Alumni Conversations: Dax Tejera ’07, NBC News Producer

Over the next few months, we’ll be featuring stories of Dartmouth alums. We kick off our series with this Q & A. (Hat tip to our intern Emily Fletcher ’12 for conducting the interview.)

Dax Tejera ’07

Position: Producer, NBC News
Location: 
New York City

Short description of what you do: Produce a daily political news show for MSNBC, and travel around the country to cover breaking news events on a moment’s notice.

Major at Dartmouth: History/Government double major

1. What is most satisfying about your current work? 

My  colleagues and I are writing the first draft of history; we have a unique privilege to learn about things well before they become public.  The responsibility of getting it right and making it clear when it matters most is never lost to me.

2. What’s the best way to enter your field? Any essential elements of preparation?

You need to have some degree of experience before getting into the big leagues.  How that takes form is increasingly open-ended.  I tell Dartmouth students all the time that if they want to get into this business, all they need is a blog.  You need to prove you can tell a story. Obviously it helps if you get a real-world internship, or like me, work for The D.  But you can’t go into this cold.  You have to prove you are tough, and that you have the stuff.  If not, employers will move on quickly.

3. What advice would you give to others seeking opportunities in this field?

Talk to everyone even remotely associated with media. In the end, it’s a small world, and a conversation with someone you might not think is in the pipeline often leads you to exactly the right path. Keep up with the latest industry trends too. News and information are directly correlated with developments in technology — it affects how we disseminate the message. You have to stay current.

4. How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?

Dartmouth connections got me my job and have fueled it along the way.  I got my foot in the door through a chance meeting with a Dartmouth alum who was a correspondent for NBC News.  After I joined the company, I had the opportunity to collaborate with him.  Life is a two-way street, and it doesn’t surprise me that Dartmouth features prominently along the road.

This photo of Dax at work shows him with anchor Tamron Hall in Cape Canaveral, Florida in 2011 for coverage of the final Space Shuttle Launch.

Extra Drop-In Hours January 3 & 4: Get a Running Start on Your Applications

Are you a current Dartmouth student interested in applying for jobs and internships during Winter term?

The first deadline to submit application materials for opportunities posted through our on-campus recruiting program is January 15 — less than ten days after Winter term classes begin on the 7th. (These opportunities are just a small slice of the jobs and internships available to you, we bring your attention to them specifically as they have application deadlines early in the term.)

Career Services will hold extra drop-in hours early in the term to meet the demand, but if you really want to beat the rush, stop by Career Services (103 S. Main, 2nd floor of Bank of America building) on January 3rd or 4th for Drop-Ins between 1:30 and 4:00 pm.

First-come, first-serve slots to meet one-on-one with a career advisor will be available. Bring a printed copy of any materials you’d like to have reviewed during your Drop-In session.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Seven Mistakes to Avoid in Your Cover Letter Writing

It’s hard to believe that winter term will be off and running in a little over two weeks — the first deadline to submit your application for winter term on-campus interviews is Wednesday, January 15.

Want to start your search for internships and full-time jobs before you come back to campus? Here’s a list of seven mistakes to avoid in your cover letter courtesy of U.S. News and award-winning author Louise Kursmark.

We especially like the advice in this piece on why it’s always important to address your cover letter to a live person.

When applying for a position through our recruiting program: Be sure to check the contact information for each position listed in DartBoard to find the right person to address.

When applying for an internship or job at another organization, check the organization’s staff list or call to get the name of the proper contact. (It’s perfectly okay to say, “I’m a student at Dartmouth College and am preparing my application for _________ position. Is there a particular member of your organization that I should address in my cover letter?)

Here are two additional tips specifically for Dartmouth students:

  • If you’re searching for an internship in spring, fall or winter terms, educate the employer on the “D plan” and the dates when you will be available to work.
  • Do your homework on the employer. Go beyond saying you are interested in the organization because of “impressive” leadership or strong growth. Get specific by mentioning a program, award, or recent press release that shows you’ve done your homework on the opportunity.

As always, Career Services will offer extended Drop-In sessions in January to help you fine tune your cover letters should you have any additional questions. Enjoy your holiday!

 

 

CAREER BLITZ: Science

Topics Include:

  1. All Ivy Environmental Career Fair  (1-Mar-13) (Columbia University, New York, NY)
  2. Energy Rodeo – Conference (February 9, 2013) (Houston, TX)
  3. The Franklin Institute – Discovery Camp Curriculum Intern (Winter/Spring) (Philadelphia, PA)
  4. The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program – Fellowship (Apply by December 14)
  5. Roche – Intern – Medicinal Chemistry (Summer) (South San Francisco, CA)
  6. Department of Agriculture – Post-Graduate Position (Geneva, NY)
  7. Covance – Summer Intern (Indianapolis, IN)
  8. BlueGreen Alliance – Winter Internships  (Washington, DC & San Francisco, CA)
  9. Guide to Life Science Careers – Resource
  10. National Science Foundation – Summer Research Opportunities – Multiple Disciplines  (Nationwide)

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All Ivy Environmental Career Fair – (Columbia University, New York, NY)
Meet with representatives from organizations hiring for internships and full-time employees. Registration is now open and free for students!
http://bit.ly/VJCnZ2

Energy Rodeo – Conference (Houston, TX)
Free one-day conference for college students (undergrads and graduates) – seeking entry into the energy industry..) Get advice from industry professionals and network with companies including Citibank, Trafigura, OTC Global, and Noble who will be actively recruiting to fill their summer and full- time analyst classes. ($30 registration fee is refunded when you attend the conference.)
http://bit.ly/QEOdom

The Franklin Institute – Discovery Camp Curriculum Intern (Philadelphia, PA)
Want to teach science? Interns are needed to help develop curriculum for camp and assist in the preparation of camp materials for program featuring hands-on activities and museum exploration at Philadelphia’s world-famous Franklin Institute.
http://bit.ly/VpGes1

The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program – Fellowship
Pursuing an undergraduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines? Interested in theoretical and applied research? Receive a full scholarship, summer internship, and be gainfully employed by the Department of Defense upon degree completion.
http://bit.ly/THHWbX

Roche – Intern in Medicinal Chemistry (South San Francisco, CA)
The Genentech Chemistry Internship Program is an intensive 3-4 month opportunity where undergraduate chemistry students work within the fast-paced and challenging environment of our South San Francisco, CA research headquarters.  Contribute to synthetic chemistry projects, interacting with and working side-by-side with drug discovery industry experts.
http://bit.ly/YS5VZ3

Department of Agriculture – Post-Graduate Position (Geneva, NY)
Help find solutions to Agricultural problems that affect Americans every day, from field to table through supporting research at Plant Genetics Resources Unit
http://1.usa.gov/Uh58JA

Covance – Summer Intern (Indianapolis, IN)
Gain professional hands-on experience and an insider’s glimpse into the FDA approval process for new drugs through an internship at one of the leading contract research organizations facilitating clinical trials and project management.
http://bit.ly/RboDsq

BlueGreen Alliance – Winter Internships (Washington, DC & San Francisco, CA)
BlueGreen Alliance (BGA) is an exciting, fast-paced organization that covers a wide variety of issues from climate change to green chemistry to smart grid infrastructure, bringing together an effort to advance a 21st century economy that respects workers, protects the environment and secures America’s energy future. Intern work includes research assistance and writing, legislative support, event planning, communications and working with U.S. and international nongovernmental organizations.
http://bit.ly/Ud2zbp

National Science Foundation – Summer Research Opportunities – Multiple Disciplines (Nationwide)
Directory of National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates Program. This is a listing of opportunities available for Environmental Science related programs, visit individual sites for program details and application deadlines.
http://1.usa.gov/Xvjr4q

Guide to Life Science Careers – Resource
Concise, easy to read online overview of career options in the life sciences — includes tips for resumes.
http://bit.ly/121Fqzs

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Check out more science opportunities at http://www.dartmouth.edu/~csrc/explore/careers/science.html

Make an appointment by calling 603-646-2215

CAREER BLITZ: Environmental

  1. Ceres – Winter & Spring Internships  (Boston, MA)
  2. Department of Agriculture – Post-Graduate Position  (Geneva, NY)
  3. National Science Foundation – Summer Research – Environmental  (Nationwide)
  4. All Ivy Environmental Career Fair –  (1-Mar-13) (Columbia University, New York, NY)
  5. Donald J. Cohen Fellowship in Developmental Social Neuroscience – Fellowship – 2 Years (Apply by January 7)
  6. Earth Island Journal – Internship (Interim/Winter) (Berkeley, CA)
  7. Sierra Club – Environmental Apprentice Careers Program (Post-Graduate) (Washington, DC, San Francisco & Minneapolis)
  8. Caterpillar – Environmental Health & Safety Intern (Summer) (Athens, GA)
  9. Clean Edison – Internship (Winter) (New York, NY)
  10. Tennessee Valley Authority – Geography/Biology Internship (Winter/Spring) (Muscle Shoals, AL)
  11. Overview: Government Jobs in Environmental Science – Resource

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Ceres – Winter & Spring Internships (Boston, MA)
Ceres is an advocate for sustainability leadership. Interns support program, Communications, and Development staff working with a wide variety of constituents: environmental activists, investors, funders, and corporations on topics ranging from public policy to corporate accountability and education on risks associated with climate change.
http://bit.ly/VikJJX

Department of Agriculture – Post-Graduate Position (Geneva, NY)
Help find solutions to Agricultural problems that affect Americans every day, from field to table through supporting research at Plant Genetics Resources Unit
http://1.usa.gov/Uh58JA

National Science Foundation – Summer Research – Environmental (Nationwide)
Directory of National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates Program. This is a listing of opportunities available for Environmental Science related programs, visit individual sites for program details and application deadlines.
http://1.usa.gov/UIo7kT

All Ivy Environmental Career Fair – (Columbia University, New York, NY)
Meet with representatives from organizations hiring for internships and full-time employees. Registration is now open and free for students!
http://bit.ly/VJCnZ2

Donald J. Cohen Fellowship in Developmental Social Neuroscience – Fellowship – 2 Years
Participate in cutting-edge clinical research on social cognition in infants at risk for autism at the Marcus Autism Center at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.   The Center also works in partnership with the CDC, the Yerkes National Primate Center, and the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Research autism from a multidisciplinary approach across institutions, spanning projects in behavioral neuroscience, neuroimaging, molecular and population genetics, and treatment.
http://bit.ly/Xv2Ptz

Earth Island Journal – Internship (Berkeley, CA)
Interested in the environment and the future of our planet? Build knowledge, expand your research and fact-checking skills and gain experience in reporting/writing.
http://bit.ly/Xv3T0p

Sierra Club – Environmental Apprentice Careers Program (Washington, DC, San Francisco & Minneapolis)
Sierra Club’s Environmental Apprenticeship is a 6-month training program to cultivate future leaders in environmental advocacy. This program is designed for recent college graduates who are interested in legislation, media, and community outreach as a means of promoting green initiatives. Applications for the 2013 program begin late December.
http://bit.ly/TK3S5n

Caterpillar – Environmental Health & Safety Intern (Athens, GA)
Assist Environmental Health & Safety team with updating and developing safety and environmental programs and supporting procedures
http://bit.ly/TK3B2f

Clean Edison – Internship (New York, NY)
Learn about the clean technology industry and gain hands-on experience at a sustainable-focused start-up in Midtown Manhattan.
http://bit.ly/WM2wW9

Tennessee Valley Authority – Geography/Biology Internship (Muscle Shoals, AL)
Support Kentucky Reservoir Land Planning and Natural Resource Management efforts. Responsibilities include editing draft map documents and GIS databases based on comprehensive biological data, existing contractual agreements, and agreement of project teams.
http://bit.ly/Uh640n

Overview: Government Jobs in Environmental Science – Resource
Interested in applying for a full-time position in environmental science? Check out this site for an overview of available government positions — from internships to full-time jobs across Federal agencies.
http://bit.ly/TF6tuR

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Check out more Environmental Career resources here: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~csrc/explore/careers/env.html

Make an appointment by calling 603-646-2215

 

Want to Work for an Innovative Organization?

Every year, Fast Company publishes a ranking of “The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies.” This year’s list is hot off the presses.

Check out the full list of companies and organizations here. Note the diversity of industry sectors represented — from high tech and entertainment to healthcare and education.

As always, Career Services staff can help you if you have any questions about how to research and prepare for potential opportunities.

CAREER BLITZ: Non-Profit & Careers for the Common Good

  1. American Student Assistance – Internships (Boston, MA)
  2. Artis – Winter Internship (Available Now) (New York, NY)
  3. Corporate Accountability International – Non-Profit Administration Intern (Boston, MA)
  4. Grant Space Knowledge Base – Resource
  5. Great Oaks Charter School – Tutor Corps (Post-Graduate Fellowship 2013 – 2014; Applications accepted on a rolling basis.) (Newark, NJ)
  6. The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award – Grant (Sponsored by National Grid) (Application deadline January 18, 2013) (Global – You Choose Location))
  7. AmeriCorps – Louisiana Bucket Brigade (Post-Graduate) (Louisiana)
  8. Purpose – Strategy Internship in Social Entrepreneurship (Summer) (New York, NY)
  9. Social Entrepreneurship as a Career Choice – Resource (Article)
  10. Zipongo – Marketing/Creative Writing Internship (San Francisco, CA)

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American Student AssistanceInternships (Boston, MA)
Intern for a private nonprofit whose public purpose mission is to empower students and alumni to successfully manage and repay their college loan debt.  Multiple internships are available to work with content creation, interactive design and market research. Bilingual? Language skills are also a plus.
http://bit.ly/11NsU6j

ArtisWinter Internship (Available Now) (New York, NY)
Artis, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that supports and promotes contemporary visual artists from Israel internationally, seeks an intern to assist with the daily operations of a contemporary art non-profit; for immediate hire. Gain a wide range of experience in arts administration and nonprofit management working closely with 3 staff members.
http://bit.ly/TzXSte

Corporate Accountability InternationalNon-Profit Administration Intern (Boston, MA)
Take on significant projects to advance Corporate Accountability International’s mission, including the Think Outside the Bottle and Public Water Works! Campaigns to challenge corporate control of water, the Value [the] Meal campaign to challenge corporate abuse of our food, and the campaign to Challenge Big Tobacco.
http://bit.ly/Xmjyz3

Grant Space Knowledge BaseResource ()
Great overview of careers and opportunities in nonprofit sector, hosted by The Foundation Center.
http://bit.ly/YL6nrW

Great Oaks Charter SchoolTutor Corps (Post-Graduate Fellowship) (Newark, NJ)
The Great Oaks Tutor Corps is an intense one-year Urban Education Fellowship designed to close the achievement gap one student at a time. A highly selective full-time service year for recent college graduates, the Corps members work in a startup charter school on the front lines of education reform in Newark.
http://bit.ly/VjzH1W

The Samuel Huntington Public Service AwardFellowship (Sponsored by National Grid) (Global (You Choose Location))
The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $10,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career.
http://bit.ly/VwRDbF

AmeriCorpsLouisiana Bucket Brigade (Post-Graduate) (Louisiana)
Work closely with Lieutenant Governor’s Office of Social Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurs of New Orleans (SENO) to receive mentoring and pursue funding opportunities. Hold discussions with solar power and green jobs organizations and companies to create synergistic relationships for the communities.
http://1.usa.gov/TDyeHx

PurposeStrategy Internship in Social Entrepreneurship (Summer) (New York, NY)
Purpose creates 21st century movements to help solve some of the world’s biggest problems. Help to develop and execute Purpose movements and corporate partner initiatives, from strategy and ideation through testing and implementation. Work with multidisciplinary teams of strategists, technologists and interaction designers.
http://bit.ly/UDNT9U

Social Entrepreneurship as a Career ChoiceResource (Article) ()
David C. Hodgson, co-founder and board chairman of Echoing Green and managing director at General Atlantic, provides his perspective on careers in social entrepreneurship – why opportunities are increasing and why it matters.
http://huff.to/Vietle

ZipongoMarketing/Creative Writing Internship (San Francisco, CA)
Help with the execution of social media, blogging, and overall marketing and content strategy.  Our ideal candidate thrives in a fast-moving, startup environment, has a personal interest in health and wellness, and is passionate about Zipongo’s mission of decreasing the prevalence of chronic disease globally.
http://bit.ly/YL6ROH

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For additional Non-Profit/Careers for the Common Good opportunities, see our website:
http://www.dartmouth.edu/~csrc/explore/careers/human.html

 

CAREER BLITZ: Sports

  1. NCAA – 2013-14 NCAA Postgraduate Internship – DEADLINE:  Dec. 7, 2012
  2. Career Athletes – on-campus Internships
  3. Team USA – keep an eye on this site to work with the US Olympic Team.
  4. Krossover – (Entry-Level) sports content, analytics and technology 
  5. Impact Basketball – Sport Business Internship.
  6. Major League Ball (MLB) – Public Relations Winter/Spring Intern (NYC based)
  7. Dartmouth College Sports – Varsity Communications Intern
  8. Strategic Communicators for College Athletics (CoSIDA) – Postgraduate opportunities
  9. Graduate School? –  check out the list of possible programs.
  10. National Football League (NFL) – Timing is everything! So plan ahead! Post-Grad Rotational Program and Summer Internships.

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National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)DEADLINE TO APPLY – DEC. 7, 2012
2013-2014 Postgraduate Internship. http://bit.ly/TKabWE

Career Athletes  – on-campus internships for out-of-season athletes.  http://bit.ly/WMcWFb

Team USA – keep an eye on this site to work with the US Olympic Team.  http://bit.ly/SB6x0b

Krossover – a NYC-based sports technology company that has developed a great business breaking down game film for coaches at all levels.  http://bit.ly/QKDIjp

Impact Basketball – Sport Business Internship.  Successful intern will be involved with marketing material, social media outreach, and client/customer feedback.  http://bit.ly/121X8Tb

Major League Ball (MLB) – Public Relations Winter/Spring Intern (NYC based). Applicant must be available January through May!  http://atmlb.com/RDb5nu

Dartmouth College Sports – Varsity Communications Intern (Jan 1 through June 30, 2012) http://bit.ly/11M8Fac

Strategic Communicators for College Athletics (CoSIDA) – Postgraduate opportunities with varying levels of experience.  Be careful to check dates:  http://bit.ly/VK7vYs

Is Graduate School in your plans?  Check out the following list of graduate programs available in the Sports field:  http://bit.ly/VK7yn7

National Football League (NFL) – Timing is everything! So plan ahead for whichever opportunity fits into your D-plan! Post-Grad Rotational Program and Summer Internships:  http://on.nfl.com/TMCH7O

Internships and FAQ: What to Do if You’re Asked about Academic Credit

 What do I do if an employer tells me that I need to be able to obtain ‘credit’ for an unpaid internship?

Academic credit is not available for an internship experience; however, you can ask Career Services to provide the employer with a  ‘Letter of Support,’ coupled with a letter from the Dean of Faculty, explaining that the college is supportive of the educational value of an internship. Oftentimes, this is sufficient for the employer.  If not, be sure to email Dartmouth Career Services at career.services@dartmouth.edu for further advice and strategy.

Should I disclose my disability to an employer? An Interview with Ward Newmeyer

There are several hundred students at Dartmouth who are bright, talented, capable and also have a disability. Deciding when, how and where to disclose a disability in a job search is a personal decision and can feel awkward. (I say this based on my own personal experience which I will share in a later post.)

In an attempt to answer common questions not often asked, Career Services has partnered with the office of Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to create a special series on how to tackle this issue.  I recently sat down with Ward Newmeyer, the Director of Student Accessibility Services to get suggestions on how to approach a disability during the job search process. Here are my questions and his paraphrased answers:

What is the formal definition of a disability?

As defined by the American’s with Disabilities Act,  “[d]isability means, with respect to the individual, a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual; a record of such an impairment; or being regarded as having such an impairment.”

When should a student disclose a disability?

For some people it would make sense to disclose a disability before an interview, for other people it would make sense not to disclose it until after a job offer is made, and for other people there might not be any particular reason to disclose it at all. There are a lot of variables that contribute to deciding whether to and when to reveal a disability, for example how the nature of the job matches up with the person’s disability circumstances or whether or not the reputation of the corporation is that it tends to embrace people with disabilities. The extent to which the disability may interface with the job may give students more incentive to bring it up earlier if, for example, you might need an accommodation to demonstrate how you perform an activity on the job.

Are there any benefits for the student about disclosing?

When applying for a job that is competitive, everybody looks for an angle to indicate how they would add some dimension that would be attractive to the employer and to show them that they are worthy of consideration even though there may be 20 other qualified people competing for the same job. And often times the experience of living with a disability in our society gives people some dimensions that others do not think about until we point it out to them. Therefore, there might be some advantage in saying something about how a person’s disability has given him or her some depth of perception and fresh perspective. Certain people with a disability have over time figured out creative ways to solve problems because they were unable to solve them in the standard ways, and that experience can be valuable to a lot of employers. However, a lot of people will not think of that angle about a disability because we live in a society that is always pointing out the negative aspects of having a disability and rarely pointing out the positives. This angle gives the prospective employee the opportunity to point out to the employer what they can bring to the workforce that other people who do not have that kind of experience cannot. Also, if a person’s on-paper record doesn’t seem so competitive, possibly due to disability-related reasons, revealing a disability might be important because it is the only way to explain away any problem they might have had with previous employment.

Bottom line: There is no clear answer. All different variables come into play when a person is deciding whether to reveal and when to reveal.

Are there any incentives for employers to hire candidates with disabilities?

Public employers, especially the Federal government, are often very encouraged to have a healthy, representative sample of people with disabilities among their workforce. So if they haven’t reached that, they may have some incentive to accept applicants with disabilities. Also, if a private sector employer is a federal contractor, they experience similar incentives. Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act is a part of a civil rights law that requires employers that contract with the Federal government to assure equal opportunity employment for people with disabilities.

Who can help me figure out when and how to disclose a disability?

The Student Accessibility Services office (SAS) can provide help with this, but it’s your call on where you want to start. If you don’t know where to go and feel uncomfortable, you may want to start by having a conversation with the staff and faculty who know you best. You can also get help from staff and faculty from your academic advisor to Career Services, The Academic Skills Center, Dick’s House, and the Undergraduate Advising Office.

One final piece of advice: Many people with disabilities have figured out creative ways to solve problems. Think through what the gifts of your disability are, and think through how to best articulate them. It is one of the jobs of the SAS office to make sure students are aware of all the variables to consider and think through so that students can weigh the pros and cons and come to their own decision.

Stay tuned for our next installment in this series: My disability, my strategy.