Professionals in Residence

Tufts alumni pursue fascinating careers in a variety of industries. Every fall and spring, the Career Center brings talented alumni volunteers back to campus to share their career experiences and advice with students of all class years and majors. Through both 1-on-1 appointments and an interactive Lunch & Learn, these alumni provide insider info about jobs, employers, career paths, and more.

Fall 2019 Professionals in Residence

TV, Film & Media -- Thursday, Nov. 7

Albert Kim, Executive Producer and Showrunner

Join us for a talk by Albert Kim, who was most recently the Executive Producer and Showrunner of the hit Fox drama Sleepy Hollow.   Previously, Mr. Kim has spent four seasons as a writer and producer on the CW drama Nikita, for which he wrote several of the show’s most popular episodes, including the series finale. Kim has also written for Leverage (TNT) and Dirt (FX). Kim has created and written several pilots, working with Warner Bros. Television, Twentieth Century Fox Television, and many others. Prior to his TV writing career, Kim was an award-winning journalist and Senior News Director at ESPN, where he co-created and executive produced the entertainment news program ESPN Hollywood. There will be a lunch talk (food provided) from 12 - 1:30 pm, followed by opportunities for 1-on-1 conversation with Mr. Kim. To learn more and RSVP, visit the link below.

Philanthropy -- Wednesday, Nov. 13

William Huang, A12, International Relations, Government Innovation Team at Bloomberg Philanthropies

Are you interested in making a social impact in the world, but also have a multitude of interests/passions and don't want to limit yourself to a specific issue or sector? Do you want to learn more about the field of philanthropy? If so, come to this intimate interview to hear from William Huang A'12, who is on the Government Innovation team at Bloomberg Philanthropies. Bloomberg Philanthropies works to improve the lives of millions of people in 510 cities and 129 countries. The foundation works to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people by focusing on five key areas: Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation, and Public Health. As a member of the Government Innovation team, William helps city halls build the teams and develop the skills needed to creatively tackle their most urgent challenges. This event will be an interactive conversation with William moderated by Aaron Parayno, Director of the Asian American Center. Food will be provided. To learn more and RSVP, visit the link below.

RSVP for Nov. 13 Professional in Residence Event

Environment/Sustainability -- Thursday, Nov. 14

Keely Maxwell, Ph.D., General Anthropologist at U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development

An environmental anthropologist and ecologist by training, Dr. Maxwell first came to the EPA as a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow. She is the principal investigator for two research projects: community resilience to disasters and the social science of environmental cleanups. She also served as a chapter lead for the Built Environment, Urban Systems, and Cities chapter of the Fourth National Climate Assessment. Dr. Maxwell has a Ph.D. and M.F.S. from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. There will be a lunch talk (food provided) from 12 - 1 pm, followed by opportunities for 1-on-1 conversation with Dr. Maxwell. To learn more and RSVP, visit the link below.

RSVP for Nov. 14 Professional in Residence Event

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect from a 1-on-1 appointment with the Professional in Residence?

This is a great opportunity to learn from someone who has first-hand knowledge of a career path that interests you. Your meeting is known as an informational interview, and you can consult our website for more about the process, including sample questions to ask the alumnus/a. You'll want to make the most of your 20-minute appointment; it can go quickly! Come prepared with 5-7 questions to ask, and prioritize them so you get to your most important questions first.

What can I expect from a Lunch & Learn with the Professional in Residence?

The lunch discussion is another nice way to interact with a visiting Professional. You'll benefit from opportunities to both ask questions and learn from questions asked by peers. Food provided by the Tufts Career Center.

Do I need to bring a resume to my 1-on-1 appointment with the Professional in Residence?

The Career Center provides copies of student resumes to Professionals in Residence prior to the 1-on-1 appointments so they can get a sense of the students with whom they are meeting.

As far as bringing your document to your 1-on-1, it depends! Perhaps you'd like to ask the Professional in Residence for a quick opinion about one of the bullet points on your resume or the order of your section headings. In these cases, you may want to bring your document with you. The individual appointment isn't intended to be a resume critique, however, so be sure to keep any resume questions brief and specific. In addition, please remember that the majority of our alumni volunteers are not hiring for particular jobs, so they won't be collecting resumes the way career fair representatives would.

How should I follow up after my appointment? May I stay in touch with a Professional in Residence?

Following up with a thank you email is a wonderful way to express gratitude for the person's time and advice. We offer sample notes on our website if you're looking for a point of reference.

As with any networking scenario, options for keeping in touch are often part of the conversation. With a Professional in Residence, you might say, "May I have your business card? If it's okay with you, I'd like to follow up in a month or so to let you know how my job/internship search is progressing." OR perhaps "This conversation has been really helpful, and I'd like to stay in touch. May I send a LinkedIn connection request?" Important note: If you express an interest in keeping in touch with the person, make sure you actually do keep in touch in whichever way you specify.

What should I do if I need to cancel my individual appointment or participation in the lunch discussion?

When you reserve a time to speak with the Professional in Residence or sign up for the lunch discussion, it means we're holding that spot for you. While we understand that true emergencies do occur, please let us know as soon as possible (ideally before the day of the event) if you need to cancel your appointment. This makes it more likely that another student will be able to take your place. In addition, the decision to no-show for an appointment may prohibit you from signing up for future Professional in Residence programs.

Past Professionals in Residence

We're grateful to the following Tufts alumni and other professionals who represent a wide range of class years, majors, and career fields:

  • Erin Allweiss, A05, International Relations and Environmental Studies -- Strategic Communication, Public Policy and Media Relations 
  • Jason Bauman, Esq., A05, Quantitative Economics and International Relations -- Law, Economics, Health Care Policy, and Conflict Resolution 
  • Sharon Berstein, J96, English -- Marketing, Analytics and Entrepreneurship 
  • Jamie Bologna, A08, Political Science and Spanish; Italian Studies Minor -- Podcasting, Broadcasting, and Producing Media
  • Moises Cohen, A11, International Relations -- Entrepreneurship and Community Development 
  • Melanie Cordova -- Publishing
  • Amy Cotter, J95, Environmental Studies and Political Science -- Urban/Regional Planning, Sustainability, and Environmental Advocacy 
  • Dana DiNino, PhD, J96, Biology -- Biology, Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical 
  • Gillian Galen, PsyD, J01, Child Development, Community Health, Spanish -- Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Therapy 
  • Rachel Gutter, A03, English -- Health and Sustainability in the Built Environment 
  • Anestis Kalaitzidis, A93, History -- Government Communication, Public Relations & Legislative Affairs 
  • Cathy Leslie -- Civil Engineering and Management
  • Gabrielle Levy, A10, English and Music -- Journalism & Strategic Communication
  • Johanna Neumann, J01, Environmental Studies and Biology -- Environmental Advocacy, Policy, and Community Organization
  • Josh Rabinowitz, A86, Music and Political Science -- Music Careers in Advertising and Broadcasting
  • Rita Reznikova, A08, International Relations -- Market Research, Marketing and Global Consumer Markets
  • Margot Schwartz, A06, Psychology and Community Health -- Community and Public Health 
  • Sarang Sekhavat, Esq., A98, History and Anthropology -- Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy, Immigration Law and Policy
  • Melissa Small, A02, English -- Corporate Responsibility
  • Dylan Wilks, EG15, Engineering Management -- Spectroscopy, Entrepreneurship, and Invention
  • Angelina Zhou, A13, International Literary and Visual Studies -- Innovation Consulting and Design