Huron Consulting Group: A New (to Davidson) Name in Consulting

huron logo

Huron Consulting Group stands out as one of the fastest growing financial and operational consulting firms in the industry, serving clients in the healthcare, education, legal, life sciences, and business advisory sectors. The Davidson-Huron relationship began with the Healthcare practice in 2014-15 when we shared their summer internship opportunity. After a successful first run with Haley Rhodes ’16 during the summer of 2015, Huron Healthcare is back! This time, the practice is recruiting for their full-time Consulting Analyst positions.

In an effort to help Davison students get better acquainted with the practice, we connected with current recruiting coordinator, Megan Krizmanich. Megan began her career with Huron after graduating from The University of Notre Dame and served three years as a consultant before transitioning to her current role. Students will have the opportunity to meet Megan on-campus Monday, September 21 for an information session at 7:30pm in Alvarez 209. She will also be conducting one-on-one informational interviews on Tuesday, September 22 – limited space is available for these interviews.  The deadline for the full-time Huron Healthcare Consulting Analyst position is September 30.

We also reached out to Haley Rhodes ’16 to learn about her experience with the summer internship program. Haley, a graduating senior double majoring in Public Health and Hispanic Studies, spent some time speaking with CCD Employer Relations Ambassador, Chelsea Alexander ’18.

Read on for portions of our Q&As with Megan and Haley to learn more about Huron Consulting Group. We hope to see you in-person Monday at 7:30pm in Alvarez 209.


CCD: What drew you personally to the Healthcare Consulting role when you started at Huron? 

Megan Krizmanich: I started my undergraduate studies confident I was going to medical school, but I quickly changed my mind after standing in on my first surgery… I was still very passionate about the healthcare industry, but wanted to focus more on the business side.  Huron Healthcare fit the mold and after I met with people at the firm, I was sold!


CCD: How would you describe Huron’s work environment to someone who doesn’t know?

Haley Rhodes: A lot like Davidson culture. Collaborative. Immediately the team wanted me to succeed. They gave me a lot of responsibility from the first day and allowed me to do hospital unit observations on my own in the hospital once they knew I was comfortable. It gave me a lot of confidence. My teammates would say, “Come sit next to me, I’ll teach you how to do this analysis in Excel and whenever you have a question just ask.” I also had a development meeting every week with my supervisor where she would ask what I wanted to learn and what things I had done that I really enjoyed.


CCD: What did an average workday look like for you in the internship?

Haley: Monday and Thursday were travel days. I would wake up and go to the airport—a lot of the team traveling from Chicago would go on a plane together, then work out of the team room in our hotel. Then, we would do observations in the hospital and go on rounds or be in the team room doing projects, doing analyses or talking with our client counterparts. Other days, we would work at the hospital—leave from the hotel, go to the hospital, and work in the corporate room of the hospital and talk and lead trainings or conduct observations.


CCD: What is a common mistake you see candidates make during the application process?

Megan: Candidates tend to get caught up in selling themselves and can come across insincere.  Recognize that recruiting is a two way street; it is a chance for employers to learn more about your background, but at the same time it is a chance for you to learn more about companies and determine if it is a fit for you too.


CCD: Aside from academic experience, is there anything you particularly look for on a resume?  

Megan: Extracurricular; being involved at school, in your community, during the summer, etc.  A big challenge in consulting is time management.  If you are involved in extracurricular and successful in school, it clearly demonstrates that you already possess time management skills.


CCD: What advice would you give other Davidson students interested in applying to Huron?

Haley: I recommend reaching out to people at the firm to understand what it is like to be a consultant because the lifestyle is one to consider. I would also suggest practicing and honing organizational and quantitative skills, being comfortable with numbers and analysis, and taking initiative because I think doing that helped me to stand out.








The Value of Information Sessions

Genevieve Becker '15, Gender Studies & Hispanic Studies
Genevieve Becker ’15, Gender Studies & Hispanic Studies

This post was contributed by Genevieve Becker ’15. Genevieve is beginning her final semester as a Senior double major in Gender Studies and Hispanic Studies. While she will never forget her first job at a hot dog stand, her collegiate career experience includes interning for several Charlotte-area magazine publications, interning for former U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan in Washington, DC, and interning at a market-research firm in Washington, DC. On campus, she has been involved in Student Government, Davidson College Chorale, Students Consulting for Non-Profit Organizations, the tour guide program, and the Office of Alumni Relations. When she graduates, she plans to begin a career in consulting or market research. She can be reached at


Welcome and welcome back, Wildcats! I hope everyone’s summer didn’t fly by as quickly as mine did. As I enter my senior year, I hope I have a few bits of wisdom to impart regarding internship and career searching. For the incoming freshmen reading this, first of all, kudos to you for looking ahead to your professional career, and for my fellow seniors, deep breaths, the job search can’t be that bad…right(?)

The Center for Career Development asked me to share some thoughts about the information sessions hosted by the office. If you’re new to the term, an information session is usually a one-ish hour presentation by an employer or organization right here on campus. They are usually held in advance of job or internship deadlines. You can view the calendar for information sessions on WildcatLink.

What are the benefits of attending information sessions?

Like many, I was skeptical at first of the true benefit of attending an information session on a position that I thought I already knew everything about. Even if you think you already know every objective detail about a company or a position, you WILL learn something new. Maybe you will learn something about the company structure that you can work into the classic interview question, “And why do you want to work for Company X?”

Information sessions are also useful for gleaning subjective information on a company. Talking to employees and session hosts before or after the event often proves most valuable for me. If you’re not the best “mingler,” try arriving to the information session a little bit early and introducing yourself then, instead of waiting until after the formal presentation. Asking employees questions about their personal experience or for advice is mutually beneficial. That is, you will learn something about the company and an employee will put a face to a name, or perhaps, even learn something about you. These conversations often prompt employees to share professional anecdotes, which personally, reminds me that my prospective employers are human, too. This takes some edge off when hitting “submit” on an application or in the preparation stages for an interview.

What could the value be for younger students that are not necessarily ready to start applying for internships/jobs?

First and foremost, I recommend that younger students approach these information sessions because you’re excited about your career (yes, really) and not out of obligation. I saw searching for an internship as a necessary evil the Spring of my sophomore year. The previous summer I had studied abroad with Davidson in Cadiz and lamented how the rest of my summers would be dedicated to my career. I wish I hadn’t approached my professional life so begrudgingly at first. Now, in the thick of networking and information session season, I am excited and energized by a career. It can be fun to attend an information session and imagine your life at Company X or Company Y. It can be fun to tell a potential employer about your accomplishments. If I had known this earlier, I think I would have taken more advantage of the Career Development hosted events as a younger student.


Red Ventures Photo 2


“Even if you think you already know every objective detail about a company or a position, you WILL learn something new.”


How do you prepare for attending an information session?

Read up on the company before you go. I don’t mean on your way there on your phone while you’re hurrying over from a Commons dinner. Take half an hour to use the Google (not kidding) and read about the company. Obviously it’s okay if you don’t know everything there is to know about the company prior to going, but knowing that Company X is an investment banking firm and not a television production company is generally good before attending. Also, prepare some questions and make sure they’re questions that cannot be answered during your thirty minutes of Googling. I recommend asking personal experience questions, as those usually produce the most unique (and memorable) responses. Finally, if you’re feeling really ambitious or you’re particularly interested in a certain company, take the time to research and reach out to alumni who work or have worked at the company. Showing the company that you’ve invested in them is strong motivation for them to invest in you.

Oh, and one last thing– check the dress code for the information session before you show up in jeans. Not to beat a dead horse, but it’s always safer to overdress. Your outfit should be put together and tasteful, but also individualized. For me, this is a statement necklace, but for one of my fellow seniors, it’s his signature Texas cowboy boots (you know who you are if you’ve read this far).

How do you follow-up?

Before you leave the session, make sure that you get the contact information for the people that you spoke to. Asking for a card or an email address is not as awkward as you think it is, and well worth your time. One to two days after the event, shoot your contact an email thanking them for taking the time to answer your questions. A small email can go a long way. For those who are so inclined, writing a handwritten thank you note is an extra special way to be remembered. While it may take a little longer, I think this 48 cent investment is quite impressionable well worth your time if you’re really interested in a career with said company.

Judith Rosales Rivas Shares Her Experience with Golden Doors Scholars

Judith poses with Ric Elias, founder of Red Ventures and Golden Door Scholars
Judith poses with Ric Elias, founder of Red Ventures and Golden Door Scholars

Judith Rosales Rivas ’17, the author of this post, is one of two 2015 recipients of a South Carolina Internship Grant provided by Davidson College and The Jolley Foundation.  The purpose of the grant is to allow students to participate in educational internships and to explore living and working in the state of South Carolina.

This summer I had the privilege of working for Red Ventures’ nonprofit called Golden Door Scholars. Golden Door Scholars is an organization that was founded by Red Ventures’ CEO Ric Elias and aims to provide equal educational opportunities for undocumented youth in the Carolinas. Being a Golden Door Scholar myself, I know how important this organization is for students that have limited ways to access a college education. As an intern, I realized how great of an impact their efforts make in the lives of all the scholars and donors alike.

“I felt a sense of purpose and I knew I was making a positive impact not only for the 45 scholars that have received the scholarship so far, but also for future scholars.”

I must say that this summer was the most productive one I have had. I was busy all day, preparing for events, helping with the construction of the new Golden Door Scholars website, meeting with volunteers and mentors, working in groups with other scholars, writing back to donors and students asking for help and advice, etc. It was all worth the hard work. I learned so much about networking, teamwork, and ways to find resources on my own. I felt a sense of purpose and I knew I was making a positive impact not only for the 45 scholars that have received the scholarship so far, but also for future scholars. This coming year Golden Door Scholars will go nationwide, and more students in this country will be benefited. I am extremely happy that I am part of this change.

The experience I gained through this internship will help me start an organization for undocumented students on Davidson’s campus. Davidson College students (like the majority of colleges and universities) do not have knowledge of resources specific to undocumented students, which is one of the reasons why I think starting such an organization will be an important step in making Davidson a more welcoming and supportive institution. Thanks to the internship, I found resources such as post-college scholarships that do not require citizenship, healthcare options for undocumented youth, and support groups in the Charlotte area. Furthermore, one of my responsibilities on the job was to do research on licensing requirements for undocumented students. These vary from state to state, but I now have a better knowledge about which professional jobs are available for students that lack documentation.

I hope that more opportunities like these are opened for students in the future because they are life-changing experiences that elicit personal and professional growth.

Water Missions International: Julia Sacha’s Summer Internship

Julia Sacha ’17, the author of this post, is one of two 2015 recipients of a South Carolina Internship Grant provided by Davidson College and The Jolley Foundation.  The purpose of the grant is to allow students to participate in educational internships and to explore living and working in the state of South Carolina.

When was the last time you used clean water? Was it that sip you took from your bottle a few minutes ago? Was it washing your hands before lunch? The flush of your toilet half an hour ago?

We use water so frequently we don’t even think about it.

For some people, collecting water is one of the most time consuming activities of their day. For instance, the woman who has to walk 3 hours each way to Lake Victoria in Uganda to fill up a jerrycan of water.

Women and children can spend up to 6 hours of their days just collecting water — water they may not even know is contaminated with various bacteria.

I had the opportunity this summer to intern with Water Missions International, a nonprofit Christian engineering organization that works to provide sustainable safe water and sanitation solutions for people in developing countries and disaster areas ( I interned in their Health Impact Studies division, where they research how people’s health has been influenced by the use of water and what cultural barriers keep people from using Water Mission’s safe water system. Specifically, I researched survey platforms and arranged two surveys to be used in Uganda. I worked on both a household survey and a mobile survey to determine how often people use the safe water and reasons why they may not use the safe water. Do they collect dirty water due to a lack of knowledge of harmful bacteria? Is it due to the relative distance from the safe water? Is it due to the cost of the safe water? The answers for these questions vary depending on the community and are not always straightforward. Yet, they are immensely important, as drinking a small amount of dirty water is enough to make one sick.

Through her internship with Water Missions, Julia Sacha helped assemble water systems
Through her internship with Water Missions International, Julia Sacha ’17 helped assemble water systems for people in developing countries or disaster areas.

As a Christian nonprofit, faith is an essential part of the work done. Every morning before work, we gathered to pray for the countries we were working in, the community members, their systems, and for one another. I believe Jesus worked, is working, and will continue work through Water Missions’ to provide safe water and transform people’s lives. I truly hope to use what I’ve learned about sustainability and helping others in both my daily life and future career.

Internship Application Timeline by Industry

Category Range Heaviest Posting Time
Arts, Media, Communications & Marketing — (Writing, Journalism, Publishing, Advertising, Public Relations, Marketing, Broadcasting, New Media, Film, Music, Entertainment, Visual & Performing Arts, Museums/Galleries, Architecture) August – May January – April
Banking, Finance, Real Estate & Insurance — (Finance, Banking, Corporate Finance, Hedge Funds, Private Equity, Investment Banking, Commercial Banking, Wealth Management, Venture Capital, Real Estate, Actuarial, Insurance) September – May October – March
Consulting, Management, Sales & Human Resources — (Consulting, Management, Leadership Development Programs, Human Resources, Sales, Hospitality, Tourism, Fashion, Sports) November – May January – May
Education, Community Organizations & Nonprofits — (K-12, Higher Education, Community Organizations, Nonprofits, Ministry, Social Services, Mental Health) August – May December – April
Health Care, Medicine & Medical Research — (Health Care, Medicine, Medical Research, Global Healthcare, Public Health, Health Care Policy, Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology) October – March January – March
Public Policy, Politics, Government & Law — (Public Policy, Government, Politics, Law, Think Tanks, Human Rights, Poverty, International Development, International Relations, Military) September – April January – March
Sustainability, Renewable Energy, Food Systems & Nature — (Environment, Agriculture, Local & Organic Foods, Sustainability, Renewable Energy, Natural Resources & Land, Wildlife) December – April January – April
Technology & Software — (Technology, Computers, Hardware, Software, Gaming, IT, Electronics, Engineering) September – May January – May
Based on postings in WildcatLink for 2013-2014

Get to Know the Center for Career Development

2015 Center for Career Development Staff
2015 Center for Career Development Staff

Welcome back!  While we enjoyed a little break this summer, we are excited that campus is back to normal.  We took advantage of the quiet to do a little restructuring, plan some programming, connect with new employers, and just a few other things.  So, meet our staff and some of the great resources in the Center for Career Development!

Nathan Elton, Director
Nathan Elton, Director

Nathan’s Favorite CCD Resource: Davidson Career Advisor Network (DCAN) Some of the most common career advice you will hear is to talk to professionals in potential or identified career areas of interest.  Through DCAN there are over 800 Davidson alumni and parents who have signed up to share career advice, look over your resume, or prepare you for an upcoming interview.  Jobs and internships can be tough to land, but by using these connections you will know more about career fields that match your interests and abilities, and be better prepared for securing a position.

Jamie Johnson, Associate Director for Career Development
Jamie Johnson, Associate Director for Career Development

Jamie’s Favorite CCD Resource: Myers Briggs Type Indicator All of us have uniquely different personalities. The MBTI assessment will help give you a better understanding of your own personality, such as what energizes you or how you make career decisions. The assessment will also assist you in better understanding the people around you, whether they be at school, work or home. To take the MBTI, please contact our office at 704-894-2132 to set up an appointment to meet with a Career advisor.


Jeff Kniple, Associate Director for Employer Relations
Jeff Kniple, Associate Director for Employer Relations

Jeff’s Favorite CCD Resource: Information sessions are the place to make a personal connection with employers in advance of an application or interview.  They are the easiest place to make an impression with key staff members, to learn about how companies market themselves, and to learn other information that can be helpful in a cover letter or interview.  For internship and job seekers they are essential to the process.



Tiffany Waddell, Assistant Director for Career Development

Tiffany’s Favorite CCD Resource: Workshops and Programs The CCD offers workshops and events on a variety of topics for students throughout the academic year.  From getting started with LinkedIn and learning how network with Davidson alumni and other professionals, to penning the perfect resume – check out WildcatLink to learn more about what workshops are available to you this year and RSVP today!



Sarah Williams '11, Assistant Director for Alumni & Parent Engagement
Sarah Williams ’11, Assistant Director for Alumni & Parent Engagement

Sarah’s Favorite CCD Resource: WildcatLink is the best resource for accessing Davidson-specific career opportunities and resources. It is an online portal where you can apply to jobs and internships, sign up for job shadowing opportunities, and register for career-related events and programs. If you haven’t already, you will soon become very familiar with WildcatLink!




Jamie Stamey, Assistant Director for Internships
Jamie Stamey, Assistant Director for Internships

Jamie’s Favorite CCD Resource: InterviewStream is a great tool to help you prepare for upcoming interviews.  Record a video of yourself answering industry specific questions.  Then, critique yourself or share with a mentor to get their feedback.  You know what they say about practice!  You might also see this pop up in some of you Davidson-sponsored program applications, like Job Shadowing and the #DavidsonIE Internship Program.


Kate Falconi '08, Assistant Director for Employer Relations
Kate Falconi ’08, Assistant Director for Employer Relations

Kate’s Favorite CCD Resource: Vault Think of this as a huge online library of career and industry guides to help you learn about jobs and career fields, and make sure you are ready for interviews.  It also includes rankings of employers in 20 different industries, such as advertising, PR, media, banking and consulting.




Julie Lucas, Office Manager
Julie Lucas, Office Manager

Julie’s Favorite CCD Resource: It’s easy to schedule an appointment to meet with one of our advisors.  Stop by the office or call 704-894-2132. Appointments are available from 9-12:00 and 1:30-5:00.  For quick questions, we also offer daily walk-in times M-TH 10:00-12:00 and M-F 1:30-3:30.




Logan Myers, Career Adviser
Logan Myers, Career Advisor

Logan’s Favorite CCD Resource: Davidson’s LinkedIn Landing Page and LinkedIn Networking Group Want to learn what 11,000 alumni are doing based on their major, where they live, what they do and where they work?  Davidson’s LinkedIn Landing page is an easily searchable system to learn about alumni based on these and other criteria.  Want to interact with alumni in LinkedIn?  Check out the Davidson College Network Group, where you can send messages to over 6,000 alumni.


Paid Internships: Do I Pay Tax on That?

Contributed by Ben Baker, Professor of Economics

If your employer treats you as an independent contractor (self-employed) instead of as an employee, you need to be aware of a potential tax issue.  Employers do not withhold any taxes from the earnings of independent contractors so you will be responsible for paying any Federal income tax, state income tax, and self-employment taxes yourself.  That could come as quite a shock next April when you find that you owe several hundred dollars when you file your income tax returns.


The majority of workers are treated as employees, meaning that their employers withhold taxes and remit them to the appropriate governmental agency.  Employees receive a Form W-2 by January 31 each year, detailing the amount of taxable income that was earned as well as how much was withheld in income taxes and FICA tax (Social Security and Medicare).  If you are an employee, you pay one-half of the FICA tax (7.65% of earned income) and your employer matches that amount (another 7.65%) for a total of 15.3%.   If you are self-employed, you will receive a Form 1099.  In this case, you are responsible for paying both the employee and employer portions of the tax – the entire 15.3%.   This is in addition to any income taxes that you may owe.

Many interns are unaware that they are responsible for paying all of the taxes themselves and are unpleasantly surprised at tax time.

Imagine that you earn $4,000 during your internship.  If that is your only income for the year, you will owe no income tax because you are below the threshold for paying those taxes.  BUT, you will owe $565.18 in FICA, computed as follows:

Earned income                                                                                       $4,000

Self-employment wage base (if this is more than $400,               x  .9235

you must pay FICA tax)                                                                        $3,694

FICA tax rate                                                                                           x .153

FICA tax due with your tax return                                                     $565.18

Chances are, if you are unaware that this tax bill is coming, the money will be spent and you will have to scramble to get it by April 15.


ASK: When you start work ask the Human Resources Department whether you will be treated as an employee or an independent contractor.  If you are treated as an independent contractor, save the money that will be needed to pay the self-employment taxes (and if applicable, income taxes) next April.

CONFIRM: When you receive your first paycheck, look carefully at the pay stub.  Was any Social Security and Medicare tax withheld?  If not, you need to put the money aside.

For more information, contact a tax advisor or check out to find information about the self-employment tax.