The Catholic University of America

The Career Services Staff

The Career Services Office is located in the Pryzbyla Center, Room 127
Phone: 202-319-5623/Fax: 202-319-4480 Email: careers@cua.edu
Office Hours: M-F 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Mission:

The Office of Career Services provides programs, services and resources designed to encourage and assist students in the timely engagement in all aspects of career planning, experiential education, pursuit of post-baccalaureate educational opportunities, and job attainment. The office’s goal is to empower students to make career and educational choices facilitated by in-depth awareness of vocational interests, abilities, values, faith, and life goals. Through its efforts the office strives to provide students with the awareness and tools that will facilitate effective life-long career development activities.

 

The Vision of CUA Career Services is to:

• Become recognized by the University community as the center of institutional expertise and assistance in career planning, experiential education and job searching.
• Improve career awareness, provide role models for career success, enhance job and internship searching skills, and create networking connections through relationships with successful alumni.
• Build a comprehensive student campus employment program that enhances student career development and engagement with the University.
• Support and collaborate with University faculty and staff focused on first- and second-year students in order to stimulate timely engagement in the career planning process.
 
DIRECTIONS TO CAREER SERVICES

   

Anthony Chiappetta
Director

chiappetta@cua.edu

I have been working in the field of Career Services for over 14 years, having served as an Associate Director for Employer Relations at Princeton University and as an Assistant Director at Rutgers University.  Prior to my time in this field, I worked as an Academic Advisor in Athletics at Rutgers University as well as a head coach for crew at Lehigh University. 

As the Director of Career Services I oversee the office operations as well as actively participate in presentations and counseling session assisting students and alumni with decisions on issues such as choosing a major, finding an internship/job, preparing for interviews, applying to graduate programs, and changing careers. 

I earned my M.Ed. in Counseling from Springfield College in 1998 and B.A. in Psychology at Villanova University in 1994.  Additionally, I am a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers and have served as a member of the Graduate Career Consortium. 

Deborah F. Zimmer
Associate Director, Employer Relations

zimmer@cua.edu

As the Associate Director of Employer Relations, I work to promote our top-quality students and alumni to various potential employers including companies, non-profits, government agencies, and small businesses. My average day can include posting job opportunities and internships on Cardinal Connection, overseeing information sessions, and emailing students about important upcoming events. I network with employers and encourage them to attend our Career Fairs and participate in on-campus recruiting, two major initiatives Career Service offers to benefit our students. I have spent more than 20 years working as a professional in publications and marketing, promoting everything from retail goods to special events to scientific publications. Over the past few years, my career has focused on helping students get into college, and it was extremely satisfying to help people realize their goals. However, getting into one’s dream college is just the start of another journey, and now I assist students with the next step: locating that dream job.

I earned my B.A. in English in 1986 from the State University of New York, College at Geneseo and my M.A. in English in 1989 from The State University of New York at Buffalo.

Soad Mahfouz
Assistant Director

Mahfouz@cua.edu

I have been working with students in higher education for over a decade in different capacities, including admissions, career guidance, and academic advising.  I was drawn to the field of career counseling while working on my Master’s thesis, which examined the factors that influence choosing a major.

As the Assistant Director, I help with providing career counseling to CUA students and alums. I also assist students with their resumes and cover letters, job/internship searches, and interview skills. In addition, I am responsible for the Career Peer Advisors (CPA) program.  

I earned my BA degree in Psychology and English Literature, and my MS degree in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland. I am a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

CPA

Stephanie Marull

Psychology, Junior

Wellington, FL

Why did you want to become a Career Peer Advisor?

I decided to become a CPA because I want to help freshmen that are lost and not sure what they want to do after college. There are so many majors to choose from, therefore it is difficult to decide what it is we want to study and pursue a career in. Most of the time we do not know what jobs you can do with each major after college. This is very important when it comes to life after college.
In this aspect I want to help freshmen because I understand how confused you end up getting especially with all the pressure of making money.  

Why did you pick your major? Were there any factors that influenced your decision?

I chose my major out of a passion for helping others. I like listening to other people’s problems and giving them advice when they need it. I have always been that person that just listens and when you need advice I will give it to you. I like helping people and with psychology I am able to do this.

After you graduate, how do you plan to use your major? 
I would like to be a clinical psychologist or therapist who specializes in mental health.

 

Why do you think Career Services is such an important office?
Career Services is important because it helps prepare CUA students for jobs and lives after college. The office has all the resources from helping with resumes to preparation for interviews.

How has Career Services helped you?
Career Services has helped me though their events such as job fairs for on-campus jobs and their advice during their presentations in class. They bring up the scare of the real world which is something us, as college students, try to avoid talking about but we must.  

What was the best career advice you've received to date?

The best advice I have received is in reference to showing up on time. The saying goes if you’re on time, you’re already late. I think this is very important because if you have an interview or meeting with your coworkers or boss, showing up 5 minutes before shows your punctuality and they will appreciate this very much.
 

Have you had a job or internship during your years at CUA? If so, what were they?

Yes I have a job at CUA in Disability Support Services (DSS). I am currently the Note-taker Coordinator and an Office Assistant and have been working here since Fall 2013.

If a peer is reluctant to visit Career Services, what will you say to convince this person it’s worth it?    

I would tell my peer that we are not here to pressure him or her to start looking for jobs and applying. Career Services is here to give you the tools that enable you to find the best job that suits you! We are flexible to help in whatever way you want. From resumes to how to ace an interview, we help with these crucial parts of getting a job so that you do get a job! Hopefully one you love. 

Tell us a fun/random fact about yourself.

I am obsessed with Johnny Depp, especially when I was 13. I have watched all of his movies and T.V. shows, but still haven’t met him. One day!

CPA

Ruth Delgado

Mathematics, Junior

Passaic, NJ

 

Why did you want to become a Career Peer Advisor, and why did you choose to come back for a second year?

I decided to become a Career Peer Advisor because I wanted to learn what Career Services has to offer and take that information to my peers.  I want for more students to know what the Office of Career Services has to offer and using those opportunities to better their college experience and the future after college. Coming back as a 2nd year CPA , I feel that I am going to take the experiences that I learned last year and not only help even more of my peers, but also those that are coming into their first year of being CPAs. 

Why did you pick your major? Were there any factors that influenced your decision?

Through the help of a Career Counselor, I was able to better determine what major was best suited for me and also have an idea of the direction I could take with my major.

Why do you think Career Services is such an important office?
The Office of Career Services is an important office because when one graduates CUA with a degree, there are many options of where the degree can take one.  Regardless of one going to Graduate School, or going directly into the workforce, there has to be a plan of action and skills obtained in order to have an easy transition once leaving CUA. 

How has Career Services helped you?
Career Services has helped me not only know what I need to do in order to graduate with a resume, and also has provided great workshops to get tips or know about future events that the Office of Career Services will offer.  

What was the best career advice you've received to date?

The best career advice that I have received is that not all majors are defined by one job/career. There could be various jobs/careers that may need employees from different majors for various departments. 
 

Have you had a job or internship during your years at CUA? If so, what were they?

During my time at CUA, I worked at the Office of Campus Ministry as an Office Assistant. 

If a peer is reluctant to visit Career Services, what will you say to convince this person it’s worth it?    

Walking into the Office of Career Services is the first step in having a plan for what one will do after graduating CUA.  Career Services offers so many opportunities, such as, resume critiques, career counseling, different workshops, and even interview help.  Taking that initial step will not only allow one to have a one-on-one counseling with a Career Counselor but also more aware of those resources that were mentioned before.  

Tell us a fun/random fact about yourself.

I am the first person in my family to go to college. 

Office Assistants
2014-2015

 


Anna Murray
Psychology, 2016









Elizabeth Ward
Nursing, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Pablo Murga
Architecture, 2019


 

Kathryn O. Marshall
Associate Director

marshalk@cua.edu

II have been involved in the Career Development field for over 20 years. After working at the University of South Carolina's Career Center as part of my Master's degree program, I spent three years in the dual role of Director of the Cooperative Education Program and Assistant Director for Career Development at Berry College in Rome, GA. I then spent nine years at The George Washington University in Washington DC as an Assistant Director of Cooperative Education. During my tenure at GW, I worked with students from the School of Business and Public Management for seven years, and two years with students from the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education and Human Development.

I have extensive experience providing individuals with career counseling, job search strategies; resume writing, cover letters, interviewing skills and salary negotiations. As the Associate Director of the Career Services Office at CUA, I provide career counseling for students interested in exploring internships, writing resumes and cover letters, and developing strong interview and job search strategy skills. Additionally, I present at the Annual Dining Etiquette dinner which prepares students for the job interview over a meal. I periodically present to outside groups on various career development topics.

I earned a BS degree from Florida State University and a M.Ed. from the University of South Carolina. I am a member of The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and The Mid-Atlantic Career Counseling Association (MCCA). I am certified to administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs Personality Assessment (MBTI) and the Strong Interest Inventory.
 

Amanda S. Jones
Student Employment Coordinator

jonesa@cua.edu

I began working in the Career Services Office in August 2006, at the beginning of the academic year, and it hasn't been any less exciting. There is always something new and exciting going on in our office. As the Student Employment Coordinator, I enjoy interacting with students and their supervisors, though I have to admit that my favorite part is getting ready for National Student Employment Week because I get to walk around campus taking pictures of students at work. The rest of the year I help students and their supervisors with work-study questions, and also answer student questions about on-campus employment.

I have a Master's degree in Public Health, in Epidemiology from the University of Illinois, Chicago and a Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley where I majored in Psychology and minored in Spanish Literature.

Michele P. Gibbs
Administrative Assistant
gibbs@cua.edu

I provide support to the professional staff in Career Services. My main role is to ensure the office runs efficiently and visitors to our office are provided with a welcoming environment. In addition, my responsibilities include managing and updating our website, hiring and supervising student employees and assisting with office publicity. My career at CUA began in 2003.

Previously I worked for St. John the Baptist Catholic Community in Silver Spring, MD where I assisted 5 directors in running parish programs. Originally from Schenectady, New York, I was employed by the University at Albany for 9 years before following my heart to the DC area.

CPA

Alexander Holzberger
Finance, Philosophy, Senior
Londonderry, NH



Why did you want to become a Career Peer Advisor?
I decided to be a Career Peer Advisor due to a recommendation from a friend and because I want to show my classmates that with the right preparation and advice, they can be successful in whatever career paths they decide to pursue.

Why did you pick your major? Were there any factors that influenced your decision?
I chose to study Finance because I became fascinated with how the value of money can change over a period of time. I wanted to learn how and why the value of money changes and how people can make the most out of their assets during periods of uncertainty. I value flexibility and Finance is a very flexible degree in terms of career paths.

What do you want to do with your major?
I want to work in business operations.  I would love to work in a small start-up and help make it grow in size and influence. After I graduate, I plan on going for my MBA after 4-5 years of work experience.

Why do you think Career Services is such an important office?
The Office of Career Services is important because it offers many services that can help students and alumni be realistically prepared for whatever career paths they choose to follow. It is also very important because it is the best at teaching students how to make the most of their abilities in the future.

How has the Office of Career Services helped you?
The Office of Career Services has helped me gain insight on the possible career paths I could follow. I made an appointment just to polish my resume, and I received more than what I came for. My resume was polished, and I was given advice on what career paths I could follow and the first steps to take. I visited the office unsure about my resume, and I left inspired with many ideas and possibilities for my future.

What was the best career advice you have ever received?
The best career advice I have received is to keep in touch with your contacts. From friends, professors, employers, and colleagues, they can assist you in connecting with individuals they know that can help you where you want to be in your career. They can also promote and verify your professional skills.

Have you had a job or internship during your years at CUA? If so, what were they
?
During the summer of 2014, I was a Chargeback Associate Intern at Vantiv Inc., a Cincinnati-based payment-processing firm. During the summer of 2015, I was an Office Assistant at Catholic University’s Office of Campus Ministry.

If a peer is reluctant to visit Career Services, what will you say to convince this person it’s worth it?
I would tell this person that they should go because there is nothing bad that can happen from going. Their potential visit can be inspiring for them because they can be guided to possible career paths that they did not know were available to them. They can also learn what is necessary to be successful in those paths.

Tell us a fun/random fact about yourself.
I played the clarinet in my high school’s marching band and have performed in Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration Parade in 2009, the Rose Parade in 2011, and the St. Patrick Day’s Parade in New York City in 2009 and 2010.

CPA

Eric. N. Coyra-Calienes

International Economics & Finance, Mathematics, Junior

Boca Raton, Florida


Why did you want to become a Career Peer Advisor?

During my first two years at Catholic, I often found it difficult to utilize the offerings of the Office of Career Services. I decided to become a CPA so to better utilize the Office’s services and to help other students connect with the Office’s resources. I also wish to help others develop various professional skills.

Why did you pick your major? Were there any factors that influenced your decision?

I became interested in studying economics during my senior year of high school. I had a really great economics teacher and was excited about the various opportunities I would have by choosing that major. After taking some intradepartmental business courses, I realized that I wanted to broaden my focus and add the finance component to my major. I have an interest in economics on a global scale so I knew that studying International Economics & Finance would be the right fit for me. 

After you graduate, how do you plan to use your major? 
After graduation I hope to attend graduate school or work in management consulting.

 

Why do you think Career Services is such an important office?
The Career Services Office is important for many reasons. Unfortunately, many students have the misconception that the office is only needed when you need to find a job. The Office offers so much more than that by providing students with various resources and tools to succeed throughout their college career.  From first years to graduating seniors, the Office offers professional and individualized service every step of the way.

How has Career Services helped you?
Career Services has helped me to become more confident person and more focused towards planning my future. The Speed Networking event was one of the most useful events I attended. Having the ability to effectively converse with professionals is a life- long skill I have learned and continue to develop every day. In addition, taking the Strong Career Assessment test opened my eyes to what types of industries I would be interested in working in.  

What was the best career advice you've received to date?

The best career advice I have received to date is to always stay in touch with past employers and professors. These are the people who can attest to your skills and the level your work in the future. Building a strong network is more important than ever today as many positions place more emphasis on connections. 
 

Have you had a job or internship during your years at CUA? If so, what were they?

In my time at CUA I have worked for a local summer camp for kids during Summer 2012 and Summer 2014. I also had the opportunity to intern in the Marketing Services Department at Motion Point Corporation (Coconut Creek, FL). Motion Point is a company specializing in website translation and optimization. 

If a peer is reluctant to visit Career Services, what will you say to convince this person it’s worth it?    

I would encourage them to visit the office by showing them some of the many events that the Office puts together, the speakers that are brought to campus, and some of the success stories from utilizing the office. I would also tell them that they have nothing to lose by going. There is always an opportunity to learn something new.  

Tell us a fun/random fact about yourself.

I am an Eagle Scout