Pre-Career

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The Kirkland Pre-Career Tutors are excited to get to know you and support you. We want to work with you to discover how to apply your skills and interests to a variety of fields. We volunteered for this position for different reasons: we have been inspired by our mentors, we have had good and bad experiences we hope you can learn from, or simply because we enjoy helping college students.

Kirkland's 2016-17 Pre-Career Resident Tutors: Dina Wang and Lumumba Seegars (coordinators), Adora Mora

Kirkland's 2016-17 Pre-Career Non-Resident Tutors:
(To contact the Non-Resident Tutors, ask Dina or Lumumba for their email)

Sherry Chao: I graduated from Harvard College in 2012 (Kirkland alum!) with a degree in economics. My background is primarily in finance – I spent three years at Goldman Sachs focused on private equity investing – but I also have consulting and start-up experience. Currently I am in my second year at Harvard Business School pursuing an MBA. I love being active and outdoors – running, swimming, hiking, climbing – and meeting new people.

Raja Ghawi: Raja is a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company's Boston office.He graduated from Kirkland in 2015 with a degree in Bioengineering. While at the College, he split his time between doing tissue engineering research, leading the Harvard Society of Arab Students (SAS), and spending way too long in the Kirkland DHall chatting with friends and eating brain-break bagels as he procrastinated essays and psets. Raja was born and raised in Syria where he attended high school, and spent his junior summer interning at McKinsey's Dubai office. He is happy to talk consulting, international opportunities, and science/ tech.

Aticus Peterson: After graduating in Applied Math in May I moved a whole one stop down the redline to Central Square. I currently work downtown at Rose Park Advisors, a specialized investment firm that applies the theory of disruptive innovation developed by co-founder Clayton Christensen to invest in companies whose business models are well-suited to take advantage of industry change. I look for new disruptive opportunities and companies in which to invest and provide strategic support for our existing private portfolio. My roundabout path to finance started as a premed, working a summer in Beijing with the CEO of China’s largest private preventative healthcare provider, then took a sharp turn to consulting, interning at BCG my junior summer, and finally landed in finance.

Hikari Senju: I am here to help future founders at Kirkland get started on their company! I graduated from college with a degree in Computer Science in 2015, and as an undergrad I started two venture backed companies, one of which I am now working on full time. Proving that your idea is viable all while balancing work with school can be really hard, and I will be super available to help anyone who has an idea but isn't sure what next steps they should take.

Jen Tutak: Jen graduated with a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School while concurrently pursuing her Master of Business Administration in a dual degree program at the MIT Sloan School of Management. She also holds a Master of Education degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and her long-term interest lies at the intersection of business, government, and education. Jen is now a management consultant focusing on public sector/higher education work, notably helping improve undergraduate college completion rates. Have previously served as a proctor during her graduate studies at Harvard, Jen is thrilled to be continuing as a non-resident tutor at Kirkland!


Services We Provide:
We are happy to...

  • Listen to what’s important to you
  • Help you start a job search or explore your interests
  • Conduct mock interviews
  • Review your resume and provide feedback
  • Review your cover letters and provide feedback
  • Introduce you to colleagues, professors, or firms we know
  • Help you apply to MBA or doctoral programs in business
  • Direct you to other resources on and off campus
We are here to assist you -- it’s our job! Please let us know how we can help and how we’re doing.

These calendars help you plan your activities and keep track of events. If you use google calendars, you can easily subscribe to the ones that most interest you:
On-Campus Resources:
There are many Harvard resources in place to help you find internships and jobs. It is helpful to get a sense of what the different on-campus centers and professional schools provide. They all have websites and many of the centers also have professional counselors available to speak with you on a daily basis.
  • Office of Career Services (OCS) has a wealth of information and resources for US and international opportunities – familiarize yourself with all of their offerings and counselors
  • Institute of Politics (IOP) supports many students activities and is your first stop if you are interested in public sector and policy opportunities
  • Office of International Programs (OIP) has funding for international travel and internships; they also have many knowledgeable counselors
  • Harvard Professional Schools and Centers that offer great paid and unpaid internships, grants, fellowships, and jobs. Here are just a few: Bureau of Study Counsel offers many useful courses to build practical skills
    • Harvard Graduate School of Education has many resources, including a jobs listing
    • HBS Research Associate Program has fantastic positions if you’re interested in doing more research or gaining experience before going to industry or academia (pay is comparable to some consulting firms)
    • HBS 2+2 Program for college juniors interested in doing an MBA after two years of work experience
    • Harvard Kennedy School has great internship opportunities and fellowships through their many centers
  • Center for Public Interest Careers(CPIC) at Harvard College has wonderful resource guides, a job database, and knowledgeable counselors to help you
  • Harvard Innovation Lab (i-Lab)
  • Philips Brooks House Association (PBHA) runs many volunteer programs and provides funding for students and groups; they also have a new job database

Pre-Professional Organizations/Clubs help you get hands-on experience with peers and great mentors; here are some highlights to keep in mind:

Harvard Summer Opportunities:

This is a small sample of the many opportunities available to you. Please talk to us or visit OCS and OIE for more opportunities.

Using Your Network:
  • Your fellow Kirkland students are a rich source of contacts and information. I’ve often talked to a senior who had an awesome internship doing exactly the kind of work that a current Kirkland sophomore is interested in. TALK TO YOUR HOUSE!
  • Alumni
  • Crimson Compass Alumni Database
  • Harvard Clubs
  • Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs (HAE)
  • Kirkland Fellowship Tutors
  • Kirkland Public Service Tutors
  • Kirkland Pre-Law Tutors
  • Kirkland Pre-Med Tutors
  • Professors often need research assists or can connect you with their colleagues or former students; a recommendation by one of your professors can open many doors
  • Family and friends know you best; make sure to let them know your interests so that you have a team helping you find opportunities
  • Go to conferences and talks in your field of interest; there are many at Harvard, MIT, BU, and in the Boston area
  • LinkedIn is a social networking site for professionals
  • Young Entrepreneurs Initiative (YEi) is a networking and mentoring website for people who want to set up technology ventures in France

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