CS Radio: Episode 25 – “Fall Internship Recruiting”


Next week marks a first for Career Services – summer internship recruiting for select industries will begin in the fall!  Michael and Mylène are joined by On Campus Recruiting Managers Marlene Cohen and Debra Smiley Koita to discuss why this change was made, what students should expect from the process and how you can participate in OCR while studying abroad.   All that, plus the usual rundown of this week’s events.



Experience in the Film Industry

This the next in a series of posts by recipients of the Career Services Summer Funding Grant. We’ve asked funding recipients to reflect on their summer experiences and talk about the industries in which they’ve been spending their summer. You can read the entire series here.

This entry is by Janae Brooks, COL ’17

brooks-1For the past year, I’ve been going back and forth on whether I want to devote my time to the film industry or the video game industry. Last summer I had an internship with a startup that rekindled my love of writing and helped me feel the joy of bringing a creative, digital project to fruition (shout out to ARchimeral Inc!) and this summer I had the opportunity to work with the Motion Picture Corporation of America, a film production company that has produced classics like Dumb and Dumber and Taking Chance.

Louisa and I at the TCL Chinese Theater
Louisa and I at the TCL Chinese Theater

My time in this office has been one of the most informative experiences of my life concerning not only on how the industry works, but whether or not this industry is something that I want to delve into head first. I’ve done everything from covering scripts that ranged from amazing to could use a l o t of work to sitting in on calls between execs to contributing to meetings and providing my opinions on scripts to even being able to put together cast/directors lists; I’ve garnered a wide range of experience that has really helped me set realistic goals for myself and see a potential future with the steps to get there. What really stuck with me however, was the willingness of the permanent staff, including the CEO, to sit down with us and talk to us not only about our interests but about how they can help us get to where we need to be; we’ve had multiple conversations with different staff members throughout the summer and each one has provided invaluable information with a sense of humor and a grace that really helped us feel welcome and important.

My time here wouldn’t have been anything without my fellow interns; there’s nothing quite like being in a room full of people going through the exact same thing that you are and bonding over it. Whether it was about a script, cooking videos on YouTube, DC movies or just bouncing ideas off of each other for potential projects, I’ve laughed so hard and learned so much from people that are just as passionate as me and who care about the things that I care about. Being in an environment that was collaborative instead of competitive really helped solidify for me what this industry, or any industry, could be when you work with the right people.


When I wasn’t having my world rocked by all the stuff I was learning professionally, LA treated me really well. Between seeing movies every week, going to the beach whenever I wanted, eating some of the freshest food I’ve ever had, seeing Hollywood Blvd and just being in a state where it literally never rains, I’ve felt content in ways that I didn’t know were possible having grown up on the East Coast. I went into this summer not knowing for certain if I wanted to dedicate myself to film and in all honesty, I’m still not sure. But I can see a future here where before it was just a murky blur and I think getting some clarity, and some experience, was all I really wanted.

Art as a Didactic Tool

This the next in a series of posts by recipients of the Career Services Summer Funding Grant. We’ve asked funding recipients to reflect on their summer experiences and talk about the industries in which they’ve been spending their summer. You can read the entire series here.

This entry is by Olivia Horn, COL ’17

horn3As an art history major and a devoted believer in the importance of art as a didactic tool, I have for the past several years had career aspirations within the field of museum education. Unfortunately, nonprofit arts internships are nearly always unpaid, so it was due in large part to the generous funding that Career Services provided to me that I was able to accept an offer for a summer internship at the Whitney Museum of American Art in Manhattan.

Lyle (1999) by Chuck Close
Lyle (1999) by Chuck Close

For the duration of my two-month internship, I worked within the Interpretation and Research division of the Museum’s Education Department. Essentially, the Interpretation staff is responsible for producing materials that facilitate encounters between museum visitors and the artworks on view. Such materials can include descriptive wall labels that accompany complex or challenging pieces, audio guides, and videos highlighting specific artists or exhibitions.  My role as an intern was quite dynamic, and the type of work that I did varied greatly from day to day. Projects that I tackled over the course of the summer included compiling research on an exhibiting artist in order to develop questions for a video interview with her, coding and publishing didactic audio pieces on the Museum’s multimedia platform, and drafting wall texts for an upcoming exhibition. I also did a considerable amount of archival and research work related to the history of the Education Department, including working with a freelance oral historian who conducted interviews with key players in the early history of the Department, and drafting a narrative history of Access Programs – programming and other accommodations for individuals with disabilities – at the Museum.

Whitney Interns with Thelma Golden at the Studio Museum.

In addition to the work that we did for our individual departments, my intern class, which was made up of thirty-six undergraduate and graduate students, was invited to participate in weekly seminars with various museum professionals. Seminar speakers included Adam D. Weinberg, the Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney; Scott Rothkopf, the Museum’s Chief Curator and Director for Programs; and Thelma Golden, the Director and Chief Curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem, among others. All of the individuals who spoke with us talked about their own career trajectories and passion projects, and offered advice for anyone trying to break into the museum field. For me, one of the most notable things about the speakers who participated in the program was how well they all tempered enthusiasm for their work with real, pragmatic insight about the challenges that young museum professionals will inevitably face.

Overall, my Whitney internship taught me a great deal about the day-to-day responsibilities of museum professionals, and I also became much more familiar with the inner workings of the art world at large. I feel that, going into senior year, I will be able to approach my course work with vigor and enthusiasm, as I now have a better sense of how my academic pursuits relate to my professional pursuits.

CS Radio: Episode 24 – “Social Policy & Practice”


This week we’re pleased to welcome Esther Ra to the studio.  Esther is a new part-time counselor here in Career Services, working with students in the School of Nursing, the Graduate School of Education and the school of Social Policy and Practice.  Esther is going to talk about some of the services we offer students in SP2 and highlight two upcoming events for that audience.  Mylène and Michael also discuss some important changes coming to PennLink for alumni users – it’s big announcement, so tune in!  All that, plus the usual run down of the week’s events.



This the next in a series of posts by recipients of the Career Services Summer Funding Grant. We’ve asked funding recipients to reflect on their summer experiences and talk about the industries in which they’ve been spending their summer. You can read the entire series here.

This entry is by Shauntelle Woods, COL ’17

woods1This summer I was offered the priceless opportunity to intern at Thrive Alabama. From the moment I met the staff, I knew that I was going to not only be an intern, but a part of a family. I was welcomed with opened arms and the staff desired to teach me as much as possible. As an intern at Thrive Alabama I worked in the Den, an intensive outpatient program that strives to treat minority males that struggle with substance abuse issues and/or mental health issues.

During my summer internship I was able to learn a lot about the field of psychology. I was able to shadow multiple therapists and had many opportunities to sit in on both group therapy sessions and individual therapy sessions. I also attended mental health court on numerous occasions. When we attended mental health court, we had to give the judge updates on our clients’ progress. Seeing the excitement on the judge’s face when she heard that clients were progressing was invaluable. In addition, hearing from the judge how proud she was of the work we were doing was heartwarming. I gained invaluable experience that not only expanded my knowledge about the field of psychology, but also tremendously increased my passion for helping others. Seeing first-hand how much therapy and having a great support system positively affects clients was a blessing to witness.

During the course of my internship, I was invited to be a part of the staff for another program called the Green Dream Mentoring Program. This program provided group therapy sessions for ex-offenders and paired them with mentors to keep them on the right track. As a staff member for this program, I helped create group rules for the sessions, developed a list of helpful resources for clients, and co-facilitated the sessions. Being a part of this program allowed me to gain more experience regarding group therapy and surround myself with a different type of population.

This internship and the opportunities that came with it provided me with many hands on skills that I can use in my future career in psychology. Because I had to be around people from all walks of life, it taught me how to adapt to different populations. Also, this internship reinforced my understanding of the fact that different people need different types of treatment. Developing treatment plans for clients based on their needs and individual personality was a critical skill that I gained.

During this internship, I not only built relationships with the clients at Thrive Alabama, but I developed strong relationships with my fellow co-workers and superiors as well.

At the end of my internship, many of my superiors expressed that they would be available for me if I needed anything and that they would be excited to help me secure full time employment at any time. Working at Thrive Alabama was definitely a great experience and I am beyond thankful for Career Services for making it possible for me to have the opportunity to work there.