Life after College: Meet with Recently-graduated Alumni for First-year undergraduates

Looking for an opportunity to connect with alumni and hear about their experiences? Join a career panel to learn from alumni with various backgrounds about how they explored their career options during their time at MIT. Is finding an internship during freshman summer necessary? How can I decide between academia and industry? Here’s your chance to ask! Tailored exclusively for first-year undergraduate students. Sophomores are welcomed to attend.


Carrington Motley
I grew up in Pittsburgh and then proceeded to MIT to get my S.B. in Mechanical Engineering in 2016. When I came to MIT I was unsure of what I wanted to do and so I used my summers to explore several different career tracks working at a wearable device startup, doing a summer of mechanical engineering research, and interning at an investment bank. Over these experiences I realized that, while I love solving technical problems, I actually wanted to spend my career working focusing more on strategy than engineering. I also developed a passion for entrepreneurship and research. To date, I have worked at 5 separate venture-backed startups and two venture funds, and I am currently in the final months of getting my PhD in Organizations, Technology, and Entrepreneurship with the option to either become a tenure-track faculty member at business school or return to industry with a position at a venture fund.

Karunya Sethuraman
I studied Computer Science at MIT, graduating with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in 2020. At MIT, I was involved with my dorm community, Maseeh, MIT Model United Nations Conference, my sorority, Pi Beta Phi, and ProjX, a club that funds student projects. After college, I started my career as an investment banker working with technology companies in Menlo Park, and now work as a software engineer at Notion. In my free time, I like to listen to music, read, and travel.

Jonathan Abbott
Jonathan studied mechanical engineering at MIT for both his undergrad (’14) and masters (’16). During his undergrad, he did MISTI Mexico, an exchange program to Cambridge University, a micro-internship, and a UROP. For his masters, Jonathan was interested in international development and researched mechanical engineering improvements to Indian beekeeping. With a love for user-centered design in the most extreme of contexts, Jonathan joined Milwaukee Tool to design cutting edge power tools. Today he works on mechatronics and AI for power tools. Outside of work, he can be found coaching youth ultimate or letting others learn about bees at one of his apiaries.

Natalie Burgos
Natalie Burgos graduated from MIT in 2016 with a BS in chemistry. During her journey as a course 5 undergrad, she took the freshman lab course 5.301, UROP’ed in 2 labs, did a summer internship at Novartis, taught high-school chemistry with GTL, and was also involved with ClubChem. Outside of academics, she was heavily involved with her living group, WILG (Women’s independent Living Group), and the Office of Minority Education. She also got her minor in music by playing with MIT’s Senegelese ensemble, Rambax, for four years. After graduation, she did an internship in Brazil through the MISTI program and also received a Fulbright grant to work on a medicinal chemistry project in South Africa. Upon her return, she decided to move on from the lab, and has been working in clinical trial operations ever since! She currently works at Sage Therapeutics in Kendall Square.

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