• 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!

    Rachel Olson ‘19
    Major: Chemistry

    Rachel OlsonThis past semester, I worked as an intern at the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in the trace evidence lab. I worked on projects which focused on shoe casts, adhesives, and paint chips. This was one of the best experiences I have had at Hamline thus far, and I am so grateful for everything I learned in my time there.  

    Before I applied, I met with a past forensic toxicologist who is a Hamline alum, who I found through the CDC’s Piper Connect. She told me about this opportunity and gave me a lot of advice about further education, classes to take, and other opportunities in MN.  

    When I decided to apply for this position, I made an appointment with the CDC to go over my resume and cover letter. Before the appointment, I was very self-conscious of my materials. I knew they could be better, but I wasn’t sure how to improve them. I left the appointment with a long list of improvements to make! I emailed them again with my updated versions and received even more feedback. After hours spent on these documents, I was very confident in what I turned in.  

    I ran into the same counselor on campus a week later and asked her for advice on when to follow-up with the hiring team. Although I didn’t have a meeting, she was willing to chat with me about the position and what my next steps were.  

    Throughout my time at the BCA, I learned a lot about the forensic science field and I am more confident in the hiring process. My advice to other students would be to not be afraid to seek out help! I wasn’t aware of how much I didn’t know about this process until I met with the CDC. Also, when preparing these documents, don’t disregard relevant experience that isn’t something you are paid for. For example, I am the Forensic Science Society president and before my meeting with the career counselor, I didn’t focus on this in my cover letter. I only spoke about the research I conducted, since that was a paid position, but both deserve to be recognized. Finally, be yourself in the interviews!! I was so excited to have the opportunity to interview with the BCA and they loved the energy and passion I showed for this field.  

    On my last day, they mentioned hiring me as a student worker in the drug chemistry lab. Currently, they are in the process of opening this position up for the summer. Without all the help I received throughout the application process, none of this would have been possible.  

    Hanna Bubser ‘19
    Major: English, Minor: Digital Media Arts

    Hanna Bubser  The Career Development Center was essential in setting up my LEAP credit for my on-campus job. I wasn't sure if my work at the admission house would qualify, but the CDC walked me through everything step by step so that I knew exactly what was going on and what was expected of me.  

    I have had two "internship" experiences during my Hamline career. The first one I found on my own, and it is over at Minnesota Public Radio with the music station called The Current. For two years, I provided online content to their blog. This included reviewing concerts, conducting interviews, and more. My second experience, which I registered through the Career Development Center, is at the Undergraduate Admission House here at Hamline. I am an Assistant Admission Counselor, which means I meet one-on-one with students, organize and execute outreach projects, and pretty much anything else you could imagine happening in an admission setting. 

    Through the CDC, I was able to get my LEAP credit my first semester of having this job. This was great for me, because that meant that everything for my LEAP credit could take place right on campus. I absolutely love my job, so it felt wonderful to be recognized for everything I do there by obtaining college credit for it.  

    Evelyn Baker ‘19
    Major: Marketing

    Evelyn Baker  From start to finish, the Career Development Center was incredibly helpful. Throughout my experience at Hamline, I have often visited the CDC in regards to resume building, interview help, and job searching. As a freshman, the CDC helped me build my resume despite me having very little experience. In addition, I was given excellent feedback during the Practice Interview Program which I participated in both my freshman and sophomore years. The online platform, Career Link is another excellent resource the CDC offers. Career Link has a number of great internships and jobs.  

    Last summer, I was granted the opportunity to intern with PMG Inc. as their Sales Intern. My internship revolved around utilizing Salesforce to conduct market research. My internship experience was critical to me learning and growing as a young professional in the marketing field. I was given real, hands-on experience that has lead me to discovering more of my interests and capabilities. I am very thankful for my internship experience! If I could give students advice, I would advise them to keep an open mind when looking for an internship and at their internships. Internships provide excellent experience in ways we don't always notice and even a little meeting can provide some excellent critical thinking skills.  

    Madison Nowling ‘18
    Major: Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience

    madison NowlingThe Career Development Center was incredibly helpful with resume and cover letter assistance for both of my internships. Highly recommend utilizing the variety of services offered!  

    Harrell Mathieu ‘18
    Major: Criminology/Criminal Justice Studies

    The CDC is an amazing resource that should be utilized to its fullest. Being a first generation college graduate, I did not have access to the vast amount of information the CDC had at its disposal. They helped me with everything linked, resume, cover letters, memos you name it.  

    How do you use your undergraduate training/experience currently?
    I use it in almost every setting possible. I truly can't think of an environment where some portion of my college education isn't valuable. You'll be surprised how operational your knowledge will be.  

    What advice do you have for current students as they decide what they want their next steps to be (internships/careers/etc.)?
    Don't be afraid to ask for help. Utilize the resources Hamline provides(professors, events, therapy, clubs, CDC, etc.) On the more individual level, find your passion! Make sure you're doing something that fulfills you. Let your passion and love drive your interests. Be brave, take risks, and keep an open mind. I personally fall a little on the extreme side, I like to think what am I willing to give for my passion. I usually measure passion through the quote "find what you love and let it kill you".  

    Gunner Drossel ‘17
    Major: Biology (BS); Psychology (BA)

     When you were an undergraduate student, what were your plans after graduation? How have these plans changed (if at all)?
    Gunner DrosselUp until the Fall semester of my senior year, I had planned to apply to medical school. I even got so far as taking the MCAT and beginning the application process. It was around then that I met shadowed some current medical students and from discussions with them that I decided that graduate school would be more fitting for my current interests and future plans. Thus, I signed up to take the GRE and applied for graduate school instead. However, as responses came back, I was not accepted into any of the PhD programs that I applied to, and consequently took a job as a post-bacc research fellow at the NIH to gain more research and lab experience in the neuroscience field. After this 2 year fellowship, I will continue on to pursue a PhD in a neuroscience field.  

    How do you use your undergraduate training/experience currently?
    At Hamline I studied Biology and Psychology, as there was no Neuroscience major at the time I was a student. I currently work in a molecular neuroscience lab at the National Institutes of Mental Health, combining what I learned in my Biology labs at Hamline regarding how to apply appropriate lab practices as well as the neural circuitry and stress response knowledge background I gained from studying Psychology.  

    What advice do you have for current students as they decide what they want their next steps to be (internships/careers/etc.)?
    Coursework alone will not prepare you adequately for working professionally in your field. Try your best to gain work experience related to your interests, passions, and career goals, even if they do not directly relate to your classes or major. These will help expand your skill set and will help you decide what type of job you will be happy to pursue in the future. Through the CDC you can get assistance in finding meaningful internships, networks, and job openings that may be of great interest to you and they will help prepare you for life after undergrad.  

    Amy Scislow '16
    Major: Accounting

     Amy ScislowI 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 After graduation I accepted an offer from Sovos Compliance as a Managed Services Representative. My Hamline education helped me to excel quickly within the company, and I now work as a Supervisor of Compliance Services.

    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.