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November 20, 2012

"We look for the brightest and most empathetic candidates, and Oxy absolutely delivered."

In recruiting for Dropbox, we look for the brightest and most empathetic candidates, and Oxy absolutely delivered. We were blown away by the quality of the students, all of whom had fantastic stories to tell — from internships at the JPL to studying abroad in Calcutta and Granada, they demonstrated a depth of knowledge in their chosen fields while being excellently well-rounded and able to speak on a variety of topics. We're certain they'll change the world one day, and we hope some of them will join us.

We were also really impressed by the support we received from the CDC, who helped us from start to finish and really made us feel incredibly welcomed. This was honestly one of the best experiences we've had at an on campus recruiting event, and we'll most definitely be back....

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September 27, 2012

"Equal parts inspiring and eye opening…"

As a second semester senior, I couldn’t be happier with my educational experience at Oxy. The emphasis placed on experiential learning and using Los Angeles as a classroom has helped me grow not only as a student, but as a person. By participating in the Career Development Center’s Internship Program this semester, I have continued my enjoyment of such Oxy opportunities and have gained numerous valuable experiences.

Through the CDC's Internship Program I spent this last semester as a research intern at Strategic Actions for a Just Economy. Strategic Actions for a Just Economy, also known as SAJE, is a South Los Angeles community-based organization that is involved in community issues related to, but not limited to economic justice, gentrification, and rental housing rights… it has been my time at SAJE that has encouraged me to look for similar career opportunities for my future… It was equal parts inspiring and eye...

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September 27, 2012

"Chefs are supposed to be the new rock stars."

A tuna cutting performance. Venezuelan corn cakes. Glamorous restaurant openings. Cocktail recipes. Mexican sandwiches. Crazy chefs. These were just a few of the topics I encountered as an intern writing for the LA Weekly food blog, Squid Ink. The experience was extraordinarily educational, especially because it differed vastly from my last journalism internship at the LA Times. Moreover, it pushed me into a new career direction – food journalism – that I intend to seriously pursue… I’ve been asked to continue writing for The Weekly as a paid freelancer, and I am eager to seize that opportunity. It is an amazing time to be a food writer in L.A. Restaurants and cooking are trendy; chefs are supposed to be the new rock stars... I am grateful for the internship and am eager to transition into my new role at The Weekly.

- Daina Solomon ‘12

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September 27, 2012

"What matters is the balance between what one wants to do absolutely and where one has flexibility."

I am a French national living in Japan and working for a pharmaceutical company there. I graduated a French business school equivalent to BA in Trade & Finance back in 1987, which I completed by attending the Master of Art in Economics course at Sophia University in Tokyo. I always felt a strong attraction for Asia, and particularly Japan, for its literature and cinema, so I naturally followed this path and tried to start my working experience in Tokyo.

If I include internships, I have now been working in the pharmaceutical industry for 22 years. My first encounter with this industry was a mere coincidence, just an opportunity to stay in Japan with a job offering possibilities of self-development. I had in mind to join the banking industry but destiny went otherwise; it was probably more important for me to stay in Japan regardless of the type of industry I would join. I was also probably naive to believe it would be easy to move out later...

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September 27, 2012

"Thanks to this Internship Program, I am getting the chance to work at the job I have always dreamed about."

I had such a wonderful internship experience last semester with BOP and Tiger Beat magazines (Laufer Media, Inc.) that I could not wait to continue interning there during the Spring 2012 semester… Under the mentorship of the company’s web editor, I acquired so much valuable knowledge that will help me tremendously in my future life endeavors… This demographic of preteen girls is one I especially love because I feel that I can use my writing and ideas to inspire them through stories about celebrities they admire, for example. My academic studies in psychology and education definitely come in handy in this area. On a similar note, it makes me feel so good to promote and support teenagers who have dreams they are working so hard to pursue. It’s inspiring… I [was] offered a job that I applied for [and] I am so excited to begin working with BOP and Tiger Beat as [an] Editorial Assistant. Thanks to this Internship Program,...

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