Career Management Stories

Avery Agles, GS, CBE

  • University Administrative Fellow
"My experience has totally transformed my idea of academia into a place where meaningful change and empowerment can happen."

Jonathan Aguirre, GS, SPO

  • Professional Development Working Group Member
  • Participant, American Higher Ed GradFUTURES Learning Cohort
  • Participant, Ethics of AI GradFUTURES Learning Cohort
"I've been most appreciative of the stimulating conversations that have motivated me to pursue research topics I would have never otherwise...

Megan Armknecht, GS, HIS

  • Summer Intern, Bureau of Bureau of Public Affairs/ Office of the Historian in Washington D.C
"[T]his experience helped me form meaningful working relationships with other historians, and has been helpful in framing my prospectus for my...

Sarah Marie Bruno, GS Physics

"The Pathways with a PhD Bootcamp helped me gain a renewed sense of purpose and energy in my graduate studies."

Zoe Rose Buonaiuto, *18, HIS

  • University Administrative Fellow
"Participating in the UAF program was one of the most formative experiences I had at Princeton. The program provided me important mentorship, a...

Dane Christie, *19, CBE

"If you cannot convince people of the merit of your ideas in language they can understand, you are not going anywhere, since it is impossible to...

Alicia M. Ejsmond-Frey, *19, CLA

  • Summer Intern, Open Innovation Team, Cabinet Office (London, UK)
  • Classics PhD
"My department was surprised but delighted to find out that I was going to pursue a career in government, and in his introduction to my FPO the...

Saadia El Karfi, GS, FIT

  • University Administrative Fellow
As a UAF "I get to work on issues and topics that are meaningful to me as an international student, as a woman, and as an academic."

Julia Grummit, GS, HIS

  • University Administrative Fellow
“Along with the practical skills I’ve learned through my work in the Center for Digital Humanities, the UAF fellowship has provided me with a better...

Hasan Hameed, GS, HIS

  • University Administrative Fellow
"I've gotten to interact with people in departments as diverse as Professional Development and the Office of Undergraduate Student Life, giving me a...

Jiayue (Jenny) He, *08, ELE

"Emotional resilience is essential for a founder. One of my undergrad professors told me, “Once you are in a Ph.D. program, it is all about the...

Max Horder, GS, ANT

  • University Administrative Fellow
"My experience of the UAF has been transformational: it has equipped me with the skillset I need to translate my academic training into proficiencies...

Patrice Jean, *99, MOL

  • Star Lessons in Leadership Keynote Speaker
During graduate school, I honed my skills as a scientist, but I also learned how important it was to engage with all people from different...

Stanley N. Katz

  • Professor of Public and International Affairs;
  • Director of the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies;
  • GradFUTURES Learning Cohort Participant
"The Higher Education Workshop has been a boon for me as a scholar-teacher with a long commitment to the study of higher education policy."

Robbie LeDesma, GS, MOL

  • Research on the Road Participant
“Research on the Road” is a fantastic science communication/public speaking event that taught me a lot about how to think about my own work when...

James C. Loy, GS, PHY

  • Professional Development Associate

James C. Loy is a Ph.D. student in Physics, and a Professional Development Associate charged with working primarily on initiatives for graduate...

Victoria Luu, GS, GEO

  • University Administrative Fellow Alumni/ae
"This experience in creating bridges across different stakeholders and developing systematic solutions helped me to secure a prestigious marine...

Cate Mahoney, GS, ENG

  • University Administrative Fellow
  • Summer Intern, Ithaka S&R
"In the spring I will teach my first class, and I'm super excited! I've found working with John and Stephanie to be like working with old friends."

Stephanie Pope, GS, ENG

  • Summer Intern, Huo Family Foundation
"I would without qualification recommend an internship at the Foundation for anyone looking for a varied, challenging summer work experience and a...

Nicholas Risteen, *19, ARC

  • University Administrative Fellow
"Seeing the publishing world as a form of intellectual curation—to evaluate and guide future scholarship in the field—was eye opening for me, and...

Ann Marie Russell, *12, PSY

"When I was in graduate school, it felt like we had two choices: an academic career or failure. The thought of voluntarily pursuing a non-academic...

Jill Stockwell, *17, COM

  • Mentor, University Administrative Fellowship Program
"[E]very UAF we’ve worked with has been thoughtful and passionate, and has brought new energy and ideas to our program. UAFs have made a significant...

Nicholas Turner, GS, COS

"When thinking about moving into a career using these technologies, it's important to do that with a clear and broad perspective. The learning group...

Peter Y. Wang, GS, CEE

  • Summer Bootcamp
"The Pathways with a PhD Bootcamp helped me to understand the University's career resources, network with alumni and faculty, and practice planning...

Matt Weber, *09, PSY

"Academics have more skills than they think, if they can just find the words to explain them to hiring managers. Grad students are required to write...

Abraham (Avi) Wolf, GS, CBE

  • GradFUTURES Learning Cohort Participant
  • Participant, Industry Exploration
The Venture Capital and Startups cohort "is a great way to quickly learn the core tenets of the funding ecosystem for entrepreneurs"

Kim Worthington, GS, HIS

  • GradFUTURES Learning Cohort Participant
"The GradFutures program unlocks a broad range of penetrating insights from graduate students as its appeal across disciplines and fields attracts...

Jay Xu, *08, ARC

"I am constantly conducting research, and while I’m not able to publish everything, I look forward to my “retirement” when I can start to synthesize...

Shengyu Yang, GS, EAS

  • Community College Teaching Fellow
  • Participant, American Higher Ed GradFUTURES Learning Cohort
As a Community College Teaching Fellow, and a American Higher cohort member "I learned how to balance my research and teaching in a safe yet...

Tony Ye, GS, ORF

"The Pathways with a PhD bootcamp series was invaluable for understanding the career planning process."

Lian Zhu, *19, CBE

  • University Administrative Fellow Alumni/ae
"I learned to code surveys and analyze results and pursue divergent interests such as hosting a science poetry reading or helping teach technology...