CELS Fellows

Student advisers help with the internship and job search process

The CELS Fellows program provides a highly trained paraprofessional student staff to augment the services of the professional CELS advisers. The student staff's expertise includes ePortfolio development as well as resumé and cover letter critique. CELS Fellows assist at all workshops and they are available for individual appointments.

Are you a current Connecticut College student interested in becoming a CELS Fellow? Talk to your CELS Adviser.

Shelby Bourgault, CELS fellow, Connecticut CollegeShelby Bourgault,
 senior CELS fellow from Old Orchard Beach, Maine
Double major in international relations and East Asian studies, with a focus on U.S. foreign policy toward China
In 2013, Shelby completed two semesters studying intensive Mandarin Chinese at the Beijing Institute of Education. Her experience abroad has given her great cultural insight, and she hopes to visit China again in the near future. Since her first year on campus, Shelby has been involved with Slavery Ends Today, an anti-human trafficking student organization, and has been treasurer of the club for the last three years. Shelby completed her CELS-funded internship at CET Academic Programs, a study abroad company, where she helped prepare students for their semesters abroad. Reach Shelby at sbourgau@conncoll.edu.

Natalie Calhoun, CELS fellow, Connecticut CollegeNatalie Calhounjunior CELS Fellow from San Francisco, California
Double major in environmental studies and government
A scholar in the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment certificate program, Natalie is preparing a senior integrative project on municipal solid waste as a resource. She is a three-year varsity member of the women’s rowing team and enjoys spending time out on the Thames River. In Summer 2014 she completed a twelve-week internship with waste resource management company Recology Inc., in Portland, Oregon, where she worked in the government relations office. In her free time, Natalie plays the ukulele and writes fiction. Reach Natalie at natalie.calhoun@conncoll.edu.


Claire Callahan, CELS fellow, Connecticut College, career servicesClaire Callahan, junior CELS fellow from Hadley, Mass.
American studies major, minor in government

Claire is a member of the Student Activities Council and a writer for the online blog, HerCampus. Since her first year, she has been involved with the Office of Volunteers for Community Service (OVCS) at the College, working with local elementary school students in an after-school program. In Spring 2015 Claire hopes to continue her Spanish studies in Barcelona, Spain. Reach Claire at ccallah1@conncoll.edu.


Christine Connolly, CELS fellow, Connecticut College career servicesChristine Connolly, junior CELS Fellow from Hingham, Mass.
History major with a focus in empires and imperialism, minor in Arabic 
On campus, Christine serves on the executive board of the Yalla Bina Arabic Club, works as a tutor at the Roth Writing Center, and enjoys taking ballet classes. In Summer 2013, Christine studied in Irbid, Jordan, where she participated in an intensive Arabic language immersion program at the Jordanian University of Science and Technology. Christine spent Summer 2014 researching the relationship between the Catholic Church and indigenous agency in 16th and 17th century Latin America at the John Carter Brown Library with a grant from the Mellon Foundation. After graduation, Christine plans to attend graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in Middle East Studies. Reach Christine at cconnoll@conncoll.edu.

Kaitlyn Crescencia, CELS fellow, Connecticut College, career services‌Kaitlyn Cresencia, senior CELS Fellow from New Providence, New Jersey 
Economics major, minor in government
Kaitlyn dedicates much of her time to the women’s basketball team at Connecticut College as a fourth-year varsity member and is also a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. In Summer 2014, Kaitlyn completed her CELS-funded internship with the New Jersey Panthers as a coach for the AAU organization. After graduation she hopes to pursue her passion for coaching at the Division I level. Reach Kaitlyn at kcresenc@conncoll.edu.

Cassie Desjourdy, CELS fellow, Connecticut College, career services, career counselorCassie Desjourdy, senior CELS Fellow from Medfield, Mass.
Double major in psychology and English
A scholar in the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy (PICA) certificate program, Cassie studies accessibility to special education services. On campus Cassie is a peer educator in PEeps and serves as an intern within the Jennings Elementary School special education department. She studied for a semester in Copenhagen, Denmark. Last summer Cassie completed her funded internship at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and hopes to pursue a career in law after graduation. Reach Cassie at cdesjour@conncoll.edu.

Julia Goldman, CELS fellow, Connecticut College, career services, career peer counselorJulia Goldman, senior CELS Fellow from New Rochelle, New York
Major in government, minor in environmental studies
A scholar in the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy (PICA), Julia's current area of interest is about encouraging and integrating healthy and sustainable food into American public schools.This past summer, Julia was an Education Programs Intern at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. She is working as a fellow in the Office of Sustainability on the Agriculture Working Group of the New London County Food Policy Council. On campus, she is also a Tour Guide, the Co-Chair of Sustainability for SGA and involved in PEeps as a Peer Health Educator. Julia studied abroad for a semester in Copenhagen, Denmark. Reach Julia at jgoldma1@conncoll.edu.

Cameron Johnson, CELS fellow, Connecticut CollegeCameron Johnson, senior CELS Fellow from Westford, Mass.
Major in biochemistry, minor in applied statistics.
 Contact Cameron at cjohnso9@conncoll.edu.
Cam is the chair of the Chemistry Student Advisory Board and the president of the Pre-Health Club, as he is an aspiring surgeon. In addition, he works as a lab assistant on campus in an inorganic research lab. He spent the summer between sophomore and junior years working in a urological cancer research lab at Mass General Hospital in Boston. In Summer 2014, he worked in an Interventional Radiology operating room at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York, for the University of Rochester Medical Center. Outside of the classroom, Cam spends a great deal of time in the pool, swimming for Connecticut College’s nationally ranked varsity swim team. He is a three-time Academic All-American and is also a NESCAC champion. Along with swimming, he plays intramural soccer and is an avid tennis player.

Anthony Kwak, CELS Fellow, Connecticut College, career servicesAnthony Kwak, junior CELS Fellow from Chicago, Ill.
Major in sociology, minor in psychology
Anthony serves as a driver for the Office of Volunteers for Community Service (OVCS) and enjoys playing basketball and volleyball. He is involved with Unity House, the multicultural center on campus, as a “Big Sib” and mentor to first generation students. He is also involved in the Men of Color Alliance to support men of color on campus. Last summer Anthony worked at a business consulting firm in Chicago as an intern in their recruiting department. After graduating, Anthony hopes to pursue a career in marketing and attend graduate school for business. Reach Anthony at akwak@conncoll.edu.

Gabriela Lopez, CELS Fellow, Connecticut College, career servicesGabriela Lopez, senior CELS Fellow from Bronx, New York
Behavioral neuroscience major, in the Science Leaders Program
Gaby has been involved in various Connecticut College health, service and multicultural-based organizations such as Active Minds, Habitat for Humanity, and Unity House-affiliated programs. She also works in the Office of Admission as a Senior Admission Fellow. Throughout her college summers, Gaby has interned at various hospitals and conducted behavioral research in the Jackson Laboratory. She is a student researcher in the behavioral neuroscience department. For her CELS Funded Internship, she went to San Jose, Costa Rica, to volunteer in the Instituto Neuropsiquiatrico Infantil, a center for children with neurological and psychological disabilities. She hopes to pursue medical school to become a neurologist or general physician or graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in neuroscience. Reach Gaby at glopez@conncoll.edu.

Jenna Pittleman, CELS fellow, Connecticut College, career servicesJenna Pittleman, senior CELS fellow from Weston, Conn.
Psychology major, Hispanic studies minor, with a focus in sports psychology
Jenna is the the Connecticut College Women’s Basketball manager. Interested in combining her interests, Jenna studied abroad in Seville, Spain, for a semester and was selected for a bilingual sports psychology internship with the World Congress of Sports Psychology. When Jenna returned she shifted her interest to sports business and landed a summer internship at Manhattan Sports Business Academy in New York City. After graduating, Jenna plans to pursue a career in sales and/or marketing within the sports business industry. Reach Jenna at jpittlem@conncoll.edu.

Leah RosofskyLeah Rosofsky, junior CELS Fellow from New Haven, Conn. 
Major in American studies with a concentration in Comparative Race and Ethnicity, studio art minor with a focus on printmaking 
She plans to study abroad in Europe in the Spring. Last summer Leah was a counselor and an intensive instructor for the violin at Audubon Arts summer program in New Haven. She is also involved with the Student Activities Council, 2016 Class Council, and The College Voice. Despite her indecisiveness right now about post-graduation, Leah hopes to have a “plan from which to deviate.” Reach Leah at LRosofsk@conncoll.edu.

Leah Swinson, CELS fellow, Connecticut College, career servicesLeah Swinson, senior CELS Fellow from Rowley, Mass.
History major, scholar in the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy (PICA) 
She studied abroad in Chile and Argentina in Spring 2014. This past summer, Leah returned to the Ipswich Museum in Massachusetts where she had prior experience conducting research on the history of local public schools. As an education intern, she developed and implemented educational arts workshops for community children and assisted in the development process for a new summer arts program to debut at the Museum next summer. As a senior, Leah is pursuing an honors thesis in the History Department in addition to volunteering in New London Public Schools through the Office of Volunteers for Community Service (OVCS), singing in Miss Connduct an a cappella group, and writing for the online magazine, HerCampus. After graduation, Leah hopes to attend graduate school. Reach her at lswinson@conncoll.edu.

Jordan Thomas, CELS fellow, Connecticut College, career servicesJordan Thomas, senior CELS Fellow from Cedar Falls, Iowa
Major in psychology, minor in East Asian studies with a concentration in Chinese language and culture
Jordan studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she studied clinical psychology from an international perspective and interned at a Danish drop-in psychiatric center. This past summer, Jordan completed her CELS-funded internship at the Positive Emotion and Psychopathology Laboratory at Yale University. On campus, Jordan tutors students in the Roth Writing Center, blogs as a student intern for the Office of College Relations, and serves as co-editor-in-chief of the College's annual psychology journal. Jordan is also an intern at Safe Futures, the domestic violence safe house and advocacy center in New London, where she is a certified Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor. When she is not running between her campus commitments, Jordan can be found working on her senior thesis. Post-graduation, Jordan hopes to pursue an advanced degree and a career in psychological research and practice with a focus on women’s health. Reach her at jthomas5@conncoll.edu.