interconnectedness of her two disciplines and how they relate to the overarching notion of mental health accessibility. She is a firm believer in art as a powerful medium through which to heal. As someone who is passionate about pursuing a career in counseling psychology with a focus in art therapy, she is excited to take more classes in these two departments. This past summer Magdalene was an Education Intern at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire, where she helped facilitate a program that provided people with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers the opportunity to talk about art and creativity in a supportive environment. Magdalene hopes to study abroad during spring semester of 2018. On campus Magdalene is currently the secretary for Students Against Slavery and is a member of Students Organize Against Racism (SOAR). She was a Student Adviser for a First-Year Seminar class last year and is a certified member of the Student Support Network. After graduation she would like to pursue a master’s degree in social work.

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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.

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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.