The Catholic University of America

The Career Services Staff

The Career Services Office is located in McMahon Hall, Room 102
Phone: 202-319-5623/Fax: 202-319-4480 Email: careers@cua.edu
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. 

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

Elizabeth Bridgeman
Politics 
Class of 2017 

Why did you want to become a Career Peer Advisor?
I wanted to become a Career Peer Advisor because I find it rewarding helping my peers pursue their career goals.

Why did you pick your major? Were there any factors that influenced your decision?
I chose Politics as a major because of the career opportunities it could lead to in the Washington, DC area. 

After you graduate, how do you plan to use your major?  
After I graduate, I plan to continue working for the government which my major has been a great asset in obtaining that opportunity.  

Why do you think the Office of Career Services is such an important office?
Career Services helps you prepare for 'the real world' and life after college which students sometimes neglect. I believe it is crucial that students visit Career Services and take advantage of their wisdom and resources as soon as possible so they are prepared to step outside of the college life the day they graduate. 

How has Office of Career Services helped you? 
From one of the very first days of Orientation, Career Services was a shining presence on campus to help me in my pursuit of working for the government. With their assistance, I solidified an internship during my freshman year with the government. 

What was the best career advice you've received to date?
As I am in pursuit of a full time job post-graduation, the best career advice I have received is twofold. First, follow your heart; only you know what your passion is and what you can excel at. Second, once you find that passion, give it everything you have and never give up on being the best in that field. 

Have you had a job or internship during your years at CUA? If so, what were they?
I began my internship with the Department of Justice the summer before my Sophomore and have worked on campus every year. I will have three jobs during my senior year. 

If a peer is reluctant to visit the Office of Career Services, what will you say to convince this person it’s worth it?     
If someone is reluctant to visit Career Services, I would first ask them what they are interested in doing for a career. If they don't know, there are tests they can take to help determine that or if they do, they can simply have a chat with a professional staff member to see what's the best path to achieve their goal. One stop in to the office does not decide your future forever; it's just the beginning!

 

 

 CPA

Fiona Kavanagh
Anthropology 
Class of 2018 

Why did you want to become a Career Peer Advisor?
I wanted to become a Career Peer Advisor to help other students find the same relief that I did after going to Office of Career Services. I remember being so stressed out about not knowing my options for the future. Then, I went to Career Services to learn that I had endless options and that there are people who work full time specifically to help students find the right path. I wanted to play a similar role and assist other Catholic U students on their search.

Why did you pick your major? Were there any factors that influenced your decision?
I chose anthropology because it covers the bases of human culture and archaeology, two of my favorite things. I grew up traveling a lot, so I have always been fascinated by other cultures and love exploring new places. I was required to take an archaeology course for my major, and I ended up falling in love with that as well. I hope to combine the cultural aspects of anthropology with the archaeological side.

After you graduate, how do you plan to use your major? 
I hope to use my major to study human culture through both field work and some archaeology. My main goal is to interact with other cultures around the world to learn more about how our early ancestors evolved into who we are today. I would love to work in a Smithsonian museum as both a cultural anthropologist and museum curator. DC is the perfect spot for my major, the museums are just down the street!

Why do you think the Office of Career Services is such an important office?
Office of Career Services not only provides descriptions of internships and jobs, but also gives information on what to do and who to contact in order to get the position. With my own schedule, finding out all of this information for so many different interests that I have would be nearly impossible. The office gives options, and offers the assistance needed for students to actually follow through with any or all of the possibilities at hand.

How has Office of Career Services helped you? 
A few weeks into my first semester at Catholic, I went to Office of Career Service to try to find some guidance and direction for my future in anthropology. I had a wonderful experience and came away with even more options than I knew were available. I was also given specific contacts for certain positions to help me get started. I enjoyed my visit so much that I wanted to come back to work in Career Services!

What was the best career advice you've received to date?
Ask questions! It is okay, and almost always encouraged, to ask for clarification or assistance. Whether it’s your first Office of Career Services meeting or your first day on the job, never be afraid to ask questions!

Have you had a job or internship during your years at CUA? If so, what were they?
I have worked for a DC nanny company for the past two years, nannying for children 6 months to 13 years. I have also worked as a waitress and a hostess at a family restaurant. 

If a peer is reluctant to visit the Office of Career Services, what will you say to convince this person it’s worth it?   
I would definitely start out by describing my experience there. I would remind them how open and relaxed the atmosphere is in Office of Career Services. The most important point to recognize, though, is that the office is there specifically to help students and no one has anything to lose by trying it out.

Tell us a fun/random fact about yourself.
I am a dual citizen in Ireland and the USA!

Office Assistants
2016-2017

 
Elizabeth Ward
Nursing, 2018

 

 

 

 

 


 

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

Elisa D'Egidio
Politics 
Class of 2019

Why did you want to become a Career Peer Advisor?
I thought it was a unique opportunity to get involved in the CUA community at a pivotal point in my peers’ journey on campus. In doing so, I was enthusiastic to meet people with common interest and ambition for their careers. Therefore, the CPA program would allow me to foster meaningful friendships within CUA. 

Why did you pick your major? Were there any factors that influenced your decision?
Growing up I wanted to help people with mental illness in the health sphere in the thinking that, that was the most intimate relationship with a person to help them move past their illness. Then I realized that laws build the social structure that would help millions of people for generations to come changing a trajectory of a communities across country not just the few I was able to meet with, with that understanding I thought politics could grant me the best opportunity to be a part of team to make that possible and to end the stigma of mental health. 

After you graduate, how do you plan to use your major?  
I plan to work on health policy in D.C. or back home in California. 

Why do you think the Office of Career Services is such an important office?
The Career Services provides the foundation, understanding, and opportunity to achieve tangible goals in the present. The office is unique as the staff is genuinely there to provide the support to help navigate through the complicated world of internships and job findings which is crucial in our lives as students. 

How has Office of Career Services helped you? 
The Career Services has provided me with understanding to find jobs that best fit my passion, confidence to face interviews, and resources to find internships. I’m incredibly thankful. 

What was the best career advice you've received to date?
“It’s never too early to start,” as a freshman this was encouraging and important advice. 

Have you had a job or internship during your years at CUA? If so, what were they?
I have worked at Catholic in the Admission Office and interned for a lobbying firm, Capstone National Partners.

If a peer is reluctant to visit the Office of Career Services, what will you say to convince this person it’s worth it?   
Your goals, ambitions, and passions can’t stay on the sidelines, neither can you. Come in to learn about all the simple ways to say informed and excited about making what you want possible. Someday isn’t a day of the week. We are all here to help. 

Tell us a fun/random fact about yourself.
I’m an Italian from Los Angeles, and if you want a home cooked dinner, I know a good red sauce to make.