CDC Alumnae Stories

Mount Holyoke students and alumnae can conduct informational interviews with alumnae working in the field through the Alumnae Association Career Directory. Search alumnae by major or career field. In addition, some alumnae are participating in the Alumnae Stay Program which is a network of Alumnae who have offered to temporarily host students or alumnae traveling for academic or professional growth.

Photo of Maria Correa and Spanish Language Floor residents
Maria Correa FP '16 shares her responsibilities and challenges as the Community Advisor of a Language Living Learning program.
Ruilin Fan ’17 and Margaret Stanne ’16: how working in MHC's Archives and Special Collections has impacted their lives.
Erica Keller
Erica Keller ’15: leading other students to reach for the stars in her job as a student grader.
Jennifer Trehey O'Malley '89
Jennifer Trehey O'Malley '89: I found surgery was not my life's work, but this thing called research I ended up loving.
Diana Katz
Diana Katz '12: it's important to keep an open mind, there is no limit to what's possible with a film studies degree from Mount Holyoke College.
Photo of Julia Kellerbauer
IR student liaison Julia Kellerbauer ’18 adds a touch of home at work.
Allison Cressy
Allison Cressy: distinguishing between what people say and why, what is really going on, and the significance of the difference between the two is crucial.
Kiana Lussier '13 standing in a city office in Sydney, Australia
Kiana Lussier '13: It is exhilarating to feel passionate about your field of work and study! MHC Geography helped me put my career path in motion.
Shreeya Joshi '15, Public Affairs Office Intern
Shreeya Joshi '15: I worked in the Public Affairs Office which dealt with communicating to the public and news media about the EPA.
Adrienne Picciotto
Adrienne Picciotto '16: My internship with the Media Institute for Social Change was one of my most life-changing experiences.
Students at the Sophomore Institute Keynote
Preparing students to submit their internship applications and apply for Lynk UAF, Mount Holyoke’s universal funding program.
NACE award winners, Mount Holyoke College
Mount Holyoke College’s Sophomore Institute receives the 2016 Career Services Excellence Award from NACE.
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AnneElizabeth Konkel ‘14: the difference between reading accounts of the Taliban in the classroom & talking face to face with a former Taliban negotiator.
Image of Iman Abubaker Abdulwassi ’14.
Iman Abubaker '14: I was introduced to the field of environmental governance and policy and made important connections.
Mwikali Kioko, Class of 2001
Mwikali Kioko ‘01: history and the way people have related to each other in the past has a huge role to play in the way they continue to today.
A Zin Oo '06, Senior Index Manager
A Zin Oo '06: a rigorous curriculum, deeply engaged faculty and an extremely diverse student body pushed me beyond the many learning opportunities here.
Yixi Chen '16 in front of Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
Chen '16 reflects on her summer internship with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and how it relates to her potential career path.
Tenaya Vallery '10
Tenaya Vallery '10: my undergraduate research experiences at MHC were pivotal to my acceptance to Yale.
Sara Rashid ’15 and Aladrianne Young ’16 reflect on their work at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum.
Shannon Lynch FP '16
Shannon Lynch FP 16: a once in a lifetime experience, as an intern, I lived on islands with only other researchers and the birds we were trying to protect.
Photo of Sabrina Smith
Sabrina Smith ’17 seeks alumna advice, opportunities, and experience during her internship at the Mount Holyoke College Joseph Allen Skinner Museum.
Aviva Elzufon
Aviva Elzufon '10: through my Spanish major I developed the ability for critical, concise, well-written work throughout my post-graduate career.
Ashley Kosa '15
Ashley Kosa ’15: my chemistry background was integral to my internship in art conservation and restoration.
Mira Kelly-Fair '17
Celebrating the first destinations and aspirations of the class of 2017.
Kim Meersma '15, USDA Internship
Kim Meersma 15: my junior-year summer internship was a large part of why I was able to find a great job so quickly following graduation.
Photo of Poorna Swami
Poorna Swami '15 discusses her time as an Editorial Research Assistant for the African Studies Review and a Help Desk Assistant for Mount Holyoke LITS.
Alessandra Geffner-Smith '14
Alessandra Geffner-Smith '14: As a MHC student, I gained the academic foundations of my field and the confidence to make valuable professional connections.
Haifa, Israel
Hannah Doherty '10: Since starting my graduate program at Duke, I am often reminded of the stellar preparation I had with my Environmental Studies degree.
Cheng-Yin Eng '17
“Interning is like test-driving. It allows students to choose or eliminate future career options without risking longtime commitment.”
Nooria Puri '15
Nooria Puri: history provided me with the necessary framework to understand a spectrum of subjects, and contemporary issues.
Photo of Miranda Gontz
discusses her internship at the Academy of Television and her plan for career success in the future.
My-Linh Nguyen ’13: my chemistry and french background allowed me to connect with my scientist colleagues at the Embassy.
Elodie Munezero '16: "When it comes to the industry, you’re never going to be able to do only what you like."
Lyndsey Ingram standing in front of a painting
Lyndsey Ingram ’2001: my internship was the most meaningful and significant thing that happened at the start of my career.
Image of Sarah Hastings ’15 in her tiny house.
Sarah Hastings ’15 is turning her passion into purpose, and she's doing it by building an ‘environmentally-conscious’ 190-square-foot dwelling.
Janet Buhlmann '89 PhD.
Janet Buhlmann '89: at Pfizer, I work with academic partners helping to translate their discoveries at the bench into novel therapeutics.
Chu Wang ‘13
Chu Wang ‘13: I learned much more about the Chinese youth civil society than I expected. It was a great experience!