2015-2016 Peer Career Advisors
PCA drop-in hours Will be posted shortly after classes begin in September
Emily Bai ’16
Hello! I’m a rising senior anthropology major at Amherst College, with a special interest in medical anthropology. In the Fall of 2014, I studied abroad in St. Andrews, Scotland and became a big fan of traveling. On campus I’m also a mentor at Reader to Reader, a Beneski museum docent, and I will be the program assistant for the Five College Program in Culture Health and Science.
I’ve been constantly on and off the pre-med track, and I’ve been using summer opportunities to figure out where I want to be on the spectrum of health professions. In past summers I’ve conducted research on integrative medicine, biked around New York City with middle school kids, edited publications for children’s environmental health resources, and interned in a community health center serving vulnerable populations.
Through the process, I’ve become all too familiar with the dilemmas and pressure of choosing the “right career”. I’d be more than happy to share my experiences – to talk through not only the practical aspects of finding a job/internship, but also the bigger picture of finding a meaningful direction to take.
Hadley Heinrich ’17
Hi! My name is Hadley Heinrich, and I’m a junior majoring in Neuroscience here at Amherst. I’m also following the Five-College Culture, Health, and Science public health track, and completing pre-PA requirements. I run with ACEMS on campus and work with various clubs and organizations on and off campus, including Project Salud, Public Health Collaborative, Reader to Reader, and the Book & Plow Farm.
This last summer I interned with Health Links Colorado, a nonprofit initiative through the Colorado School of Public Health, and wrote a literature review on my research into maternal and child health in the workplace. The summer before that, I worked as a Historic Restoration Intern at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Sitka, Alaska. After graduation, I hope to pursue a career integrating public health practice and primary care work as a PA.
Feel free to drop by the Career Center for help with cover letters, resumes, internships, or if you just want to chat careers!
Tiffany Lee ’16
My name is Tiffany and I am a junior Biology major completing the premedical track. I was born in the Philippines and is now currently living in Singapore. At Amherst College, I’ve been involved in a number of health-related activities including Charles Drew Health Professions and Amherst College Emergency Medical Services (ACEMS). However, I also have an interest in theater, having worked as a Shop Technician in the Theater Shop and as a Theater Usher.
I spent this past summer working on my thesis in the Trapani lab investigating the behavioral and electrophysiological aspects of the startle response in zebrafish larvae. In the past, I was a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow at Amherst College and was an intern at Singapore Red Cross Society. After graduation I hope to work in clinical research then enter medical school.
I am excited to work with you on your career path! Hope to see you at the Career Center!
Rachel Nghe ’16
Hello all! My name is Rachel Nghe and I am a senior majoring in Political Science and Asian Languages & Civilizations. I studied abroad last fall at the Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. Aside from working at the career center, I am also a tour guide for the Admissions Office and a Tele-mentor for the Quest Scholars Program. A bulk of my work on campus advocates for diversity and inclusion, which led me to take on post as a Peer Diversity Educator for the Multicultural Resource Center, the Campus Inclusion Officer for the AAS President’s cabinet, as well as the chair of the politically-oriented Asian Student Association.
Throughout my summers, I have actively pursued cross-sector internships, which include government offices, law firms and legal institutions, and social entrepreneurship organizations. My varied experiences helped me develop an open mind to the different possibilities post-graduation, be it working for the social sector, private corporations, international affairs, or something completely different.
I look forward to helping students pursue their aspirations and career goals in the coming year! These conversations are not easy, but please stop by the career center if you need assistance with resumes, cover letters, internships or general career advice!
Priyanka Shetty ’16
My name is Priyanka and I am currently starting my senior year majoring in both Psychology and English while working towards completing the requirements for the Five College Certificate for the Culture of Health and Sciences Program. Throughout my time here at Amherst, I’ve come to enjoy finding ways to engage and interact with the Town of Amherst community. Whether it be working as an America Reads Tutor at a local day care, tutoring ESL students at the Jones Library, or volunteering as a Resource Advocate at a homeless shelter near UMass Amherst, I’ve come to discover that there is always something new to learn from those around us. This desire to build lasting relations and to constantly expose myself to new aspects of the community has also played a huge role in my involvement with the Big Brothers and Sisters program and the Public Health Collaborative on campus. Over the summers, I’ve been a bit all over the place in terms of activities and internships, but the same interest in getting to understand people to better help and communicate with them has been threaded throughout each experience. After Amherst I hope to take a few years completing pre-med requirements and exploring different interests, eventually finding my way to medical school where I hope to pursue a career combining medicine, human nature and behavior, and education. Getting to this point has taken a lot of self-reflection, learning things about myself that I hadn’t realized before – I would be more than happy to talk about the experience and see if I can offer any insight/advice on anything at all. Please feel to drop by the Career Center to chat about resumes, job searches, cover letters, internships or general career/academic advice!
Ralph Washington ’16
Hey! My name is Ralph Washington, and I am a senior who is majoring in economics. I was born in Harlem, New York, and went to a high school that required all of its students to have internships. In high school I interned at Merrill Lynch for one year and Interpublic Group for three years. The past two summers I have interned at Citigroup doing sales and trading. As for my plans after graduation, if I do not continue working in finance I will explore my growing interest in consulting by trying to work in that field.
Throughout my time at Amherst, I have run track, worked in the Beneski Museum of Natural History, and studied abroad in Madrid. In addition to being a Peer Career Advisor, I am also a Campus Center Manager, Peer Advocate of Sexual Respect, and Telementor, helping high school seniors with the college application process.
I look forward to helping you achieve your career goals, so if you need any assistance please let me know!