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.
Walk-In Consulting Hour
M-Th 3:30-4:15 pm (Resume/Cover Letter Critique/Quick Questions) No Appointment Necessary!

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
Employer Relations Coordinator

zimmer@cua.edu

As the Employer Relations Coordinator, 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.

CPA

Liz Bridgeman

Politics, Sophomore

Silver Spring, MD

 

Why did you want to become a Career Peer Advisor?

I decided to become a Career Peer Advisor to help students prepare and present themselves best for internships and/or their career. It is fulfilling to see someone achieve his or her dreams with just a little guidance from such a knowledgeable office.

 

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

I decided I wanted to study Politics and pursue a career in the government therefore; DC is the place to be! DC provides a great learning environment for Politics majors and also provides great opportunities for internships.


Why do you think Career Services is such an important office?

I think Career Services is an extremely important office because the staff members provide students with the skills and guidance necessary for being fully prepared for their next internship and career. For example, Career Services has helpful ideas, methods, and templates that students may never think about when writing a resume or participating in an interview. Career Services helps develop our students to be prepared and able when making the step from college to career, from freshman to senior year and beyond.

 

How has Career Services helped you?

Career Services has helped me prepare a resume and discover new opportunities in pursuing my dream of working law enforcement in the government. An event such as the Spring Career Fair provide students multiple prospective career paths and is also a great way to practice interviewing! Lastly, the weekly email sent by the Career Services office shows the latest and closing internships, which is extremely helpful—it introduced me to my current internship! 

 

 

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

The best career advice I have received is it is never too early to start pursuing your career. If you know what you want to do, go for it and you will have many valuable experiences along the way. I’ve also learned that if someone is unsure of what he or she may want to do as a career, Career Services is the office to discover the opportunities and find guidance from the staff. 

 

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

I received an internship at the Department of Justice this summer going into my sophomore year and will continue throughout this fall. I will also begin working as an Office Assistant in the Resident Housing Offices throughout campus. 

 

 

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

If a peer is reluctant to visit Career Services, I would tell he or she that there is nothing to lose stepping into our office and seeing what information he or she may gain. That one step may lead to an amazing internship, which in turn may lead to the career you never dreamed of! From writing a resume to finding the right career for you, Career Services is there to help.

 

Tell us a fun/random fact about yourself.

In 2009, I sang in the Pope’s choir at National’s stadium during his visit! It was an amazing experience.

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









Jessica Burns
Architecture, 2015

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

Christina Heifferon

Politics, Latin American and Latino Studies, Spanish, Senior

Medford, NY

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

For me, being a CPA is an opportunity to give back to Career Services. Without Career Services, I don’t think that I would have ever been accepted to the Department of State’s Pathways program.
One of my favorite parts about being a CPA last year was watching friends struggling to find internships or summer jobs and being to remind them that Career Services is a resource that can help them. I decided to come back because one year as a CPA was not enough. In my first year as a CPA, I learned a lot about what Career Services has to offer CUA's student body. With my second year, I hope to take all the knowledge that I gained and find new ways to share it with anyone who will listen.

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

I don’t really have a reason for why I am a politics major. In high school, I thought politics was an interesting topic/field/major, so I decided I would go to school in DC and be a politics major. Choosing my major wasn’t a huge ordeal; but, outlining my concentration and interests within the field of politics has been a never ending process.

After you graduate, how do you plan to use your major? 

I am considering going to grad school to get a Masters in International Human Rights

Why do you think Career Services is such an important office?
While talking to friends about internships, plans for post-graduation, and jobs, I started to realize that Career Services is often a forgotten resource. While it is often forgotten about, I think it is one of the most important offices for students to remember because Career Services is office that the functions and thrives on the needs of students. Every event seeks to address issues and answer the questions that students have when planning for internships and post-graduation plans. Meanwhile, counseling appointments exist because very few of us students are capable of navigating the job/internship search without a little bit one-on-one of help.

How has Career Services helped you?

I have used a lot of different resources that Career Services has to offer, especially counseling appointments and different workshops. At the end of every appointment or event, I always feel like I can achieve anything. Career Services has helped me set career goals, find internships, and tackle different application processes.

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

Apply for everything. Don’t be picky and don’t let your doubts stop you because you never know.
 

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

At the end of my freshman year, I started interning at the Department of State in the SCEP (now Pathways) program. I have also interned at Campaign Finance Consultants.

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

If you don’t want to go, don’t go. I am not going to force to go and no one in Career Services is going to force you to sit through an appointment.  But just remember that the office exists for a reason and you won’t regret going; but, you will probably regret NOT going. 

Tell us a fun/random fact about yourself.

I have been skydiving twice. And it was more fun the first time but, I got to jump through a cloud the second time.

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

CPA

Christian Domaas

International Economics and Finance, French Minor, Junior

Burtonsville, MD


Why did you want to become a Career Peer Advisor?

One of my good friends told me about the opportunity to become a CPA, and after hearing more about it and the skills I could gain from being one I knew that it would only benefit me as much as those who I would end up helping in being one.

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

I chose International Econ and Finance because my whole family has always been in some kind of business, but the international part I chose because I love traveling and speaking other languages.

After you graduate, how do you plan to use your major? 

After graduation I will be going to Graduate school at CUA for Integral Economic Development Management with the hopes of then traveling and helping third world countries.

How has Career Services helped you?

Career Services has helped me with many things. From getting started on my resume, and then looking over it numerous times to make sure that I had everything that I needed included in it. They also send out emails about internship interviews on campus and thanks to them I was able to get an internship with a Consulting company.

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

The best career advice I’ve received so far is “Do what you love, and love what you do.” It starts here at CUA with studying something you enjoy because that will translate to what you do after graduation. It also applies for any job or internship you may have, because although it may look good on a resume, only if you love it will you really get the most out of the experience.

 

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

Since being here at CUA I have been a DC Reads tutor both freshman and sophomore year which is a work study job through Campus Ministry. I highly recommend it for anyone with work study, and then this past summer I recently began interning for Mobius Consulting-LLC.

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

If a peer is reluctant to visit Career Services, I think I would just tell them everything that they have helped me with so far during my time at CUA and attempt to show them that they have nothing to lose by setting up at least one meeting; whether to look over a resume or whatever it may be.

Tell us a fun/random fact about yourself.

I have two fake teeth from playing baseball, but because of it I have a $10,000 smile.