Friday, October 31, 2014

Meet Your Peer Career Advisers: Wes Orth

The Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center is open to all students from 10 to 4 daily. Walk in for help getting started in career & major exploration and your career & internship search. In addition to Professional Resource Counselors, there are Peer Career Advisers (PCAs) in the library to assist with a variety of career- or internship-related needs. The PCAs are one of the many resources available to you. All PCAs, who are students just like you, have been trained for a full semester by Career Center Staff and are eager to help you succeed!

Name: Wes Orth
Class: 2017

Major: Brain & Cognitive Science, Linguistics
Future Plans: To continue his education at the Warner School here on campus and study higher education. 

Activities/Hobbies: Wes is a member of the fencing team and takes saxophone lessons at Eastman.

Peer Career Advisers are here to help you get started on resumes, cover letters, and your initial search for internships and employment opportunities. Although they can provide you with immediate and brief advice on a variety of career-related issues, you are highly encouraged to make an appointment with a Career Counselor to discuss strategies to develop and achieve your career plans in detail.

(To read additional PCS bios, click here)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Beyond Rochester: Seth Bloom TOMORROW (10/30) at 2pm

What's Beyond Rochester? The series is an opportunity to learn about careers and get firsthand advice from successful alumni in a variety of fields. All Students are welcome.  These events are sponsored by the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center and Office of Alumni Relations. This event is also co-hosted with The Politics and Markets Project at the University of Rochester and the Facebook event can be found here. 

Seth Bloom '81
Beyond Rochester 10/30/2014 at 2:00pm
Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center Conference Room
Dewey Hall 4-200

Seth Bloom '81 earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Rochester and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the former General Counsel of US Senate Antitrust Subcommittee, and the current President of Bloom Strategic Counsel. His work now includes advising major corporations such as Microsoft, Comcast and Sprint on antitrust issues.  

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Walk-In Resources at the Career Center

Hours: Monday through Friday 10am-4pm

Open to all students in all majors!

The Gwen M Greene Career and Internship Center is open to walk-ins for students 10am-4pm daily. Receive assistance on getting started in career & major exploration and your career and internship search.

  • A Professional Resource Counselor and Peer Career Advisers staff the library each week to ensure career related questions and concerns can be answered on a daily basis 
  • Numerous handouts, books, document examples, fax machines, and computers are all available for your career related job and internship search 
  •  From resume writing, cover letter editing, interview questions and networking strategies, the library staff is here to help!

Meet your Professional Resource Counselor

David Cota-Buckhout
As a front-line staff member when students enter the office, David’s Resource Counselor role allows him to serve all students with a wide variety of majors and career fields during walk-ins in the Resource Library. From goal articulation to resume and cover letter critiquing, he answers questions from freshmen unsure about their future career path as well as from seniors and graduate students desiring to clarify their goals, prepare for next steps and make concise documentation for networking. In addition to walk-ins, David works with students at workshops offered at the center. While he is a “generalist counselor,” David is also a member of two career specialty teams: the Engineering and Applied Sciences team and the Banking, Finance and Consulting team.

Prior to his time at the University of Rochester, David received his MS in Counselor Education with a College Counseling emphasis at The College at Brockport in 2013, completing an internship that year at Monroe Community College’s Career and Transfer Center. He has also worked as a Practicum Counselor at The College at Brockport’s Counseling Center, Student Assistant at Cornell University where he received his BS in Development Sociology, and Career Peer Advisor at MCC’s Career and Transfer Center.

Meet your Newest Peer Career Advisers (PCA's)

PCA's from left to right: Daniel Sontoyo, Sam Silber, Melissa Holko, Wes Orth, Eugenia Zeng, Wesline Manuelpillai, and Shelby Strasser. Click on a name to learn more!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Make "Career and Internship Connections" During Winter Break

In the coming weeks, you'll be receiving information on the "Career and Internship Connections," which are job and interview fairs held in several locations across the country during University of Rochester's winter break. These events are run completely by the staff of the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center, and were created 14 years ago specifically for UR students. While there are 17 other schools participating in the events, UR students every year submit the most applications, receive the most interview offers, and fill the most day-of interview slots.

The Career and Internship Connections include employers and postings for both full-time positions as well as volunteer and internship opportunities! (List of employers by major/career field coming soon.)

Career and Internship Connections take place in New York City (January 6th), Washington DC (January 7th), Los Angeles (January 8th), and Boston (January 9th). There is a morning career fair style "Open Forum" and scheduled interviews in the afternoon. You can be selected for interviews by applying to specific employers and positions by the December 1st deadline, or by speaking with the employer during the morning open forum (if they have any remaining interview slots).

Some commonly asked questions:

  1. Why should I go? Many companies use events such as these to meet candidates instead of on-campus efforts. You will get to meet face-to-face with an actual recruiter at the event, which helps you avoid the online application black hole.
  2. How do I get there? Travel arrangements and expenses are up to the student, but the events are scheduled during break to give you time to travel if necessary, or attend an event close to home. 
  3. What industries/companies are represented? All majors are encouraged to register. The CICs bring companies from fields including:
    • Communications & publishing
    • Marketing & PR
    • Law, government, and international NGOs
    • Banking, financial services and insurance
    • Business and consulting
    • Education & nonprofit
    • Environment and Sustainability
    • Media & entertainment
    • Health and human services
Have more questions? Check the FAQs page!

Because these events are run by the Career and Internship Center staff, we are very aware of the employers and students participating in the events, and are happy to answer questions. Make sure to ask you counselor, or stop by the office to learn more. Also, check out our Quick Guide to CIC resumes and cover letters.

Register here with password CIC2015.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Beyond Rochester: Katherine Sharp 10/29 at 4pm

What's Beyond Rochester? The series is an opportunity to learn about careers and get firsthand advice from successful alumni in a variety of fields. All Students are welcome.  These events are sponsored by the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center and Office of Alumni Relations.

Katherine Sharp 
Beyond Rochester 10/29/2014 at 4:00pm
Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center Conference Room
Dewey Hall 4-200

Katie received a B.S. in Biochemistry with a minor in French in 2007 from the University of Rochester. She is currently a graduate student working towards a PhD in genetics at Stanford University. In her research, Katie uses the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, to understand how cells in a developing organism communicate with their neighboring cells so that all the cells can coordinate their actions. As a graduate student she spends most of her time in the lab conducting research, but she also has the opportunity to teach courses, work in a local science museum, and travel to conferences to present her work and learn from other scientists. 

While at UofR, Katie worked in a lab in the immunology department and was a deKiewiet Summer Research Fellow. After graduation, she moved to France for a year as an English language teaching assistant through a program run by the French embassy in the United States. When she returned to the United States in the summer of 2008, she moved to Boston where she worked for two years as a research assistant in a lab at Harvard Medical School. She began her PhD program in 2010 and plans to defend her thesis in the fall of 2015. She would like to eventually be a faculty member at a research university. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Beyond Rochester: Ali Anoff '06 BS, '07 MS and John Marsella '08

Beyond Rochester Today: 4:00pm
Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center Conference Room
Dewey Hall 4-200

What's Beyond Rochester? The series is an opportunity to learn about careers and get firsthand advice from successful alumni in a variety of fields. All Students are welcome.  These events are sponsored by the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center and Office of Alumni Relations.

Ali Anoff received her BME BS with a concentration in Cell & Tissue Engineering in 2006 and an MS in Chemical Engineering in 2007 from the University of Rochester.  She then went to Saint Louis University School of Law and received her JD, Law in 2010.  She did internships at the US Attorney’s office, was a Faculty Fellow at St Louis School of Law, a Judicial Extern to the Honorable Judge at the Missouri Court of Appeals as well as a legal internship of Intellectual Property at Proctor & Gamble.  Currently, she is Counsel Intellectual Property at Procter and Gamble

"I would suggest that students who are interested in patent law take every possible opportunity to hone their technical writing skills. I would also encourage students to establish a strong technical background including conducting research. When I interviewed for patent law jobs, I was surprised that many perspective employers were more interested in the research that I did at UR, than the criminal litigation work I had done during law school."

John Marsella received a B.A. in political science from the University of Rochester in 2008. While at UR, he was a member of a fraternity. After graduation John served as an intern with the NYS Division of Human Rights and worked as a paralegal for the Hiscock Legal Aid Society in Syracuse, NY. After about eighteen months, John decided to pursue law school. He attended American University, Washington College of Law and graduated in 2013. During law school, John worked for the National Labor Relations Board and externed with the United States Department of Labor. He is currently a staff attorney with the Worker Justice Center of New York. As an attorney, he has experience representing employees in a wide variety of civil rights, labor and employment law matters, including employment discrimination actions, unemployment insurance benefit hearings, class action wage theft cases, and unfair labor practice charges. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Towers Watson Presents: Go Beyond the Classroom Webinar

Join us for a Webinar on October 22


Towers Watson Presents: Go Beyond the Classroom 
Overview of Retirement  & Health Group Benefits
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Eastern Time 
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
Towers Watson is pleased to announce its 2014 University Recruiting Virtual Webinar Series, 
an on-line program of webinars, bringing information about Towers Watson career opportunities
directly to the computers of college students, professors, and career service professionals. 

About the Company 

Go beyond.  At Towers Watson, we are more than individuals.  We are a community focused on 
helping our colleagues and clinets thrive and succeed. Towers Watson is a leading global
professional services company that helps organization improve performance through effective
people, financial, and risk management. With 14,000 associates around the world, we offer 
solutions in the areas of benefits, talent management, rewards, and risk and capital management.

About the Speakers

Carl Hess


Carl A. Hess has served as Managing Director, The Americas of Towers Watson since February 1, 2014, 
and is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.  Prior to that, he served as the Managing Director of 
Towers Watson's Investment business since January 1, 2010.  Before that, he worked in a variety of roles
over 20 years at Watson Wyatt, lastly as Global Practice Director of Watson Wyatt's investment business.
Mr. Hess is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries and the Conference of Consulting Actuaries, and a 
Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst.  He has a B.A. cum laude in Logic and Language from Yale University,
and is a director of HLC Holdings and its subsidiaries and affiliates.

Caroline Repko

Caroline Repko is a senior analyst for the Health and Group Benefits line of business in 
Towers Watson’s New York office. She has been with Towers Watson in the Health and 
Group Benefits line of business for over five years.  Caroline assists companies in developing 
long-term benefit strategies, conducting benefit comparisons, analyzing group benefits design 
changes, underwriting and establishing plan budgets.  Caroline has experience with merger 
and acquisitions, as well as divestitures.   She has extensive experience in evaluating, selecting 
and negotiating with benefit plan service providers and insurers.  Caroline assists clients in the 
development of appropriate strategies to respond to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care 
Act (PPACA). Caroline holds a B.A. degree in philosophy, politics and economics, and a B.A. 
degree in Hispanic studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a Certified Employee 
Benefit Specialist (CEBS) and is a Fellow of the International Society of Certified Employee 
Benefit Specialists (ISCEBS). She is on the board of the New York Metro chapter of the ISCEBS
and on the national ISCEBS Symposium Committee.

Megan Yee


Megan is a consulting actuary with 9 years of retirement experience at Towers Watson. Her experience in 
retirement consulting  include funding and accounting valuations for pension and other postretirement benefit 
plans, plan designs, and pension administration. She spent the first 2 years of her Towers Watson career in 
Boston before transferring to New York. Megan is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and an Enrolled Actuary
under ERISA. She holds a B.A. degree in mathematics from Columbia University and an M.A. degree in 
mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Mac®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer
Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

LinkedIn Photo Booth at Fall Career Fair (10/8/14)

Attending Career and Internship Day (this WEDNESDAY 10/8/14 from 1-4pm)? Make the most out of your trip by taking a new LinkedIn profile picture.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Information session with BlueCross BlueShield of WNY Wednesday October 8th, 1-1:45 pm

Representatives from BlueCross BlueShield of Western NY will be on campus Wednesday October 8th to present information on their Actuarial and Healthcare Economics internship programs.

The session will be held in Harkness 210 from 1-1:45pm, and is co-sponsored by the Society of Undergraduate Math Students.

All students, particularly juniors, interested in actuarial studies or healthcare economics are encouraged to attend, particularly those with mathematics, statistics, actuarial studies, health policy or economics majors.

Additional information on these internship programs can be found in CareerLink, and there is an October 12th deadline to apply for on-campus interviews.