Finals Week Advice from Fellow Fords via the OAR

Posted on: April 26, 2016

Some of you are dealing with applications and interviews as finals are approaching and we’re here to tell you that all you need to do is stay calm and do the best you can on your exams. Brian Cuzzolina from the OAR compiled advice upperclassmen Fords gave during a Finals Week Panel to post on The Year After blog and the CCPA wants to share it with students in all years. Thanks OAR!


By Brian Cuzzolina

A few nights ago in the OAR five Haverford Upperclassmen shared advice on approaching finals. Their insights ranged from strategies to scheduling finals, enjoying Haverfest to effectively balancing studying with chill time.


A common theme that emerged in the discussion was that there isn’t one strategy or approach to finals week. The panel was a testament to the theory that what works for one student might not work for others. For example, some of the panelists use a scheduler, such as Google Calendar, and schedule everything down to the hour. They have found that having a strict schedule helps them stay on target and focused. A couple of the panelists offered a different approach: They have a list of what they have to do and when they would like to do it, but the details are unscheduled. Regardless of how detailed your schedule, the panelists insisted that you create a plan that helps you see everything you have to do and when you have to do it, so nothing falls through the cracks.

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Fords on Friday: Ron Shapiro ’64 and Vince Warren ’86

Posted on: April 22, 2016


By Karina Wiener

Sometimes it’s hard to attend talks when you have papers to write and tests to study for. Luckily, the Alumni and Parent Relations office is working on an initiative to make some campus talks available online! So, if you were busy this February and didn’t have time to see Sports Agent and Expert Negotiator Ron Shapiro ’64 or Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights Vince Warren ’86, that’s okay because now you can watch them online anytime!

Watch Ron Shapiro’s speech. 

Ron Shapiro is a sports agent, attorney, author, and expert negotiator with Shapiro Negotiations Institute. Shapiro came to campus to kick off “a new Haverford enterprise in support of the development of student oral communication skills. The Mark and Lillian Shapiro Speaking Initiative, named for Ron’s parents, funds one-on-one coaching and peer mentoring, targeted workshops, visiting speakers, and symposia, all of which are designed to help Haverfordians improve their public speaking skills.” Read more about Ron Shapiro’s talk in the Haverford College News.

Talk with Ron Shapiro

Watch Vince Warren’s speech.

Vince Warren is the Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights. “Warren returned to campus last week at the invitation of the Multicultural Alumni Action Group (MAAG), a group founded a year ago to build connections between alumni and students to ensure Haverford is an inclusive community where all can thrive. He spoke to a packed Stokes Auditorium filled with Bi-Co students, faculty, and alumni, about “visionary activism,” the BlackLivesMatter movement, and the tensions between human rights demands and the way we currently think about justice.” Read about Vince Warren’s talk on the Haverblog.





Online Subscription Site: GoinGlobal

Posted on: April 19, 2016

By Karina Wiener

  • Are you interested in pursing a job or internship outside the U.S.?
  • Do you want to work in a different U.S. city but you’re not sure how to start your search?
  • Are you an international student who wants to stay in the U.S. but you aren’t sure what companies can sponsor you?

Luckily, the CCPA subscribes to GoinGlobal, the leading provider of both country-specific and USA city-specific career and employment information. Go to the GoinGlobal website and create an account using your email address. There is something for everyone!


“Going Global’s unlimited access subscription database contains Country Career Guides, corporate profiles and more than 80,000 pages of constantly updated career and employment resources for over 30 countries. GoinGlobal’s country and U.S. city career guides provide professional advice and insider tips on such topics as employment trends, recruiters, staffing agencies, work permit regulations, salary ranges, resume/CV writing guidelines, professional and trade associations, interview and cultural adviceAll of the guides are researched by in-country career professionals and updated annually.”

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Fords on Friday: Spend a Year Abroad with the Watson Fellowship

Posted on: April 15, 2016

Dear Sophomores and Juniors,

Have you heard of the Watson Fellowship? Although it may seem early to be worrying about your post-graduate plans, now is a good time to start thinking about a potential project, as the application is due during the fall of your senior year.

The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship is a one-year grant for purposeful, independent study outside the United States, awarded to graduating seniors nominated by one of 40 partner colleges.

The Watson is a rare window of time after college and pre-career to engage your deepest interest on a world scale. Fellows conceive original projects, execute them outside of the United States for one year and embrace the ensuing journey. They decide where to go, who to meet and when to change course. They do not affiliate with academic institutions and may not hold formal employment.

The program produces a year of personal insight, perspective and confidence that shapes the arc of fellows’ lives. Started in 1968, Watson Fellows comprise leaders in every field. The one-year stipend is $30,000.

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Finding Fulfilling and LGBTQIA+ Friendly Work

Posted on: April 12, 2016

By Karina Wiener

“Even though the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission classifies mistreatment during the hiring process or in the workplace based on gender identity and expression as sex discrimination – which means it’s a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – there aren’t explicit federal laws that protect transgender workers. Many who don’t identify with the gender they were assigned at birth struggle to find work.”

-  “How to Manage a Job Search as a Transgender Candidate” by Jada A. Graves featured in U.S. News & World Report online

Here are some resources to help you successfully navigate the challenges you may face as an LGBTQIA+ and/or non-gender conforming individual.


Building a Network

It is essential to build a personal and professional LGBTQIA+ network. Your connections can tell you which companies are actively inclusive as opposed to the companies that simply claim to be on their websites. Many large cities host LGBTQIA+ career fairs that can help you connect with an inclusive company. The Human Rights Campaign has a growing list of LGBTQIA+ career fairs, as well as a Corporate Equality Index; an annual report that scores major businesses according to their practices and policies pertinent to LGBT employees.

There are also over 500 LGBTQIA+ Related LinkedIn Groups you can join to build your network, including:

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Making the Most of Haverford’s Amazing Alumni Network

Posted on: April 5, 2016

By Kelly Cleary

One of the most effective ways to explore careers and gather advice is by talking to people who have been there, done that—a.k.a. networking.

If you are looking for an internship or job, networking has proved to be the #1 way to find employment in a challenging job market. Or if you aren’t sure what you want to do after college, you can explore your options with people who have already made that decision.

I often hear students say, “But I don’t have a network.” Wrong! Every student has an existing network of family and friends, current or former classmates, and their family and friends. Simply staying in touch with the folks you’ve had good relationships with in the past means you already have a network that can support you in the years to come.

Beyond your personal network, alumni from your high school or college are often the most valuable career development resources. You can take advantage of your school’s alumni network by following the tips below.

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Connecting through common experiences

Alumni, regardless of their career choices, have been through similar experiences as you: they attended the same classes, performed research in the same labs, played on the same athletic teams, sang in the same a cappella groups, lived in the same dorms, and ate in the same dining halls. Those shared experiences can be the building blocks for professional connections.

Alumni can also help you see how they have applied those shared experiences to their careers. They are able to offer pertinent advice and valuable insights to help you prepare for your internship and job search.

Finding alumni and making connections

There is no shortage of ways to find and connect with alumni. Here are a few of the best:

Alumni directories

Colleges and universities recognize the incredible value of the alumni network, and most institutions give students access to a database of alumni, their occupations, and contact information.


LinkedIn is one of my favorite networking and job search tools. If you don’t already have an account with an up-to-date profile, you should. Then you can search for alumni by employer, industry, and location. View their profiles to get a sense of possible career paths and gather ideas for prospective employers. If you want to “connect” with people, you should always include a personalized message introducing yourself and explaining why you are reaching out.

There are thousands of LinkedIn groups where people share job postings and other career-related information as well, and they can serve as a forum for asking questions of more experienced professionals. Joining the alumni group for your university is a great first step.

LinkedIn’s “Find Alumni” tool provides a helpful visual of alumni careers, employers, and professional skills from a searchable list of thousands of colleges and universities. And the “Field of Study Explorer” is a powerful resource for finding connections between majors and careers. It offers an overview of job titles and employers of LinkedIn members for any given academic major.


Twitter can be an easy and effective way to make connections and learn about careers paths and industries. By following alumni who work in your field(s) of interest, you can gather advice and catch a glimpse of their day-to-day professional lives. You can then build a relationship with them by responding to or re-tweeting their relevant professional posts.

Speakers, panels, career fairs, and other networking events

Nearly every week colleges welcome alumni back to campus to present guest lectures, serve on panels, and recruit at career fairs and employer information sessions. From talks with award-winning economists and renowned poets to career panels about the arts, finance, or health care to recruiting events, these are great learning and networking opportunities.

When attending these events, you should participate in the discussion by asking thoughtful questions, introduce yourself at the end of the event, and follow up with an e-mail to thank the alumni for their time.

Faculty and staff

Referrals from your school’s faculty and staff are a great way to find alumni who could be helpful contacts. They might be able to introduce you as well.

Informational interviews

Once you’ve connected with alumni, an informational interview is one of the most effective ways to develop relationships with them. Ideally these take place in person, but phone and virtual meetings can also be effective.

Remember, this is not a job interview; it is a conversation with a professional in your field of interest to learn more about his or her career path, day-to-day work, industry trends, and career-related advice. (Check out the sidebar for more tips!)

Building relationships, cultivating mentors

Connecting with alumni is an investment in your future, because once a person takes the time to share their experiences and advice with you, they’re more likely to be “on your team.” If you hit it off and they are impressed by you, it could open even more doors and possibly lead to a mentoring relationship that can last well beyond your time in college.

While it is never appropriate to directly ask a networking contact for a referral or a job, if you leave a positive first impression, your alumni contact may eventually pass on a good word or even a formal referral for you. For example, I once worked with a student who, a few weeks after an informational interview, was delighted and surprised when she received an e-mail from the alumnus introducing her to the producer of a popular children’s television show looking for an entry-level production assistant. A few weeks later, the student started a new job at one of her favorite children’s shows.

Still feeling uncomfortable about reaching out to people you don’t know? I always remind students that most alumni are happy to help and feel good about giving back to their college community by offering career advice to students.

Keeping in touch

Remember, networking and mentoring are about building relationships with people who have shared interests. As you continue to grow professionally, you’ll have your own insights to share. Let these alumni know how your career progresses, and be appreciative of the influence they’ve had on your path.

This blog was originally published as an article I wrote for collegexpress.

F is for Friends and Fords on Friday

Posted on: April 1, 2016

By Karina Wiener

Are you still looking for a job or internship? Do you feel like you’re running out of time and ideas? Sometimes the best ideas can come from your roommate, classmate, or that student who you see around campus but you’ve never actually talked to.

The Haverford College Internship Network is a searchable database with over 300 students and recent alumni (classes of 2014-2018) who have volunteered to speak with other students about their internship. The Internship Network is a fantastic resource for connecting with other students who share your career interests. Search options include industry, major, year, and locations. Keep in mind that while the volunteers are usually able to provide helpful information and advice, they are not expected to help you “get the job.” Note: Haverford login is required to gain access.

Not all students volunteered to be a part of the internship network, so if you want an even broader idea of the opportunities your fellow Fords have participated in, refer to the 2014 Summer Survey Report. If you’re feeling anxious about your internship search or like it’s too late, it could help to know that in 2014, most students weren’t finalizing their internship offers until April or May. (Note: the trend for seniors was basically the same.) There’s still time!


Seniors, are you still trying to decide where to go after graduation? Check out the “Beyond Haverford” page to get a snapshot of what students from the class of 2015 are doing. You can also download a detailed report from the class of 2015 (my personal favorite), 2014, and 2013 for more ideas.

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And lastly, don’t forget to come in to the CCPA’s walk-in hours from 2:30-4:30pm M-F for help finding or securing an internship or job. As Dutch Point Credit Union would say, “like an old friend, we’re always here for you.”

The CCPA is hiring! 2016 – 2017 Social Media Intern

Posted on: March 31, 2016

The CCPA is hiring a Social Media Intern for 2016-2017! We are looking for a self-starter to manage all aspects of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to work 8-10 hours per week in Stokes 300. The deadline to apply is April 15: email Jennifer Barr ( for details and an application.


Work 8-10 hours per week in the CCPA office in Stokes 300.

In conjunction with a CCPA Staff member, manage all CCPA Social Media including, but not limited to:
• Facebook, Twitter, YouTube
• Additional Social Media outlets as they increase in popularity with our target audiences
• The CCPA Social Media Calendar, including theme weeks and online events
• Post online during CCPA events
• Use video footage for CCPA resources, events and promotion
• CCPA Blog Calendar & Collection
• Possible Social Media Network Management System (like Hootsuite)
• Posting Schedule and Follow Up with staff members

General Office Duties as assigned. Including:
• Show students and demonstrate use of CCPA online resources
• Work on special projects, programming, and communication as assigned
• Potentially meet employers and attend info sessions as requested by staff
• Actively outreach to college community on behalf of CCPA in an “ambassador” role.
May include presenting programs to special interest groups (customs groups, clubs, halls, etc) or representing office at events on campus
• Additional office duties such as answering phone, taking messages, scheduling appointments
• Willing to be trained extensively in all of these areas, as needed

• Current First Year, Sophomores and Juniors are eligible to apply
• This is a one-year appointment.
• Juniors studying abroad Spring 2017 are not eligible to apply
• Demonstrated interest in Marketing, Social Media and outreach
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Sensitivity to a broad spectrum of student interests and concerns, and to confidentiality
• Effective verbal and written communication skills
• Ability to meet all commitments of the program, including training
• Interest in how people apply their personal interests to the work setting
• Strong organizational and research skills
• Self-starter with the ability to work independently & professionally in an office
• iMovie and video experience a plus
Preference given to students on Financial Aid

• Begin in August/September 2016
• Attend trainings as needed on general office duties.
• Required to work 8-10 hours per week

From Non-Profits To The White House

Posted on: March 29, 2016

This blog was originally posted on the haverblog.

By Rebecca Raber


After the success of last year’s inaugural Public Policy Forum, it seemed only natural to hold another.

“Last year’s forum was a wonderful opportunity for Haverford students to meet so many of our alumni who have varied and accomplished careers related to public policy,” said Dean of Career and Professional Advising Kelly Cleary. “During the panels, student poster sessions, and David Wessel’s keynote address, students were able to learn about policy issues from experts in their respective fields, while also hearing the personal stories of how these alumni made their way from Haverford toward their own career trajectories.”

So on Saturday, March 19, the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, the Center for Career and Professional Advising, the Koshland Integrated Natural Science Center, and interested faculty and alumni co-sponsored and co-hosted Haverford’s second Public Policy Forum. The daylong event was filled with various networking events, talks, and panels, featuring alumni discussing issues in education, environmental policy, health, incarceration and criminal justice, poverty and homelessness, and big data. Students from a variety of majors, such as history, economics, psychology, and geology, showcased their research at the midday poster session.

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Summer Serve Deadline Extended to April 4th

Posted on: March 25, 2016

The deadline to apply for the Summer Serve internship, sponsored by the CCPA, has been extended to April 4th. Summer Serve is a partnership between students, Haverford College, public interest organizations, and the communities these organizations serve. Summer Serve helps support rising juniors and seniors in meaningful, paid summer internship in non-profits and social service agencies throughout the greater Philadelphia area. An intern will work full-time 10-12 weeks during the months of June, July, and August. They will receive a stipend for their work. The student needs to obtain a summer opportunity with a relevant organization. Internships through Summer Serve are expected to address a specific organizational and community need; be challenging and stimulating; and provide opportunities for learning and growth. Read the application instructions and click here to apply by Monday April 4th at 11:59pm.

Read about senior Kelly Hancock’s experience working at Philadelphia Legal Assistance as a Summer Serve Intern to get an idea of the kind of organization you can work for and work you can do.

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Summer Serve Intern

Currently, Philadelphia is classified as both the poorest city in America and has the 120508highest rate of deep poverty.  For a person to be classified as living in deep poverty, a person must have an income below half of the poverty line.  The annual salary of a single person at half of the poverty line is around $5,700 and for a family of four is around $11,700.  Philadelphia’s deep poverty rate is 12.2%  (around 185,000 people, including around 60,000 children), which is double that of the national rate of 6.2%.

This summer, I have the opportunity to intern at Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA) in the Medical-Legal Community Partnership (MLCP) department.  Currently, two other Haverford College students are working with PLA.  Sydney Cone ’16 is working in the family law unit and Caya Simonson ‘14 is a Haverford House fellow working as a family law paralegal.  (Read about Sydney’s experience as a returning intern at PLA here).  The goal of the MLCP is to help those in the Philadelphia community who are facing barriers to optimal medical care.  Many of the social determinants of health, such as familial situations, unemployment or inaccessibility to insurance, have an impact on the availability of health care in a population.  In many instances, laws that were put in place to address these social determinants are not fairly enforced or wrongly enforced.  Research has found that these legal problems cross over to a patient’s health (impacts of stress, etc.).  In order to overcome these obstacles, lawyers at MLCP help patients by collaborating with healthcare providers and social workers to address the legal issues that undermine the optimal level of care.  The doctors direct patients at the Philadelphia Health Centers to the attorneys at MLCP when problems arise that interfere with optimal patient care.  The attorneys then work with the patients to overcome legal issues to receive medical care.  The legal issues addressed range from health insurance access, income support and family stability and child welfare issues. PLA-logo-website

For example, in Pennsylvania around 41-49% of Medicaid applicants and 35-40% of food stamp applicants are rejected every month.  The job of the MLCP is to help appeal the denial of the welfare and ensure that each client of the MLCP receives the appropriate assistance and care needed for everyday life.  The clients I see in the health centers in West Philadelphia are from a range of cultures.  I was surprised to see that many of the immigrants in West Philadelphia are from countries in Western Africa, mainly Mali and Liberia.  These clients do not feel that it is safe to return to their home country and are currently seeking asylum in the United States.  As one can imagine, it is hard for our clients to fully assimilate into the American culture, not knowing the language and the cultural norms.  It is then our job to help them with whatever legal issues arise (such as receiving medial assistance or help with a housing issue) to try and ease their stress as much as possible.  One of the most beneficial parts I have found about the MLCP is the willingness of the legal advocates to help the patients.

One of my tasks for the summer is to research into cases that the MLCP has taken on and give a qualitative outcome of each service provided to clients.  In my research so far, I have found amazing results from the MLCP.  A case that comes to mind is a client had around $75,000 in hospital bills due to surgery and did not have the funds to pay the bill.  The legal advocates then helped the client receive retroactive medical assistance, which completely covered the cost of the medical bill and saved her the stress of trying to pay off the bill!  They also helped her and her daughter enroll into Medicaid (currently valued at saving the client $600 monthly for health insurance in the Affordable Care Act Marketplace) and food stamps.  I also have the opportunity to work on current cases with clients as well.  I am currently working on a case to help a woman appeal her denial for food stamps for her, her husband and her son.  The best part of the internship is interacting with the clients that come through the office and I am excited to see what the rest of the summer has in store for me while working at the health centers!