The Hale Center for Career Development’s Career Fellows Program provides a selected and highly trained paraprofessional student staff to augment the services of the professional career advisors. Fellows are available for drop-in/Career Studio and scheduled individual appointments. Senior and junior fellows help with the internship and job search process. They meet with many first-year students, assist students with Career Action Program requirements, and help all students with resumé and cover letter critiques.

Are you a current sophomore or junior Connecticut College student interested in becoming a Fellow? Check Career Moodle to find out more and in the late Fall/early Spring, check Handshake for the on campus job postings to apply to be a Career Fellow (juniors and seniors only).

Caitlin Boyd

Caitlin Boyd ‘24

JUNIOR CAREER FELLOW FROM MASHPEE, MASSACHUSETTS; NEUROSCIENCE MAJOR; PUBLIC HEALTH PATHWAY

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Ever since she was young, Caitlin has known she wants to use science to help others. It was this continual love for science and deep fascination with how people experience the world that led Caitlin to the subject of neuroscience when she arrived at Connecticut College. This past summer, she was an occupational therapy aide working closely with children on the autism spectrum. This allowed her to utilize her passion for neuroscience through analyzing sensory processes and interpreting neuropsychological diagnoses. Caitlin hopes to continue furthering her understanding of the brain and working with children during her remaining time at Conn, and intends to continue her study of rehabilitation therapies in graduate school. Caitlin is passionate about assisting other students with their career journey while sharing the stories of her own. In addition to being a Pre-Health Career Fellow, Caitlin is a Peer Health Educator on campus, and involved in the leadership of the Oceana and Her Campus clubs. In her free time, she enjoys reading, swimming, crocheting, and showing pictures of her dog to everyone she meets!

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Ted Brown

Ted Brown ‘23

SENIOR CAREER FELLOW FROM GREENWICH, CONNECTICUT; ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES DOUBLE MAJOR; ENTREPRENEURSHIP PATHWAY

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Since a young age, Ted has had an interest in buildings and their role in society. He has expanded his interests in both architecture and the environment through his Pathway studies and he has recently developed an interest in real estate development and financing.This past summer Ted interned for a Conn alum at a national real estate development firm. In addition to being a Career Fellow, Ted is a Senior Admission Fellow for the Office of Admission, a member of the Architectural Studies Student Advisory Board, and the co-founder of Connecticut College’s Club Basketball Team.

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Megan Hrinda

Megan Hrinda ‘23

SENIOR CAREER FELLOW FROM DEERFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS NEUROSCIENCE MAJOR; PUBLIC HEALTH PATHWAY

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Megan has always been dedicated and passionate both in and out of the classroom. Her curiosity for biology and psychology led her to the field of Neuroscience. Megan is interested in attending medical school after graduating from Conn with the aspirations of becoming a physician. She has learned through her experience working as an EMT the importance of communication, teamwork, and leadership. She has continued to develop these skills in her various professional roles and hopes to help other Conn students do the same. On campus, Megan is an active and engaged member of the Connecticut College community. She works as a member of REAL staff in a first year dorm, is the secretary of the CCEMS club, and is a psychology tutor for the Academic Resource Center. Megan also participates in SafetyNet, which is a program run by the Sexual Violence Prevention and Advocacy office. For fun, Megan enjoys singing with her A Cappella group, Miss Connduct, and spending time with friends and family.

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Stivenson Jean-Louis

Stivenson (SJ) Jean-Louis ‘24

JUNIOR CAREER FELLOW FROM BROOKLYN, NEW YORK; PSYCHOLOGY MAJOR; FINANCE MINOR; STUDENT SCHOLAR IN THE HOLLERAN CENTER FOR COMMUNITY ACTION AND PUBLIC POLICY (PICA)

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Stivenson has always had a passion for connecting with people which brought him to the Holleran Center’s Program in Community Action and Public Policy (PICA). Being interested in connecting with and learning from others prompted him to major in Psychology. He is minoring in finance, which is helping him gain a stronger foundation for his business, NO_ONE. Last semester he worked with the Boys and Girls Club, where he contributed to a safe space for young people and acted as a role model, especially teaching young men what it means to uphold their values. These are things that align closely with his personal brand.

Stivenson is interested in obtaining his MBA after graduating from Conn in hopes of becoming a financial consultant. Stivenson has been a vital member of Connecticut College’s community. On campus, Stivenson works as a member of REAL staff, is a member of Honor Council, and is a Posse Scholar. One salient role Stivenson upholds is being the Co-Chair of Men of Color Alliance (MOCA), which has been an important community for him and will allow him to further implement safe spaces and a community for Men of Color.

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Wonjune Kim

Wonjune Kim ‘23

SENIOR CAREER FELLOW FROM SOUTH KOREA; ART MAJOR; ANTHROPOLOGY/FRENCH DOUBLE MINOR; STUDENT SCHOLAR IN THE TOOR CUMMINGS CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND THE LIBERAL ARTS (CISLA)

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Thinking back to his childhood when he used to draw Captain Underpants parody comics, Wonjune made a big commitment when he decided to pursue his long-time passion for the arts and storytelling, and change his major from anthropology to art during his junior year. Creating narratives and characters have long been a key part of Wonjune’s creative motivation, and by informing his artistic process with his interests in cultural anthropology, he continues to explore new inspirations and methods of expression. His artistic studies led him to the traditions and masters of old Europe, and the Toors Cummings Center for International Studies and Liberal Arts facilitated his pilgrimage to Paris to conduct an independent study pertaining to 19th century art and society. For two months he lived and breathed art museums, conducting in-depth research, and meticulously going through each work as well as analyzing, from different vantage points, how lighting and framing impacts the work and composition. Through this formative experience, Wonjune reflected on the traditions and inspirations that have informed the kinds of art he’s been doing and better understand his trajectory as an emerging artist.

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David Kraske

David Kraske ‘24

JUNIOR CAREER FELLOW FROM PORTLAND, OREGON; QUANTITATIVE ECONOMICS & ECONOMETRICS MAJOR, FINANCE MINOR

Pronouns: He/Him/His

David has been keen on working in finance since a young age. Throughout middle and high school he was fortunate enough to shadow people in different financial positions and discovered many things that interested him. After coming to Conn, he was exposed to a broad range of different careers through coursework and the Hale Center. As a result, David became very fascinated with investment banking and is taking steps to one day enter the field. After his first year, he worked at the Trimble Co., where he was a corporate development summer analyst and worked on the conception and implementation of a 3-year mergers and acquisitions strategy plan. Last summer, he worked at Mesirow Capital Markets in New York City as a sales and trading summer analyst where he assisted both sides of the team in the execution of trades. In addition to being a Career Fellow, David is a member of the Varsity Swim Team, executive board of the Peggotty Investment Club, and the Club Golf Team.

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Olivia Loo

Olivia Loo ‘24

JUNIOR CAREER FELLOW FROM MILFORD, CONNECTICUT; SOCIOLOGY AND ECONOMICS-STATISTICS DOUBLE MAJOR

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Before matriculating at Connecticut College, Olivia took a gap year interning in Malaysia and Singapore, both of which allowed her to engage with family culture and local sustainability and social impact causes. An ecologically immersive two month backpacking adventure up the east coast of Australia supplemented her experience in Southeast Asia. Since then, Olivia has been keen to learn more about the anthropogenic effects of global climate change through a quantitative and qualitative lens, which has largely informed her academic studies and extracurriculars. As a pre-business and DIEI Career Fellow, Olivia hopes to work with her colleagues to strengthen resource accessibility for all students on campus and in particular, expand the pre-business pathway to include opportunities with a social good emphasis. On campus, Olivia is also involved in the Office of Sustainability, Rethinking Economics, Asian and Asian American Students in Action (ASIA), and Club Lacrosse. During her free time, Olivia enjoys spending quality time with friends and family, following elite gymnastics, and spending time outside!

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Mia Lowy

Mia Lowy ’23

SENIOR CAREER FELLOW FROM RIDGEWOOD, NEW JERSEY; SOCIOLOGY MAJOR; HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND GENDER, SEXUALITY & INTERSECTIONALITY STUDIES (GSIS) DOUBLE MINOR; STUDENT SCHOLAR IN THE HOLLERAN CENTER FOR COMMUNITY ACTION AND PUBLIC POLICY (PICA)

Pronouns: She/They

Mia’s passion for non-profit work is what led them to discover Connecticut College. Fascinated by the Holleran Center’s Program in Community Action and Public Policy (PICA), Mia was excited to explore different social justice issues through their college education. While taking Introduction to Sociology during their first year, Mia fell in love with the subject and was eager to take more courses that would help them develop a strong sociological perspective. A pivotal point in Mia’s professional development was interning at CUMAC, an anti-hunger organization based in Paterson, NJ. Although they approached the internship with an expectation of learning more about food insecurity, Mia gained knowledge about what a trauma-informed organization is and how they operate. By discussing adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), trauma, and resilience, Mia learned how to better understand the families who came to CUMAC, as well as better understand people in general. When accepted into PICA, Mia focused their area of study on trauma and resilience education. They continue to take sociology electives, such as Sociology of Health, that allow them to further research current studies on trauma and the body, as well as learn more about current initiatives that work to strengthen communities. This past summer, Mia had internships at both CUMAC and Community Resilience Initiatives (CRI), two non-profit organizations that are committed to making trauma and resilience education accessible. In addition to being a Career Fellow, you can catch Mia in the Office of Admission as a Senior Admissions Fellow or often singing somewhere on campus, in a theater department, or in the a cappella group, the Shwiffs.

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Jackie Puda

Jackie Puda ‘23

SENIOR PRE-HEALTH CAREER FELLOW FROM NORTHBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS; PSYCHOLOGY MAJOR; PUBLIC HEALTH PATHWAY

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Since her junior year of high school Jackie has been intrigued by the functions of the human body and injuries that can alter these functions. She grew up playing sports and suffered a few injuries herself, and started forming her career interests around the doctors she had seen. She began her college journey at a school in Brooklyn, New York as a biology major. Upon transferring to Conn as a sophomore, she changed her major to psychology. After joining the Public Health Pathway she connected with an alumni who had careers both as a Physician Assistant and in the public health field, which is now where Jackie has directed her search for internships and graduate school. On campus she is a Captain of the Women’s Varsity Soccer team, an Athletic Center Monitor, Sports Information Aide, and the Vice President for the Gift of Life Club. In her free time she enjoys playing sports, painting or drawing, sewing, or hanging out with family and friends.

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Kevin Rissmiller

Kevin Rissmiller ‘23

SENIOR CAREER FELLOW FROM JEFFERSON, MASSACHUSETTS; GOVERNMENT MAJOR; SOCIOLOGY AND ECONOMICS DOUBLE MINOR; STUDENT SCHOLAR IN THE GOODWIN-NIERING CENTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT (GNCE)

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Since he was young, Kevin has been passionate about social movement activism and politics. Starting in high school, he began to engage in environmental and climate activism. This interest flourished further during college, where he spent a year volunteering for both the national organization and multiple local hubs of the Sunrise Movement. Throughout 2021, Kevin worked as a Research Fellow at Equal Citizens, a democracy reform organization, where he has been able to collaborate with other grassroots organizations and help progress transformative federal voting rights legislation. Kevin empowers his activism through his academic pursuits as well. In addition to his major and double minor, Kevin is conducting an honors thesis on the political impacts of the climate movement using social movement theory through the Goodwin-Niering Center. This past summer, Kevin interned in Congressman McGovern’s Washington D.C. Office.

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Alexis Robertson

Alexis (Lexi) Robertson ‘23

SENIOR CAREER FELLOW FROM RUTLAND, VERMONT; DANCE MAJOR; HUMAN DEVELOPMENT MINOR; CREATIVITY PATHWAY

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Lexi has a passion for dance and is committed to understanding the many benefits that dance has on a person’s mental and physical well being. Her career interests include performing, choreography, and dance movement therapy. In addition to her major and minor, she is completing the Creativity Pathway which is allowing her to research the mental health benefits of the imagination and how that can be executed through dance. As a first year student, Lexi had the opportunity to plan and teach several children’s dance classes at the Connecticut College Child Development Lab School, and is planning to reinstate these classes when safe to do so. During the spring and summer of 2022, Lexi completed an internship with the Walt Disney Company in Orlando to further explore her love of creativity, imagination and performing. Her own choreography has been showcased in many different on campus productions including Eclipse, Dance Club and Dance Department Solo Show. When she is not dancing, though very rare, you can find her listening to music, hanging with friends, or drinking Dunkin' coffee.

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Hannah Smith ‘23

Hannah Smith ‘23

SENIOR CAREER FELLOW FROM NEW YORK, NEW YORK; STUDIO ART AND ART HISTORY DOUBLE MAJOR; MUSEUM CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Growing up in New York City, Hannah recalls spending most weekends exploring various museums and creating original works of her own. It was during this time that she developed a passion for the arts. At Conn, Hannah has been able to explore various mediums of artwork but prefers working with oil paint. Particularly, Hannah has focused on portraiture and the different ways that paint can articulate the way we see people. During the Summer of 2022, Hannah was a sales assistant at the print shop and gallery, Two Palms, in New York, where she worked alongside some of today’s most influential artists such as Mel Bochner, Cecily Brown, Stanley Whitney, Dana Schutz, and others. During her semester abroad in Rome during the Spring of 2022, Hannah was a curatorial assistant to art historian Cornelia Lauf. In this position, Hannah edited research proposals, designed artist books and curated artifacts for global exhibitions. She is excited to help students connect with various career opportunities, specifically help to navigate careers in the art world.

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Mehin Suleiman

Mehin (Meggie) Suleiman ‘23

SENIOR PRE-HEALTH CAREER FELLOW FROM THE D.C. METRO AREA; BIOCHEMISTRY, CELLULAR & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY MAJOR; HISPANIC STUDIES MINOR; STUDENT SCHOLAR IN THE TOOR CUMMINGS CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND THE LIBERAL ARTS (CISLA)

Pronouns: She/They

How do our racial, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds shape our brain’s perception and processing of the world around us? What do these variables signify about accessibility when navigating healthcare systems? As a first generation immigrant and polyglot, Meggie has always been interested in the power of language as a tool to disrupt institutional barriers, while strengthening human connection across cultures and borders. Following her early passion for Spanish linguistics and literature, she participated in a study abroad program at the University of Castilla la Mancha in Ciudad Real, Spain in her junior spring. Their medical philosophy as a pre-health student has always been to place the prevention of illnesses before their treatment, leading Meggie to explore the role of pharmaceuticals in the prevalence of antibiotic resistance (ABR). After completing their immersive semester at UCLM, they interned as a clinical researcher at the Antimicrobial Resistance Initiative at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health, developing their Senior Integrative Project on the development of ABR in contemporary Catalonia. On campus, Meggie explores interests in neurobiology in the Parker Athill lab, researching the molecular basis of early experiences of trauma and how it can impact complex brain functions such as learning, memory, decision-making and behavior. Outside of academics, you can find them managing the Coffee Closet and concocting delicious seasonal beverages, or amplifying student voices on campus through various student organizations such as Equity in STEM and Las Voces Unidas.

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Meghan Webb

Meghan Webb ‘24

JUNIOR PRE-HEALTH CAREER FELLOW FROM KINGSTON, MASSACHUSETTS; HISPANIC STUDIES AND PSYCHOLOGY DOUBLE MAJOR; STUDENT SCHOLAR IN THE TOOR CUMMINGS CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND THE LIBERAL ARTS (CISLA)

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Meghan has been fond of Spanish for as long as she can remember. She began formally studying the language in eighth grade and continued through high school before arriving at Connecticut College. However, it wasn't until arriving at Conn that Meghan discovered her fascination with psychology, where she became eager to learn more about how the brain functions and why people behave in certain ways. These passions prompted Meghan to become a double major in psychology and Hispanic Studies and inspired her to combine her majors as a CISLA scholar, where she will be conducting research regarding mental health stigmatization in Spain in 2023. Aside from being a Pre-Health Career Fellow, Meghan is also the president of the Women’s Rugby Football Club as well as a member of the Club Women’s Ice Hockey Team and Active Minds. After graduation, Meghan hopes to attend graduate school to earn her Ph.D or Psy.D in neuropsychology to become a clinical neuropsychologist. She also hopes to become fluent in Spanish one day and to explore other languages as well.

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Employer Engagement Career Fellows:

Career Fellows dedicated to support the professional efforts of the Hale Center for Career Development’s Employer Engagement Team, assist with efforts to engage employers and alumni, event coordination, and in maintaining job and internship postings within our career management system. Their organization, research abilities, and dedication to this team is instrumental.

Claudia Marmelo

Claudia Marmelo ‘23

SENIOR EMPLOYER ENGAGEMENT FELLOW FROM WESTPORT, CONNECTICUT; NEUROSCIENCE MAJOR; PHILOSOPHY MINOR; ENTREPRENEURSHIP PATHWAY

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

After suffering from concussions in high school, and later, Lyme disease, Claudia’s personal health experiences inspired her to want to help others as a physician herself one day. Experiencing neurofeedback therapy and seeing her brian waves mapped out on a computer piqued her curiosity and prompted her to major in neuroscience. As a patient, she found relief from craniosacral and neural therapies; she got to see them both performed during her internships shadowing neuro rehabilitation and osteopathic physicians in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

Claudia’s mother is Cuban and her father is Portuguese; she learned Spanish as a child and recently perfected her Portuguese while studying abroad in Lisbon during the fall of 2021. In addition to being the first Conn student to study in Portugal, she was also the first student from her study abroad program to take courses at three different universities and get published in the newspaper. Claudia’s success learning Portuguese was partially due to a virtual internship she conducted in the winter of 2021 for an organization called Amizade. Claudia collaborated with Brazilian doctors, nurses and psychologists to discuss Brazil's health care system and translated discussions. While in Portugal, in addition to academics, Claudia pursued her love of music. She joined a traditional ‘tuna’ group, and sang fado, the traditional music of the country, for the Chargé d'Affaires at the U.S. Embassy. A video of Claudia singing on instagram was even viewed by the famous fadista Ana Moura! In addition to exploring her interest in healthcare law this year, she’s excited to be back on campus singing with her a cappella group and working with the Residential Education and Living Office.

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Marketing & Communications Fellows for 2022-2023:

Recognizing the need to increase awareness on campus with students, faculty and staff, the Marketing & Communications Fellows position was created this year. In partnership with the advising team and the other Fellows, the Marketing & Communications Fellows create and execute a marketing strategy that highlights events and outcomes to on and off campus audiences primarily through social media.

Caitlin Cass

Caitlin Cass ‘25

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS FELLOW FROM NEWCASTLE, MAINE; INTENDED ECONOMICS MAJOR, COMPUTER SCIENCE MINOR

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Caitlin got her start in social media by starting an Instagram account her freshman year of high school that focused on sharing her tennis training, and experiences with tennis programs in Maine. After gaining some recognition, she was noticed by the United States Tennis Association (USTA), who invited her to be an ambassador for them. From there, she was offered a position with the Maine Tennis Association as Marketing Director. One of her favorite aspects of this job was the local event coverage she was able to do, which connected the Maine tennis community in a positive way. Last year, she was hired as a Social Media and Marketing intern for Fertility Within Reach (FWR). FWR is a nonprofit that works to inform and support those struggling with infertility, and pass healthcare legislature that will support infertility benefits. She is excited to bring her marketing and social media experience to the Hale Center to share the great work that goes on in the Center, and better connect the Conn community with the Center. On campus, she is a member of the women’s tennis team.

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Phuong Nguyen

Phuong Nguyen ‘24

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS FELLOW FROM HANOI, VIETNAM; ECONOMICS MAJOR; FINANCE AND ART DOUBLE MINOR.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Since her gap year in 2020, Phuong has been immersing herself in the world of Marketing & Advertising via her work in the Account Management Team of Ogilvy & Mather (a subsidiary of WPP) and TBWA\ (part of Omnicom Group)—two leading advertising agencies worldwide. These experiences have given her exposure to Integrated Marketing Campaigns, Creative Assets Production, and Public Relations Management. In addition to being a Marketing & Communications Fellow, Phuong is also an Intermediate Macroeconomics Tutor for the Academic Resource Center and an Assistant for Media Services. With her knowledge of the impact of Marketing on a brand’s social position, Phuong hopes to bring the Hale Center of Career Development closer to Conn’s student body through future engaging activities.

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