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Barnard College Career Development Elliott Hall, 2nd Floor

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STAFF Robert Earl, Jr. Director Alexandra Nestoras Senior Associate Director Won Kang Associate Director / Student Employment Rachel Tannenbaum Associate Director Valerie Chow Program Director / Internship Programs & Civic Engagement Purnima Taylor Program Director / Employer Relations & Campus Recruitment Victoria Passarella Career Counselor Sarah Noel Alumnae Counselor Katherine Hendry Assistant Director Lindsey Allen Assistant to the Director Hiraida Crespo Office Assistant Bruce Ross Administrative Assistant Nancy Ferro Recruiting Program Assistant




WHAT TO DO WITH A MAJOR IN BIOLOGY? You’ve decided on a major and are not sure what career path to follow after college. To help you out, we asked three Barnard alumnae who majored in biology to share their career experiences with you! Nieca Goldberg, MD ʼ79, Joan H. Tisch Center for Womenʼs Health - NYU Langone Medical Center, Medical Director Majoring in biology or the other sciences was common choice when I applied to medical school. It certainly made some medical courses easier and it is a good way to see if you are suited for a biomedical career. Although majoring in biology had an important place in medical training, other aspects of my Barnard education played an even more important role. It’s important to remember that a medical career is not only based on scientific knowledge, but also good communication and interpersonal skills. A solid liberal arts education, in which you learn about other cultures, learn to speak another language and also have excellent writing are necessary for a successful medical career. The most important thing is that you have passion for your career because there is no faking it. Pascale Marthe White, M.D., Second Year Internal Medicine Resident - NYU Langone Medical Center I majored in biology because I was fascinated with living organisms - from the smallest cells to most sophisticated forms of life: human beings. Studying biology allowed me to further delve into my desire to investigate human disease, which led me to pursue a career as a physician in internal medicine. As a physician, I am afforded the opportunity to diagnose, cure, and manage the diseases of my patients while cultivating a healthy doctor-patient relationship. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing my experience at Barnard come full circle in my daily activities and in my career. Susan Chapnick ʻ78, New Environmental Horizons, Inc., Founder/ Chemistry Consultant My broader education in the biological sciences has helped me navigate a career path I may not have experienced if my undergraduate education was more narrowly focused. My senior year I spent much of my time on independent research and I graduated and set off to graduate school with a scholarship award from Barnard that helped defray expenses to further my education. I later moved to Cambridge and worked at a lab in MIT. Several chemists from a nearby environmental laboratory contacted the university to find out if they could learn our technique for preparing and analyzing seawater samples. I later learned they needed a lab manager to support efforts to monitor dumping in the North Atlantic, so after a total of 7 years in academia, I left for a land-based career. Cont’d on pg. 6


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TEN CAREERS FOR A BIOLOGY MAJOR 1. Health Care: Physicians/surgeons diagnose and treat illnesses of varying severity. Anesthesiologists focus on pain relief through continual monitoring and assessment. Clinical lab technicians examine and analyze bodily fluids and cells looking for bacteria, parasites, and other microorganisms. 2. Researcher: study the natural world in both labs and the outdoors to understand how living systems work. Research can be broken down into two categories: basic and applied. Basic research is conducted without any intended aim; while applied research is directed towards solving a particular problem. Most biological scientists specialize in one area of biology, such as zoology, ecology, microbiology. 3. Epidemiologist: investigate and describe the causes and spread of disease, and develop the means for prevention or control. Applied epidemiologists, who usually work for State health agencies, respond to disease outbreaks, determining their causes and helping to contain them. Research epidemiologists study diseases in labs and in the field to determine how to prevent future outbreaks. 4. Biomedical Engineer: apply knowledge of engineering, biology, and bio-mechanical principles to the design, development, and evaluation of biological systems and products such as artificial organs, prostheses, instrumentation, medical information systems, and heath management and care delivery systems. 5. Computational Biologist: apply concepts of computer science and information technology to the field of biology and medicine. Bioinformatics deals with information systems, web technologies, artificial intelligence, and mathematics to generate new knowledge of biology and medicine. 6. Pharmacist: help in the distribution of prescription drugs to individuals by advising patients, physicians, and other health practitioners on the selection, dosages, interactions, and side effects of medications. They often also monitor the health and progress of patients to ensure that they are using their medications safely and effectively. 7. Physical Therapist: diagnose and treat individuals who have medical problems or other health-related conditions, illnesses, or injuries that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities as well as they would like in their daily lives. Related occupations include occupational and speech therapists. 8. Forensic Scientist: analyze the physical evidence they receive from police, preparing reports of their analyses. Those documents, along with forensic scientists’ expert testimony, can be important prosecutorial tools for convicting the accused. 9. Environmental Manager: manage, improve, and protect the country's natural resources, working to devise ways to use and improve the land while safeguarding the environment. Foresters oversee forests and direct activities on them for economic, recreational, conservational, and environmental purposes. Geoscientists and hydrologists study the composition, structure, and other physical aspects of the Earth, often helping searches for natural resources.


10. Medical Illustrator: work closely with physicians to produce illustrations for publications, instructional videos, films, presentations and exhibits. Source:

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THE PCAʼS Kate Bergin Geraldine Cheung Lianna Fox Lily Icangelo Jenny Lyubomudrova

This weekend, I had brunch with an alumna I met through the Barnard Alumna to Student Mentoring program. Although we were matched solely on the basis of our common career interest (she is a lawyer and I would like to be one), we connected on ground that went beyond a passion for the legal field. As a senior, I was incredibly interested to hear about life after Barnard from someone who had gone through the process herself. Our talk proved to be both enjoyable and productive, when she offered to critique my resume and gave me useful advice on taking a gap year before law school. Whether matched through a structured program or personally sought out, I believe a mentor can be a vital resource for personal development. Someone who takes a genuine interest in your goals can offer you advice that may be more pertinent or personal than an academic advisor, as well as provide you with a sense of where your interests can take you outside of the Barnard gates. If there is one step you take this year to better yourself professionally, let it be to seek guidance from a mentor that you trust. By Jenny Lyubomudrova, PCA

Jaqueline (Jackie) Rossiter Sylvia Scodro Michelle Yip Margaret Yukins

DROP-IN HOURS Peer Career Advisors Monday - Friday 10 AM - 5 PM



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FEATURED INTERNSHIPS For these and other great opportunities, check out NACElink at


By Tali Azenkot ʻ13 Major: Biology Last summer I worked at the Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, a non-profit organization that strives to eliminate infectious diseases worldwide. Unlike academic research environments, Seattle Biomed is a mission-driven organization that employs international scientists on academic and clinical career tracks. As a global health intern, I worked for ten weeks beside an MD/PhD research scientist from South Africa. My project focused on the immune response of HIV-exposed infants to the BCG vaccination (against tuberculosis). In order to evaluate immune response, I learned how to perform RNA extraction, cDNA synthesis, and Real-Time quantitative PCR on blood samples from infants treated at my mentor’s clinic. I also presented my research to staff at the end of the summer. This internship taught me important lab techniques and research skills in a supportive environment, and exposed me to the many career opportunities within the global health field.  


William J. Clinton Foundation – Intern. Established by President Clinton with the dual missions of constructing and endowing the Clinton Presidential Center and Park in Little Rock and continuing the work of his presidency to strengthen the capacity of people in the U.S. to meet the challenges of global interdependence. The program offers a unique opportunity for growth, learning and meaningful service. There are three offices in New York city: The Harlem office, the downtown Water Street office and the mid-town office. Office of Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer – Communications Intern. Manhattan Borough President seeks a Communications intern to be part of his collborative team to implement a shared vision of progressive policies and community-based planning. The communications intern will help drive the President’s policy agenda and initiatives by assisting in the office’s online and community media strategies. Major responsibilities will include assisting in the management of website content, content/story selection and staff input. Fotofolio – Director’s Office Intern. Fotofolio is a publishing company specializing in photography and fine arts, often collaborating with museums to create material for major exhibitions. The intern will work closely with the Art Director and will assist in all aspects of the production process - from choosing images to inputting text. Democracy Now! – News Production Intern. Democracy Now! A New Yorkbased independent, non-commercial daily radio/TV/internet news hour seeks applicants for three paid internships beginning early in 2012. Thieme Medical Publishers – Product Development/Publishing Intern.The EProduct Development group at Thieme Publishers seeks a long-term intern interested in gaining experience in all phases of the ongoing transition from print- to e-centric publishing. Interns will be working with a small team of developers and programers on projects that touch on all areas of the publishing efforts at Thieme. Office of Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand – Intern. Senator Gillibrand seeks current students and recent graduates for internships in her New York office in the departments of Constituent Affairs, Community Outreach, Operations and Press. Each role provides a unique opportnity to gain valuable insight into the federal government’s interaction with constituents, state and local government, businesses, and community organizations. Marvel Entertainment – Intern. Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies. The firm is seeking interns for all areas of its operations, including but not limited to editorial, art returns, production, digital media, human resources and business development. Christieʼs – Intern. Christie’s is currently accepting applications for unpaid Spring internships that expose students to the operations of an auction house and the art industry. Internships are available at Haunce of Venison, Christie’s contemporary art gallery and select business support departments like clinet development, art transport, client accounting, finance, IT, human resources, etc.

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GET VOLUNTEER AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT RELATED INTERNSHIP AND JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN YOUR EMAIL! Sign up for the New York City Civic Engagement Program email listserv. You will receive weekly announcements of newly posted civic engagementrelated opportunities. SIGN-UP:


NYCCEP & GRANTS SPRING 2012 ALUMNAE & DONOR SPONSORED INTERNSHIP Barnard College offers funding for unpaid internships through alumnae and donor sponsored grants. The maximum award is $800 for a spring semester internship. The Spring 2012 Internship Grant Program is open to students from the classes of 2012, 2013 and 2014. NO late or incomplete applications will be accepted. Grantees are expected to have secured internships by the application date. Additional requirements include participating in an online discussion community, submitting a learning action plan, and attending a professional development event. INFORMATION: APPLICATION: DEADLINE: Sunday, 12/5/12 at 11:59 PM

ATHENA SUMMER FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM APPLICATION DEADLINE: The Athena Center for Leadership Studies offers ten emerging leaders from Barnard’s class of 2013 the opportunity to participate in the Athena Summer Fellowship Program. Program Fellows participate in self-selected high-level internships, live together at Barnard, and meet weekly to discuss leadership and how to make the most of their internship. All Barnard juniors are eligible to apply for the Fellowship, with the internship taking place in the summer between their junior and senior year. Drawing on Barnard’s impressive alumnae base and the resources of New York City, the Athena Center for Leadership Studies works with Fellows in finding unique internships from across a diverse array of fields: the arts, politics, science, medicine, law, business, and philanthropy. During the 10 week program, fellows receive a $4000 stipend and free college housing. Fellows live together and meet regularly with each other and specially selected guest speakers, creating a place for all to reflect on their work experiences and the different leadership skills, styles and strategies observed. Students are also expected to participate in educational and social events with interested alumnae and leaders from across New York City. APPLICATION: NACElink (Job ID #6087) DEADLINE: 12/5/12 at 11:59pm

VOLUNTEER FOCUS: JUMPSTART Jumpstart is a national early education organization that helps children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be successful in school, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late. Jumpstart Corps Members have the opportunity to gain valuable direct experience in early childhood education, and have a positive impact on the educational trajectory of young children. Jumpstart at Barnard/Columbia serves preschools in Morningside Heights and Harlem. Corps Members spend two mornings or two afternoons per week in a preschool classroom implementing a supplemental language and literacy-based curriculum. Spring semester teams will be in preschool classrooms on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 12pm or from 3pm to 6pm. INFORMATION: CONTACT:


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RACHELʼS CORNER A “THANK YOU” GOES A LONG WAY During the holiday season, many of us take the time to reflect on what we are thankful for. Though most of us acknowledge our friends and loved ones, we may forget to do the same for our mentors and supervisors, who in many cases, have gone above and beyond to help us grow professionally. See below for some tips on how to say thank you to these individuals around the holidays. Send a card Though this seems like a very simple gesture of thanks, it is greatly appreciated by the recipient. In your card, take the time to outline the specific ways in which this individual helped you, and explain the positive outcomes their help has had on your professional development. Buy a small gift It doesn’t cost much to show appreciation. Perhaps give a your supervisor a box chocolates, or a gift certificate to show your thanks. Though these gifts are relatively impersonal in nature, they still show that you have gone the extra mile to say thanks! If you know them well, show it Do you know what your supervisor’s favorite coffee shop, restaurant or clothing store is? Buy something that reflects the personal knowledge you have gained about them thus far. Not only will they appreciate the gift, but the thoughtfulness you put into the purchase. By Rachel Tannenbaum, Associate Director

WHAT TO DO WITH A MAJOR IN BIOLOGY Cont’d from pg. 1 Susan Chapnick ʻ78, New Environmental Horizons, Inc., Founder/ Chemistry Consultant The environmental laboratory was a rich training ground and I stayed there 5 years, becoming a mentor for younger scientists. After my second child, Madeline, was born and five years into consulting, I made my next major career move and started my own consulting company. I started New Environmental Horizons, Inc. (NEH), a women-owned business that specializes in the support and clean-up of hazardous waste sites. Entrepreneurship is the best career move I made – though all the other experiences leading up to it from my biology background at Barnard, through several academic jobs, to industry and then consulting were integral to my success.


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CAREER DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS All workshops are held in the BCD Seminar Room. For more information, visit NACElink at

Job and Internship Search Thursday, 12/8 at 3:00 PM Monday, 12/12 at 11:00 AM

Mastering the Interview Monday, 12/5 at 1:00 PM

Crafting a Cover Letter and Resume Tuesday, 12/6 at 4:00 PM Friday, 12/16 at 2:00 PM

The Ins & Outs of Networking Friday, 12/2 at 3:00 PM Tuesday, 12/13 at 12:00 PM

EMPLOYER FOCUS: Rockefeller University Rockefeller University, a world-renowned center for research and graduate education in the biomedical sciences, chemistry, bioinformatics and physics, will be recruiting on campus in February. Founded in 1901 by John D. Rockefeller, the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research was the country’s first institution devoted exclusively to biomedical research. Today, the university’s 73 labs conduct both clinical and basic research studyimg a diverse range of biological and biomedical problems with the mission of improving the understanding of life for the benefit of humanity. Since its founding, The Rockefeller University has embraced an open structure to encourage collaboration between disciplines and empower faculty members to take on high-risk, high-reward projects. No formal departments exist, bureaucracy is kept to a minimum and scientists are given resources, support and unparalleled freedom to follow the science wherever it leads. INFORMATION: NACELink at


DECEMBER AT A GLANCE Events are listed alphabetically.

Crafting a Cover Letter and Resume Tuesday, 12/6 at 4:00 PM Friday, 12/16 at 2:00 PM BCD Seminar Room

Learn the basics of writing a resume and cover letter that helps you stand out in the job market. RSVP: NACElink

The Ins & Outs of Networking Friday, 12/2 at 3:00 PM Tuesday, 12/13 at 12:00 PM BCD Seminar Room

Find out how to tap into the professional contacts you already have and those you have yet to meet. RSVP: NACElink

Job and Internship Search Thursday, 12/8 at 3:00 PM Monday, 12/12 at 11:00 AM BCD Seminar Room

Maximize your job and internship search by learning to use Career Development resources, networking opportunities and more. RSVP: NACElink

Seventh Annual MAC Conference - The Dynamics of Change: Marketing in a Transformational Era Friday, 12/2 at 5:00 PM Lerner Hall


Mynavi Global Career Expo 2011 Wednesday, 12/21 at 5:30 PM




Monday - Friday 10 AM - 5 PM

“Pride in Citi” Summit Friday, 12/2 at 6:30 PM


Friday, 12/2 at 12:00 PM Credit Suisse Office

Getting ready for a job interview? Learn how to answer questions, ask the right questions and make yourself shine. RSVP: NACElink

Peer Career Advisors


Monday, 12/5 at 1:00 PM BCD Seminar Room

Monday, 12/8 at 12:00 PM BCD Seminar Room

Monday - Friday 12 PM - 2 PM

Friday, 12/2 at 12:00 PM Credit Suisse Office

Mastering the Interview

Athena Summer Fellowship Program

Professional Staff

Credit Suisse: Investment Banking Case Competition Presentation

Second Annual RBS Global Banking & Markets Womenʼs Leadership Conference

Getting ready for a job interview? Learn how to answer questions, ask the right questions and make yourself shine. RSVP: NACElink



The 2011 PBEO (Professional Baseball Employment Opportunities) Job Fair Sunday, 12/4 at 6:00 PM



Barnard College, "Career Connections," December 2011 Issue  

What to Do with a Major in Biology? Ten Careers for a Biology Major - PCA Buzz: Seeking Guidance from a Mentor - Featured Internships - NYC...

Barnard College, "Career Connections," December 2011 Issue  

What to Do with a Major in Biology? Ten Careers for a Biology Major - PCA Buzz: Seeking Guidance from a Mentor - Featured Internships - NYC...