Career Interest Groups

WashU Career Interest Groups bring together communities of students, staff, faculty and alumni to focus on highly desired career paths.

These groups strive to help you learn about work cultures and roles, access industry and organization information, connect with alumni and professionals, and prepare to be a great candidate for internships and jobs. They are organized by industry, functional skill sets, or interest areas. Some align with departments on campus and others fill a gap by giving you access to employment areas that aren’t directly related to WashU majors.

Each group operates to best meet the needs of its members. Most alert you to employers coming to campus, company visits, speakers and programs, workshops, and Road Shows. Some offer weekly meetings or walk-in hours. Several offer mentor programs and robust Canvas pages full of links, industry news, organization insights, and tips about how to market yourself.

To join, click on the groups that interest you below. You’ll receive a confirmation email within a week. You can join more than one, and you can leave groups at any point. Passively participate (receive emails) or actively engage (attend programs, meet-up with employers, visit companies). Whether or not you join a Career Interest Group, the advising team is dedicated to helping you learn more about the work that intrigues you and figure out how to pursue it.

Take a peek at a video of a student who benefited from joining a Career Interest Group.

To join or leave a group, please email careerlink@wustl.edu with a list of the groups you would like to join or leave.

Brief Summary of Each Group

Consulting

Overview:  Where are you in your consulting career journey? Whether you are exploring the industry, considering applying for an internship, or in the middle of preparing for a case interview, the Consulting Career Interest Group has something for you!

What to Expect: This group does not have in-person meetings, but provides members with consolidated information on the industry, an alumni mentor program, notes from employers, campus events, as well as resume and interview prep. In the height of consulting recruiting season (August-October), plan to receive live updates on application deadlines and networking opportunities via email.

Canvas: You should be getting access to the Consulting Interest Group on Canvas in the next couple of days. This group will show up in ‘Courses’ in your Canvas account. Below are suggested tabs to check out based on where you are in the consulting internship search process.

  • If you’re just starting out: General Consulting Resources- This folder contains an overview and more about opportunities within the industry
  • If you’re doing a deeper dive into the consulting industry: Company Insight- This folder contains an A-Z list of popular consulting firms and updated overviews of each company
  • If you’re considering applying for internships this upcoming cycle: Application Help- This folder contains resources to help prepare for behavioral and case interviews and help edit your Consulting resume

Management Consulted: On Canvas you can find out how to receive your free WashU subscription for Management Consulted. This resources has further interviewing and resume building tips, including some straight consultants working in a variety of firms!

Advising & Preparations: If you want to discuss your individual search, practice case interviews or have any questions, you can make an appointment with Michael Chapin or any of our other advisors by calling 314-935-5930 or online scheduling.

Leaders: The Consulting Group is led by Casey Jenkerson and Michael Chapin.

Engineering

Overview: If you are an engineer, or just enjoy problem solving, analytics, design, research, leadership, or technology, this community is for you! This group provides communication and resources to you at any stages in your internship and job search. Think of it as a “Premier Membership” to the Career Center by providing targeted communication about internships, jobs, resources, events and alum connections working in your field of interest. Our goal: Help you engage with engineers who share your interests and passions. We’ll help you access industry and company information, connect with alumni, and prepare to be a great candidate for internships & jobs.

What to Expect: You’ll receive regular email communications with programs/events/opportunities tailored to your interests. We’ll give you a heads up about employers coming to campus, Road Shows, cool technologies, speakers, and workshops.

Advising & Preparations: For quick individual help during the fall and spring semesters, use online scheduling to sign up for 15 min at Engineering Quick Advising Hours, Monday – Thursday afternoons from 1:30 – 4 pm.

Leaders: The Engineering group is a partnership between Sue Kruessel and Jennifer Finney in the Career Center and Kelli Delfosse in Engineering.

To learn more: Check out McKelvey Industry Connect.  Log in to edit your preferences, or sign up to get added to the mailing list.

Entertainment

Overview: This group was created after visiting alumni & HR professionals in NYC at NBC Universal, The Daily Show, Creative Artists Agency, and Stick Figure Productions. We build on early work with HollyWU – the bi-coastal WashU young alumni network actively engaging students on campus for careers in the entertainment industry. We are continuing to grow our WashU Entertainment Community and hope you find the information we provide to be helpful as you explore Entertainment career options.

What to Expect: You will receive email updates throughout the year to let you know about relevant on and off campus events and job and internship opportunities available in the industry.

Canvas: In the next few days, you will get access to resources on our Canvas group. The group will show up in “Courses” in your Canvas account.

Advising & Preparations: If you haven’t done so already, we encourage you to schedule a 1 on 1 career advising appointment as well. To schedule an appointment, visit online scheduling to request to meet with one of our advisors.

Leaders: The Entertainment Group is led by Sarah Rigazio and Cynthia Bowdry.

Fashion

Overview: This virtual career interest group brings together students from all majors interested in careers in Fashion and Retail/Merchandising. By leveraging outstanding relations within the Sam Fox School, this group seeks to bring students and our outstanding faculty and alumni together to optimize career options and build networks across all areas of these industries. Our Goal: Help you learn about the fashion industry. We’ll help you access industry and agency information, connect with alumni, and prepare to be a great candidate for internships & jobs.

What to Expect: We don’t meet regularly. Instead you’ll get bi-weekly emails with a heads up about employers coming to campus, Road Shows, agency visits, speakers, and workshops.

Canvas: You will receive access to the Fashion Interest Group on Canvas. This group will show up like an additional class in your Blackboard account. Once you are in, you will have access to general Fashion resources, the fashion calendar, tips for interviews and company insights.

Advising & Preparations: Jen Meyer is the student advisor for Art, Art Administration, Design, Fashion, Fine Arts, and Museums/Cultural Institutions. She tends to book up in advance, so keep that in mind when scheduling. Call 314.935.5930 to make an appointment.

Leaders: The Fashion Group is led by Casey Jenkerson and Jen Meyer.

Finance and Banking

Overview: The finance and banking group focuses on undergraduate opportunities, both on Wall Street and in corporate America. Assisted by upperclassmen and supportive alumni, students quickly learn that early preparation is essential to be considered for many of these roles. Competition is fierce for many of these roles – with the sophomore Spring semester now becoming the key season for students to first engage with employers. Our Goal: To help you learn about the field of Finance and Banking.

What to Expect: We don’t meet regularly. Instead you’ll get regular emails with a heads up about employers coming to campus, Road Shows, company visits, speakers, helpful tools and workshops. We’ll provide access to industry and company information, help you learn how to network and connect with alumni, keep you abreast of upcoming finance, banking and investment banking information sessions, job deadlines and workshops, and partner with you to navigate your career journey.

Canvas:  You will get access to all the resources on our Canvas group. The group will show up in “Courses” in your Canvas account.

Advising & Preparations: Sarah Sperry is available every Wednesday during the academic school year from 9:00 am – 4:00pm, or by request. You can make an appointment online with her, or another advisor, or by calling the Career Center 314-935-5930. Please contact Molly Burkot (Assistant Director Finance Employer Relations) or Sarah Sperry (Career Advisor) if you have any questions.

Leaders: The Finance and Banking Group is led by Molly Burkot and Sarah Sperry.

Government and Public Policy – “GPP”

Overview: The GPP work group acts as a hub for WashU budding policy wonks, analysts and change agents who are interested in bridging their intellectual and personal passions with internship and post-graduate opportunities. Annual Roadshows to Washington, DC leading think tanks, government agencies and government consulting groups culminate in a networking event where students meet up to 100 WashU alumni working in the DC area. With over 400 active members, engaged students report earlier placements and high levels of satisfaction with their academic to career outcomes.

What to Expect: GPP will:  Help you to learn about career paths in government, politics, policy, advocacy, and international affairs, teach you search strategies specific to these careers and welcome you into a community of students, faculty, and alumni who are hoping to or have pursued careers in these fields.

We provide access to industry and employer information, help you learn how to network and connect with alumni, host relevant events and workshops, and keep you abreast of upcoming deadlines. As a member, you will receive:

  • The GPP Work Group Newsletter, which highlights the topic of our weekly group meeting, internship and job opportunities, and relevant events across campus and the globe.
  • Access to our group meetings at 1pm central on Fridays during the semester. Attendance isn’t mandatory, but we feature alumni chats and other topics to help you learn more about what post-graduate paths are out there, connect with alumni, and learn critical skills for the search and world of working in government, politics, policy, advocacy, and international affairs.
  • Admission to our Canvas course, which houses tons of great information to help you with your search.
  • Input into programming, including alumni we invite to join us and topics we cover in our sessions.

Advising & Preparations/Podcasts:  GPP serves as the primary way we advise students with your interests, particularly first years and sophomores. To learn more and connect, attend our 1pm sessions on Friday and subscribe to our new podcast, GPP Podcast, where we cover pro tips for politicos, policy wonks, and change agents. Find it wherever you get your podcasts.

Leaders: The GPP Group is led by Molly Burkot, Amy Heath-Carpentier and Susan Craig.

Pre-Grad

Overview: If you’re considering applying to graduate school, join this email list to receive a few emails a year about events for undergraduates interested in exploring or applying to graduate school. We cover graduate programs from masters degrees in business administration to PhDs in French literature. Check out PreGraduate School Advising from the Graduate School including videos of relevant talks (scroll to the bottom).

What to Expect:  We don’t meet regularly. Instead you’ll get as needed emails with a heads up about relevant events or helpful tips.

Leaders: Amy Heath-Carpentier, PhD, Career Center and Helen Human, PhD, College of Arts & Sciences

Pre-Health

Overview: Examining all options health-related, this broad array of faculty, practitioners, career and academic advisors informs students on the wide variety of clinical, policy, research, administrative and governmental opportunities in the health field. This is combined with best practices, application timelines, MCAT preparation and gap year options to best meet each student’s career needs.

What to Expect: We don’t meet regularly. Instead you’ll get as needed emails with a heads up about employers coming to campus, internship/post graduate opportunities, company visits, speakers, helpful tools and workshops.

Leaders: Multiple Career Center, Faculty and Staff across WashU.

Pre-Law

Overview: Inter-disciplinarians by nature, pre-law students draw from the fields of anthropology, economics, history, philosophy, political science and other liberal arts fields. Advisors and faculty assist students in designing a course of study that addresses their individual needs and interests – becoming candidates for careers in academia, business, politics, and social services, as well as law.

What to Expect: We don’t meet regularly. Instead you’ll get as needed emails with a heads up about employers coming to campus, internship/post graduate opportunities, company visits, speakers, helpful tools and workshops.

Leaders: Multiple Career Center, Faculty and Staff across WashU

Strategic Communications, Marketing & Public Relations – “StratCom”

Overview: For pop culture junkies and creative problem solvers who love words, ideas and influencing. With strong campus partnerships over 350 students, faculty and staff have developed particularly strong corporate relationships in Chicago, New York and St. Louis among top agencies such as: Edelman, Leo Burnett, DigitasLBi, Weber Shandwick, Ogilvy & Mather, FleishmanHillard and Interbrand. Our Goal: We strive to help you learn about the fields of communications, advertising, public relations and marketing. We’ll help you access industry and employer information, connect with alumni, and prepare to be a great candidate for internships & jobs.

 What to Expect: You’ll receive a weekly newsletter packed with industry information, tips, articles, and opportunities. We also introduce you to alumni through our Alumni Spotlight Series, and give you a heads up about upcoming programming, company visits, speakers and workshops.

Canvas: Our StratCom Canvas page is full of links, industry news, agency insights and notes from employer programs, and information about how to become a good candidate and market yourself. New students are added each Monday so you should see it on your Canvas Dashboard next week.

Advising & Preparations: April takes appointments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays. She tends to book up in advance, so keep that in mind when scheduling. Please click here to schedule online.

Leaders: The StratCom Group is led by Sherrie Aach and April McLellan.

Sustainability

Overview: We work closely with campus partners including Net Impact, the Office of Sustainability and faculty to educate and connect students with local, national, and global organizations advancing the sustainability of our planet from a variety of perspectives. When you join, you will be added to the Sustainability Canvas site, which includes resources relevant to your search. Our Goal: To help you connect to resources (people, organizations, internships, jobs, conferences, workshops) that pertain to your interest in sustainability/conservation.

We encourage you to also join other relevant groups.  If you are interested in policy aspects of sustainability, please also join the GPP group.  If you are interested in more science / engineering aspects of sustainability, please also sign up for McKelvey Industry Connect through the Engineering group.

What to expect: Since sustainability crosses over into business, engineering, science, social science, philanthropy, policy, government, legal, and cultural topics our group is more of a resource rather than a group that meets regularly. We encourage you to also join other relevant groups.  If you are interested in policy aspects of sustainability, please also join the GPP group.  If you are interested in more science / engineering aspects of sustainability, please also sign up for McKelvey Industry Connect through the Engineering group.

Campus activities and partners: There are many important groups on campus you may also want to connect with including the Office of Sustainability, Net Impact, InCEES, Green Action, Burning Kumquat, WashU Green Ambassadors, Student Green Council, WashU Environmental Justice Initiative, Interdisciplinary Law Clinic, Washington University Students for International Collaboration on Environment and Tyson Research Center.

Advising & Preparations: Use online scheduling to make an appointment with a sustainability advisor.

Leaders: The Sustainability Group is led by Sarah Rigazio, Amy Heath-Carpentier and Jennifer Finney.