Career Services: The Wilson School’s Best Kept Secret
What’s one of my favorite things about attending a small graduate school program? The personalized career services experience. It’s important to me to have one-on-one guidance when figuring out what to do after grad school, and the Woodrow Wilson School has exceeded my expectations in every way. The week we arrived at Princeton, students had meetings with the two Career Services directors, Ann Corwin and Cherena Walker, to get to know them. We didn’t have to wait weeks to meet a director to ask questions about our internship searches. Ann and Cherena’s doors are always open, and their accessibility is indispensible to students. They know each of us well, and they help put us in touch with alumni who are working in our fields of interests.
Ann has worked at the Woodrow Wilson School for 39 years this April Fool’s Day, and she is a walking encyclopedia of alumni. Mention her name in any email sent to an alumnus, and you will receive a response within hours. When I began my internship search last fall, I was shocked with how helpful and responsive alumni were, and they all told me to send Ann their regards.
During the first few weeks of school, Cherena hosted a resume boot camp to kickstart our internship searches and whip our resumes into shape. Throughout the year, she organizes a variety of career development workshops on topics like public speaking, networking, interviewing, and communications skills. Cherena’s workshops hone professional skills that will help students with their job searches, and they aren’t something you want to miss.
In addition to Princeton’s individualized approach to career development, the school generously provides financial support for summer internships and travel reimbursements for interviews. We receive funding for airfare and living expenses for the summer, and we can also apply for a $1000 budget for summer language study programs to complement our internships. Although internships help students receive work experience in their areas of interest, the costs of these experiences can be prohibitive. I don’t know of any other program that is as generous with summer funding to all students as Princeton.
In short, why should you conduct your future job search at Princeton? The Woodrow Wilson School offers a personalized career services experience for all students. We have access to two career services professionals who take personal interest in our internship and job searches. We have opportunities to attend career development workshops, access to a tight alumni network, and financial support for summer internships. Moreover, Princeton is located between New York and DC – the two epicenters of policy. I am grateful to have so many resources at my disposal to prepare for my job search next year.
Article written by Alex Utsey
As a native South Carolinian, Alex will miss sweet tea and Southern cuisine while at the Woodrow Wilson School. At Washington & Lee University, she developed a passion for politics that extended from the classroom to serving on the Executive Committee of the Student Body to interning in Washington, DC. After graduating with a BA in Politics in 2009, she joined the Republican and Staff of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations as an aide to the Ranking Member, Senator Richard G. Lugar. On the Committee, she worked primarily on public diplomacy and the China portfolio focusing on US-China economic and security relations. After her first trip to China, she fell in love with the country and its culture, especially its art and cuisine. While in DC, she also became fascinated by the nexus between foreign policy and technology, specifically regarding smart power security strategies and international development. She looks forward to learning more about China and technology issues at the Woodrow Wilson School. Outside of the classroom, Alex enjoys running, live music, and art.