Career Development Center

For Students

Heller students talking on Wallack Terrace, Schneider Building.

From the moment you gain admission to the Heller School, we want to make sure you begin to think about the importance of career and job application skills and resources on the success of your next steps after graduation. You’ll get an invitation to the Summer Career Academy, to be completed online before you even step foot on campus. You’ll also get an introduction to the career center’s online hub for career workshops, jobs, and internship postings Handshake, as well as an overview of BConnect, the University’s community engagement portal where students can connect with alumni.

As you continue to get acclimated to your program of study, you will find that there will be many opportunities to explore a variety of industries, organizations, and professional occupations. The career center delivers over 30 career programs a semester. That is in addition to the many other career exploration opportunities delivered by academic departments, students’ groups, and in other parts of the campus. Additionally, with nearly 4500 Heller School alumni working across a variety of industries, the career development center also develops opportunities, such as networking nights, career fairs, career treks, and lunch and learns which encourages you to network. There will be skills workshops and programs to learn key tips and strategies for making connections. Although one may come to a university to pursue careers common to an academic program, career development is very much a personal endeavor and with nearly 500 students seen in advising appointments a year, our team makes sure that students and alumni have the personalized attention and space to develop their respective career plans.

This is your career development center and team and we are excited to be your partners on your career journey at Heller and beyond. Please continue to take a look at the many ways that you can learn about, develop, and pursue your career goals. By the time you’re ready to graduate, you’ll have all the tools you need to secure a job with impact. 

Key Programs

  • Employer Treks: You’ll have the opportunity to visit employers across the Boston area, in New York City and Washington, D.C., each year. These student-led treks get you in the door at major nonprofit organizations, government agencies and mission-driven companies. The New York City overnight trip offers six to 10 site visits, while the Washington, D.C., three-day trip offers 25 to 30 site visits, in addition to an alumni career panel and reception.

  • Summer Career Academy: This four-week online course gets incoming students familiar with the career resources available at Heller. You’ll receive an email in July before the start of your fall semester. Over the next four weeks, you’ll learn about the online career development system, Handshake; complete a career exploration self-assessment; create a Heller resume or CV; and upgrade your LinkedIn profile.  

  • Employer Spotlights: Throughout the school year, employers will come to Heller to meet students by offering a short presentation and setting up a table to answer questions for several hours. This is a convenient way for you to explore different job opportunities between classes and activities.

  • MBA Board Fellows: Students in the MBA program can get matched with a nonprofit board to serve as a non-voting member for 12 months. You’ll gain valuable leadership skills, experience working with the challenges specific to the nonprofit sector, and direct access to the organization’s leadership team.

Experiential Learning 

Examine food security for the Food Trust in Philadelphia. Perform monitoring and evaluation for Plan International in Washington, D.C. Address human trafficking for the International Organization for Migration in China. The best way to prepare for a career is to jump right in as a student with a summer or semester-long internship, practicum or field work. Each Heller program has its own requirements for experiential learning:

  • Sustainable International Development PracticumHeller’s SID students complete a full-time, professional-level practicum in their second year with a development organization such as a U.N. agency, international NGO or local organization. Practicum positions include research, formulating policies, project management, and fundraising or advocacy campaigns. Practicum project titles include: 
    • “Climate-smart agriculture: A strategy to increase smallholder farmers’ production and mitigate Liberia’s dire food insecurity crisis”
    • "Factors impeding women's career advancement in Bhutan"
    • "Expanding educational opportunities for refugee youth in America"
  • Conflict Resolution and Coexistence Field ProjectHeller’s COEX students conduct at least three months of fieldwork, during which they develop a project in collaboration with an organization. Fieldwork project titles include:
    • “Conflict Mitigation in Lebanon: From Peace Labs to Arts Labs"
    • “REDD+ in the Lacandon Jungle in Chiapas, Mexico: Conflict Analysis for an Inclusive Sustainable Biodiversity” 
    • “Transformative Scenario Planning: Thinking of the Future to Transform Today’s Conflict”
  • MBA Team Consulting ProjectHeller’s MBA students complete a three-month team project in which they act as consultants for a mission-driven client organization. Each team project applies management skills and principles to a real-world business challenge. Team Consulting Projects include:
    • Tufts Medical Center: Physician Compensation
    • City of Haverhill: Performance-Based Budgeting for a Better Tomorrow
  • MPP Program InternshipsIn the summer between their first and second year at Heller, MPP students intern at a range of policy advocacy organizations, government offices, think tanks, research institutes, nonprofits and foundations. Internships include: 
    • National Partnerships for Women & Families
    • Government Accountability Office (GAO)
    • Urban Institute
    • The Boston Foundation

Handshake

This is the core of all career activities at Heller—so sign up the moment you get your Brandeis email account. Through Handshake, you can view job and internship postings, make appointments with Career Development Center staff, find resources for job searching and applications and more. And it’s access you’ll have forever as a Heller alum, so get familiar now.