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French & Francophone Major Jobs and Graduate School Acceptances 2022



Mohala Kaliebe

Hometown: Cary, North Carolina
Empoyer: Dickinson College:
Job title: Friends of the Library intern 
Job Responsibilities
I will be working at the Waidner-Spahr Library during the 2022-23 academic year under Associate Director Information Literacy & Research Services Christine Bombaro and other librarians. While learning from them how the library runs behind the scenes, I will help teach research strategies to incoming first years, update how-to modules on the Waidner-Spahr website, and provide other support to the operation of the library. 
How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?
The Career Center has been an incredibly helpful resource for me as I have applied for jobs for the first time. Workshops and one-on-one appointments have prepared me to write resumes and cover letters, network, and interview. I've also met and built a supportive network of faculty and other students who have provided me with advice and intellectual stimulation which should serve me well in the future. 
What are you most anticipating about your career or post-graduate pursuits?
I do plan to return to school at some point for a graduate degree, but not until I take some time to determine what my long term goals are. I'm looking forward to my work at Waidner-Spahr, and I hope that it will provide me with some clarity in terms of whether I want to pursue a library career further.
What are some of the defining moments of your Dickinson experience?
There have been many defining moments for me, in multiple aspects of my Dickinson experience. Studying abroad in Oxford has been a phenomenal cap to my undergraduate years, and I've greatly enjoyed pursuing interests sparked at Dickinson at a university where some of the professors are scholars I've cited in past essays and in the country where several of my literary interests originated. I'm grateful for the encouragement and support of Professor of English; John J. Curley '60 and Ann Conser Curley '63 Faculty Chair in Global Education Wendy Moffat, both while I applied and now that I'm here. I'm also fortunate to have been able to go abroad as a senior at all, overcoming the disruption of COVID. I finished my graduation requirements as a junior, writing my English thesis a year early (with a wonderfully supportive group of peers led by Associate Professor of English Siobhan Phillips) and simultaneously completing my second major in French (with great support from Associte Professor of French Adeline Soldin and Associate Professor of French Lucile Duperron). Junior year bolstered my confidence in my own academic abilities, as well as my gratitude for the amazing people at Dickinson helping me succeed. I also define my time at Dickinson with my participation in the arts. The College Choir (led with zeal by Professor of Music; Charles A. Dana Chair Amy Wlodarski) and the Mermaid Players mean the world to me, and I gleaned a great deal of joy from practicing and performing within both. I can't name every person or event that shaped my time at Dickinson, but I can emphasize to the best of my ability that I had a wonderful experience.

Inaya Carrington

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Majors: French & Francophone studies, Latin American, Latinx & Caribbean studies
Graduate School: Seton Hall
Field of study: School of Diplomacy and International Relations

Margaret Gerlach

Hometown: Sewickley, Pennsylvania
Majors: educational studies, French & Francophone studies 
Employer: Teaching Assistant Program in France
Job title: assistante de langue
Job Responsibilities
Next year, I will be working as a teaching assistant for middle and high school English classes in France through the French embassy's Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF)
How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?
Dickinson has prepared me for life after graduation by giving me a better sense of the career that I want to pursue. During my time at Dickinson, I've been able to learn about different career paths in my fields and doing so has allowed me to discover the field of instructional design. 
Internship Experience
I worked in a billingual daycare in the summer of 2019 in Pittsburgh. Senior Lecturer in Italian Luca Lanzilotta connected me with the owner of this daycare because she studied Italian at Dickinson. I also interned at Carlisle High School, where I shadowed a French teacher to learn more about the profession. My advisor, Associate Professor of Educational Studies Professor Liz Lewis, helped me connect with my host teacher. 

Victoria Sanchez

Hometown: Kent, Connecticut
Majors: educational studies, French & Francophone studies 
Employer: Tapif 
Job title: teaching assistant
Job Responsbilities
Teaching English and American culture to secondary school students in France. 
How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?
Provided me with connections to help me secure past and future employment.
What are you most anticipating about your career or post-graduate pursuits?
Becoming fluent in the French language while also being able to teach secondary school students.
What are some of the defining moments of your Dickinson experience?
My most defining moment was joining the Syrens and making some of my best friends and best experiences through a capella.
Internship Experience
Research assistant for Assistant Professor of Educational Studies Kirk Anderson researching trauma-informed pedagogy in summer 2021.

Bethany Wright

Hometown: Sandy Spring, Maryland
Majors: political science, French & Francophone studies 
Employer: BerlinRosen
Job title: digital advocacy intern
Job Responsibilities
Digital strategy.
Internship Experience
  • Council on Foreign Relations
  • Congressional Committee on Adoption Institute
  • Friends Committee on National Legislation
How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?
Contacting alumni network.
What are some of the defining moments of your Dickinson experience?
Being in a sorority, working with Admissions, online school. 


Published April 25, 2022