Who We Are

We are professionals dedicated to excellence in career development, with leading-edge experiences from industry and academe, who are excited about the role that we play in advancing the mission of the Heller School: "Knowledge advancing social justice." We strive to achieve this mission through the services and resources that we offer students and alumni. Three ways to think about the role of the career center in your professional career development is that we educate, advise, and connect: 

  • Educate: Through our wonderful career education programs and workshops, we provide opportunities for students to develop and hone key readiness skills such as networking, resume and cover letter development, interviewing techniques, salary negotiation and using LinkedIn, DevEx and GoingGlobal. Additionally, we conduct programs that explore careers across a variety of sectors, highlight key hiring organizations and feature alumni who provide an in-depth look into their respective careers and backgrounds.

  • Advise: One of our primary roles is to assist students in clarifying their professional interests, develop a greater understanding of the world of work and illuminate how their experiences, skills and Heller School education fit with their future career goals. We do this through one-on-one advising appointments, which can be scheduled by students through Handshake, our online platform, as well as through drop-in hours, which don't require an appointment.

  • Connect: We are always connecting to alumni at NGOs, state and local governments, research and policy institutes, multilateral organizations and private sector companies to cultivate relationships that lead to jobs, internships and other professional opportunities for students and alumni. We run a variety of experiential treks to key cities such as New York, Washington, D.C. and Boston, where students gain face-to-face time with alumni and employers.

Benny Belvin, Assistant Dean, Career Development

Benny J. Belvin II

Assistant Dean, Career Development

Benny has been working as a career development professional for nearly 16 years, including nine and a half years at Harvard University's Office of Career Services where he designed innovative alumni engagement programs, developed and led new employer outreach initiatives across the office, and advised undergraduate and graduate students on a variety of topics in career management. Benny is passionate about career development and relationship management, and has delivered numerous workshops on relationship-building across the country. Benny is looking forward to working with the Heller School Community to continue connecting students to opportunities, engaging our organizational and alumni partners to develop relationships and resources, and equipping Heller School students with the tools and strategies to successfully navigate the world of work. Benny holds a Master's of Science in Student Affairs Administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a Professional Certificate in Career Planning and Development from New York University. He completed the Harvard University Administrative Fellowship Program, and is designated a Master Career Development Professional (MCDP) by the National Career Development Association (NCDA).

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Erica Hodes, Associate Director of Career Development

Erica Hodes

Associate Director of Career Development

Erica has been in career development and graduate education for the past decade, and has been an adviser and strategic planner all her life. She has worked closely with graduate students in a variety of fields to hone their professional skills and tell their career story with compelling narratives. Erica has taught courses on salary negotiation, professional success, and office politics. She has particular expertise in the gender wage gap, the achievement and investment gap, and has spoken on these topics throughout Boston through her involvement with Dress for Success, Ellevate, and the Boston Postdoctoral Association. She has also written for The Muse as a specialist in career transitions and meaningful work. She holds a B.A. in History and International Studies from the University of Denver, and an M.A. in History from Boston College, where she also achieved doctoral candidacy.

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Adwoa Asare

Graduate Assistant, Employer Relations

MBA'19 Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Management

Margaret Eichner

Graduate Assistant, Post-Graduate Data and Outcomes Tracking

MBA/MPP'19 Child, Youth, and Family Policy

Kaitlyn Saruwatari

Graduate Assistant, Communications and Events

MBA/MS'19 Global Health Policy and Management

Assistant Dean Benny Belvin introduces the Career Development Center and its three core tenets: Educate, Advise and Connect.