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November 2, 2012 Barnard College Career Development Elliott Hall, 2nd Floor 212 854-2033 EMAIL: PHONE NUMBER:





STAFF Robert Earl, Jr. Director Won Kang Senior Associate Director Rachel Tannenbaum Associate Director / Student Programming Valerie Chow Associate Director / Civic Engagement & Experiential Learning Karen Worthing Associate Director / Employer Relations & Campus Recruitment Victoria Passarella Associate Director / Student & Alumnae Career Education Christine Shin 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 Alicia Morrisey Student Employment Assistant Maria Castex Newsletter Editor

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 human rights to share their career experiences with you! Joya Banerjee’04, Manager, GBCHealth After taking Peter Juviler’s introductory course to human rights, I knew right away I wanted to major in human rights because it built on my long-standing interest in social justice, gender equality, and post-colonial studies. I attended several of Jeffrey Sachs’ lectures at the Earth Institute, and he helped me start a student organization called Columbia Global Justice, a chapter of the Student Global AIDS Campaign. Through the speakers we brought to campus, I landed a job at the United Nations Population Fund after college. After that I started an international AIDS organization called the Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS, earned a Masters in Global Health and Population at the Harvard School of Public Health, and worked in South Africa for the US Centers for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as PEPFAR's Gender Specialist. Currently I work at GBCHealth, a coalition of over 200 private sector companies working to address global health challenges. Qudsiya Naqui’06, Program Associate, Vera Institute of Justice I chose to major in political science and concentrate in human rights because I was committed to pursuing a career in international human rights law. Through my work at various organizations during and after my undergraduate years, I worked with an array of immigrant communities. These experiences made me realize that I was most passionate about working to improve the systems within which undocumented immigrants in the U.S. become ensnared, hoping to increase access to justice for these extremely vulnerable populations. This led me to the Vera Institute of Justice, where I currently work as a Program Associate in the Unaccompanied Children Program of Vera’s Center on Immigration and Justice. In this capacity, I have the opportunity to use my legal skills representing undocumented immigrants, providing technical assistance to a national network of legal services providers who work with unaccompanied children in immigration detention. This work has allowed me to have a national perspective on the structural and legal issues facing these children. Tara Banani’10, Partners in Health, Harvard Program on Human Rights While I knew I had an interest in the health professions, I chose to focus my studies on the interwoven relations that human rights and psychology offer, rather than predominantly the physical and/or biological sciences. Such a curriculum led to unexpected but highly significant experiences that strengthened my resolve to work in public health in one or several of its many contexts. While at Barnard, I worked on research of mental health treatments and psychosocial services available to former child soldiers in northern Uganda, culminating in thesis work on the importance of forming relationships and capacity building between communities and professionals in post-conflict settings. Cont’d on pg. 6 1

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Grantmaker: review applications and requests for proposals, create policy and guidelines for awards, conduct site visits and build relationships with grantee and partners. Grantmaking varies in size and scope from large, national corporate giving programs to small, local family foundations. Lawyer: act as both advocates and advisors. As advocates, they represent one of the parties in criminal and civil trials by presenting evidence and arguing in court to support their client. As advisors, lawyers counsel their clients about their legal rights and obligations and suggest courses of action in business and personal matters. All attorneys research the intent of laws and judicial decisions and apply the laws to the specific circumstances that their clients face. Urban/Regional Planner: develop long- and short-term plans for the use of land and the growth and revitalization of urban, suburban, and rural communities and the region in which they are located. They often work with local officials to alleviate social, economic, and environmental problems by recommending locations for infrastructure and suggesting zoning regulations for private property. Public Health Administrator: apply professional, technical and managerial expertise to evaluate the impact of environmental contamination on public health. Specialists are asked to interpret complex environmental and health data and recognize the issues and concerns of government agencies and members of the public. Policymaker: influence or determine policies and practices at an international, national, regional, or local level. Government policymakers study historical and statistical data to decide what types of legal changes are most needed and will be the most effective. Public Administration: analyze information, oversee expenditures, draft and implement governmental and public policy, manage people and resources, conduct safety inspections, investigate suspected criminal activity, serve as consultants, and in general act as stewards of public interest. University Faculty: teach related courses in their subject and may instruct undergraduate and/or graduate students. College and university faculty lecture in large halls, lead small seminars, and supervise student research. They prepare lectures, exercises, and laboratory experiments; grade exams and papers; and advise and work with students individually. Community Organizer: work to advance racial and economic justice, promote democracy, teach leadership, and develop the sustainability of communities through grassroots campaigns. Public Interest Advocate: work for lobbies or think tanks representing socially and politically significant causes. Public interest advocates are integral in both the research process and working with legislators and the public to support these issues. Economic Developer: often responsible for planning, designing, and implementing strategies, economic developers often act as liaisons between public and private sectors and the community. Economic developers are also instrumental in helping to leverage funding that is critical to help communities attract new businesses, facilitate enterprise development, and assist existing business with expansion and troubleshooting.

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PEER CAREER ADVISOR BUZZ How to Prepare for Interviews By Kate Bergin’13




Economics and math JOHANNA COHEN’15



Political science and English

The interviewing process can cause prospective job seekers a lot of anxiety. Being too nervous for an interview can make it harder to answer questions appropriately and to present your best self. To make the interview process less stressful, it is important to be as prepared as possible. Practicing interviews with peers, adults, and career counselors is one of the best ways to put you at ease. In addition, however, there are some extra steps you can take to get ready for an interview you are anxious about. Before every interview, create a document that includes basic information about both the company and the posted job description. Print out this document and study the information, highlighting key skills called for in the job description. Use a copy of your resume to locate relevant responsibilities and duties from previous jobs as related to the position you are applying for. This method makes identifying your transferable skills (that you can transfer from one job to the other) easier. It is also useful to imagine possible scenarios where the interviewer could ask how you might have to apply skills from a previous position if you were to be offered the position. Taking these extra steps to prepare for an interview can eliminate unnecessary anxiety and allow you to appear more confident and at ease. Discover the way that works best for you so that you can thrive in your next interview!




English, Art History (minor) ALEXA HAMMEL’13



Music, French (minor) JACKIE ROSSITER’13

Comparative Literature and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies SYLVIA SCODRO’14




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FEATURED INTERNSHIPS For these and other great opportunities, check out NACElink at Sanctuary for Families - Volunteer Program Intern. Sanctuary for Families is New York's leading nonprofit agency dedicated to serving the needs of domestic violence victims, sex trafficking victims, and their children. Sanctuary's volunteer program is looking for an intern to assist with volunteer tracking and database management as well as programmatic organizational tasks. The Whitney Museum of American Art - Intern. Positions are open to juniors and seniors who volunteer their time in order to gain first-hand experience on how a museum functions. Under the supervision of a department head or curator, interns will assist with regular departmental activities, ranging from research and special projects to routine clerical tasks. Burson-Marsteller - Harold Burson Summer Internship Program. The Harold Burson Summer Internship Program (HBSI) is a paid internship at one of the U.S. Burson-Marsteller offices. Each intern is assigned to a client team or practice group, working closely with experienced industry professionals. (RED) - Digital Design & Marketing Internship. Based in NYC, (RED) engages businesses and consumers in the fight against AIDS, partnering with brands like Apple, Starbucks, Converse and The Coca-Cola Company. Interns will work primarily with the (RED) digital team on a variety of creative projects, including marketing and communications campaigns, graphic design, website maintenance, conduct research, etc. Department of Justice, Criminal Division - Intern. Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT) develops and implements criminal justice assistance programs that enhance the ability of selected foreign countries to investigate, prosecute and adjudicate criminal offenses. Interns will have the opportunity of working closely with attorneys and professional staff to support advisors in areas where foreign justice sector institutions are in need of strengthening. Stern Investor Relations, Inc. - Paid Part-Time Investor Relations Internship – Fall 2012. Stern Investor Relations provides investor relations services to biotechnology and clean tech companies. The intern will be involved in supporting client account teams and will have the opportunity to gain valuable insight into investor relations and strategic communications. Media Connect - Publicity Internship. MEDIA CONNECT, a division of Finn Partners (a Ruder Finn Company), is a leader in the media relations placement field, specializing in books and providing quality media representation and publicity for a diverse array of clients. Interns will receive training of how to work with media and will have the opportunity to work independently, coordinating interview, book reviews, guest posts, book giveaways, etc.


Human Rights Watch - Development and Outreach Intern. Interns will focus on event support in the lead up to the 2012 Annual Dinner. Working closely with the Director of the New York Committee, interns will be responsible for writing acknowledgment letters and other correspondence, coordination of donor communication, donor engagement, and research for development and outreach projects.

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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.

Learn how to use worms to turn your kitchen scraps into a rich organic fertilizer, and help reduce your carbon footprint. In this hands-on workshop, the NYC Compost Project in Manhattan demonstrates how to set up and maintain an indoor worm bin. This workshop is hosted by the New York City Civic Engagement Program and Barnard EcoReps. REGISTER: TOW FOUNDATION SPECIAL PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FUND Would you like to attend a professional development conference? If so, apply for a grant from the Tow Foundation Special Professional Opportunities Fund! Applications are accepted on a rolling basis so apply as soon as possible! Please email or call Barnard Career Development at 212-854-2033 with any questions. INFORMATION:



VOLUNTEER FOCUS: SANCTUARY FOR FAMILIES Sanctuary For Families is the leading nonprofit agency in New York State dedicated exclusively to serving domestic violence victims, sex trafficking victims, and their children. Annually, Sanctuary reaches over 10,000 domestic violence survivors and their children through direct services alone. Volunteers are essential to Sanctuary for Families' ability to provide high-quality, personalized care to victims and to accomplish many agency goals and objectives. Sanctuary works to match each volunteer with opportunities that meet his/her experience, skills, and availability. Opportunities exist for ongoing-projects, one day events, individual projects and group projects. Volunteers have worked on projects such as tutoring, holiday helpers, special events, and translation. In addition to the time spent volunteering, new volunteers attend orientations and participate in our on-going training program to learn about the complex issues surrounding domestic violence. INFORMATION:


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RACHEL’S CORNER Expanding Your Professional Network via Email Though I personally prefer establishing new professional contacts in person, emailing a list of desired contacts is also a good way to network. I find a great deal of variety in terms of how students report their success in this endeavor: Some get a ton of replies and some, unfortunately, do not. Here is how to effectively network: Introduce yourself I encourage most students to reach out to contacts they have something in common with. For example, many students use the Barnard Alumnae Network (a directory of alumnae) to locate individuals of interest. Not only do you want to mention your commonality to Barnard, but other background information, such as major, professional interests and goals. Explain how you got their information When an email hits someone’s inbox, they want to know HOW you got their information. If you were referred to them through a mutual contact or located their information from some other directory, tell them that. Ask for advice When you email someone that you don’t know, you are doing it most likely because you are asking them for something. In this case, you are NEVER asking for a job or internship. Inquiring to get some advice about their company, career path or other professionally related topic makes for a situation in which the recipient of your email will be more open to sharing information with you. Be specific Giving advice is easiest when someone is particular about the questions they have for you - and most people want to respond to an email easily. For example, rather than asking someone, “What is it like working in the mental health field,” a question such as, “Do you think a master’s degree in social work will allow me to work with this population in a comprehensive manner?” is better. SOURCE:


WHAT TO DO WITH A MAJOR IN HUMAN RIGHTS? Cont’d from pg. 1 Tara Banani’10, Partners in Health, Harvard Program on Human Rights The interdisciplinary nature of the human rights major has been important to my subsequent professional life, as I have found I am able to draw from a number of different disciplines to offer a unique insight. The two seemingly different fields of human rights and psychology have found much complementarity within the context of my work in international health.  I am currently pursuing a Master's, focusing on both infectious disease epidemiology, as well as human rights in development. I am passionate about translating human rights into policy and programs that empower communities to improve their health and creating supportive environments for equal accesses to health. 6

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CAREER DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS For more information, visit NACElink at

Mastering the Interview Wednesday, 11/14 at 12:00 PM Thursday, 11/15 at 3:00 PM Friday, 11/16 at 4:00 PM Monday, 11/19 at 1:00 PM Tuesday, 11/27 at 11:00 AM Wednesday, 11/28 at 2:00 PM Thursday, 11/29 at 12:00 PM Friday, 11/30 at 11:00 AM BCD Seminar Room

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

EMPLOYER FOCUS: ART.SY is a free online platform designed to connect users to art through a search engine and database that draws connections and maps relationships among works of art. Led by Carter Cleveland and Sebastian Cwilich,’s mission is to make all of the world’s art accessible to anyone with an internet connection. As of August 2012,'s website has over 50,000 beta users, featuring over 17,000 works by over 6,000 artists. Art for sale ranges in price from $150 to $3 million where gallery partners pay a sales commission that averages 3% of the sales price. The website is powered by The Art Genome Project, which seeks to study the characteristics that distinguish and connects works of art. The Project assigns values to artwork based on over 800 “genes,” which range from color to content to period. Join for more information about the company and available internship and full-time positions. Thursday, 11/8 at 6:00 PM Ella Weed Room, Milbank Hall INFORMATION:


NOVEMBER AT A GLANCE Events are listed alphabetically.

America Reads Tutor Meeting Monday, 11/12 at 5:00 PM Tuesday, 11/13 at 5:00 PM Thursday, 11/15 at 12:30 PM Friday, 11/16 at 12:30 PM BCD Seminar Room

During the meeting tutors will give updates regarding their site placements, and end of year wrap-up procedures together with other housekeeping items that will be discussed. INFO: NACElink

Mastering the Interview Wednesday, 11/14 at 12:00 PM Thursday, 11/15 at 3:00 PM Friday, 11/16 at 4:00 PM Monday, 11/19 at 1:00 PM Tuesday, 11/27 at 11:00 AM Wednesday, 11/28 at 2:00 PM Thursday, 11/29 at 12:00 PM Friday, 11/30 at 11:00 AM BCD Seminar Room


Congressional Internships Info Session Thursday, 11/8, 2012 at 3:00 PM Lerner Hall, Broadway Room

The event will also serve as an opportunity to meet and network with past participants and Columbia’s government relations staff. RSVP:

NY Women Communications Career Conference



Ralph Lauren

White House Internship Info Session Tuesday, 11/27 at 6:00 PM BCD Library

Learn from current Barnard students who have participated in the White House Internship Program! Get tips on the application process and hear about their internship experiences. RSVP: NACElink

Wednesday, 11/14 at 6:00 PM CCE Conference Room


RBC Capital Markets Thursday, 11/8 at 5:00 PM Faculty House, Pres. 2 & 3


Sanford C. Bernstein Tuesday, 11/27 at 6:00 PM CCE Conference Room



Wells Fargo Securities Summer Analyst

Thursday, 11/8 at 6:00 PM Milbank, Ella Weed Room

Thursday, 11/15 at 5:00 PM Faculty House, Garden Rm. 2



BlackRock Tuesday, 11/13 at 7:30 PM Faculty House, Pres 1 & Reception


Citi Monday, 11/12 at 7:30 PM Faculty House, Pres 1 & Reception


Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Friday, 11/16



Thursday, 11/1 at 6:00 PM Faculty House, Garden Rm. 2

Saturday, 11/17 at 8:30 AM 60 Washington Square South

Harvard Kennedy School - Public Policy and Leadership Conference (Application Deadline) The PPLC is designed to inform students about careers in the public sector and encourage those who possess a commitment to public service to prepare for graduate study. INFO: NACElink


Thursday, 11/1 at 5:00 PM CCE Conference Room

Goldman Sachs Wednesday, 11/14 at 6:00 PM Diana Center, Student Dining Room


DROP-IN HOURS Professional Staff Monday - Friday 12 PM - 2 PM

Peer Career Advisors Monday - Friday 10 AM - 5 PM

Barnard College, "Career Connections," November 2012 Issue  
Barnard College, "Career Connections," November 2012 Issue  

What to do with a major in human rights?