How to Ace a Technical Interview

Posted on: December 8, 2014

Thank you to Assistant Professor of Computer Science Sorelle Friedler
for the second of several posts on aspects of life after Haverford!

Getting an interview:

  1. Apply everywhere – they can’t say yes if you don’t.sorelle
  2. If you know people (e.g., alums) working somewhere you want to work, send them your resume and ask them to submit it.  Tell them specifically what job you’re looking for (e.g., software engineering internship).  This is not necessarily an inconvenience for them!  Many companies pay employees who referred you (a lot) if you’re hired!
  3. If you want a full-time job, it’s VERY helpful if you’ve done an internship.  Try to do one!


  1. Read “Programming Interviews Exposed” (available in the Science Library) or some similar book and work through every single example.
  2. Know your basics: Take CS 106 and CS 340 and / or go back and practice what you learned there, paying special attention to linked lists, hash tables, dynamic programming, and big-Oh notation.  (Some interviewers’ favorites.)
  3. Know the company: look at what they’re working on.  Think about what you would do differently.
  4. Whiteboard coding: practice writing code on a whiteboard and talking through a solution out loud to a friend.  It’s harder than it looks to make it neat and understandable!


  1. Don’t be a jerk.  No one wants to work with you if you are.
  2. Think out loud: a large part of what they’re testing is your thought process.  If you come up with solutions and discard them, say that!  Say why!
  3. Pay attention to the details: they want to know if you see the corner cases.
  4. Ask for help: the interviewer may have purposefully given you a vague question to see if you can determine how to ask the right questions to make it less vague!  If you’re really stuck, say specifically and narrowly what you’re stuck on.  Maybe they can give you a small clue that will help you out.


  1. Send a follow-up thank you email.  It’s not required, but it’s nice.
  2. If you’re given the job: Negotiate! Make sure you know what the going rate is (ask your classmates).
  3. If you’re not given the job: Don’t give up!  You could apply again to that same company in (usually) 6 months.  And there are many other companies!  The interview process is designed to have many false negatives, so don’t despair.



Sorelle Friedler has been an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Haverford College since 2014 and was visiting at Haverford starting in 2012. Her research interests include the design and analysis of algorithms, computational geometry, data mining and machine learning, and the application of such algorithms to interdisciplinary data. She is the recent recipient, along with chemistry professors Josh Schrier and Alex Norquist, of an NSF grant to apply data mining techniques to materials chemistry data to speed up materials discovery.

Before Haverford, Sorelle was a software engineer at Google, where she worked in the Google X lab and in search infrastructure. She received a Ph.D. in computer science in 2010 and an M.S. in computer science in 2007, both from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a 2004 graduate of Swarthmore College.

Success! “Fords on Friday” Career Chat Series

Posted on: December 4, 2014

This year the CCPA introduced our “Fords on Friday” career chats, bringing to the office – both in person and through technology – alumni to have intimate conversations with current Haverford students about their career paths, to offer advice, and to have a candid conversation about industry trends and what to expect after Haverford.  We are so happy with it’s success! Thank you to Fritz Kaegi ’93, Dana Eiselen ’11, and Suzy Grossier ’86 who have already contributed to these career chats and helped us to jump start such a successful way for students and alumni to connect.

Tomorrow we welcome Thien Le for our final Fords on Friday Career Chat of the semester. Thien is Vice President, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Capital Markets Group. She oversees a portfolio of fixed income projects to enhance the trading platforms, drive business growth, and provide efficiency on the trading desks. She acts as a liaison between business and various internal groups as well as a relationship manager for all external trading counterparties and brokers/dealers for the Wealth Management Capital Markets Group.

In addition, we are excited to announce the following alumni who will be participating in our Fords on Friday series in the Spring Semester:

JANUARY 23, 2015: John Saroff

John SaroffJohn Saroff is Chief Business Officer of Chartbeat, the leading real-time data science and analytics firm. In this role, he is responsible for leading Chartbeat’s operations including corporate development, finance, legal and human resources. John has worked at the cutting-edge of media and technology for over 15 years, working in the operations and business development functions of companies as diverse as Google, NBC-Universal and vente-privee. Earlier in his career he was a corporate attorney at the New York firm of Cravath, Swaine and Moore.

In 2011, John was named one of the forty most influential media executives under the age of 40 by industry publication Multichannel News. He serves on the Board of Visitors of Columbia Law School, the Board of Directors of Career Gear and is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. John obtained a joint degree in Law and Business from Columbia University where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma academic honor society. He is a very proud graduate of Haverford College.

FEBRUARY 6, 2015: Benjamin Weber

Benjamin Weber is preparing to assume duties as Information Officer and Spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. Past assignments have included staff positions in the bureaus of East Asian and Pacific Affairs and African Affairs, and overseas positions in greater China and Russia and the former Soviet Union. He served as Senior Watch Officer in the U.S. Nuclear Risk Reduction Center from 2011-2012, and as State Department Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council 2012-2013. Mr. Weber speaks Russian, Mandarin and Cantonese. Mr. Weber graduated from Haverford College with High Honors in Political Science in May 1992, and was sworn in as a Foreign Service Officer in March 1993.

FEBRUARY 20, 2015: David Wertheimer

David M. Wertheimer, has worked in a variety of capacities in the non-profit, government, educational and philanthropic sectors for david-wertheimerthree decades. He has been employed at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle since 2006, and currently serves as the Deputy Director for the Pacific Northwest initiative. He carries lead responsibilities for oversight of the foundation’s programs addressing family stability and homelessness, as well as measurement, learning and evaluation activities for the Northwest team. He also serves as the national Board Chair of Funders Together to End Homelessness and on the Board of Directors of Partners for Our Children.

Prior to assuming these responsibilities, Mr. Wertheimer served as Principal at Kelly Point Partners (KP2), an independent consulting firm he established in 2000 to promote integration of human service systems targeting persons struggling with homelessness, mental illness, addictions, criminal justice system involvement and HIV/AIDS. Between 1990 and 2000, Mr. Wertheimer served in King County (Washington) government as the Systems Integration Administrator for the Department of Community and Human Services, developing, mobilizing and managing programs and services for persons with chronic and severe mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders.

A native of New York City, Mr. Wertheimer worked in the non-profit sector as Executive Director of the NYC Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project (1985-1990) and served as a New York City Human Rights Commissioner (1988-1990). He has been a member of the adjunct faculties in graduate studies programs at Yale University (1984-1986) and Antioch University (1991-2000).

Mr. Wertheimer is a graduate of Haverford College, Yale University Divinity School and the University of Connecticut School of Social Work.

APRIL 10, 2015: Shruti Shibulal

A wonderful profile of Shruti, detailing “The restauranteur on her Shruti Shibulal. Photo: Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
dream of creating employment opportunities, and how entrepreneurship came easily to her.”


Photo credit: Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint

Writing a Professional Bio

Posted on: November 25, 2014

By Kari Cooke, CCPA Graduate Assistant

ink-and-feather-quill-clipartCrafting a professional bio can be intimidating for students and alumni who are not familiar with the process. It can be overwhelming to figure out the balance between being professional as well as showcasing nuances of your personality. It can be difficult to determine how much information is too much, and when a bio can be too brief. However, there is immense value in developing a professional bio. The bio is a tool that can summarize past activities, but also summarize your passion, and your goals for the future. For alumni who are exploring career transitions, the bio is the perfect place to do so. For students who are still exploring their future, the bio is the perfect place to note how the activities they have been involved with inform their decision-making process for a future career path. In spite of the importance and benefits of producing a professional bio, little is discussed about how to develop one; here are some tips and suggestions:


Basics: No matter what style and variation of a professional bio you develop, it should include Who, Where, Why, and How.

Who – Introduce yourself at the start of the bio, and note your area of interests and/or specialization.

Jayanti Doshi is a junior at Haverford College majoring in Urban Studies with an interest in policy and government relations.

Where – Relay a general idea of what you do, and what agencies/institutions with which you are involved.

Juan Diego focuses on intersectionality in social systems, and collaborated with The Women’s Center, the Human Rights Campaign, and New Leader’s Council – Philadelphia Chapter.

Why – Describe why you are passionate about the work you do, or why you are interested in transitioning into another field.

Jung-Su Do has worked for the Flander-Klein Graphic Design Company for 5 years and is going back to school for a degree in philosophy, reflecting his passion for the analyzing the role of beauty in truth and honesty.

How – Let people know upfront how to contact you for the work that you are interested in collaborating with in the future.

Jada Downs can be reached via email at for more information or follow her on Twitter at @HaverfordStudent to chat about her activities.

What Next?: The style of the bio is dependent on how it will be used, formatting should reflect how the bio will be used.

LinkedIn – The LinkedIn bio has the most flexibility, and can be as long and detailed as desired. Keep in mind that people typically do not spend more than 15 seconds on a LinkedIn profile they are glancing at, so if the bio is lengthy they may only read the first few sentences. It can be written in the third person or the first person; however, the third person usage is a good fit for bios that showcase humor and personality, as it can make an otherwise informal bio come across as more professional.

Speaker/Panelist –Bios for presentations should be of moderate size, and can include any awards/community recognitions, board memberships, or volunteer activities. These should be in the third person as it is most likely to be read by others who will introduce you.

Academic Presentations – These bios should be written in the third person, and should include area of research and any publications or forthcoming publishing.

Elevator Pitch – An elevator pitch is unique in that it is meant to be quick and brief. Be sure to use first person, and highlight what is unique about you/your brand, or the item you are pitching.

Fords on Friday: Jeremy Golan ’09

Posted on: November 21, 2014

How to answer “Why should we hire you?”

The CCPA welcomes guest blogger Jeremy Golan, Haverford College class of 2009. Jeremy is a strategy and research analyst at One Acre Fund in Kenya. headshot

Interviewer: “So why do you want to be a management consultant? You seem to have no business experience at all. Maybe you’d be better off being a teacher.”

Me: “You couldn’t be more wrong! I developed analytical skills as an economics major at Haverford. And in the Peace Corps, I used the same soft skills you use every day: quickly understanding the context of my clients (Cambodian school teachers included), building relationships, and developing actionable solutions to problems. So, working in consulting is a natural next step.”

The first quote was verbatim from an interviewer. My response in real life was more polite and articulate (hopefully), since I was interviewing for management consulting jobs, following my two-year Peace Corps service.

However, you should make the same broad points when interviewers ask why your experience is relevant.

When an interviewer asks “Why should we hire you,” you should communicate the following:

  1. My experience is relevant to what you do
  2. This is a linear career move
  3. I’ll quickly learn the other skills I need

Let’s look at these in more detail.

  1. My experience is relevant to what you do

It’s rare that a candidate fits the job description perfectly. You’re always going to have to help the recruiter connect some of your skills to the job description. But, you are probably more prepared than you think. The key is to explain why the experience you have relates to what they do, even if not directly. Gently stress the connection, since the interviewer may have missed it; what you did was called something else, but the work itself was very similar.

For example, maybe a job requires fundraising experience. You haven’t fundraised, but you’ve written multiple successful grants for Haverford’s Center for Peace and Global Citizenship (CPGC) to fund your research. So, explain that your grant-writing skills demonstrate that you know how to communicate value to donors.

  1. This is a linear career move

When you say that your career went in the wrong direction and you’re switching paths, an interviewer may perceive you as a poor decision-maker. However, if you present your next move as a natural next step, it seems more considered and planned for. And this reflects on you as having good judgment.

There are many ways to do this, but always focus on the positive. It could be highlighting an aspect you liked at your last job and saying you want to do more of that. For example, “I learned a lot during my summer internship doing pricing analysis, but I realized my favorite part was looking at the strategic implications of these price shifts. Working for you will enable me to do more of that kind of strategy work.”

  1. I’ll quickly learn the other skills I need

Especially early in your career, even when you explain why the job is a natural next step and that many of your skills apply, you will still likely come across something in the job description that you just haven’t done before.

To reconcile this gap in technical skills, you should broadly illustrate that you’re smart and a quick learner. “I may not have used your proprietary statistical program, but I used advanced econometrics in STATA for my senior thesis. I learned to do complex statistical analysis in a matter of weeks. I’m a quick learner and very comfortable learning new technology.”

In addition to technology, you may need to demonstrate to recruiters that you can communicate, work in teams, solve problems, and think quantitatively.

OK. So how do you prepare to make these points under the pressure of an interview?

Throughout your career, you’ll always need to explain what you accomplished, whether it’s for a job interview or your annual performance review. I recommend putting aside 5 minutes every Friday to list out your accomplishments for the week. It will make finding experiences to draw from a lot easier.

When you do this, try to use action verbs (just like for a resume) and focus on numbers and results. So for a week at Haverford, you could write:

-          Led 4-person team in writing group psychology paper, where we validated our hypotheses on decision-making through surveying 100 students

-          Conducted statistical analysis to complete econometrics homework

-          Organized 15 students to volunteer at local soup kitchen

When you’re preparing for an interview, scan your list for useful points you can pull from. Then, think about how you want to weave the points together to illustrate that you would do well in the new position.

In addition, have informational interviews with people in the field to understand what these jobs actually entail and if you would enjoy it. You’ll also learn the types of questions people in the field will ask about your background and you can prepare your responses accordingly.

Eventually, your background will be perfectly suited for the positions you want

There is a light at the end of a tunnel. As you gain more work experience, you’ll be able to make more and more direct connections between your current job and your next one. It just takes more time at the beginning.

For me, after a few years in consulting, I started thinking about what’s next. I was fortunate to find the strategy and research analyst position at One Acre Fund, which happens to look for management consultants and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

Explaining how my skills matched up was rather direct. But, I still looked at my list of weekly accomplishments to brainstorm the perfect responses to:“Why should we hire you?”

Healthcare Consulting: Preparing Graduates for the Future of Healthcare

Posted on: November 17, 2014

By Arman Terzian, HC ’14
Analyst, Research and Insights Division
The Advisory Board Company

So – you’re pre-med. Maybe just public health-minded. ArmanPerhaps you have a love for business and healthcare. It’s entirely possible you have a love for business, treating patients, and public health. Regardless of where you hope to take your career in healthcare, many-premeds, and healthcare-minded folks, take a few years off school after graduation, to gain some hands-on work experience. The little bit of time helps make anyone’s application all the more competitive in this tough grad school admission landscape. As it turns out, healthcare consulting isn’t a bad way to spend a few years before heading off to a role where you provide patients care more directly.

You might be wondering how in the world healthcare consulting will help you. You’re pre-med and want to do hands-on working either treating patients or researching deadly diseases. Maybe you want to do social work and help connect patients with social resources they need desperately, but lack terribly. That reaction is totally understandable. Traditionally, many students go on to do research or humanitarian work for 1-2 years before they apply to medical or public health school. Research and humanitarian work demonstrate a genuine interest in solving medical problems and working closely with patients on an individual basis. It’s incredibly easy to see why many students with an interest in pursuing careers in healthcare choose these post-grad opportunities before graduate school.

However, the current healthcare landscape defines quality patient care as much more than just having the capacity to perform high quality medical research and making an accurate patient diagnosis. Now, physicians must understand a patient’s care across an entire health system, and help them navigate the many different sites of care they will likely visit before treatment ends. Physicians of the very near future must concern themselves not just with what happens to a patient inside their office, but in the grocery store, a nursing home, a hospital wing. In other words, physicians will need to take responsibility for a patient’s well-being across multiple sites of care. This system-wide perspective, however, might be a little more difficult to glean from doing research alone. Healthcare consulting, though, demands that people interested in solving health care’s most rigorous care delivery and quality problems develop an understanding of a patient’s care throughout a hospital and health system. The hospital executives you’ll work with don’t want to change the quality of a single patient encounter, but want to improve treatment outcomes and the patient experience across an entire system of care.

You may, now, be considering the importance of a system-wide, not just, patient-centered approach to care. Yet, how does thinking about the health system actually help you provide better care for each individual patient? A primary care physician working with a heart failure patient needs to ensure the patient receives proper education about his or her disease, sees a cardiologist, potentially gets any mental health counseling they need to cope with anxiety, makes an appointment with a nutritionist to adjust their diet, and much more. The final outcome of a patient’s treatment depends not just on what happens in the physician’s office, but on a patient’s ability to access a wide array of high quality services that will treat each aspect of their condition holistically. If physicians don’t know how to navigate a health system for a patient, the work done in an individual doctor’s office might have little effect on the overall outcome. Healthcare consulting, thus, provides doctors and public health professionals to-be the opportunity to develop a system-wide perspective that will help make the individual patient care a physician provides his or her patient even more effective and long-lasting.


Fords on Friday: Tips for Writing a Software Engineering Resume

Posted on: November 14, 2014

Thank you to Haverford College Assistant Professor of Computer Science Sorelle Friedler
for the first of several posts on aspects of life after Haverford!

  1. Follow all of the usual steps for writing a good resume.  (See CCPA.)sorelle
  2. Ignore the advice from #1 that your resume needs to fit on one page, but only if you really have things to say that will allow you to take it onto a second page.
  3. Make sure you have a clear objective at the top that especially says what type of job you’re looking for and if it’s an internship or full-time job, and gives a flavor of what type of work you’re especially interested in.  E.g.:
    Objective: Obtain a full-time job as a software engineer working to use social networks for advertising.
  4. Make sure your last section is called “Skills” and lists the programming languages you know.  Your resume may be read by a computer, so you need to make sure it has all the right keywords.  If you know frameworks (e.g., Django), you should also list those.  So the section might look like:
    Programming Languages: Python, Java, HTML, Javascript
    Frameworks: Django, CSS, Ajax
  5. If you have awards, these should be in their own section and should have clear descriptive language that explains the size / prestige of the award and what it’s for.  This makes clear just how selective the award is.  For example:
    Pretend Computer Science Department Award: a monetary award given to the graduating senior at Haverford College who shows “the most promise in software engineering.”
    Awesome National Award: a full scholarship given to 3 “outstanding undergraduate computer scientists” chosen from a national pool.
  6. You have learned things in class that may not be otherwise apparent from your resume (e.g., if you haven’t had an internship yet).  Include a “Projects” section that explains what big projects you’ve worked on in your classes (e.g., your 106 final project) and includes clear technical details about what you did.
  7. This should be on the general resume guidelines, but in case not: if your GPA is good enough (>= 3.0), include it clearly in the education section at the top of your resume.  If your GPA in your major only is better, include that instead or in addition (e.g.: “GPA in major: 3.5”).


Sorelle has been an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Haverford College since 2014 and was visiting at Haverford starting in 2012. Her research interests include the design and analysis of algorithms, computational geometry, data mining and machine learning, and the application of such algorithms to interdisciplinary data. She is the recent recipient, along with chemistry professors Josh Schrier and Alex Norquist, of an NSF grant to apply data mining techniques to materials chemistry data to speed up materials discovery.

Before Haverford, Sorelle was a software engineer at Google, where she worked in the Google X lab and in search infrastructure. She received a Ph.D. in computer science in 2010 and an M.S. in computer science in 2007, both from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a 2004 graduate of Swarthmore College.

Networking: A Key Aspect of Professional Advancement

Posted on: November 12, 2014

By Kari Cooke, CCPA Graduate Assistant

Networking events can be a student, and many working professionals
dread networking receptions. But the alternative—avoiding meeting new people—could be detrimental to achieving your career goals. The key is to practice often, and be consistently self-reflective with regards to your passions, abilities, and goals. What follows is a guide to building comfort with professional networking:

Do the Preparatory Work

  • Building your confidence is one of the most important ways you can prepare for a networking event; be ready to talk about past experience and/or current passions.
  • If you’re going to a networking event, study the key players who will be there. Knowing the professional moves they’ve made can be an impressive conversation starter.
  • Clean up your social media bio before you network. People will try to find you on LinkedIn, Twitter and other networks, and you want them to take you seriously. Your social bios should be short, sweet and professional: Hashtags and links are acceptable, but save the extended info for your LinkedIn page.
  • Be comfortable—but use your good judgment on this one. Wear one of your favorite appropriate pieces to boost your confidence and possibly win some compliments. Keep it classy, and stay away from gaudy items.
  • If big crowds make you nervous, what better way to overcome that than by showing up early? You’ll make a good first impression on other early arrivers, who just might be the key players you need to get to know.
  • If you can, bring a friend as your wingman. Maybe this person can guide you through uncomfortable situations. You may even want to coordinate a distress signal to let them know when you aren’t sure what to do.

Don’t Just Show Up, Be Present

  • Feel out the vibe of the venue, and when you’re ready to mingle, find other people who may be nervous—or flying solo—and start a conversation.
  • Scrolling through your Instagram feed and texting on your phone are great ways to cop out of being social, so you should avoid looking at your phone while networking. The key is to stay engaged with the people around you.
  • Share your passion. That’s why you’re at the networking event in the first place. Bring your talents to the table and show your peers why you love the industry you aspire to conquer.
  • Don’t dwell on mistakes. People often think more about an embarrassing slipup than the things they did correctly. This is human nature, but rarely do others notice a faux pas. Learn to laugh at your own mistakes and move on.
  • Make mental notes of conversations you have. Find out what you have in common with others by listening to them and engaging with them. This will help establish good rapport with everyone you meet.
  • The main reason you’re at a networking event should be to create opportunities for yourself, but networking is a two-way street. Don’t forget what you have to offer, and take some pressure off yourself. Often we speak with others and it is hard to find something in common, but don’t be afraid to introduce someone to someone else at the event that you spoke with that may be a good connection for them.
  • Be yourself! Don’t force anything that doesn’t feel natural to you, it is okay to wrap-up a conversation when you are done asking questions.
  • How you end a conversation is just as important as how you begin it. “Do you have a card so we can keep in touch?” “I look forward to our paths crossing again in the near future.” “It was my pleasure, but I don’t want to keep you from meeting other guests.” These are all appropriate ways to exit a conversation without an excruciatingly awkward ending.

Add Value to the Event: Follow Up!

  • Stay active on your social media sites. Your social networks add value to your brand, no matter what field you’re in. Not every single post or tweet has to be career-oriented, but remember that you never know who is looking. How you’re perceived on social media can outweigh how you actually are in person. Keep it classy, but retain what makes you human in your profile.
  • Put those business cards you’ve collected to good use and make the follow-up the ultimate priority. Whether it’s via LinkedIn, email, a phone call or a handwritten note, be professional and mention a talking point or two that you remember from your conversation. Suggest continuing the conversation over coffee or tea.
  • For an instant connection, you can drop the person a quick mention on Twitter prior to sending an email. For example: “It was a pleasure meeting @JohnDoe at XYZ Afterwork Meet-Up. #AppropriateHashtag”
  • Use your hashtags wisely. It’s OK to use hashtags in tweets to professionals as long as they relate to the conversation you had or event you attended, but tags like #MoneyGang, #GetBread and #WakeUpNow? NOPE!
  • Never spam! Think about how you feel when a random musician you don’t even follow sends you an unsolicited link to his mixtape in your Twitter mentions. That’s how others feel when you randomly send them links asking them to read your work, look at your website, or watch your reel. Tact is the key in delivering your talents via social media, so you should build a relationship first. Let people know how you’ve noticed an initiative they’ve started or project they’re working on, they are more like to respond.

Although these events can be awkward at first, the more you practice and put yourself out there, the easier it becomes. When you become more comfortable networking, be sure to help others who seem uncomfortable in these events. Share you knowledge and skills!

Adapted From: Taryn Finley

Fords on Friday: Business Conference Follow Up

Posted on: November 7, 2014

Our successful Fords in Business conference last weekend provided for us a wealth of ideas and insights from fellow Fords. We were listening and taking notes! Below are a few great takeaways from our lunch keynote presenter David Maue, Managing Director, Chief Administrative Officer, American Securities. David Maue

1. Be open to serendipity and planned happenstance.

2. On the power of mentors: Cultivate them -  mentors can be helpful both for long term career and short term.

3. Think about your ‘actual’ network. Your inner circle is important, and it’s vital to maintain the relationships. On the important people in your Network:  Does this person proactively think about you a couple of times a year and do you think about them a few times a year?  Drop them an email or go for coffee…

4. Think about you and your unique story. Think about your life story and how to package that.  Don’t try to fit a mold.

5. The interview is the opening night performance, not an audition. You want to sparkle. It is okay to talk about accomplishments and still be humble.  Be sincere and proud. Think about your audience in the interview, and make connections of your background to the position.

6.  On Internships: From any summer experience, critically analyze the experience and what you gained, learned and contributed.  During the experience, whatever it is, be a sponge. Internships/summer experiences are really important but not all students can get the ‘big name’ ones.  From any experience you can gain valuable insights and experiences.

7. If you decide to go to business school, do it at the time that is right for you. Takes a lot of time to prepare applications, about 40 hours per school… but not everyone needs to go, it is a personal decision.

8. Haverford’s honor code gives you an important morale foundation.

These takeaways were just a portion of an incredible keynote and strong day altogether. We wish we could write faster! Thank you to David Maue for the tips above, and to everyone who attended!

Diversity Internships and Fellowships

Posted on: November 5, 2014

There is a wealth of Internships and Fellowship programs that are catered to diverse populations and it is boon to agencies and companies that are looking to hire highly qualified talent to add to their ranks. All students are encouraged to look at summer internship opportunities as well as year-round opportunities to explore fields of interest, get involved in their professional career preparation, or find mentorship support as they enter the workplace. Below are a list of internships and fellowships that students of various backgrounds can take advantage of in the process of transferring their liberal arts education into a viable career path.

Thank you to CCPA Graduate Assistant Kari Cooke for compiling such a comprehensive list!

Internships/Fellowships List by Field

Liberal Arts & Sciences (American Studies, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Chemistry,Computer Science, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, Geography, History, Law & Justice Studies, Liberal Studies: Humanities/Social Science, Liberal Studies: Math/Science, Mathematics, Philosophy & Religion, Physical Science, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish)

  • Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program (CRDIP)
  • Four Directions Summer Research Program (FDSRP)
  • The Greenlining Academy – Academy Fellowship & Summer Associates Program
  • Hispanic National Internship Program (HNIP)
  • Humanity in Action Summer Programs – Core Fellowship Programs on Diversity & Democracy
  • Institute for International Public Policy (IIPP) Fellowship Program
  • Institute for Responsible Citizenship Summer Programs
  • Integrated Biological Sciences Summer Research Program for Undergraduates (IBS-SRP)
  • James E. Webb Internship Program for Minority Undergraduates Juniors, Seniors and Graduate Students in Business & Public Administration
  • Latinas Learning to Lead – Summer Youth Institute www.nhli.or
  • MAOP – Undergraduate Summer Research Internship, Virginia Tech
  • Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Intern Program
  • Minority Student Internship Program, Smithsonian
  • Minority Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program
  • Movement Activist Apprenticeship Program (MAAP)
  • National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) Internship Programs
  • Native American Internship Awards, Smithsonian Institutions
  • Native American Congressional Internship Program
  • Oceanography Fellows for Minority Undergraduates
  • Orange County (CA) Register Internship Program website unavailable
  • Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute – Heritage Language Program & Awards
  • Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP)
  • Summer Multicultural Access to Research Training (SMART), CU-Boulder

Business (Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resource Management,Management, Management Information Systems (MIS), Marketing)

  • Hispanic National Internship Program (HNIP)
  • James E. Webb Internship Program for Minority Undergraduate Juniors, Seniors and Graduate Students in Business and Public Administration

Communications (Advertising, Communication Studies, Journalism, Public Relations, Radio-TV-Film, Writing Arts)

  • Diversity Summer Internship Program, The Ad Club
  • New England Sports Network (NESN) New Media Internship
  • Scripps Howard Semester in Washington Program
  • USA Today “Live” Internship for Broadcast Journalists
  • Wall Street Journal, The Internships

Education (Early Childhood Education (P-3), Elementary Education (K-5), Subject MatterEducation (K-12), Athletic Training, Health & Physical Education, Health Promotion & Fitness Management)

Engineering (Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering,Mechanical Engineering)

  • Summer Multicultural Access to Research Training (SMART), CU-Boulder

Fine & Performing Arts (Art Education, Art – General Fine Art, Studio Art, Music, Music:Composition, Music: Jazz Studies, Music: Education, Music: Performance, Theatre Arts)

Population-Specific Resources

African American

Black Collegian Online

Black Retail Action Group (BRAF)

National Black MBA Association

Black Engineer 

Asian American

CAPAL (Public Sector)

National Association of Asian American Professionals


HACU – Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities

Hispanic Online


Indigenous/Native American

American Indian Science and Engineering Society



Alphabetical Listing of Internship/Fellowship Opportunities

(Includes organizations with serving students according to race, gender, disability, etc.)

American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE)
Encourages African-American students to pursue careers in energy-related fields and provides scholarships and other financial aid.

American Council on Education of Minorities in Higher Education
Studies and reports on minority issues; provides assistance to colleges and universities to improve recruitment and retention of minority students.

American Indian College Fund (AICF)
Raises money for the tribal colleges.

American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC)
Tribally controlled member colleges exchange ideas and information.

American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES)
Provides, through educational programs, opportunities for American Indians and Alaska Natives to pursue studies in science, engineering, and technology arenas.

ASPIRA Association Inc.
Devoted to the education and leadership development of Latino youth.

Association of Cuban Engineers (ACE)
Membership organization, including student members.

Association of Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD)
Organization of professionals committed to full participation in higher education for persons with disabilities.

Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA)
(Formerly the American Association of Hispanic Certified Public Accountants)
Dedicated to enhancing opportunities for Latinos in the accounting, finance, and related professions.

Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG)
Encourages participation of women in the geosciences.

Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM)
Encourages women in the mathematical sciences.

Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA)
Encourages African-American students to enter the information technology field.

Black Retail Action Group, Inc. (BRAG)
Offers professional development and networking assistance to students and employers interested in retail management careers.

Center for the Advancement of Hispanics in Science and Engineering Education
Prepares Hispanic and other underrepresented minorty science and engineering students to achieve academic excellence and professional success through educational and leadership development programs.

Career Opportunities for Students With Disabilities (COSD) 
National advocates for the employment of college students and recent graduates with disabilities.

The GEM Consortium: National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science
Provides opportunities for underrepresented minority students to pursue graduate education.

Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU)
Works to improve access to and quality of postsecondary educational opportunities for Hispanic students.

Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility
HACR strives to ensure that there is an equitable participation of the Hispanic community in Corporate America commensurate with the Hispanic purchasing power. 

Prepares underserved students for leadership positions by placing them in internships with U.S. corporations.

Leadership Education and Development Program in Business (LEAD)
Influences talented minority students to pursue careers in business.

Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS)
Fosters and promotes the agricultural sciences and related fields among ethnic minorities.

National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME)
Seeks to increase the number of minority students enrolled in and graduated from engineering schools.

National Association of Black Accountants (NABA)
Encourages and assists minority students in entering the accounting profession.

National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)
Works to expand job opportunities and recruiting activities for African-American students interested in the journalism field.

National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN)
Works to increase recruitment and retention of Hispanic students in nursing education programs.

National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA)
Works to improve the recruitment and retention of minorities earning degrees in engineering.

National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC)
Supports women in construction and awards

National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA)
Promotes the professional needs and goals of Black law students. 

National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA)
Encourages black students to pursue business education; serves as a support network for MBA graduates and students.

National Black Nurses Association (NBNA)
Provides career center assistance and continuing education for nurses, and scholarships to students pursuing health degrees.

National Council of La Raza
Works toward improving life opportunities, including educational needs and opportunities for Hispanic Americans.

National Hispanic Institute (NHI)
Provides leadership training for Latino high school and college students.

National Hispanic Scholarship Fund (NHSF)
Provides scholarships for Hispanic undergraduate and graduate students.

National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists & Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE)
Works to build the number of minorities in the fields of science and engineering. 

National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA)
Involved in the advancement of minority professionals in the profession, including job placement help for college students. 

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
Seeks to increase minority participation in engineering.

National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP)
Seeks to increase the number of African-Americans in the field of physics.

National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA)
Fosters Hispanic leadership through graduate management education and professional development.

National Urban League
Supports movements and projects toward enabling African Americans to secure economic self-reliance through education and employment.

Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA)
Among its objectives, OCA strives to develop leadership and community involvement through organizational and college affiliates throughout the country.

Quality Education for Minorities Network (QEM)
Works to improve education of African Americans, Alaska Natives, American Indians, Mexican Americans,and Puerto Ricans.

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
Encourages Chicano/Latino and Native American students to pursue graduate education in preparation for research careers and science teaching professions at all levels.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
Seeks to increase the number of Hispanic professionals and college students in the fields of engineering and science.

Society of Mexican American Engineers & Scientists (MAES)
Works to increase opportunities for Mexican-Americans in engineering, computer technology, and science.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
Educational service society; serves as an informational center on women in engineering.

Thurgood Marshall College Fund
Supports retention and graduation rates; identifies and prepares students who have leadership potential; and creates a pipeline for employers to students and alumni.

United Negro College Fund (UNCF)
African-American higher education assistance organization.

Women in Engineering Programs and Advocates Network (WEPAN)
Strives to enhance the success of women in the engineering professions.


Fords on Friday: The BiCo Finance Club’s Fall 2014 Site Visit to Barclays

Posted on: October 31, 2014

By Tiancheng Liu ‘16

On Friday, October 17th, 2014, the BiCo Finance Club brought 17 students from Haverford and Bryn Mawr College to its annual site visit event, held this year at Barclays in their NY headquarters. BiCo Finance Club Site Visit  Photo Fall 2014

The event was hosted by Jonathan Debrich ’05, along with fellow Haverford alums David Colletta ’11, Allie Kandell ’14, Mark Mason ’78 Rachel Melroy ’02, Rachael Pardini ’09 and Angad Singh ’07. It included two panel discussions, with one providing an overview of the financial services industry and the other focusing on internship and job search tips. During the panel discussions, alums provided detailed insight into their roles and daily responsibilities.

Rachael Pardini ’09, a campus recruiter at Barclays, spoke about various opportunities at Barclays available to Haverford and Bryn Mawr students. With the start of the fall recruiting season, many students found advice from the career panelists to be very useful. Following the panels, alums led resume review and interview advice workshops working with groups of three to five students.

The company site visit is a bi-annual event hosted by the BiCo Finance Club and remains one of the club’s most successful events.  The club has visited companies including Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse in previous years, and was glad to announce Barclays as the host company for Fall 2014. The BiCo Finance Club will continue to work with both the Center for Career and Professional Advising and Fords in Finance Alumni Network to build and foster connections between students and alumni in the Haverford and Bryn Mawr community.

For more information about the BiCo Finance Club and its upcoming events, please visit: or the club’s page on Facebook and LinkedIn.