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Career Development Ambassadors 2014-2015

The Center for Career Development is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 class of Career Development Ambassadors.  Trained to assist with peer advising regarding topics such as resume review, cover letter review, and mock interview prep – stop by and visit them during walk-in hours this semester in the Center for Career Development (Alvarez 201):  Sundays 3-5pm, Tuesdays 7:30-9:30pm, and Thursdays 7:30-9:30pm.

Emily Burke
Emily Burke ’15

I am majoring in economics and will be working in investment banking after graduation.  During summers off from Davidson I have pursued internships in a variety of fields including investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the leveraged finance group and a boutique investment bank in Boston, management consulting at a firm in Washington DC, and foreign policy at the Brookings Institution, a think tank in Washington DC.  On campus I play the oboe in the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra, volunteer with the Office of Admission as a tour guide, and have served as the social chair of my eating house, Warner Hall.  In my free time I enjoy playing golf, reading, and traveling.

Colin MacKay '15
Colin MacKay ’16

I am majoring in economics and plan to pursue a career in banking, consulting, or financial accounting. I have served as the corporate social responsibility intern at Bank of America where I researched competitive trends in the CSR space. I am a member of the Davidson College varsity swim team and serve as a representative in the Student Athlete Advisory Council and the Davidson Athletic Fund Student Athlete Engagement Program. I am a member of the Symphony Orchestra string bass section, a fraternity brother in Sigma Phi Epsilon, and a member of Campus Outreach. My hobbies include camping, spending time with family and friends, traveling, and playing cards.

Braden Beaudreau '15
Braden Beaudreau ’15

I am majoring in political science and I plan to pursue a career in law, government, or public policy.  Last summer, I interned at Akerman LLP, a law firm located in Washington, DC, for a public policy adviser working on issues concerning higher education policy.  Previously, I worked in the Davidson College Center for Career Development as a work study student, where I managed internship databases.  I spent a semester abroad my junior year traveling across the breathtaking landscape of Australia and studying business and economics at the University of Melbourne.  I also write for the Davidsonian and perform spoken word poetry with FreeWord.  My hobbies and interests include intramural basketball, supporting the Red Sox, and going on adventures with my friends.

Catherine Lowenthal
Catherine Lowenthal ’15

I am majoring in psychology with a concentration in medical humanities.  I plan to eventually work with individuals with mental illness and/or  HIV/AIDS or other physical disease.  In my summers, I have served as a research assistant at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and interned at Broughton Hospital, a North Carolina state psychiatric hospital.  I have also worked in an orphanage for children with HIV/AIDS in South Africa, and volunteered at several programs for children with HIV/AIDS in New York City.  On campus, I work as a research assistant for a psychology professor and am the Vice President of Queers and Allies, Secretary of the College Democrats and a member of the Common Ground Council.  My hobbies include traveling and trying new foods.  My favorite quote is from Booker T. Washington:  “Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company.”

James Cobb
James Cobb ’15

I am a Political Science major from Middlebury, Vermont. Next year, I will be working as an investment banking analyst with Morgan Stanley in New York City. Prior to an internship with Morgan Stanley this past summer, I worked with Gridley & Co, a boutique, M&A technology bank in New York City; as an equity research analyst with WEDGE Capital Management in Charlotte; as a summer analyst with the Davidson College Endowment; and as a consultant with the Atlantic Leadership Group in New York City. Through Davidson, I have been able to study abroad for two semesters in Ireland and India and the Middle East. On campus, I am the Vice President of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, a Chidsey Fellow, Terry scholar, and play saxophone with the jazz ensemble. My hobbies include reading, weight lifting, and challenging travel.

Daniel Reitten
Daniel Reitten ’15

I am originally from Tel Aviv, Israel.

I am majoring in economics and planning to be in finance after graduation. I spent my previous summer at the summer internship program at UBS in Sales & Trading where I worked on the FX spot trading desk in the New York office. Prior to attending Davidson College, I served 3 years in the Israeli Air Force. I played Tennis for Davidson during my first two years, and I got the chance to attend 3 different abroad programs. I am also a member of Hillel, and this is my seventh semester that I teach Hebrew here at Davidson. I enjoy music, traveling, crossfit and philosophy.

Leigh Miller
Leigh Miller ’15

I am majoring in psychology with a minor in French. I plan to work in Human Resources (hopefully doing recruiting), eventually pursuing a career in coaching for businesses. I have served as a Human Resources intern at the corporate headquarters for Chico’s and for Vans, working with the Recruiting, Learning & Development, and Payroll departments. I am a co-president of the Pep Band, and president of the Knitting Society. My hobbies include swimming, cycling, reading, and knitting.

To Grad School or Not to Grad School? Ask Yourself the Question.

If you are thinking about graduate school, you are not alone.  Are you asking yourself if you need a break post-Davidson before you pursue your next course of study?  Deciding on a program and when to enter is a big decision.  Before you send off those applications and secure your enrollment spot, it’s a good idea to ask yourself a few questions and take time to reflect on whether or not graduate school is the appropriate next step for you.


The first question I ask most students who meet with me to chat about researching graduate programs and application prep is simple: why?  For each person, the answer is different.  Immediate entry into graduate school may give you a leg up in your professional field of interest.  Many times graduate or professional school will afford you a number of specialized skills or certifications and help propel you into the next step of that particular industry.  For example – if you want to be an attorney, then at some point, attending law school, succeeding in your studies, and passing the Bar exam is a pre-requisite before you can attempt to practice law.  In other fields, a graduate degree may be required simply for candidacy of application to apply.  However, this is not always the case.  Some graduate programs are more likely to admit an applicant who has work experience. It is important to identify the norm or standard of education in a given field – and do a bit of research to find out whether or not graduate school immediately after college is a necessary or realistic goal.

Another big question to ask yourself: are you ready?  By ready, I simply mean are you ready to continue attending school for several months or years?  As you approach graduation, you may find that you would like a break from school to recharge before you pursue another academic program.  Perhaps you would like to gain some “real world” experience and explore the world of work a bit before deciding which field of study is the best one for you. Maybe you would like to travel the world or give back in the form of volunteering or service work.  Gap years are increasingly common for students and a great year to gain more experience, sharpen your professional skills and supplement your academic pursuits before pursuing a graduate or professional degree.

Whatever you decide, remember that the choice is yours.  Family, friends, and other influencers will not be attending classes (or work) for you.  Adjusting to a new academic or work environment and geographic location is a major life transition and certainly worth consideration and intention.

As you explore your options, you have many questions. Visit with faculty advisors to discuss your areas of interest and strategies to identify the programs that would best suit your interests.  Learn more about the ins and outs of graduate school application prep, and how to make the most of your post-graduate studies, by visiting the Center for Career Development.  Take some time to reflect as to whether or not graduate school right after college is the right choice for you now – or in the future.

Empower High School Students to Create a Healthier America with HealthCorps

Presenters Madeline Dick-Godfrey '12 (left) and Robin Joseph (right)
Presenters Madeline Dick-Godfrey ’12 (left) and Robin Joseph (right)

HealthCorps, a health education program founded and developed by Dr. Oz, is hiring program coordinators for the 25-30 positions available in low-income high schools across the United States. These coordinators teach HealthCorps curriculum (fitness, nutrition, and mental resilience), organize after-school programs, and coordinate school-wide events to promote living a healthy lifestyle.

The coordinator position is a two-year long commitment with a full salary and health benefits, as well as a four-week training.

Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA, a passion for health and education, strong interpersonal skills, and must be organized, proactive solution seekers. Spanish language skills are a plus but not required.

Applications are due by April 30, 2014. The application consists of a questionnaire form, a resume, two 300-500 word essays, and a video promoting your own designed FitTown project. Selected candidates will be called for an in-person group and one-on-one interview.

For more information please visit the HealthCorps website here.

You can also contact our presenters, Madeleine Dick-Godfrey ’12 ( and Robin Joseph (, to inquire about their placements in Charlotte.

Davidson Students Connect with European Internships

When Bettina Lemm ’13 looked for an internship last summer, she discovered an opportunity through Davidson parent Bill Echikson on WildcatLink at the Mundaneum in Mons, Belgium. The Mundeaneum is an archive center founded by a Belgian entrepreneur and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate with the goal of archiving all of the world’s knowledge and making it readily accessible through a collection of documents and note cards.

Bettina Lemm ’13 the Bernardus Djonoputro, the Secretary General of the Indonesian Association of Planners.

At the Mundaneum, Bettina taught an English and Social Media class to local teenagers in which the students learned to use social media platforms and express themselves in another language. In addition, Bettina created a blog in which she posted all of the events that Mundaneum and Google collaborated on—these companies formed a partnership so that Google could illustrate its appreciation of culture despite its large size, and the Mundaneum could reach a larger, more global audience. Bettina was initially drawn to this internship because of this collaboration; she wanted an opportunity to enter the world of technology, communication, and data while working within an archive center.

While in Belgium, Bettina was able to meet Bill Echikson, parent of Sam Echikson ’14, who works in the Google offices in Brussels and is responsible for making her internship available to Davidson students. Apart from seeing Mr. Echikson during office hours, he organized a biking trip to the town of Bruges with Bettina and several Yale students also interning in Belgium, invited her over to his home for a barbecue, and even asked her to attend a basketball game with him and his Finnish business partner.

Jaime DyBuncio ’13 shared this image of Schloss Leopoldskron, the palace in which the Salzburg Global Seminar is held.

After her internship at the Mundaneum, Bettina began interning at the Salzburg Global Seminar in Salzburg, Austria, where fellow Davidson alum Jaime DyBuncio ’13 spent this summer. Both Bettina and Jaime worked as program interns, during which time they helped to organize seminars, as well as attended all discussions to engage with participants and speakers. The Global Seminar was established in 1946 with the goal of bringing people together from different cultures and backgrounds to discuss global issues. The current President and CEO of the Salzburg Global Seminar is Davidson alumnus Stephen Salyer ’72, who is responsible for connecting Davidson students with opportunities at the Seminar every year.

Among the highlights of this internship for Bettina and Jaime were living and working in Schloss Leopoldskron, an historic, 300-year-old castle, as well as the chance to live among people from different backgrounds and countries and gain a more global perspective.

If you are interested in learning more about Bettina and Jaime’s experiences at the Mundaneum and Salzburg Global Seminar, they are available by email at and This year, the Salzburg Global Seminar opportunity is being offered as part of the Davidson Impact Fellowship program; many seniors have applied for the opportunity to pursue this one-year fellowship. The Mundaneum summer internship may be available again this summer – stay tuned to WildcatLink for details.

Thank you again to Bill Echikson and Stephen Salyer ’72 for making these opportunities available to Davidson students.

Grants for Unpaid Summer 2014 Internships in South Carolina

Thanks to a grant from The Jolley Foundation, The Center for Career Development has up to six $4,000 stipends available this summer for Davidson students who are offered and accept an unpaid internship with a nonprofit organization or government agency anywhere in South Carolina.  The purpose of the grant is to encourage students to explore living and working in the state, where historically many Davidson students have not chosen to live after graduation. 

2014 marks the third year that these grants have been available. In 2013, Rebecca McKee ’14 explored environmental education and research at the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston, Alexandra Clark ’15 explored law at the City of Charleston Prosecutor’s Office, and Keri Register ’16 explored life at a nonprofit agency through her work with Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands in Columbia.  In 2012, Graham Whittington ’14 and Maddie Kern ’13 used the funds to explore the fields of law and marine biology education in Greenville and Edisto Island, respectively.  Read the blog posts about these grant recipients’ experiences  here on our blog. Note that 2014 grant recipients will likely be required to write blog posts as well.


1.  Find an Internship. Apply for unpaid internships in South Carolina with any nonprofit organization or government entity.  The Center for Career Development can help guide you through an internship search. Once you are offered the internship, you may apply for the grant.

2.  Apply for the Grant.  Write a resume and a one-page cover letter (addressed to the South Carolina Internship Grant Selection Committee) that describes your internship and its relevance to your professional and academic goals.  The letter should also include the e-mail address of your supervisor or the internship coordinator at the organization where you have been offered an internship.  Submit these documents by e-mail to You may wish to have a career adviser review them during walk-in hours (1:30 – 3:30, M – F) to make sure that they are in the best possible shape before submitting them.


Q:  Does the internship have to be full-time?

A:  You must work a minimum of 300 hours over the course of the summer to qualify for the grant.  There is no minimum number of total weeks or hours per week as long as you meet this minimum hour requirement.

Q:  I want to apply, but I’m having trouble locating suitable internships.  Where do I start?

A:  Stop by the Center for Career Development during walk-in hours, 1:30 – 3:30, and we can review some helpful resources and help you come up with a networking and search strategy.

Q:  What if I find an unpaid internship with a for-profit (a bank, a law firm, etc.)?

A:  We are only able to fund internships with nonprofits and government agencies with the grants.

Questions: Jeff Kniple, Center for Career Development,

Students Explore the “Megatrend” of Sustainability with On-Campus Panel

Three experts in sustainability in the government, nonprofit, and business sectors gathered this Friday to form a panel answering students’ questions on careers in sustainability.

Dubbed a “megatrend” by Scott Tew, Executive Director at the Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability at Ingersoll Rand, the sustainability movement is opening up new positions in a variety of fields. Mr. Tew spoke about some of the novel ideas that have come out of his company, including Club Car, a golf cart company that is the world’s largest manufacturer of small-wheel, zero-emissions electric vehicles (look for them buzzing around campus!). Ingersoll Rand aims to design products and help customers live more sustainably and reduce their impact on climate change.

Amy Aussieker, Executive Director at Envision Charlotte, was another panelist who, after a variety of career changes, has found herself happily working at a nonprofit that works with the regional economy to promote environmental stewardship. Through four programs on water, air, energy, and waste, Envision Charlotte aims to make Charlotte the most sustainable urban center in the country. By developing electric vehicle programs in the city, developing apps to encourage sustainable behavior, and creating composting programs in restaurants, the organization hopes to reduce the energy use in uptown Charlotte.

Our third panelist was Henry McKoy, businessman and former Assistant Secretary of the NC Department of Commerce. Mr. McKoy currently works at Investment Scientific Equity Partners where sustainability is the bottom line in developing investments. He has even been invited to the White House by President Obama to discuss how sustainable enterprise can fit into the new economy.

During the question and answer section of the discussion, students asked questions on the future of careers in sustainability.  Here are a couple of highlights:

Q: Do you ever feel disconnected from the nature component of your work–from the planet-saving component–when you are in an office all day?

A: No. In Charlotte, with a 40% tree canopy, you can still feel the connection to nature. Working everyday in this environment is a good reminder of the progress that has been made and still can be made.

Q: What are some of the hindrances, or obstacles, to promoting sustainability, particularly in American society?

A: Primarily generational. If the younger employees (the 20-somethings) are inspired to take up a new sustainable practice, they can encourage the higher-ups to do the same. Sometimes it is a matter of finding out what motivates people; is it incentives, power, access to other opportunities? Determining how to energize people to join the movement is one of the key challenges. Elementary school students are a hidden gem! They will take what they have learned about in school and bring these ideas home to convince their parents to recycle, turn off lights, reduce water use when brushing teeth, etc.

Thanks to the above panelists, and especially to Jeff Mittelstadt, Davidson’s Director of Sustainability, for sharing their insight.  Students who are interested in career development opportunities related to sustainability should check out the summer Sustainability Scholars Program and keep an eye on WildcatLink for potential opportunities.

Carney, Sandoe & Associates Advises Students Interested in Teaching in Independent Schools

Carney Sandoe representative Ryan Graf shares information with students on life as a teacher in an independent school

Carney, Sandoe, & Associates representative Ryan Graf came to campus this week to discuss Carney Sandoe’s role as an educational recruitment firm in the search for jobs in teaching and administrative positions at private, independent, and other similar schools.  Graf, who has been visiting Davidson for several years now, also gave students some helpful tips and guidelines on how to market themselves for jobs in the field.

Graf shared some characteristics of independent schools: they have small class sizes, there is usually tuition or financial aid and merit scholarships involved in funding the education, they are outside government regulation, and each of them is unique.  Independent schools have the luxury of creating their own cultures and attracting students for different reasons such as strong academics, sports, and sometimes, religious affiliation.  Independent schools can be boarding or day schools and they are found all around the country.

Independent schools, unlike public schools, do not require formal certification for their teachers, which makes it possible for students who studied any major to work as a teacher.  What independent schools are looking for in their new hires are people with strong academic backgrounds, experience with teaching or working with children, and involvement in school activities.  They are looking for teachers who show passion and mastery of the subject they want to teach.  To display this on a resume, Graf recommends including your major GPA and some relevant coursework, as well as a thesis, capstone project, or study abroad experience.  Any experience working with children should be highlighted on the resume by being placed towards the top.  Graf explained that it is perfectly fine to discuss experiences that reach back to high school, especially if they were valuable or formative.  Schools need teachers to work as coaches and advisors, so it is great to see some relevant experience in extracurricular activities.

Carney, Sandoe & Associates works with each student to help match him or her to a school that would be a good fit on all accounts.  They help create your file, which includes letters of recommendation, a transcript, a personal statement, a resume, and a video interview.  This file is sent off to different schools in hopes that they will consider the candidate and eventually hire the student.

Students who are considering a job at an independent school or a similar institution later on are welcome to look at Carney, Sandoe & Associates’ homepage to see all of the schools they work with and more about what they do.

“Somebody Has to Run the Kennedy Center”: Sherburne Laughlin ’83 Discusses Careers in Arts Management

Sherburne Laughlin '83 shares arts management career resources with students

Sherburne Laughlin ’83, Director of the Arts Management Program at American University in Washington DC and a former member of Davidson’s Board of Trustees, visited campus last week to speak with students about careers in arts management.  An economics major at Davidson, Ms. Laughlin went on to work at a bank before earning her MBA from Yale University and launching her career in the arts management.  This is the third successive year that she has given this talk to a full room of students.

Ms. Laughlin started her talk by generating discussion on many pertinent issues in the arts today, such as the role of government funding for the arts and how to get that funding, ensuring that boards can make decisions for the sustainability of their organizations, censorship in the arts, and intellectual property issues with art.  She also commented on what she calls the “Arts and …” movement which encompasses arenas such as health, social justice, and business as well as technology and “gamification” in the arts.

As arts management graduate programs are looking for students with experience in the field, even at an assistant level, Ms. Laughlin advised joining the workforce for a few years before pursuing a graduate degree.  If you work first, she argues, you will ask better questions in graduate school and will have a better sense of why you want to pursue a career in arts management.  When looking for a first job in the field, look for various assistant level positions or internships in areas of arts management like development or marketing.  She suggests staying in contact with people who are in your network, including Davidson alumni.

Ms. Laughlin also guided students towards resources such as the Arts and Science Council in Charlotte and the North Carolina Arts Council that have their own job banks.  She also pointed out Americans for the Arts, which has a great professional development web page and services.  Laughlin explained the importance of keeping up to date with publications and blogs such as The Art Newspaper, Arts Journal and Createquity and advised students to register for the e-mail list You’ve Cott Mail.

There are many different places to look for jobs in the arts, including education, established arts organizations, service organizations, artist residencies, clubs, and festivals.  Laughlin encouraged students to look for opportunities that may not be obvious, giving an example of someone she knows who has a position in the arts with the National PTA (Parent Teacher Association).

Laughlin ended the presentation by giving more details about her program at American University, one of the oldest arts management programs in the country.  She pointed out that the older programs are beneficial due to the large alumni network that they create.  It provides an opportunity to graduate with certificates in Technology in Arts Management or International Arts Management.  The program is small, with twenty students in each class, and has a nearly 100% job placement rate.  They also have a special arrangement with Sotheby’s through which they send students to a very rigorous and fulfilling program in London.

If you would like to get in touch with Ms. Laughlin to discuss a potential careers in arts management, and/or the American University program specifically, feel free to send her an e-mail at

Davidson Impact Fellows Program Gears Up for Application Season

Jeff Kniple, Associate Director for Employer Relations in the Center for Career Development, gave the first info session of the year last week on the Davidson Impact Fellows program.

The Davidson Impact Fellowship is a one-year-old, Davidson-run program that places recent graduates with organizations focusing on social issues including health, the environment, criminal justice and education. Last year, Davidson placed 14 fellows in 8 different organizations such as the Touch Foundation, Yes Prep, Catawba Lands Conservancy, and Communities in Schools. These organizations are located in Charlotte, NC, New York City, Atlanta, Houston, and the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.

This year, the program is hoping to maintain relationships with the current organizations as well as expanding to include others.  Alumni are parents encouraged to reach out if they are interested in becoming a partner for the program.

Two additional fellowships will be available through a separate application process. The Lilly Foundation will provide graduating seniors with stipends for a year-long exploration of a vocation to ministry or to other faith-based service. The Williamson Trust will provide one graduating senior with a $25,000 fellowship for a year-long immersion with a LGBTQ advocacy nonprofit organization. These two opportunities allow applicants to select their own organization and create their own job description.

The application for the Davidson Impact Fellowship will be posted in early December and will be due by January 31, 2014. The application process includes submission of the application form, a resume, an official transcript, and a subsequent interview in mid-February. More information can be found here. Any specific questions about the program can be directed to Jeff Kniple at

To read about the experiences of current fellows, check out the Davidson Impact Fellows blog.  Stay tuned for more information about this year’s opportunities!


#makebetterhappen After Graduation with City Year

Heather Siegfried, regional recruitment manager of City Year Columbia

City Year paid a visit to Davidson last Friday, leading an information session as well as meeting one-on-one with students interested in joining the program after graduation.  With a million students dropping out of school in the US every year, City Year stands apart as an education-focused nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping students in school.

City Year corps members work one-on-one with 8-12 students throughout the year who are 2-4 grade levels behind where they should be in school. By providing academic support, creating attendance initiatives, peer mentoring, and community engagement, corps members make a difference in the lives of students to get them back on track to education.

Corps members are ages 17-24 and work in teams of 8-12 in 260 schools across America. As an applicant, you can apply to a specific region or site, or you can leave your location up to the discretion of the  City Year program. Some of the benefits of City Year include a biweekly living stipend, federal student loan forbearance, a $5550 education award upon completion of your City Year, health insurance, an official City Year uniform, and access to higher education scholarships.

There are three upcoming deadlines for applications: November 15, February 15, and April 30. Applicants will be notified within a month after the application deadline with a decision on their application.

If you are interested in learning more about City Year, contact Heather Siegfried, the regional recruitment manager, at or follow current corps members at #makebetterhappen.