Career Development

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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Bryan Kanney

Bryan Kanney

Assistant Director of Career Development

Bryan joined the Heller Career Development team in January 2019. Bryan graduated from Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio, in August 2018 after completing a Master of Science in Education in Counseling with a focus on College Counseling and Student Affairs. During his graduate career, Bryan served as Graduate Assistant in the Office of Career & Academic Advising; in this role Bryan developed an advising style grounded in trait-and-factor theory after working primarily with undergraduate exploratory majors. In addition to career advisement, Bryan served in roles in Study Abroad, Athletics, and International Student Services and Programs. Most recently, Bryan completed an internship within the International Office at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland and briefly served as Programs Coordinator in the Office of Education Abroad at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. Bryan maintains a commitment to working with international and diverse student populations and empowering all students to make informed career decisions.

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Kristin Snyder, Assistant Director of Career Development

Kristin Snyder

Assistant Director of Career Development

Kristin Snyder has been working in the career services field for several years, where she has supported students in their career exploration and job and internship searches and has collaborated with employers representing a variety of industries. She enjoys teaching career development skills to students as well as helping them realize their big-picture goals, and she tailors advising to students' unique needs and experiences. Kristin has a Master's in education from Tufts University, where she studied the relationship between school and society through the lens of theory, policy, and research. The focus was on the importance of equity, access and inclusion, and her capstone research project addressed disability policy. Kristin also completed 120 hours of intensive training in career advising through the National Career Development Association.

Brian Kibler

Brian Kibler, MPP/MBA'22

Graduate Assistant: Marketing and Communications

Tezeta Tamrat, MBA/MA SID'22

Tezeta Tamrat, MA SID/MBA'22

Graduate Assistant: Data and Outcomes Reporting

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