Thursday, February 26, 2015

Public Interest Research Group on campus next week!

Student PIRGS is on-campus next Thursday, and offering 3 different information sessions to fit your schedule!
Thursday March 5th 12 noon - Career and Internship Center, 4-200 Dewey Hall
Thursday March 5th 2pm - 107 Lattimore Hall, Rochester Center for Community Leadership
Thursday March 5th 5pm - Stackel Room, Wilson Commons 

Students founded PIRG (Public Interest Research Group) over 40 years ago, based upon the simple idea that America has more problems than we should tolerate, and more solutions than we use.

Today, on any college campus, you can find students who feel driven to take on problems outside the classroom, whether it's global warming, big money in politics, or hunger and homelessness.

As a PIRG Campus Organizer, your job is to recruit these students to get involved -- and to train them to be effective leaders who can run campaigns that make an impact in the community, in the state capitol, in Congress, at the White House, or wherever it will make a difference.

We're hiring Campus Organizers to work on 40 campuses across America.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

People First Initiative Career Panel - 3/3

People First Career Panel
Tuesday March 3, 7:30-8:30pm
Gamble Room, Second Floor Wilson Commons

The People First Initiative will be hosting a panel of Rochester professionals with careers in supporting individuals with disabilities. Panelist will include individuals from the University of Rochester Medical Center as well as other local Rochester disability service providers. The session will consist of a brief overview of each participating profession, as well as time for an interactive Q&A session with the panelists.

Panelists include:
Loisa Bennetto - Chair of Psychology department currently conducting research in neurocognitive and communication deficits in autism and other developmental disabilities.
Angela Huss - Pediatric social worker at Golisano Children's hospital at Strong/The Strong Center for developmental disabilities/Kirch Center
Noa Elimelech - Board-Certified Music Therapist and co-founder/director at Spectrum Creative Arts LLC
David Donnelley - Licensed Behavior Analyst and Professor at the Warner School
Lisa Sykes - Pediatric Occupational Therapist at URMC
JoAnn Genthner - Executive Principal at BOCES

The members of the People First Initiative highly encourage anyone considering a profession in the disability services to attend, as well as anyone pursuing health or education as these are fields that often work closely with disability service providers, and it is extremely beneficial to understand the associated fields to work best with them.

The People First Initiative is an awareness group at the University of Rochester dedicated to creating and fostering inclusion of individuals with disabilities on a social front.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Beyond Rochester: Career Conversations Week of February 23rd

Come hear alumni speak about their current roles and the career paths they traveled. Learn from their experiences, ask questions, and get advice for how to best set yourself up for success!

Where: Gwen M. Greene Career & Internship Center Conference Room, 4-200 Dewey Hall
How to Register: RSVP for the Career Conversation(s) of your choice by sending an email to with the alum's name in the subject line.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 3pm
Who: Fred Guterl, '81, Electrical Engineering
Career: Executive Editor of Scientific American

Fred's Bio: Fred Guterl, executive editor of Scientific American, has been writing about science for more than 25 years. He is author of The Fate of the Species: Why the Human Race May Cause Its Own Extinction and How We Can Stop It  (“From reverse genetics that creates a deadly flu virus to climate change that kills the Asian monsoons, his scenarios are so fascinating and compelling you almost forget what's at stake. Almost.”--Sharon Begley, Wall Street Journal).  Guterl's narrative in Discover, "Riddles in the Sand,” won the Journalism Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The Overseas Press Club honored his Newsweek article "The Wasteland" for environmental writing. Guterl led Scientific American to a General Excellence Award from the National Society of Magazine editors in 2011 for the first time in its 169-year history. Guterl was formerly deputy editor at Newsweek International, an editor of Discover and IEEE Spectrum. He also worked as a foreign correspondent based in London, England. Guterl has appeared on CNN, Charlie Rose, the Today Show, and “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart to discuss popular issues in science. Guterl holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Rochester, and has taught science writing at Princeton University. He lives in the New York City area.

See our full Spring lineup of Beyond Rochester speakers here!

TONIGHT - Gap Years, Serving Others and Finding Work that Matters - Panelist Bios

Mike Kelly, City Year Alumnus, Current Medical Student
Currently a first year medical student at the University of Rochester, Mike graduated from Colgate University in 2012 with a degree in biochemistry, and then spent two years with City Year Boston before beginning medical school last fall. In college, he developed an interest in social justice and community advocacy, and so decided to give a year of service with Americorps between college and medical school. He knew that he wanted to explore the status of educational inequality in our country, and chose City Year because the program allowed him the opportunity to work directly with students and schools as an additional resource, without the full responsibility of being the primary teacher in the classroom. By pushing him to better understand the students and to create action plans to support them, working with the teachers, parents and the students themselves, City Year taught him what it means to serve in a community, alongside that community. He ended up staying on for two years at City Year, as a corps member, team leader, and program manager, because his diverse team was able to collaborate and make a difference in the lives of others. He know that his time at City Year changed his definition of what it means to work for social change in a team-based, community-focused way. It has shaped the way he plans to practice medicine in the future. 
Dove Russo, Peace Corps
Dove Russo is a Peace Corps recruiter for the Western NY region. She served as a volunteer with the Peace Corps in Cape Verde working in women and girls development from ’08 – ’10. She also served with AmeriCorps VISTA in Rochester in 2007 and AmeriCorps ABLE in Buffalo in 2011. Originally from Geneva, NY, Dove graduated with a degree in Women’s Studies from SUNY at Buffalo and is currently completing her Masters of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management.

Lauren Sava, Rochester Youth Year Fellowship (Americorps)
Lauren is currently a Rochester Youth Year fellow through AmeriCorps VISTA, a national program focused on relieving poverty through community empowerment and capacity building. Lauren is currently serving at Refugees Helping Refugees in order to develop their current refugee youth summer program, as well as create a new Somali after-school program for 6th-8th graders. She graduated from the University of Rochester in 2014 with a degree in Health, Behavior, and Society and will be attending a Master of Public Health program after her year of service. 

Rishi Sharma, Teach for America
Rishi Sharma is a Campus Campaign Coordinator for Teach for America. He is responsible for seeking qualified candidates at UR for membership into TFA's 2015 Corps. Rishi is a senior studying Applied Mathematics and Computer Science. He was formerly part of the 5 year Masters of Ed program through the Warner School. While at UR, Rishi sought multiple leadership opportunities through student government, as an RA and through a startup business. He has also tutored  inner city Rochester students voluntarily with Sigma Phi Epsilon. Rishi plans on working in the education technology industry and apply into the TFA corps in the future. 

Rachael Tachco, Rochester AmeriCorps
Rachael Tachco is the Program Director of Rochester AmeriCorps in Rochester, NY. As a proud AmeriCorps alumna, she brings a member perspective and professional experience to the program. Holding a Master’s in Public Administration, she has a total of eight years of AmeriCorps experience and both direct service and administrative experience in youth-serving organizations. Her primary responsibilities include program development and implementation, fiscal management, program reporting and evaluation, public relations, and the selection, training, and monitoring of host sites and projects.

During her professional time away from AmeriCorps programming, she worked for the Center for Youth Services working directly with at-risk youth and later developed, secured and managed a Department of Labor grant for youth employment programs.

Attend to hear the stories of our panelists, including why they made the decision to join their organization, tips for becoming a strong candidate, getting through the application process, and stories from their lives "in the trenches." EVERY YEAR UR graduates join all of these programs, many times in large numbers. OPEN TO ALL CLASS YEARS, and anyone interested in spending a gap year or starting a career serving others.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

STEM Career Slam - Thursday, February 26

The current list of attending companies includes:

eHealth Technologies
ESL Federal Credit Union
FTT Manufacturing
Harris Corporation
ITX Corp
Med-Scribe, Inc.
Monroe County Department of Human Services
NYS Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation
Paychex, Inc.
Rochester General Health System
Superior Plus Energy Services
Thermo Fisher Scientific
US Navy
Unisys UTS
Verizon Wireless
Wegmans Food Markets

Spotlight on Healthcare - Recent full-time postings in CareerLink

We've had a great list of research and healthcare related positions come into CareerLink lately, including several leads through UR alumni! See below for more details, and login to CareerLink to check them out!

Research Assistant to the Co-Chiefs of the Boston Shoulder Institute at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Brigham and Women's Hospital

Boston Shoulder Institute - Boston, MA

The mission of the Boston Shoulder Institute is to provide regional, national, and international leadership in the advancement of care for problems affecting the shoulder. This mission is based on advancement of knowledge through research, improvement of care through education of physicians, and clinical management of all problems affecting the shoulder.
The Boston Shoulder Institute at Partners was formally organized in the spring of 1998. It is based at the MGH and the BWH. The goal of the Boston Shoulder Institute is to be the preeminent shoulder center in the world.


This full-time position is best suited for recent college graduates interested in pursuing a career in medicine. The applicant should have a strong academic record, must be creative, self-driven, reliable, and motivated to learn. The position offers the opportunity for education and hands-on learning in the medical field.
Research assistants will work closely with Dr. Jon J.P. Warner, Dr. Laurence D. Higgins, Boston Shoulder Institute Fellows, and Harvard Residents. A typical week may consist of 1-2 days in the OR, 1-2 days in clinic, and 1-2 days in the office. Surgical cases include total shoulder arthroplasty, inverse arthroplasty, rotator cuff repair, labral repair, and tendon transfers.
In addition, the Research Assistant will help physicians both in the clinic and in the operating room.
Research assistants experience the clinical, operative, and academic aspects of medicine.

Scientific Program Analyst - Alumni Connected

National Institutes of Health - National Human Genome Research Institute - Bethesda, MD
This is an exciting opportunity for new graduates in the biological sciences to gain first-hand experience in how cutting-edge medical research happens. The position supports the genetic and genomics research programs and consortia funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), including investigations into the ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of genomics. The Scientific Program Analyst will carry out scientific analysis and administrative duties in support of science professionals in the NHGRI Extramural Research Program, which awards grants to the academic and biotechnology communities to support basic and applied genomics research. See for more information about the extramural activities at NHGRI.

Candidates for this position will carry out duties in support of the NHGRI mission, including:

* Compile, analyze and organize scientific information relating to NHGRI programs.
* Attend grant application review, scientific, and in-house meetings and provide minutes when requested.
* Write reports and provide email, phone, and written responses to requests on scientific issues.
* Find and compile information relating to NHGRI scientific programs through literature and database searches.
* Compile data and prepare graphs and slides for presentations.
* Work with Web Programmers to keep programmatic web site content up-to-date.
* Perform logistical planning for various scientific meetings, conference calls, symposia, lectures and workshops.
* Prepare staff meeting agendas and meeting minutes.
* Take a proactive role in tracking action items and tasks, providing deadline reminders as needed.
* Collaborate with other Scientific Program Analysts and senior staff on NHGRI projects.

*** Travel may be required for this position depending on programmatic need.
*** This is not a laboratory research position.

Required Qualifications and Skills:
•    BA/BS in biology, bioinformatics or chemistry, preferably with interest in genetics or molecular biology.
•    Excellent oral and written communication skills.
•    Strong organizational and analytical skills.
•    Ability to work successfully in a team.
•    Working knowledge of MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint.

This is a contract position with a term of 2 years. The successful applicant will be an employee of an NIH support staff contractor. The contractor offers competitive salaries and a generous benefits package. 

Clinical Research Coordinator II - Alumni Connected

Mount Sinai Medical Center - New York, NY

Job Description:
Under minimal supervision, coordinates the clinical assessments of the study subjects; analyzes and assists in interpreting moderately complex clinical research data. Prepares grant applications and documents and assists in protocol submissions (for e.g., Institutional Review Board, Grants and Contracts Office).

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Analyzes moderately complex clinical research data; Assists in interpreting clinical research data.
  • Coordinates the clinical assessments of the study subjects including but not limited to screening and evaluation of the study subjects.
  • Prepares and ensures grant applications, IRB/GCO documents are submitted.
  • Ensures accurate and complete compilation of subject data through chart reviews.
  • Assists the Principal Investigator and regulatory staff in the preparation of new protocol submissions, protocol amendments, and renewals of on going clinical trials.
  • Obtains informed consent under supervision of the Principal Investigator, Clinical Research Manager, or Senior Clinical Research Coordinator for studies enrolling vulnerable subjects, and for studies involving genetic tests.
  • Independently obtains informed consent for other clinical studies.
  • Mentors Clinical Research Coordinators in training.
  • Performs other related duties.

Care Advisor - Healthcare

CareGuardian, Inc - New York, NY
We started CareGuardian for one reason: we love our families. Come help us provide a better quality of life for the sick and elderly in their own homes.

At CareGuardian, our mission is to make lives better. We do this by reimagining how seniors and their families find and manage in-home caregivers. The end result is safety, peace of mind, and a brighter future for our families. Behind the scenes, our team is building technology that makes all of this possible - from service logistics, to physician dashboards, to beautifully designed family communication tools. Backed by a renowned set of technology and healthcare investors, were growing our teams in New York, Chicago, and Madrid.

Why Join?
You'll be working with a young, energetic, and compassionate team to help solve a real problem that we will all face someday. Were growing quickly, so if you are entrepreneurial, driven, and creative, please reach out to us!

You'll act as an advisor to families who need help caring for a loved one. Start by helping these families navigate the complicated world of in-home care, and eventually sign families up for CareGuardians service. All of our calls are inbound, we have an uncapped commission structure, and you'll be working with 100s of families every month who really need help.

Other postings you may want to check out in CareerLink

Clinical Data Operations Associate - iCardiac Technologies, Inc.
Healthcare Agent - USA Benefits Group
Research Assistant - Boston Children's Hospital
Research Technician - Boston Children's Hospital
Various postings at Joslin Diabetes Center

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Al Endres, '16, Reflects on Xerox & Euronext Internships

Hear from Al Endres, '16 (Business & French), one of our Career Center PCAs!
It's like two degrees outside; you know what that means! Never going outside no matter what and watching Friends reruns in my room all day Believe it or not, winter will end at some point, so it’s probably time to try and figure out what you’re going to do for the summer.

If you want to do an internship or research, now is when you should start making moves. In case you were unaware, the Career Center would be a good place to start. Once you’ve got your resume, cover letters, et al. in line, start looking around online, make appointments in the Career Center, and figure out what it is you want to do, and where you’re going to apply.

Despite the fact that I’m employed by the Career Center, I put off the internship search basically as long as possible last year, and still found a full-time, paid internship through CareerLink. I probably wouldn’t recommend procrastinating until April like I did, but I ended up with a really good experience working for Xerox here in Rochester this past summer. Highlights included lots of free lunches (chill out, Econ majors/Rizzo disciples, I know it wasn't technically free, you get what I'm saying), going rock climbing, and spending a workday at a Rochester Red Wings Game. Not to mention, lots of U of R students usually stay in Rochester over the summer for one reason or another, so not only did I have a productive working summer, I also had a pretty good time (note: go to Park Ave Fest if you haven't).

At Xerox, I learned a good deal of practical skills that I'll use in other work experiences, as well. I gained valuable knowledge in Excel, statistical analysis, and presentation skills that I will undoubtedly use in the future. While I received a good deal of training on the job for a lot of what I learned, I had a high degree of agency as an intern--most of what I learned came from just figuring things out for myself. Most importantly, working as Business Analyst at Xerox shed some light on what I want to do for a career, and what type of firm I'd like to work at (and, equally as important, what I don't want).

After my summer internship ended, I interned in financial lobbying during my semester abroad in Brussels, Belgium. I got placed there through EPA, which puts students in a 25 hour/week internship while you take two courses. In Brussels, the de facto capital of the European Union, I worked for Euronext, a European exchange representing Belgium, France, Portugal, the Netherlands, and the UK. A typical week included attending meetings (in either English or French) with Members of European Parliament, at think-tanks, the European Commission, and European Parliament. Though most of everything was over my head at first, I learned a ton about the financial sector and the workings of the EU. At my internship, I was fortunate enough to attend European Commission hearings, and ECON Committee meetings, the highlight of which was seeing Mario Draghi speak--he's the President of the European Central Bank, and Forbes' 8th most powerful person of 2014. 

So far I've had really good intern experiences, and Xerox definitely made Euronext a possibility for me. I'm not sure if I want to go into business analysis lobbying, but they were still an awesome experience, and I was able to do things, go places, and meet people that would've never been possible otherwise. 

See more Student Internship Stories here!