CAREER BLITZ: Communication

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1. Editorial Assistant – Random House Children’s Group – POST-GRAD

2. Public Relations (Human Rights) – The Raben Group

3. Widemeyer Communications Fellowship (4 mos.) POST-GRAD

4. Ed Bradley Scholarship $$$$– Journalism

5. Editorial INTERN (Paid) – SHEfinds.com

6. Public Relations Assistant – Scott Circle Communications – POST-GRAD

7. Middlebury Fellowships – Environmental Journalism

8. Empowered Media Strategies – Progressive/LGBT causes – Digital INTERN

9. Boston Short Film Competition

10. Editorial Fellow – Politics – HuffPost – POST-GRAD

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1.Editorial Assistant – Random House Children’s Group – POST-GRAD (NY):

Assist an Associate Publishing Director and Senior Editor with daily editorial activities, including proposal/manuscript screening and project follow-up. Provides administrative and clerical support to both supervisors. Additionally, s/he acts as a liaison between authors, agents and different departments within the company.   http://careers.randomhouse.com/wms/bmhr/index.php?fl_randomhouse=1#

2. Public Relations (Human Rights) – The Raben Group (DC or L.A.)

Raben Group provides policy development, direct lobbying, coalition building, grass-tops campaigns, political counsel and strategic communications to clients in the corporate, nonprofit, foundation and government sectors. Work directly with staff conducting policy and coalition research. Track pertinent legislation. Work with staff to help plan and implement congressional, coalition and press events.
http://www.rabengroup.com/careers

3. Widemeyer Communications Fellowship  (4 mos.) POST-GRAD:

Obtain experience in public affairs and public relations.  Fellowships are available in the following practice groups PreK-12, Higher Education, Public Affairs, Health and Wellness, and Creative/Digital.Media
http://www.widmeyer.com/fellowship-program

4. Ed Bradley Scholarship $$$$– Journalism:

Created by the late CBS News and 60 Minutes correspondent, for a college student intent on a career in electronic journalism.
http://www.rtdna.org/content/ed_bradley_scholarship  Deadline:  MAY 31

5. Editorial INTERN (Paid) – SHEfinds.com:

Popular fashion and shopping blog is seeking full or part-time intern for Summer. Strong writing skills, a penchant for online shopping, and a true interest in digital media. Should be able to turn around engaging copy, come up with great ideas and execute them swiftly. Writing experience and attention to detail a must; knowledge of WordPress/ HTML/CMS a major plus. E-mail justine@shefinds.com with your resume and cover letter. No calls please. http://www.shefinds.com

6. Public Relations Assistant – Scott Circle Communications – POST-GRAD (DC)

Scott Circle Communications works with a variety of clients including arts organizations, non-profits and corporations. Looking for someone who is a news junkie and also highly professional.  Manage administrative tasks for four person team.  Maintain and create media lists and editorial calendars. Maintain and create media clips Database management. Research. Assist with event planning Write and edit media materials. Internships in public relations are a requirement.
http://www.scottcircle.com/about/jobs.php

7. Middlebury Fellowships in Environmental Journalism:

New program will annually select 10 young journalists and work with them to report and produce news stories for print, the internet and radio. Fellows receive $10,000 for research expenses and participate in week-long residencies at Middlebury College in the fall and at Monterey Institute of International Studies in the spring. http://www.middlebury.edu/sustainability/fech/fellowships
Deadline: May 15.

8. Empowered Media Strategies – progressive/LGBT causes – Digital INTERN (DC):

Empowered Media Strategies is known for its work with the It Gets Better Project and affiliated with Bully Pulpit Interactive. Seeking college junior or senior in DC who can work min. 15 hours with at least 2 days a week in the office and some work from home on off days. Interest in LGBT advocacy and other progressive causes. Willingness to take on exciting tasks (craft communications seen by hundreds of thousands) and the sometimes less glamorous ones (data input, admin work).  $10/hour with overtime   http://www.empoweredmediastrategies.com/intern-posting
Deadline: Rolling, BUT APPLY ASAP

9. Boston Short Film Competition:

Filming and producing a TV pilot called Uncut in and around Boston.  Need teams of filmmakers that will compete in making the best short film. Each team will consist of a team captain and 3-4 other members. Team captains must have an experienced background in making shorts or films. Having access to your own equipment is a huge plus.  The entire team must be willing to commit 6-10 hours in one day this spring (TBD).  Contact: Pat Burke, Patrick.Burke.J@gmail.com
http://www.newenglandfilm.com/node/43613

10. Editorial Fellow – Politics – HuffPost – POST-GRAD (4-6 mos.) (DC):

The Huffington Post is a Pulitzer Prize-winning source of breaking news, features, and entertainment, as well as a highly engaged community for opinion and conversation. Writing headlines, packaging stories and video content – Monitoring breaking news and identifying viral stories – Working in a fast-paced environment with the team responsible for running the Politics page and social media operation – Pitch and produce shareable content for a social media audience.  The Fellowship is a paid program that HuffPost uses to identify potential full-time hires.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jobs/

CAREER BLITZ: Education

education-150x150TOPICS INCLUDE:

  1. Arizona Teaching Fellows are now accepting applications for our Summer 2013 program!  The FINAL deadline has been extended to April 29.
  2. Achievement First Teachers-in-Residence – Start Date:  July 2013.
  3. The Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL)Teacher Residency Program and/or Staff positions
  4. The National School Climate Certification
  5. Tutor Clearinghouse/Academic Skills Center @ Dartmouth:
  6. What Can I Do With my Teacher Education Program?
  7. School Spring has many Summer Opportunities all over the USA
  8. Program Support Intern for TNTP AmeriCorps (Summer 2013)

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  1. Arizona Teaching Fellows are now accepting applications for our Summer 2013 program!  The FINAL application deadline has been extended to April 29. Apply and interview as soon as possible to secure your candidacy. http://bit.ly/14PtgPl
  2. Achievement First – Start Date:  July 2013.  Teachers-in-Residence are exposed to best practices in education reform, gain hands-on experience in the classroom assisting teachers and learn about the administration of a high-performing charter school. http://bit.ly/144Zq8B
  3. The Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL)Teacher Residency Program and/or Staff positions – is a non-profit organization that improves student achievement in Chicago’s chronically failing schools through a disciplined turnaround process, built on a foundation of specially-trained AUSL teachers. There are a variety of ways to work with AUSL in providing real change for the children of Chicago.  http://bit.ly/12IcMET
  4. The National School Climate Certification is an advanced educational credential that complements, but does not replace, a State’s teacher/administrator license. http://bit.ly/XWWJS0
  5. Tutor Clearinghouse/Academic Skills Center @ Dartmouth:  accepts applications year round.  Great way to help our fellow students and get some extra practice in the subjects you know well.  http://bit.ly/13uNVTQ
  6. What Can I Do With my Teacher Education Program?  Here’s a great site which outlines all the different roles within an educational environment. Not every person is a “classroom teacher”:  http://bit.ly/12IcRIV
  7. School Spring has many Summer Opportunities all over the USA – the Employment source for Educators.  Check out the result of this search:   http://bit.ly/17SV7da
  8. Program Support Intern for TNTP AmeriCorps (Summer 2013) – Part-time for 30-35 hours/week from June through August, supporting the Teaching Fellows Program. http://bit.ly/11kAUdU

For more information on a career in Education:  http://bit.ly/TlTP85

To make an appointment with a Career Advisor call:  603-646-2215

CAREER BLITZ: Arts

Arts-copy2-150x150TOPICS INCLUDE:

  1. Hachette Book Group. Editorial Assistant (ENTRY LEVEL).
  2. Forbes Media. Advertising Operations Coordinator (ENTRY LEVEL).
  3. Time Inc. Assistant to the Publisher, People Magazine. (ENTRY LEVEL)
  4. NBC Entertainment. Production Assistant.(ENTRY LEVEL)
  5. The Gersh Agency. Agent’s Assistant, Theatre.(ENTRY LEVEL)
  6. Fancy. Summer 2013 Business Development & Operations Intern. Paid.
  7. Creative Q&A: Mary Tai, Sesame Workshop (VIRTUAL EVENT). Mon, May 6, 6:30 PM EDT.
  8. Fusion – ABC/Univision Joint Venture: (Many positions)

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  1. Hachette Book Group. Editorial Assistant (ENTRY LEVEL). Hachette Book Group is a leading trade publisher in the U.S. and a division of Hachette Livre, the second-largest trade and educational publisher in the world. One of their subdivisions, Little, Brown and Company, is looking for an Editorial Assistant to provide editorial and administrative support to the VP and Editorial Director. This role will focus on nonfiction titles (history, biography, current events). http://bit.ly/YQcAit
  2. Forbes Media. Advertising Operations Coordinator (ENTRY LEVEL). Forbes is among the most trusted resources for senior business executives, providing them the real-time reporting, uncompromising commentary, concise analysis, relevant tools, and community they need to succeed at work, profit from investing, and have fun with the rewards of winning. They are looking for a digital media enthusiast to fill an exciting role as an Advertising Operations Coordinator, who will ensure the flawless execution of Forbes’s digital media advertising campaigns. http://bit.ly/11PglFr
  3. Time Inc. Assistant to the Publisher, People Magazine. (ENTRY LEVEL) Time Warner Inc., a global leader in media and entertainment with businesses in television, film, and publishing, uses its industry-leading operating scale and brands to create, package, and deliver high-quality content worldwide. The Assistant to the Publisher of People will be responsible for managing the day-to-day schedule and all administrative functions of the Publisher, as well as those of the Associate Publisher of Digital Ad Sales for People.com. http://bit.ly/ZMSqWU
  4. NBC Entertainment. Production Assistant.(ENTRY LEVEL) NBC Universal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. They are seeking a Production Assistant to book travel accommodations, assist on set for shoots, research upcoming guest segments, coordinate interns, and perform other ad-hoc duties as outlined by the Manager. Additional responsibilities will entail reception duties, office management, and facilities and operation contact. http://bit.ly/ZqVRak
  5. The Gersh Agency. Agent’s Assistant, Theatre.(ENTRY LEVEL) The Gersh Agency, a bi-coastal literary and talent agency, is seeking a full-time assistant with strong industry knowledge and experience. The open position is in the Theatre department and begins immediately. In addition to basic administrative duties, this job entails contract and payment tracking, heavy phone volume, maintaining up-to-date script submission records, and some attendance at theatre events and performances. The ideal candidate thrives in a fast-paced environment, can multitask, and is eager to be an active team player in the department. http://bit.ly/12I8Xjc
  6. Fancy. Summer 2013 Business Development & Operations Intern. Paid. Fancy is part store, blog, magazine, and wish list. More than 4 million people around the world use Fancy to discover, collect, and buy from a crowd-curated catalog of amazing goods, wonderful places, and great stores. They are looking for an organized and energetic Business Development & Operations Intern to join their growing team. In this position, you will support various Fancy partnerships, marketing initiatives, and operational projects. http://bit.ly/10doouq
  7. Creative Q&A: Mary Tai, Sesame Workshop (VIRTUAL EVENT). Mon, May 6, 6:30 PM EDT. If you’ve ever wondered how children around the world get to Sesame Street, meet Mary Tai. As a Senior Producer at Sesame Workshop, Mary oversees the creative and production activities for Sesame Street co-productions in China, Indonesia, and Bangladesh, with past work on projects in Brazil, Tanzania, Kosovo, and many other countries. Hear Mary’s story of how she arrived at Sesame Workshop and ask her your questions at our next Creative Q&A, presented live, free, and straight-to-your-computer. Click here to register now:  http://bit.ly/11kvfok
  8. Fusion – ABC/Univision Joint Venture: (Many positions) ABC News and Univision News have formed a far-reaching, multiplatform joint venture designed to inform, empower and inspire Hispanic Americans in English while providing all audiences with uncompromising coverage of current events with a unique perspective. The landmark venture capitalizes on Univision’s expertise in reaching U.S. Hispanics and ABC’s global news leadership to serve over 50 million Hispanics, the youngest and fastest growing demographic in the U.S.  Check out the employment opportunities on LinkedIn:  http://linkd.in/15H79dm

For more information on careers in the Arts:  http://bit.ly/11PhtZP

To make an appointment with a Career Advisor:  call 603-646-2215.

 

 

CAREER BLITZ: International

You are receiving this e-mail because you selected ‘INTERNATIONAL’ as an interest in your DartBoard profile…..

TOPICS INCLUDE:International

1. International Development Funding $$ – The Show Me Campaign Fellowship
2. National Democratic Institute – INTERN/Project Assistant: Central and Eastern Europe
3. National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) – Strategic Asia INTERNSHIPS
4. Latin America – School for Field Studies – Spanish Bilingual Student Affairs Managers – POST-GRAD
5. L’Oreal – Communications, Finance, Sales & Marketing INTERNSHIPS Worldwide
6. Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Program Assistant – Vital Voices – POST-GRAD
7. Program Assistant, Middle East & North Africa – Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) – POST-GRAD

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1. International Development Funding $$ – The Show Me Campaign Fellowship:
The Fellowship offers $3,000 to college students who have unpaid internships during the summer of 2013 in  International development, specifically eradicating global poverty. Students must be enrolled at an accredited college or university in the spring of 2013, have a predetermined unpaid internship with a registered 501(c)3 organization and be a United States citizen. Fellows document their experiences over the course of the summer on the Show Me Fellows blog.   Apply today! Download an application to get started. DEADLINE:  MAY 8

2. National Democratic Institute – Intern/Project Assistant (Central and Eastern Europe):
Provide programmatic and administrative support to the regional Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) team.  Duties include research, gathering reports on news international sources, drafting memos, preparing program briefing materials.  Paid. https://ndi.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.dspjob&jobid=217555&company_id=15851&version=1&jobBoardId=1112                  DEADLINE:  MAY 1 

3. National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) – Strategic Asia Internships  (Seattle, WA):
NBR conducts advanced independent research on strategic, political, economic, globalization, health, and energy issues affecting U.S. relations with Asia. NBR disseminates its research through briefings, publications, conferences, Congressional testimony, and email forums, and by collaborating with leading institutions worldwide.  http://www.nbr.org/About/openings.aspx#StrategicAsia

4. Latin America – School for Field Studies – Spanish Bilingual Student Affairs Managers – POST-GRAD:
Committed to environmental stewardship, SFS creates transformative study abroad experiences through field-based learning and research. Its educational programs explore the human and ecological dimensions of the complex environmental problems faced by local partners. The Student Affairs Manager (SAM) (Costa Rica-12 mos. & Panama 4 mos.) focuses on student orientation and support, community building, safety & risk management and community outreach.
http://fieldstudies.catsone.com/careers/?portal
(also see Post-grad Internships – Australia and Panama)

5. L’Oreal – Communications, Finance, Sales & Marketing INTERNSHIPS Worldwide:
L’Oreal has a portfolio of international brands in the cosmetics industry, covering 130 countries.
https://careers.peopleclick.com/careerscp/client_thebodyshop/loreal_ext/search.do

6. Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Program Assistant – Vital Voices – POST-GRAD: Vital Voices Global Partnership is a non-governmental organization that identifies, invests in and brings visibility to extraordinary women around the world by unleashing their leadership potential to transform lives and accelerate peace and prosperity in their communities. Program Assistant will provide administrative, logistical, communications, and programmatic support for the development, execution, and follow-up of LAC programs. http://www.vitalvoices.org/get-involved/careers/jobs/program-assistant-latin-america-and-caribbean

7. Program Assistant, Middle East & North Africa – Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) – POST-GRAD:
CIPE strengthens democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. CIPE is one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy. The Program Assistant provides administrative, coordination, and writing/research support for CIPE’s programs for the MENA region.
http://www.cipe.org/content/opportunities-careers#MENA

*ALSO, see INTERNATIONAL career link at http://www.dartmouth.edu/~csrc/explore/careers/intl.html

Stats on Job Hunting (& Why Networking is Important)

If you’re heading out into the full-time job market, this infographic provides a quick overview of why networking — and informational interviews — are so important. If you’d like to learn some new networking strategies, sign up for our LinkedIn workshop series on April 30 and May 7th. Learn more about these and other programs from our website — and please stop by for a Drop-In meeting with a career advisor, available Monday through Friday, 1:30 to 4:00 pm in Career Services.

Infographic courtesy of InterviewSuccessFormula.

Alumni Conversations: Greg Clow ’81, Editor at Top-Ten-Apps.com

 

Position: Editor at Top-Ten-Apps.com,  an iPhone app discovery email newsletter

Short description of what you do: I work on web development, app discovery and review, social network integration, analytics, email marketing, creative direction, art direction, and copywriting.

Degree at Dartmouth: Visual studies

1. Did you pursue any further education or training?

I took night classes from a San Francisco-based advertising school. All other training was done on the job.

2. Describe the path from your time at Dartmouth to your current activity.

I went from working in advertising in New York to advertising in Boston, and then I moved on to San Francisco. Eventually I moved from advertising to online marketing.

3. What activities/groups/events did you participate in while on campus?

I was a member of the squash team and Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. I also skiied, worked on the snow sculpture design for Winter Carnival in 1980, designed Dartmouth Film Society posters, participated in the New England Art Show, and designed the Winter Carnival poster for four years. 

4. How do you translate your Dartmouth education and/or major to your career?

All my coworkers went to art school and had a four to six-year head start on me…. That was a sobering realization. However, in the field of creative advertising, the ability to call on my liberal arts background, and to reference pieces of societal and historical information that my colleagues did not have, helped a great deal. I also found it far easier to present ideas to business leaders because I was relating to them on a level playing field.

5. Do you have any advice for current students who are interested in the arts, both academically and personally? 

As I see it, there are three directions to take after Dartmouth as an artist:

1) You have the means, or a benefactor, with which to follow your creativity unencumbered by the necessity of income,

2) You choose a second career, and creating visual art becomes a second career or hobby, or

3) You go into marketing or advertising.

I chose the third path. As a piece of advice to artists in today’s digital world: Today it is so easy for non-artists to create beautiful things, that the fruits of our labor have become commodities. Photographers know this best. While the few truly great in the industry welcome the competition and claim that it will just “up the game,” for those just entering the field, the competition to just get a start is daunting. Why pay a professional photographer when I can just use my iPhone? Why hire an artist to create the art for a billboard when I can use Photoshop and stock photography at a fraction of the cost?

The smart way forward for today’s graduate is to find a way to use digital capabilities to expand the touch of your creativity — printmakers learned this. Make an engraving once, make a hundred prints, number them and sell them. One piece of art and a hundred copies = greater income and greater exposure. Today’s graduate has to look to multipliers in order to make an impact.

Leave Term Housing Resources (Check ’em out at the CPD)

Finally landed that summer internship but now wondering how to go about finding a place to live?

Come into the Center for Professional Development Office, located at 63 S. Main (2nd floor of the Bank of America building), and check out our housing binder for your all-inclusive guide to securing rental housing for your leave and/or summer term. The binder includes everything from approximate housing costs to the types of housing to consider to suggestions about how to find a roommate. It will also provide you with useful tips and resources for securing housing in specific cities and locations, including information on renting apartments abroad.

If your summer plans will bring you to New York City or Boston, make sure you check out options that will allow you to lease space without paying a broker’s fee. One website that provides this information is Educational Housing Services; but you can find other good resources in our office.

Don’t forget to reach out to family, friends, and alumni in your search for apartment rentals as well. Never hurts to say, “Hey, you were in Boston last summer? Where did you live and how did you find your place?”

Career Blitz: Not-for-Profit & Careers for the Common Good

  1. Boston Harbor Island Alliance – Development Intern (Summer 2013), Boston, MA
  2. Do Something – Intern (Summer 2013), New York, NY
  3. Echoing Green – Knowledge Management Intern, New York, NY
  4. Education Pioneers – Summer Internship Program (April 17 Deadline), Oakland, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Memphis, New Orleans, and DC
  5. Endeavor – International Expansion Undergraduate Summer Program (Summer 2013), New York, NY
  6. Island Fellows – 2 Year Postgrad Fellowship (April 26 Deadline) Maine
  7. Lost in Service: Careers Promoting the Greater Good – Program (Monday April 15, 7:00 PM) B03 Moore Hall (Across from Filene Auditorium)
  8. Skoll Foundation – History of Social Entrepreneurship, Resource
  9. Top 50 Nonprofits to Work for in 2013 – Resource, Nationwide Directory
  10. United States Fund for Unicef – Proposal Development Intern (Summer 2013), New York, NY

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Boston Harbor Island Alliance – Development Intern, Summer 2013, Boston, MA
Assist the Director of Individual Giving in fundraising and development activities, specifically supporting an expanding membership program.
http://bit.ly/17vHMdo

Do Something – Intern, Summer 2013, New York, NY
DoSomething.org, an organization helping teens facilitate social change, seeks paid interns for positions including fundraising, IT, finance, HR and social media.
http://dsorg.us/16SuPcl

Echoing Green – Knowledge Management Intern, New York, NY
Echoing Green is growing as a data-driven organization, and has invested in both systems and talent to help the organization in this effort. The 2013 Knowledge Management Intern will work closely with Echoing Green’s Senior Associate for Knowledge Management on two projects
http://bit.ly/10QYxdM

Education Pioneers – Summer Internship Program (April 17 Deadline), Oakland, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Memphis, New Orleans, and Washington, CA, MA, IL, TX, TN, LA, D.C.
Gain first-hand experience working for a rapidly growing national nonprofit designed to provide the best and the brightest with an entry-point into education careers.
http://bit.ly/YiiEjy

Endeavor – International Expansion Undergraduate Summer Program, Summer 2013, New York, NY
Help an award-winning nonprofit that supports entrepreneurial initiatives in high growth markets. To date, Endeavor entrepreneurs have created over 200,000 jobs and generated more than $5B in revenue. Help the organization launch new offices around the world.
http://bit.ly/17vHXFK

Island Fellows – 2 Year Postgrad Fellowship (April 26 Deadline), Maine
Build sustainability of Maine’s island and working waterfront communities.  Island Fellows have assisted with topics ranging from public health and affordable housing to curriculum development and sustainable agriculture.
http://bit.ly/17vHXFK

Lost in Service: Careers Promoting the Greater Good – Program, Monday April 15, 7:00 PM, B03 Moore Hall (Across from Filene Auditorium)
Four accomplished professionals from the fields of education, entrepreneurship, and non-profit discuss how they turned their passion for serving others into meaningful, life-long careers. Sponsored by the Rotoract Club and Career Services.
http://on.fb.me/170Z4fs

Skoll Foundation – source
Video on the history of social entrepreneurship
http://bit.ly/Ze5Z0z

Top 50 Nonprofits to Work for in 2013 – Resource, Nationwide
Non-Profit Times review of top 50 organizations to work for based on factors including benefits, employment practices, and employer reviews.
http://bit.ly/1114PrK

United States Fund for Unicef – Proposal Development Summer Intern, New York, NY
Conduct research and assist in proposal and report development for UNICEF programs.
http://bit.ly/170ZBhk

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

To schedule an appointment with a Career Advisor, call 6-2215.

 

Alumni Stories: Noel Danforth ’85 on Working as an Independent Graphic Designer

Position: Principal, Gold Star Studios/Independent Graphic Design Professional 

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Description of what you do: I am a graphic designer. I use visual communication (design) skills to design and develop a broad range of materials for my clients. You can see some of my work on my website: www.goldstarstudios.com

Major at Dartmouth:
 French

What is most satisfying about your current work? 
Being fulfilled by what I do each day. Design exposes you to so many of life’s currents and allows you to use your intuition to explore.  I have variously fallen in love with different aspects of my design practice: form, color, typography, layout, my tools and my current obsession—my camera. I’ve been exploring the idea of seeing and perspective through the camera lens.  

The beauty of a career in design is that there are so many possibilities and if you like learning (most liberal arts students do) it’s a great field as it is continues to evolve and there are always new things to learn. When I started my career in graphic design the computer was a relatively new tool for designers; with the computer and of course the web, many new areas of design practice have been born. 

What’s the best way to enter your field? Any essential elements of preparation? 
There are various ways to obtain the background you need to be a designer and it’s a multifaceted field with many specializations. My advice is to research what type of design you’d ultimately like to practice and to have that information direct your educational path. Pick a school and culture that aligns with your goals. The traditional path is to attend a BFA or MFA program. Ultimately an MFA is the best route if you’d like to teach design. 

When I started looking into a career in design, I was initially disheartened as it seemed the best approach was a BFA and that I had, in a sense, “missed the boat” and an MFA seemed beyond my reach not having any background in design nor a portfolio. After researching the possibilities open to me and considering school locations, finances and work prospects I decided to take a less traditional path. I attended the Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s graphic design certificate program, an evening program, and gained work experience by day. Before entering the program I took design courses to see if pursuing design studies was something I really wanted, and I was able to build a portfolio to gain entrance. A portfolio allows potential employers/design schools to assess your design skills.  It is a reflection of you and your work, and a good portfolio is a necessity when you start looking for work or are seeking to gain admission to a design program.

What advice would you give to others seeking opportunities in graphic design?
For exploring the field I recommend taking courses in design at an art college. This will expose you to the design skills you need to develop, the culture of art schools, and allow you to start building a portfolio. Once you have developed a portfolio you can apply to a design program and/or start looking for work. Personally I found attending an evening program and gaining work experience simultaneously to be very rewarding; I was able to immediately put my new skills into practice. Design is about practice, the more you do the better you get.

Can you tell us about your experiences in different work environments as a graphic designer? Which has been your favorite?
I have worked in-house for educational institutions, financial services companies, a medium-sized design firm, and an in-house advertising agency. I enjoyed all these experiences to different degrees and I learned something from each environment. One distinction often made in the design world is working in-house as opposed to working independently or as a freelancer. All have their advantages; for me it comes down to personal preference and that can change over the course of your career. Having this varied background is what allowed me to start my own practice. It enabled me to broaden the scope of my portfolio and develop a network for future work opportunities. Running my own small practice suits me now and is my current favorite.

How would you recommend students who are interested in freelancing get into the field?
A freelance design career is something that develops over time and doing good work is the best marketing tool. If your work is good, clients will become repeat customers and new clients will seek you out. To start out you must be armed with a strong portfolio then you can either introduce yourself to prospective clients/employers or seek out an agency that specializes in connecting employers with temporary design help. This latter approach is an excellent way to see different work environments and to explore what type of work you might enjoy as a practice long-term. 

What do you do to keep your practice/perspective fresh and evolving?
I enjoy experimenting in different media; this gets me away from my computer and allows me to access different thought pathways for problem solving. I believe design is about keeping open and developing a keen eye. Also, I find it important to remind myself in a more tactile way why I love what I do. Picking up another media and working with color, shape and texture in an intuitive way helps me to connect to less directed problem-solving. Whether it’s drawing, painting, sewing, or beading, I love to work in a way that allows more freedom for my intuition to connect with an unconscious flow. We all carry ideas around that sometimes need a little coaxing into the light.

How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?
Dartmouth’s dedication to undergraduate liberal arts is legend, the broad spectrum and depth of course offerings allows students many lens on the world. Design is a big picture field, it’s everywhere and in everything, the more of the world you understand the better you will be at your practice. Though my design skills are essential to my practice the underlying skills are from the liberal arts: having a broad knowledge-base from sciences to languages, the ability to problem solve and communicate clearly, having curiosity and discipline, and a love of learning. Dartmouth serves these up in spades.