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Employment and Internships 2012

How useful is a Dickinson education? Just ask our students and alums.
Dickinsonians regularly earn prestigious grants and scholarships, conduct research, work around the world and enter esteemed graduate programs. And, at a time of economic uncertainty, our seniors and alums are securing desirable positions on Wall Street, Main Street and beyond. They’re entering the growing fields of environmental science, finance, education, the arts, international business, peace advocacy and more.

Here are just a few of the accomplished Dickinsonians who have secured exciting positions.

Internship receipient

Marianh Aman '12
Hometown: Pittsford, N.Y.
Major(s): Neuroscience
Employer: Teach for America  
Marianh will teach middle and high-school science in Washington, D.C., through Teach for America.  
How has Dickinson prepared Marianh for Life Beyond the Limestone?  

“I have appreciated the opportunity to study the sciences and other fields,” she says. “I developed a passion for science and a larger awareness about our culture and human themes.”

Internship recipient.

Coleman Bass '12
Hometown: Baltimore, Md.
Major(s): Biology
Employer: Inspirational Medicine Foundation

Inspired by his childhood friend who made a miraculous recovery from a rare form of pancreatic cancer, Coleman co-founded the Inspirational Medicine Foundation, a nonprofit organization that aims to connect critically ill children with their heroes. Serving as executive director, Coleman will implement the strategic objectives of the foundation, work with the board to oversee proper governance and develop the organization to its fullest potential. Read more about Coleman’s work. 

Internship recipient.

Holly Bowers '12
Hometown: East Granby, Conn.
Major(s): English
Internship: The American Horticultural Society (AHS) 
Holly will begin a post-graduate internship, which “involves a little bit of everything,” she says. Holly will conduct interviews and write news briefs for The American Gardener, the bimonthly magazine of the American Horticultural Society. She’ll also edit page proofs and manage social media.  
What were some of the defining moments of Holly’s Dickinson experience? 

“My year studying abroad in Norwich, England, because it taught me so much about myself and how to function in a different culture and to get around the world on my own. That was so valuable and so enjoyable,” she says.

Student gets job.

Megan Campos '12
Hometown: Milton, Mass.
Major(s): Sociology and Spanish
Employer: Ursinus College 
Megan has accepted a position as an admissions counselor for Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa. “I am excited to relocate to a new area and have the opportunity to travel extensively,” she says. 
How has Dickinson prepared Megan for Life Beyond the Limestone? 

“Dickinson has given me a profound appreciation for the liberal-arts education,” she says. “I am grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow across multiple disciplines and in a variety of areas of study. My study-abroad experience also helped me to become more independent, gave me a deep appreciation for multiculturalism and showed me the importance of being globally aware in an increasingly interconnected.

Mary Chobanian gets job.

Mary Chobanian '12
Hometown: Etna, N.H.
Major(s): History
Employer: Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections 
Mary will hold a variety of positions over the next year. This summer, she will work at the Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections before beginning an internship with the Bureau for Historic Preservation at the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission. There, she will conduct tours, improve educational Web sites, work in the archives and participate in educational programs. In spring 2013, Mary will move to South America, where she will work as an English teacher through the Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Institute or Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE).  
What is Mary most anticipating about her post-graduation plans?  

“I look forward to a variety of different experiences, which will prepare me for the pursuit of a master’s degree in history."

Fabiola Cineas gets job.

Fabiola Cineas '12
Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Major(s): English
Employer: Teach for America 
Fabiola will teach middle- and high-school English in Camden, N.J., through Teach for America.

Kathleen Dollard gets job.

Kathleen Dollard '12

Hometown: Rockville, Md.
Major(s): English and Spanish
Employer: Franklin & Marshall College 
Kathleen will work for Franklin & Marshall College as an advisor through the National College Advising Corps, a branch of AmeriCorps, assisting students with the college search and application process. “I hope to bring my cultural knowledge and love of diversity to my new position,” she says. 
What were some of the defining moments of Kathleen’s Dickinson experience? 
"Engaging the world through the Spanish language around the globe, living in the romance language house my sophomore and junior years, spending time with Spanish and Mexican Overseas Student Assistants (OSAs) and studying abroad in Spain,” she says.

Stephanie Dorsey gets job.

Stephanie Dorsey '12
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif. 
Major(s): Political Science
Employer: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Stephanie will join the Washington, D.C., law firm of Akin Gump Strauss & Feld LLP as a paralegal. Dorsey will conduct statutory and regulatory research, including investigation of federal and state laws and regulations and industry standards and practices.
What were some of the defining moments of Stephanie’s Dickinson experience? 
“Studying at The Washington Center  greatly helped me develop personally and professionally and prepared me for the real world,” she says.

Caroline Dukmejian gets job.

Caroline Dukejian '12
Hometown: New York, NY
Major(s): American Studies
Internship: New York City Department of Small Business Services 
As graduate intern and policy advisor for the New York City Department of Small Business Services, Caroline will support the commissioner and chief of staff with a wide range of duties including speechwriting, event planning and research.  
What were some of the defining moments of Caroline’s Dickinson experience? 
“Working for the annual fund phonathon and serving as a chair of the 2012 senior class gift campaign helped develop my communication skills and showed me the importance of giving back to Dickinson as an alumna,” she says.

Austin Farneth gets job.

Austin Farneth '12
Hometown: New Kensington, Pa.
Major(s): International Studies
Employer: Teach for America 
Austin, who serves as president of Student Senate , will teach high-school Spanish in the Washington, D.C., area through Teach for America.  
What were some of the defining moments of Austin’s Dickinson experience?  
“Having the opportunity to deliver the Convocation address to the class of 2015,” he says. “It was the first time I was really challenged to speak publicly about my personal experiences and I would never have had the courage to do so without my experiences and the relationships I developed at Dickinson.”

Taylor Ferry gets job.

Taylor Ferry '12
Hometown: Wyndmoor, Pa.
Major(s): Sociology and Political Science
Employer: Robertson’s Flowers 
Taylor will work in the executive offices of Robertson’s Flowers, a Philadelphia-area florist, which was named Philadelphia Magazine’s "Best Florist" in 2009. Taylor, a senior captain of the men’s soccer team who earned first-team All-Centennial Conference honors in 2010 and 2011, says Dickinson taught him “leadership skills, the importance of hard work, communication and public speaking abilities.” 
What were some of the defining moments of Taylor’s Dickinson experience?  
“Experiences on the soccer team, becoming a part of the Raven's Claw Society, learning from some of my favorite professors and the many strong friendships I have formed,” he says.

Leigh Harlow gets job.

Leigh Harlow '12
Hometown: Hingham, Mass.
Major(s): French and English
Employer: Teach for America 
Leigh will apply the experiences she acquired teaching English in Toulouse, France, to her new role as a secondary special-education teacher in New Orleans, La., through Teach for America.  
What is Leigh most anticipating about her post-graduation plans?  
“I’m excited to apply the skills I acquired abroad and at Dickinson to the challenges I will face in the coming years,” she says. “I look forward to learning about the strengths and shortcomings of the U.S. education system.” 

Hannah Helfman gets job.

Hannah Helfman '12
Hometown: Catonsville, Md.
Major(s): Sociology
Employer: American Hebrew Academy 
Hannah will represent the Academy on its Greensboro, N.C., campus and in Jewish communities throughout the U.S. to identify and recruit students.  
How has Dickinson prepared Hannah for Life Beyond the Limestone? 
“Studying and participating in Jewish communities around the world, made possible by Dickinson, will aid me in recruiting for an institution that draws students from diverse Jewish communities domestically and internationally,” says Hannah.

Lily Hoffman gets job.

Lily Hoffman '12

Hometown: South Orange, N.J.
Major(s): English
Employer: Centron Communications 
Lily has accepted a position with New York-based advertising firm Centron Communications, where she will work directly with creative directors and copywriters.  
How has Dickinson prepared Lily for Life Beyond the Limestone?   
“I've learned that the future is not about successfully completing a single project or assignment, but nurturing a collection of skills that will stay with you no matter what course you choose to take,” she says.

Ilya Kamens gets job.

Ilya Kamens '12
Hometown: Stamford, Conn.
Major(s): Computer Science
Employer: Zynga 
As a software engineer at Zynga, the world’s leading provider of social-game services such as FarmVille and Words With Friends, Ilya will develop browser-based and iOS games.   
What is Ilya most anticipating about his post-graduation plans? 
“I’m excited to live on my own in San Francisco with no homework or finals,” he says.

Evan Kendall gets job.

Evan Kendall '12
Hometown: Vineyard Haven, Mass.
Major(s): Environmental Science
Employer: Keswick Company 
Evan will begin an apprenticeship at Keswick Creamery, a Cumberland County, Pa.-based producer of handcrafted artisanal cheese and other dairy products. Evan will learn about the business and marketing aspects of farm operations. He also will learn how to make a variety of cheeses and dairy products. “Once I obtain a working knowledge, I will be able to create a recipe and cheese of my own for the creamery,” he says.  
What is Evan most anticipating about his post-graduation plans?  
“I am looking forward to learning about farming and making cheese full-time, allowing me to determine if I truly desire to be a cheese maker.”

Katherine Leibel gets job.

Katherine Leibel '12
Hometown: Chapel Hill, N.C.
Major(s): Psychology and Spanish
Employer: NeuroCog Trials
Katherine has accepted a research, consulting and data analysis position with NeuroCog Trials in Durham, N.C. “I will train individuals to conduct cognitive assessments for schizophrenia drugs trials, then analyze the results of the trial,” she says.
How has Dickinson prepared Katherine for Life Beyond the Limestone? 
“Dickinson has given me the skills I've needed to work in any situation,” she says. “At my job, I am not only using the information I have learned from my psychology classes, but I am also continuing working with my Spanish skills through interpretation and translation. I am excited to know that so many of the classes I have taken will continue to apply to my future.”

Marichal MacDonald gets job.

Marichal MacDonald '12
Hometown: Williamstown, Mass.
Major(s): Political Science
Employer: TRAK Companies 
Marichal will be based in New York as a recruiter for TRAK companies, which provides recruiting and staffing solutions for a variety of organizations. Marichal, who studied abroad in Bologna, Italy, says, “I believe the adaptability I developed from my time abroad will serve me well when I begin working.” 
How has Dickinson prepared Marichal for Life Beyond the Limestone? 
“Dickinson taught me how to think rigorously, analytically and independently,” she says. “It also has shown me the importance of careful, accurate research and concise communication.”

Michael Mansuy gets job.

Michael Mansuy '12
Hometown: Collegeville, Pa.
Major(s): Biology
Employer: Colgate University 
Michael has accepted a position as an admissions counselor with Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. He credits the Dickinson admissions office, where he volunteers, for developing his ‘sincere interest’ in college admissions.  
What is Michael most anticipating about his post-graduation plans? 
“I’m excited for the challenge of working full time in a college admissions office,” he says. “It is a dynamic environment.”

Maria Mei gets job.

Maria Han Mei '12
Hometown: Wuhan Hubei, China
Major(s): International Business & Management
Employer: TBWA 
Maria Han has accepted a marketing position with TBWA, an award-winning, full-service creative agency, in Hong Kong, where she will drive social media engagement for clients. Maria Han says her marketing classes coupled with the hands-on experiences she gained interning at NBC Universal in New York helped her land the job.  
What is Maria Han most anticipating about her post-graduation plans?  
“I am very excited about moving to Hong Kong, which resembles New York in so many ways and is a perfect blend of west and east,” she says.

Darrell pachero gets job.

Darrell Pacheco '12
Hometown: Bethlehem, Pa.
Major(s): Political Science
Employer: The Vanguard Group 
As a client relationship associate with The Vanguard Group in Philadelphia, Darrell will educate and guide clients in all aspects of the company’s products and services, including funds and individual securities as well as overall financial markets and related legal, tax and regulatory issues.  
How has Dickinson prepared Darrell for Life Beyond the Limestone?  
“Dickinson has armed me with all the necessary experiences and tools to take on the world,” he says.

James Pagano gets job.

James Pagano '12
Hometown: Niskayuna, NY
Major(s): International Studies and Political Science 
Employer: Transparency International-USA 
James will research domestic and international anti-corruption efforts and attend legislative hearings on behalf of TI-USA, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization in Washington founded in 1993 to combat corruption in government and international business and development.

Devin Quinn gets job.

Devin Quinn '12

Hometown: Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
Major(s): Economics
Employer: United States Army
Devin will join the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a second lieutenant stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. A trainee on guerilla tactics at the John F. Kennedy Warfare Center at Fort Bragg, N.C., Devin says he looks forward to “all of the challenges of being in command.”
How has Dickinson prepared Devin for Life Beyond the Limestone? 
“Dickinson gave me a broader perspective and greater appreciation for and understanding of the world,” he says.

Jason Raymond gets job.

Jason Raymond '12
Hometown: Reading, Pa.
Major(s): Mathematics  
Employer: Chosei High School 
Jason will begin his career in Chiba-Ken, Japan, as a Super Science High School instructor in mathematics. High schools awarded Super Science designation by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, receive increased funding and are encouraged to develop links with universities and other academic institutions. “This job is the ultimate culmination of my studies at Dickinson,” he says. “It's my dream job and I am extremely fortunate to have this rare opportunity.” 
What were some of the defining moments of Jason’s Dickinson experience? 
“A summer study abroad program to Nagoya, Japan—my first direct interaction with the country—and being immersed in the culture was deeply enriching,” he says. “Also, tutoring students in Japanese and mathematics built my character and professional repertoire.”

Rebecca Robbins gets job.

Rebecca Robbins '12
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Major(s): Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Employer: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research  
Rebecca will work as a laboratory technician at MIT focusing on projects directly related to pancreatic cancer and small-cell lung cancer.  
What is Rebecca most anticipating about her post-graduation plans? 
“To be able to pursue my passion for scientific research and have the opportunity to work in a lab that is on the forefront of cancer research,” she says.

Jennifer Rokoski gets job.

Jennifer Rokoski '12
Hometown: Quakertown, Pa.
Major(s): Art & Art History
Employer: Pittsburgh Center for the Arts 
Jennifer will manage arts camps’ counselors, teachers and the curriculum at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. She also will manage the day-to-day administration of fine arts camps.  
What were some of the defining moments of Jennifer’s Dickinson experience?  
“Being able to curate my own exhibition last fall solidified for me that I want to continue art museum studies. It gave me the opportunity to explore every aspect of a professional position with a museum,” she says. “Through my experiences with children and art for my upcoming position and my previous internships in New York City, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, I hope to expand my opportunities in the art world in the future.”

kathryn Rother gets job.

Kathryn Rother '12
Hometown: Silver Spring, Md.
Major(s): Religion
Employer: Portland Stage 
Kathryn will work as a stage-management intern at the Portland Stage, Maine’s largest professional, nonprofit theater.

Alexandra Seglias gets job.

Alexandra Seglias '12

Hometown: Malvern, Pa.
Major(s): Biology; German (minor)
Internship: BASF 
Alexandra has accepted a fungicide and seed treatment research internship with BASF, the world’s largest chemical company, with more than 110,000 employees worldwide. She will be located in Limburgerhof, Germany. 
What is Alexandra most anticipating about her post-graduation plans? 
“The experience that awaits me in a new country,” she says.

Terri Soifer gets job.

Terri Soifer '12
Hometown: Columbia, Md.
Major(s): Judaic Studies and Middle East Studies
Employer: Old York Road Temple Beth Am 
Terri will teach religion and advise two junior youth groups in Philadelphia.  
What were some of the defining moments of Terri’s Dickinson experience?  
“Time with my professors outside of the classroom has been valuable and insightful, especially my mini-mosaic to Argentina to study the Jewish community,” she says.

Reagan reed gets job.

Reagan Teed '12
Hometown: Longmeadow, Mass.
Major(s): International Business & Management; Spanish
Employer: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
Reagan will participate in a year-long FDIC training program, which will take her to Washington, D.C., Dallas, Texas, and her field office location in Baton Rouge, La. “I’m very excited to move to Baton Rouge and experience the culture that I’ve already heard such wonderful things about,” she says. One of Reagan’s primary roles with FDIC will be to assess financial institutions in accordance with laws and regulations.
What were some of the defining moments of Reagan’s Dickinson experience? 
“My study-abroad experience in Malaga, Spain,” she says. “I loved learning the Spanish culture, eating the delicious Mediterranean food and meeting incredible people.”

Danielle Thompson gets job.

Danielle Thompson '12
Hometown: Boulder, Colo.
Major(s): Environmental Studies
Employer: Alaska Fisheries and Wildlife Field Office 
Danielle will work as an environmental-education intern in Anchorage, Ala., where she will help design a Connecting Youth with Nature program for Alaskan schools and participate on the youth sessions planning team at the February 2013 Alaska Forum on the Environment.  
What is Danielle most anticipating about her post-graduation plans?  
“The opportunity to engage a part of the world that I have never visited and that is so different than any place I’ve ever lived,” she says. “I’m happy to let myself go wherever these opportunities and new experiences are—even if that means 4,500 miles away!”

Michael thompson gets job.

Michael Thompson '12
Hometown: Downingtown, Pa.
Major(s): International Business & Management
Employer: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) 
Michael will train to become a bank examiner with the FDIC. “I will help analyze the performance of various banks in light of the recent crisis and high volume of bank closings across the country,” he says.  
What is Michael most anticipating about his post-graduation plans?  
“This is a crucial time in America from a historical perspective,” he says. “I’m looking forward to making an active contribution to its revitalization. Learning the ins and outs of the banking industry will be valuable experience no matter what career path I decide to take.”

Katie Tomsho gets job,

Katie Tomsho '12
Hometown: Hingham, Mass.
Major(s): Environmental Studies
Employer: Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM) 
Katie will present independent research at a national conference in Portland, Ore., before beginning her a position with ALLARM. Katie will provide technical assistance and work with volunteer water-quality monitors within the Marcellus Shale region, as well as plan and implement workshops throughout Pennsylvania.  
How has Dickinson prepared Katie for Life Beyond the Limestone? 
“Dickinson exposed me to opportunities that ultimately led to employment,” she says. “I worked for ALLARM for three years and two summers and put to use in the field what I learned in the classroom.”

Lizet Vera gets job.

Lizet Vera '12
Hometown: Altadena, Calif.
Major(s): Women’s & Gender Studies and Spanish
Employer: Teach for America 
Lizet will teach high-school Spanish in Los Angeles, Calif., through Teach for America. 
What were some of the defining moments of Lizet’s Dickinson experience?  
“My study-abroad experiences in Bologna, Italy and Malaga, Spain,” she says. “I engaged with different cultures, met amazing people and learned to appreciate the opportunities that Dickinson offers.”

Jesse Weinstein gets job.

Jesse Weinstein '12
Hometown: New York
Major(s): Psychology
Employer: The Nielsen Company
Jesse has been accepted into Nielsen’s Emerging Leaders Client Solutions Program, an 18-month rotational program that will take him to New York, Chicago and Los Angeles or San Francisco to work on teams assisting media-based clients.
What is Jesse most anticipating about his post-graduation plans? 
“I am most looking forward to starting my career in an industry that I have always wanted to work in— entertainment and media,” he says.

Katie Weintraub gets job.

Katie Weintraub '12
Hometown: Westport, Conn.
Major(s): American Studies
Employer: MTV Networks 
Katie will join the MTV team in New York as a sales representative for the TV Land and Country Music Television accounts.  
What were some of the defining moments of Katie’s Dickinson experience? 
“Studying abroad in Bologna, Italy, the spring semester of my junior year and writing my senior thesis for my American studies major,” she says.

Ashley Williams gets job.

Ashley Williams '12
Hometown: Silver Spring, Md.
Major(s): English and Africana Studies
Employer: operation TEACH 
Ashley will teach 9th- and 10th-grade English at Archbishop Spalding High School in Baltimore as part of Operation TEACH, a two-year post-graduate service program in which participants teach at a Catholic school while pursuing their master’s in education at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.  
What is Ashley most anticipating about her post-graduation plans?  
“Moving to a new city, meeting new people and having my first full-time job,” she says.

Peter Wright gets job.

Peter Wright '12
Hometown: Denver, Colo.
Major(s): History
Employer: Teach for America
Peter will teach middle and high-school science and social studies in Denver and Colorado Springs, Colo., through Teach for America.

Allison Younkins gets job.

Allison Younkins '12
Hometown: Frederick, Md.
Major(s): Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Employer: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service 
Allison will continue her work with the Foreign Disease-Weed Science Research Unit in Fort Detrik, Md., where she will research existing and emerging plant viruses that affect agriculture in the U.S. and abroad.
How has Dickinson prepared Allison for Life Beyond the Limestone?  
“The biochemistry & molecular biology program has challenged the way I see modern science,” she says. “I have been taught to think critically, challenge the existing truth and never stop asking questions. “This is the attitude I want to take with me after graduation and I’m confident it will be invaluable throughout my career.”

Xiaoyu Zhong gets job.

Xiaoyu Zhong '12
Hometown: Nanjing, Jiang, China
Major(s): International Business & Management
Employer: Ernst & Young 
Xiaoyu will work as a business technology analyst for Ernst & Young, one of the world’s largest consulting firms. Find out how a Dickinson-sponsored networking event helped Xiaoyu land a job.   

Published March 22, 2012