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10 Ways to Find Your Career Path

Are you unsure of what you want to do after graduation? Figuring out the next step in your career path isn't always easy, but it doesn't need to be stressful either! This article explores 10 ways that you can explore career options and maybe make a decision on what you want your next step to be. And remember, the Career Center is always here to help you with your career development, from finding out which fields may be of interest to helping you hone your interview skills, to evaluating a job offer.


One of the many resources available to William and Mary students is CareerShift. This online resource helps you to research companies, manage applications, and gain access to articles with information valuable to your job search!

You can access CareerShift by logging into Tribe Careers!

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Preservation50 is the United States’ effort to plan, celebrate, and learn from the achievements and challenges of the National Historic Preservation Act’s first five decades and to ensure historic preservation’s vibrant future in America. The Programs Internship provides a unique opportunity for a rising college junior or senior at the College of William & Mary looking to expand his or her experience in program development, administration, and historic preservation. The firm’s founding partners include a William & Mary graduate and former William & Mary Law School Lecturer. In addition, this opportunity is made possible through the contributions to P50 of a William & Mary graduate. The Intern will work closely with a large group of preservationists and related professionals nationwide, and with the Preservation50 management team, led by Cultural Heritage Partners, PLLC – a multi-service law and government affairs firm serving international clients in the cultural heritage, art, museum and historic preservation communities.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide administrative support for Preservation50 Working Groups (scheduling, notes/minutes, emails, etc.)
  • Assist the programs manager in keeping track of deliverables and help answer questions
  • from Working Groups
  • Schedule, plan and run Working Group conference calls
  • Plan and design programming
  • Conduct research and analysis
  • Draft articles, press releases, blog posts and other content
  • Perform other duties as necessary

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Creativity and a positive attitude
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to work efficiently and collegially in a collaborative team environment
  • Ability to organize and manage many tasks concurrently
  • Ability to self-start and work independently
  • A demonstrated interest in cultural heritage and/or historic preservation
  • A demonstrated commitment to the public interest
  • Excellent sense of humor and proficient pun-making ability

Applicant must be:

  • Rising college junior or senior at William & Mary. We expect this position would appeal to students who are majoring or have an interest in history, archaeology, historic preservation, or cultural resources management, but welcome applicants from all fields.
  • Prepared to work 40 hours per week over the course of a ten-week period. Start and end
  • dates are flexible.
  • Based in the Washington, DC area in Summer 2015.

The successful applicant will be compensated at a rate of $10.50/hr, and will work both at home and with colleagues in convenient work spaces, as needed.

Application Requirements:

Interested applicants should apply through TribeCareers AND submit a cover letter, resume and unofficial college transcipt to by May 1, 2015. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Administrative Assistant at Open Society Foundations Public Health Program

Open Society Foundations is seeking an Administrative Assistant. The Administrative Assistant will provide administrative support to both the Central Division and the Global Financing and Support to the Field Division of the Public Health Program (PHP). He/She will report to the Director of Learning and Grant Making.

For more information about this opportunity, access the Human Rights Jobs & Internships database in Tribe Careers!

Civil Rights Specialist with the Virginia Department of Transportation

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Civil Rights Division is seeking a Civil Rights Analyst in the Culpeper District to assist in development and implementation of all Equal Opportunity/Civil Rights Programs. This person with review, process and analyze documentation submitted by contractors; conducting on-site audits and interviews with contractor management and staff; determining compliance with program requirements under state and federal laws and regulations; developing written reports and corrective action plans to support review findings. Provide technical guidance to agency and contractor personnel on Construction EEO/DBE programs, policies and procedures. Complies, monitors and analyze Affirmative Action data and Title VI. Administers the contractor On-The-Job Training program. Develops and conducts training on Construction EEO program. Answers internal EEO procedural inquiries.

For more information about this opportunity access the Policy Jobs & Internships database in Tribe Careers!

Regional Alumni Engagement Coordinator at William and Mary

Recent and soon-to-be grads: Want to work for W&M?

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The Regional Alumni Engagement Coordinator supports Alumni Engagement, Regional and International Advancement teams both on campus and in the assigned region.

Under general supervision, reporting to the Senior Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement, the Coordinator’s primary focus is to manage regional volunteers, develop and deliver strategic engagement opportunities and programming to engage regional alumni, and act as an alumni ambassador of William & Mary in the assigned region to strengthen the lifelong ties alumni have to their alma mater.

Specific responsibilities include (but not limited to):

  • Assist in the identification, cultivation and recruitment of alumni volunteers to significantly increase alumni engagement.
  • Provide pre-planning and onsite management of assigned engagement opportunities and programming. Manage programming evites and newsletters via email and mail. Create the pre and post-event documents for distribution to and review by William & Mary and University Advancement staff.
  • Acts as liaison between constituent offices and University Advancement teams and outside vendors. Serves as a primary liaison to regional alumni chapters, including providing chapter and volunteer training.
  • Attend chapter board meetings and act as representative on various chapter boards. Monitors creation and execution of annual reporting activity, strategic plans and budgeting for chapters.
  • Assists in survey process (to include distribution of surveys, compiling of data, producing metrics and benchmarking data) to analyze the effectiveness and progress of regional programs.


Intern at the U.S. Energy Information Administration communications office

Full-time communications summer interns are needed to support our work with the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s award-winning Office of Communications. We are looking for undergraduate or graduate students majoring in communications, public affairs, graphic design/film/media arts, or web design/development.

Duties may include:

  • Write and/or edit articles, stories, copy, and content with a clear understanding of tone, audience, and readability
  • Develop, edit, and/or maintain web pages and web applications
  • Create and post social media content; help promote EIA’s social media presence
  • Conduct audience / user research and analysis to include web traffic analysis, one-on-one interviews, focus groups, usability testing, surveys, campaign analysis, contextual inquiry, etc.
  • Produce/implement digital videos, podcasts, webinars, audio slide shows, e-learning modules, etc. for both external and internal audiences
  • Create compelling visuals, to include infographics, data visualizations, illustrations, photography manipulation, for website pages and diverse marketing collateral
  • Support event planning and implementation.

Interns will be paid up to $20 per hour, commensurate with experience and skills, and work onsite at the U.S. Department of Energy headquarters. Please send resume and several examples of your work to Jocelyn Brannan at:


Field Representative for a Maryland Democrat

A Maryland Democrat is seeking a high energy, highly-organized, and detail

oriented Field Representative for his District Office.


  • Serve as the official representative for the Member in the local community.
  • Act as liaison with federal, district, and local government agencies, political officials, and other community organizations to form effective relationships for the Member.
  • Monitor and update the Member and District Directors on district and local issues of importance.
  • Staff and provide logistical support for scheduled district meetings and events for the Member.
  • Assess local and casework related issues for problems requiring possible legislative action; make recommendations to the District Directors and Chief of Staff.
  • Answer casework correspondence and verbal communications with constituents.
  • Provide casework assistance to constituents in a timely and efficient manner; proactively follow up on all open cases until a resolution is reached.
  • Train and supervise a staff of Interns to handle routine Office matters, such as incoming correspondence, visitors, telephone calls, and other issues that may arise.


  • Thoroughness and careful attention to detail.
  • Ability to work well under pressure while juggling multiple tasks with competing priorities.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment in fulfillment of
  • casework responsibilities.
  • Availability to work long hours, including nights and weekends, if needed.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and courteously with others.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Thorough knowledge of legislative process.
  • Knowledge of all issues and events in the district in which the Member is involved.
  • A working knowledge of the VA and military issues are preferred, but not required.
  • Maryland ties are a plus.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. To

apply, please email a resume and cover letter to

No phone calls are walk-ins please.

Staff Assistant for House Committee on Ethics

Committee on Ethics has an opening for a Staff Assistant. Duties include:

answering telephones; assisting with the tracking and processing of committee

correspondence; providing administrative support in setting up committee

meetings; and entering data and navigating databases with accuracy. This is a

non-partisan position which requires the ability to serve all Members of

Congress equally and refrain from political or partisan activity. Applicants

must have excellent organizational skills and a professional telephone manner;

good computer skills; proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel; ability to

work cooperatively and courteously with others; ability to use good judgment

in responding to inquiries and requests; and flexibility in assisting with daily

tasks and projects.

Applicant Instructions:

Please email cover letter and resume with “Staff Assistant” in the subject line to

Project Coordinator with Greenberg Quinlan Rosner

Greenberg Quinlan Rosner is one of the world's premier research and strategic consulting firms. We specialize in political polling and campaign strategy, helping political candidates, parties, advocacy groups, and ballot initiatives succeed across the United States and around the globe. GQR also supports some of the world's leading corporations and business executives in navigating changing global trends and improving their performance, reputation, and profitability.

If this company appeals to you, access their job openings via the link below and search for their Project Coordinator opening.

Junior Analyst at the Virginia Department of Planning and Budget

The Department of Planning and Budget (DPB)is seeking entry level Budget and Policy Analysts. The positions will work with senior DPBstaff to assist the Governor’s Office, the Governor’s cabinet, the General Assembly, and other state agencies when developing and executing the Commonwealth’s budget. The analysts will be expected to assist with developing and reviewing budget policy information, conducting detailed short and long range budget analysis, monitoring agency expenditures, organizing strategic planning and related performance information, reviewing legislation for fiscal impact, conducting special studies and program evaluation as needed, and communicating findings and recommendations.

For more information about this position, see the job description via this link:



Graduating seniors who plan to attend journalism graduate school in fall 2015 are eligible to apply for this $17,500 award. Applications are due by noon on Friday, May 8.

This fellowship has been created through the generosity of William & Mary alumni Mason and Connie Sizemore. Applicants must be graduating seniors who plan to enroll in a graduate school of journalism in the fall of 2015. The recipient will receive a $17,500 award.

Applicants must submit 1 set of the following materials (paper-clipped, no staples) to the Charles Center (Blow Hall) by 12 noon on Friday May 8, 2015:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A Banner transcript (must include spring 2015 course registration)
  • 3 writing samples (articles, essays, etc.)
  • A copy of an acceptance letter to a graduate School of Journalism
  • A personal statement (2 pages, double spaced) describing your experience in journalism up to this point, your career plans, and why you have chosen the graduate school you will be attending.

Applicants must also submit one letter of recommendation from a William and Mary faculty member, in a sealed envelope with signature across the seal, along with the rest of the application.

Contact Lisa Grimes ( with questions.