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April 18, 2013

WIMS Away Shadower at Grey Advertising

Tor demonstrated his leadership skills, his ability to relate to his employees, and his charisma, which all  help him when managing around 1000 employees. In addition, although very busy Tor handled every meeting very diplomatically and gave his attention to many details, never accepting less than perfection. He was very nice and I have a great experience shadowing him.

I really enjoyed seeing everyone working both together and separately on projects. Each client gets assigned a group of people, creatives and account managers, who work on the client's brand. I loved the quick-paced and creative environment of the office.  Everyone I talked to agreed that no day was ever the same. Through this experience, I learned that I want to work in a very similar...

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April 18, 2013

"Valerie Savior in the CDC helped me tremendously with my law school application journey."

My name is Aja Sanneh and I am a senior, economics major at Oxy. My commitment to academics and engaging in leadership opportunities at Oxy have helped prepare me for law school, along with the help of the Valerie Savior in the CDC.

Taking advantage of my liberal arts education has been critical to my personal growth. Because I walk from art to economics to english class, I have learned to think in different ways, speak different languages, problem solve with a variety of tools, and work with my peers from all academic backgrounds. Additionally,  my experience as the student representative on the Board of Trustees Academic Affairs Committee has deepened my understanding and commitment to academics at Oxy. My roles in student government and student clubs, such as the president of...

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April 11, 2013

"the work of the CDC is greatly appreciated!"

I want to thank the CDC for all the hard work it puts into creating internships for us students, and for preparing us for the real world. Every time I meet with a member of the CDC team, I feel more prepared and confident in my professional development. It's so important as students that we have mentors dedicated to readying us for the workforce. In particular, I found this week's information sessions on InternLA  very insightful--so thank you, the work of the CDC is greatly appreciated.

- Lillian Krovoza ‘15

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April 9, 2013

"our number one choice for recruiting"

For over fifteen years, Occidental College has provided our company with talented multilingual graduates, several of whom have become full-time employees after semester-long internships. The combination of solid liberal arts education and language skills resulting from study abroad programs makes Occidental College our number one choice for recruiting.

- Richard Paegelow
Managing Director
Inline Translation Services, Inc.

April 9, 2013

"Now I am loving my job and am excited about my future career."

Valerie Savior at the CDC helped me define my values and career interest. Additionally, she convinced me to get an internship and helped me get the perfect one helping Renee Dominique ‘91 at the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts with its annual art auction. That...

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April 4, 2013

WIMS Away Shadower at Gallatin Public Affairs

A career in public relations requires good people skills, or the ability to talk with and persuade many different types of people. The job also requires the ability to multi-task, as Anna Boone '06 told me that she was often working ten different projects at a time.

I loved the friendly atmosphere of the office and the fact that the office members frequently work together on projects. Being able to bounce ideas off of my co-workers (and just generally enjoy their company) would definitely be enlivening. I liked the strategic piece of the work at Gallatin; working with a client to create a plan for their public and governmental outreach strategy.  However I believe it could be draining to have to continually be “on” - presenting your best possible self to potential clients and constantly looking for networking opportunities. The experience also made me realize that I want to work for a cause I believe in.

The piece of...

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April 4, 2013

WIMS Away Shadower at Los Angeles Superior Court

During this job shadow, Judge Dennis Landin '77 gave us a great deal of his time and discussed the different cases and his life prior to law school. On my first day, I saw 5 hearings within 3 hours, which shows how fast-paced, yet thorough, everything is inside a courtroom. Since my host was a Superior Court judge at the Criminal Justice Center, I saw many cases that dealt with drug abuse and a trial involving an assault with a deadly weapon. Judge Landin provided us the opportunity to speak with Judge Yvette Palazuelos at the civil courthouse, who encouraged public service law for women. From her personal experience, corporate law demands more time from its lawyers, which prevents one to spend time with her children and other personal obligations. Although corporate law comes with a...

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April 2, 2013

WIMS Away Shadower at the University of Washington School of Public Health and Seattle & King County Public Health Department

I had the opportunity to shadow both Annie Phare and Lawrie Robertson in their public health professions. Annie works as the project manager for the Target Zero campaign in King County, which seeks to reduce the number of traffic related injuries and fatalities in Washington State to zero by 2030. I also learned about the challenges of Annie’s job such as creating policy that affects the largest populations and working within resource constraints.    

The most distinct aspect of the work environment at Public Health- Seattle and King County was the interdisciplinary nature of all the work done in the offices. There were doctors, biostatisticians, financial analysts, epidemiologists, civil engineers, police officers and social workers all working together to...

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April 2, 2013

"I was immediately impressed by Emily’s enthusiasm and thoughtful questions, and I would expect no less from an Oxy student!"

When I started my first internship in politics nearly ten years ago, I quickly learned the importance of mentors and connections. When I heard about Occidental’s alumni job shadow program, I was happy to share my experience with a current Oxy student – I would have loved to do the same when I was in school!

Emily was selected to shadow at my company, Gallatin Public Affairs, because of her interest in communications and politics. We are a public affairs firm with offices in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. At Gallatin, I have the opportunity to work on big issues that impact public life, and to practice my trade alongside former reporters, press secretaries and senior aides to elected officials.

I was immediately impressed by Emily’s enthusiasm and thoughtful questions, and I...

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April 2, 2013

WIMS Away Shadower at Mike Mathis Productions

I was very impressed and reassured by Mike's business tactics—he doesn’t run his business like the angry boss archetype Meryl Streep does in “The Devil Wears Prada.” Instead, he communicates with each of his employees according to their individual personalities to ensure that they continue to stay motivated to produce excellent works and that the office environment always remains peaceful. I hope that someday I too can participate in a career setting so built of passionate, cooperative, and enthusiastic individuals.

I know now that I want to continue to be consistently challenged in a similar way to how I am at Oxy. From this experience I learned that for my future job to be most satisfying, it will have to combine this ideal social work environment with...

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