Pre-Career

The Kirkland Pre-Career team is excited to get to know you and support you! We are here to work with as you seek term-time, summer, and post-college opportunities across a variety of areas.

Kirkland's 2022-23 Pre-Career Resident Tutors: Channing Spencer, Chris Egi, Sudheer Poluru


Services We Provide:.

  • Listen to what’s important to you and help you explore your interests
  • Help you start a internship and job search
  • Provide feedback on your resumes and cover letters
  • Conduct mock interviews
  • Introduce you to colleagues, professors, or firms we know
  • Help you apply to MBA or graduate programs in business
  • Direct you to other resources on and off campus

How to get in touch:

  • Find us at our weekly office hours (Tuesday's at 8-9pm in the dining hall)
  • Come to any of our special events and sessions (look for our emails on the Kirkland listserve)
  • Reach out via email to set up coffee or a meal with anyone on the team

 

Kirkland's 2022-23 Pre-Career Non-Resident Tutors:
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To contact the Non-Resident Tutors, ask Channing, Chris, or Sudheer to connect you)

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Brendan Chan (he/him): Brendan is a doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He started his career as a high school math teacher in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas and then spent nearly a decade working on various business and education teams at Google where he also led multiple Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion employee groups. Additionally, he’s served as a full-time/lead volunteer on presidential campaigns and worked with multiple community and education non-profits. He lives in Cambridge with his partner, Liam, and their amazing dog, Fargo, and he would love to talk to you about topics related to internships, jobs, how to approach making big life choices, or anything else on your mind! He’s also very happy to just chat and show you pictures of Fargo.

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Dwayne Cecil: Dwayne was raised in the south suburbs of Chicago and has been living in the greater Boston area for the past 2 and a half years. He graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering. Dwayne then started his career as a product development engineer at Navistar where he developed assistive braking systems for large trucks and school buses. He then moved into manufacturing and took a role as a production supervisor at Unilever’s Dove Soap plant. After his time at Unilever, Dwayne moved to Massachusetts to work as a Quality Engineer at Raytheon Technologies. He is now working as a Technical Consultant for Siemens focusing on their Quality Software solutions while also pursuing his MBA part time at Villanova University.

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Mimi Verdonk: Mimi is a second-year MBA student at Harvard Business School. Prior to graduate school, Mimi worked in consulting at McKinsey, doing projects on a range of topics from customer experience to healthcare strategy. She also worked at Pivotal Ventures, Melinda French Gates’ investment and incubation firm, focused on racial equity work emphasizing the experience of women and girls of color. Mimi would be happy to talk to you about consulting, business school, the latest reality TV shows or the best spots to run along the Charles! 

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Charles Yu: Charles was formerly a software engineer working on Alexa core services at Amazon and Manufacturing Software at Tesla and conducted more than 100 technical interviews during his time there. Charles earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and a MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford, and is currently an MBA candidate at Harvard Business School. Charles is originally from Beijing, China, though he grew up in The Netherlands. He is happy to talk about all things software, algorithms, and industry careers as well.

 

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.
  • Crimson Careers is the central OCS platform for appointments, workshops, employer events, career fairs, campus interviews, resume books, and job & internship postings.
  • Institute of Politics (IOP) supports many students activities and is your first stop if you are interested in public sector and policy opportunities
  • Harvard Professional Schools and Centers that offer great paid and unpaid internships, grants, fellowships, and jobs. Here are just a few:
    • HBS Research Associate Position is a great opportunity if you’re interested in working closely with HBS faculty to gain research experience before going into industry or applying to doctoral programs (pay is comparable to some consulting firms)
    • HBS 2+2 Program for college seniors interested in doing an MBA after two years of work experience
    •  has great internship opportunities and fellowships through their many centers
    • The Institute of Politics (IOP) Office of Career Services has resources and provides support for students interested in exploring careers in public service. The IOP OCS informs students about ways to serve and how pursue job opportunities in the public sector.
    • The Center for Public Service and Engaged Scholarship (formerly CPIC) at Harvard College has resources, a jobs database, and knowledgeable counselors to help you find summer and post-graduate opportunities
    • Harvard Innovation Lab (i-Lab): the I-Lab supports Harvard students and select alumni in their exploration of innovation and entrepreneurship.
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