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.
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Brief Summary of Each Group
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! 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. These resources can be found on our Consulting Interest Group Blackboard page. In the height of consulting recruiting season (August-October), plan to receive live updates on application deadlines and networking opportunities via email. The Consulting Group is led by Suzanne McIver, Casey Jenkerson and Michael Chapin.
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: We’ll mostly be a virtual group with opportunities to communicate through, email, Google Hangouts, LinkedIn, and with some company tours or local programming. You’ll receive periodic email communications with programs/events/opportunities. We’ll give you a heads up about employers coming to campus, Road Shows, cool technologies, speakers, and workshops.
ENGroups are led by Sue Kruessel and Jennifer Finney.
Launched this year after visiting alumni & HR professionals in NYC at NBC Universal, The Daily Show, Creative Artists Agency, and Stick Figure Productions, it builds on early work with HollyWU – the bi-coastal WashU young alumni network actively engaging students on campus for careers in the entertainment industry. The Entertainment Group is led by Sarah Rigazio and Cynthia Bowdry.
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. The Fashion Group is led by Casey Jenkerson and Jen Meyer.
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. The Finance and Banking Group is led by Molly Burkot.
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. The GPP Group is led by Molly Burkot, Amy Heath-Carpentier and Susan Craig.
Exploring the wide variety of graduate school options, this group consists of workshops, advising and best practices to ensure our undergraduates are knowledgeable and successful as they seek on-going education at the best institutions in the world
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
Interdisciplinarians 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.
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. The StratCom Group is led by Sherrie Aach and April McLellan.
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. For advising, see the Advising module in Canvas to determine who might be the best advisor for you. The Sustainability Group is led by Sarah Rigazio, Amy Heath-Carpentier and Jennifer Finney.