• Student Spotlight

    So you have a Hamline degree. Now what? The options abound. Hamline's reach extends far beyond campus. Throughout their four years, Pipers participate in internships in all fields and develop contacts at leading Twin Cities' businesses and nonprofit organizations. Many of these experiences lead to full-time work beyond college. Read up on the many CDC success stories and what recent graduates are up to now!

    Amy Scislow '16: Major: Accounting

     Scislow16I just finished up orientation in Florida to prepare to work at KPMG’s Minneapolis office as a first year audit associate. I also just learned I passed the remainder of my CPA exams!  

    The Career and Development Center played a key role in helping me develop my job search skills in order to land a job full of wonderful opportunities. Throughout my years at Hamline, I bounced from major to major, not sure where I would end up. With help from the CDC’s career assessment personality tests, I was steered in the right direction toward the business field. After discovering my interest in accounting, I needed to fine-tune my resume. The CDC helped me develop a resume that attracted a number of accounting firms, allowing me to interview with several different companies. However, before my interviews I was able to prepare for them with the CDC counselors who gave me great feedback and helped me obtain multiple job offers.  

    I highly recommend continuously working on building your resume as early as you can. Find leadership opportunities – whether they be seeking a promotion at your job or taking on a leadership role as a volunteer. In addition, keep pushing yourself and learning from your mistakes as you navigate through your job search. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to reach out to the CDC to help you achieve your career aspirations.  

    Dan Molitor '15: Major: Business Administration

    Dan Molitor 2  I was recently hired to be a Managed Services Representative at Sovos Compliance, and will start shortly after graduation. Similar to an account manager, I will get to apply my Hamline education while working 1 on 1 with clients. 

    The help I received from the CDC was crucial to finding a job before graduation. I found out about Sovos by attending the Minnesota Private Colleges Career Fair. Before attending the fair I worked with a CDC career counselor to help refine my interviewing skills and perfect my resume. Learning how to better describe my skills and experiences really made my resume pop. The CDC recommended uploading my resume to the fair's database so employers could see my information before the fair began.

    After posting my resume, I was fortunate enough to get a call from Sovos asking if they could interview me at the fair. Things moved quickly from there and after a few more interviews I was back in the CDC office asking for help on negotiating my new contract!

    My experience would have been very different If I did not utilize the services the CDC offers. Some of the best advice I can give to other students is to never be afraid to ask for help while looking for a job or internship. Whether it is a career counselor or a favorite professor, always be willing to utilize your network!

    Miiko Taylor '15: Major: Political Science 

    Miiko Taylor 2 I accepted a job offer at Target as an Executive Team Leader and will start a week after I graduate. An Executive Team Leader is like an Assistant Manager of a store. The Career Development Center (CDC) has helped me so much throughout my time at Hamline. My junior year, I took a J-term class called Piper to Professional which is taught by people from the CDC office. I learned so much about networking with people, having a great resume, and the importance of internships.   

    The skills I learned in the class helped me with the 4 internships I have done. On campus, I've been an Assistant Admission Counselor and a Student Coordinator for the Orientation and First Year Programs office.

    My senior year, I completed an international internship in Shanghai, China. I was a Development and Marketing Intern at Mandarin City Language School. When I came back to the United States, I started another internship at Grassroots Solution which is political consulting agency. I love it because it relates to my major.

    My internship experiences have been a great source of high impact learning and I have been able to grow professionally while growing my network here in the Twin Cities and abroad. The CDC invited Target to campus to do interviews. I had an on-campus interview and then had two interviews afterwards. I remember getting the phone call when I found out I got the job! I was so excited and it felt wonderful.

    I would say to anyone that they should do an internship. You learn so much about yourself and what type of work environment you would thrive in. There are also many paid internships if you know where to look. The CDC has great resources so don't wait until senior year to use them. I'm glad I had the help that I did. 

    Mike Porttiin '14: Major: Finance

    On December 22nd of last year I started at my position with TCF Bank in their Bank Secrecy Act compliance department after getting the job through the staffing agency Accountemps; just five days after I completed my last final in my collegiate career.  In my current position I use all of the writing, communication, and critical thinking skills I learned throughout my coursework in Finance to detect fraud, money laundering from illegal activities, and terrorist financing.

    The CDC was instrumental in preparing me for life after college graduation by giving me the tools to successfully promote myself to potential employers. During my last semester I visited the CDC on an almost weekly basis to help perfect my resume, LinkedIn profile, and to practice my interviewing skills. Having a professional looking resume and LinkedIn profile gives you the confidence in knowing that the hard work you put in during college is effectively portrayed to employers looking for candidates like you.

    My biggest piece of advice for current Hamline students is to take advantage of all the CDC has to offer. Taking advantage of the resume building handout, networking events, and LinkedIn profile workshops is time well invested for your professional career. Making connections with professionals in your desired industry, along with having a professional resume give you an advantage while looking for jobs after college.

    Cam Smith '14: Major: Finance

    Cameron SmithI recently accepted a job offer for the Financial Analyst Development Program at Polaris Industries. I completed an internship with them over this past summer and thoroughly enjoyed it. (I had a previous internship with Wells Fargo and realized it wasn’t for me). The internship experience at Polaris was extremely challenging and it encompassed much of what I’ve learned at Hamline, but a bit further in depth. I worked throughout the summer creating a financial model in Excel to predictably evaluate future business cases. I also did an analysis to find the profit impact that various current promotional programs have. Beyond that, I had the opportunity to interact with many upper level executives and develop numerous relationships with other finance professionals.

    The CDC played a great role in my success over the past few years. I went to the CDC my first semester at Hamline not knowing what I wanted, but simply looking for advice and guidance in aligning myself for a successful future. They immediately introduced me to the career website Hamline Career Link, as well as Piper Connect, the Hamline alumni network and got me started on a resume.

    My biggest piece of advice for other students looking to obtain internships/jobs is networking! After initially meeting with the CDC, I hopped on Piper Connect, as well as LinkedIn, and searched for Hamline alumni who were in careers that interested me. I started reaching out to as many as I could; letting them know I was a student at Hamline and I was interested in hearing their story and willing to take in any advice they had to offer. After that, I sat down and met with many of them for coffee. I gained knowledge on specific careers from some of them, received inquiries for jobs/internships from others, but all of them were at the very least willing to help. It can be difficult to get a job from submitting your resume online when you don’t have a personal connection to an organization. But by reaching out to alumni, you can establish that personal connection with a company that can help you get your resume looked at more seriously and can lead to more interviews in your job or internship search.

    Claire Walling '13: Major/Minor: Communication Studies, Religion, Psychology

    Claire Walling headshotI've got a job as a staff writer for Exhibitor magazine right after the graduation. Exhibitor is a trade magazine, or “B2B” in industry lingo, meaning that you won’t find it on a newsstand but the format is largely the same. I’ll be spending most of my time researching, writing, and editing—skills that I’ve learned through my three prior internships. Finding the job was part networking and part luck. It took nearly three months from when I first applied until I was offered the job, and the process included two interviews—one that was four hours long—writing tests, an editing test, and participating in a mock staff brainstorming meeting.

    The CDC was there to help me come up with LEAD goals to make the most out of each internship experience. I also did a practice interview a few weeks before my final-round interview; it really helped to have someone point out strengths and not just weaknesses.

    Internships typically build on one another; skills you learned during one internship can be refined during the next. I’d recommend doing more than one internship if at all possible. The magazine industry is very competitive so having tangible evidence of what I can do helped me to stand out in the application process. This might sound cliché, but networking can happen when you least expect it to. Beyond that, take advantage of your time in college to explore potential career areas and get as much experience as you can.