Career Exploration Leader: First-Year & Student Engagement Ambassador
Andrea is a junior majoring in Course 10 (Chemical Engineering). She’s an active part of the MIT community, having held leadership roles within SHPE and her sorority Kappa Alpha Theta as well as tutoring for CodeIt, consulting for Global Research Consultants, completing a computational UROP in the Green Lab, data mining with the MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium, and more. Her sophomore summer she interned for ExxonMobil in their PVE Product Development group. Outside of the classroom, Andrea enjoys updating her Boston restaurant spreadsheet, going on scooter rides along the Charles, and doodling. She looks forward to creating events for first-years to explore their career interests and navigate their professional and academic lives.
What is your favorite time of year at MIT? My favorite time of year at MIT is spring because the cherry blossoms on campus are blooming, it’s finally warm outside, everyone goes outside to hang out on Kresge or study outside of the STUD, and the walks across the Charles are more enjoyable!
Employer Relations: Communications & Partner Support | Career Exploration Leader: Employer & Alumni Relations Ambassador
Shawn, CFA, is a current MSRED candidate, a research fellow at the MIT Sustainable Urbanization Lab, and a teaching assistant at Sloan. He has extensive experience in real estate investment, securitization, and sustainable development. Prior to joining MIT, he worked for China’s top independent real estate private equity, the largest investment bank, a visionary real estate developer, and Deloitte. He has outstanding multitasking skills, time management skills, analytical and quantitative skills. A self-motivator and quick learner, he thrives under pressure and constantly pushes his limits. He is also very interested in behavioral science and data science, and spends a lot of his free time exploring these fields.
Shawn holds a dual role as Employer Relations: Communications & Partner Support for the Fall Career Fair and Employer & Alumni Ambassador Relations Ambassador for the Career Exploration Series. He envisions that his engagement with the Career Exploration Services will better serve students from underserved academic departments and employers from underrepresented industries.
What advice do you have for students attending a career fair?
Do some homework beforehand on the employers you are interested in. Prepare a three-sentence pitch to showcase your best side. Be confident in yourself. You know that the recruiter you will talk to might not necessarily come from an elite college like you do. Don’t stress out. At the end of the day, you have nothing to lose (maybe just an hour or two of leisure time), but a ton to gain.
What is your favorite place on campus?
The East Penthouse of McCormick Hall. The view is simply spectacular. They have all kinds of amenities on the top floor and the upkeep is excellent. There’s even an herb garden. It’s a perfect place to chill. Definitely check it out if you can.
Career Exploration Leader: Academic Ambassador
I am a sophomore studying 21E (Computer Science and Comparative Media Studies). During my short time at MIT, I participated in a UROP focused on design at the Self-Assembly Lab, became a finalist for the MIT PKG IDEAS Social Innovation Challenge for my Solar Cap invention, and was also the Corporate Relations Freshman Representative for the MIT Society of Women Engineers. In summer 2022, I worked as a Digital Hardware Intern and learned about chip design at MITRE. As a Career Exploration Leader, I hope to help undergrads discover new and interesting career paths, something that I personally would also benefit from.
What has been your favorite MIT moment? My favorite MIT moment was after my friends and I finished our first physics exam, we went out into Boston at night and got spicy popcorn chicken and Boba from Vivi’s and played super loud music while dancing and panting from the burning sensation on my tongue.
Peer Career Advisor
Amanda is a current MEng student and an MIT graduate (6-2). This is her second year as a Peer Career Advisor (PCA). She loves to help MIT students figure out what their passions are, and find opportunities related to those passions that can help them gain knowledge, skills, and experience. Amanda has completed 6 internships in various roles including Software Engineering, AI Research, Product Management, Consulting, and Cybersecurity. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, traveling and seeing Broadway musicals!
What was your first or most unusual job? My first job in high school was being a summer camp counselor for a robotics camp.
Peer Career Advisor
Shenal is a current junior double majoring in course 6-3 and 18. He has been active within the judicial branch of MIT, having served as a member of the Committee of Discipline and the judiciary committees of the Interfraternity Council, Alpha Delta Phi, and Burton-Conner. Last year, he also worked as a Program Assistant for the MIT Refugee Action Hub, where he helped coordinate the Computer and Data Science Certificate Program (CDS), a year-long blended program for refugee learners spread throughout the world.
What is your favorite place on campus? The Barker Library. It is an amazing, quiet place to unwind after a long day of classes; and a place to focus on work when I need it.
Favour is a sophomore majoring in Course 20. She was first introduced to CAPD through their help with forming resumes and mock interviews, which led to her participating in a Leadership Develop Summit and interning as a Software Engineer her freshman summer. Favour is actively involved with the Undergraduate Association, where she advocates on behalf of students to improve student life, as well as InterVarsity and Gymnastics. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys cooking, baking, knitting, and reading. She hopes to impact first-years by sharing lessons she’s learned from both her academic and professional experience.
CAPD Program Assistant
Desi is a 1st year MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Desi grew up in New Zealand and Australia where she attended The University of Melbourne and obtained a Bachelor of Commerce. Prior to joining MIT, Desi served clients across Australia, USA, and Southeast Asia to help enhance organizational performance through her role as a Management Consultant, most recently at McKinsey & Company.
Outside of the classroom, Desi loves sightseeing and exploring exotic cuisines. She is excited to create meaningful events to help students navigate their career interests by engaging them with a diverse group of MIT alumni.
If you were a super-hero, what powers would you have? Time travel, infinite resources, and immortality