Weissman Graduate Career Services

Welcome to the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Career Services! We are dedicated to assisting our graduate students and alumni with the services and resources needed to have successful and rewarding careers in the fields of Arts Administration; Corporate Communication; Financial Engineering; Industrial/Organizational Psychology; and Mental Health Counseling.

News & Announcements

Student Participants of DS&T Summer Symposium at the CIA
Left to right: Samuel dela Cruz; Christopher Thomas; Jacob Kabariti; Kwadwo Ennin

On June 5-7, 2017, Weissman Dean Aldemaro Romero, Jr. and Elyse Mendel, Director of WSAS’s Graduate Career Services accompanied four Baruch students (Samuel dela Cruz, BBA ‘17, Data Analytics, Kwadwo Ennin, BBA, Computer & Information Systems, Jacob Kabariti, BS, Biology, and Christopher Thomas, MS, Financial Engineering) who were selected to attend the DS&T (Directorate of Science and Technology) Summer Symposium at the Central Intelligence Agency. This was the first time the agency organized such an event, and Baruch College was invited as one of eight universities to initiate the occasion. The universities were asked to present posters and our students’ presentation was entitled, How Secure is Your Password? Protecting Personal and Company Data During Times of Increasing Threats and Risks.

Career in the Arts Panel: Michael Barra; Robert Bucker; Gina Gibbny; Geri Thomas; Mark Rossier
Left to right: Michael Barra; Robert Bucker; Gina Gibbney; Geri Thomas; Mark Rossier

On Friday, April 21, 2017, the WSAS Graduate Career Services Office hosted a Careers in the Arts panel featuring Michael Barra, President, Media & Entertainment at The Araca Group; Dr. Robert Bucker, Interim Vice Provost and Dean of Faculty, Manhattan School of Music; Gina Gibney, Executive Artistic Director, Gibney Dance Company; Geri Thomas, President, Thomas & Associates, Inc. ArtStaffing.com; moderated by Mark Rossier, Director of Institutional Advancement, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).

One of the reasons I chose the Baruch MA, Arts Administration program was the access and proximity to NYC Arts organizations and their leadership. Attending this panel realized this aspiration perfectly. That the moderator and guests were knowledgeable and well-spoken came as no surprise, nor did the diverse circumstances of their individual journeys

Meet the Dean Lunch

On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, a group of students from across the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences Graduate Programs shared lunch and conversation with Dean Aldemaro Romero.

Dean Romero, along with so many others in administration at Weissman, actually takes the time to listen to students’ concerns and make our personal development a part of the college’s growth and evolution.  I appreciate the dean’s honesty and candor, particularly when explaining why some concerns won’t necessarily be met during my time as a student, while conveying a tangible road map that we can feel invested in.  His authentic passion for the arts—and eagerness to share it—confirmed that I made the right decision in choosing Baruch. 

Wenxin Sun, MA, Arts Administration, '17
Wenxin Sun, MA, Arts Administration, ‘17   

I had been looking for a performing arts internship during the past several months. In February 2017, I received an email from the Director of Baruch College’s Weissman Graduate Career Services, that there was an internship for the INSITU Dance Festival. I logged in the WSAS career website, and it was clear that the internship matched my interests, and I fit the requirements.

I sent my resume and cover letter to WSAS Graduate Career Services, and the Director helped me revise my documents such as format, grammar, appropriate expression, etc. With her instruction, my application became more professional and strong. In fact, I received an email from the Founder/Artistic Director stating, "We have already filled the position, however, your application is very strong, and I would love to schedule a personal meeting to see if we could bring you on board as an additional intern".

Prior to the interview, I completed a mock interview training with Ms. Mendel, and she gave me a lot of valuable suggestions. The interview was successful, and most of the questions that were asked, I had practiced with Ms. Mendel beforehand. Luckily, I became an addition to the team of INSITU Dance Festival as one of their Dance Production & Administrative Interns. My work includes database management, correspondence with press contacts, community partners and donors/sponsors, planning and coordinating fundraising activities, researching and organizing grant opportunities, and production assistance.

Kaitlynn Lee, MS, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, '17
Kaitlynn Lee, MS, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, ‘17

Internship Led to a Full-time Position
When I first started my internship at Mount Sinai Health System, I did not expect to still be there a year later in a full-time position.  I found out about the physician recruitment internship on the Weissman Graduate Career Services website, and I quickly applied.  Within a month I started the internship and began screening resumes, calling candidates, interacting with hiring managers, and applying my knowledge from class.  After six months, an opening for a business analyst position became available in my department.  My hard work did not go unnoticed, and I got the promotion right before the 2016 Fall semester began.  As a business analyst, I create business plans and executive summaries on physician practices.  I help make strategic decisions that will give Mt. Sinai an advantage against competing health systems.  My advice is to always give 100% effort into everything you do because you never know where it may lead you!

Mental Health Counseling Career & Internship Fair

Baruch College’s Weissman School of Arts and Sciences hosted its annual Mental Health Counseling Career & Internship Fair on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.
In addition to Weissmans’s Mental Health Counseling students, eight area colleges were invited to join their peers at Baruch and met representatives from agencies including ANDRUS, Cardinal McCloskey Community Services, Fordham University Office of Career Services, Housing Works, HRA-ThriveNYC, Mental Health Service Corps (MHSC), NADAP, New York State Department of Civil Service, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Phoenix House, Shiloh Consulting, LLC, The Children’s Village, The New York Foundling, START Treatment and Recovery Centers, New York Mental Health Counselors Association (NYMHCA), and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY)

As one recruiter stated, (the students) “…Dressed well, and asked great questions. Great, bright students!”

Top 40 Under 40 in PR/ Communications Panel; Shante Bacon, Michael Gonda, Marc Johnson
From left to right: Shante Bacon, Michael Gonda, Marc Johnson

Top 40 Under 40 in PR/ Communications Panel
On October 14, 2016, a panel representing the top 40 Under 40 acknowledged by PRWeek as “Young PR pros, who get results, never settle for second best, and represent the future of communications,” addressed the latest trends in the Communications and Marketing field. Panelists included Shante Bacon, CEO/Founder, 135th Street Agency; Michael Gonda, VP, Corp. Communications, Chobani, LLC; and Marc Johnson, VP, Digital Strategy, APCO Worldwide. The panel was moderated by Professor Peter Horowitz.

I learned that because content is becoming increasingly easier and cheaper to produce, as communicators our job is to create a constant drumbeat of the client’s message.

As an arts administration student, it’s always empowering to get useful advice, whether it’s Shante Bacon’s views on the importance of LinkedIn, Marc Johnson’s predictions about the future of digital content, or Michael Gonda’s detailed anecdotes about his team building strategies. I left with a notebook full of testable strategies and an increased sense of urgency over my professional career. 

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