Hired from the Hilltop

A Blog by Career and Professional Development at St. Edward's University


Get Ready for the Capital Factory 2018 Summer Job Fair

Adrian Ramirez, Associate Director

Are you looking for a job? An internship? Interested in the tech and startup scene? Look no further! Capital Factory will host its annual Summer Job Fair next week. The event takes place on Thursday, June 28, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Those who attend will have a chance to meet many of Capital Factory’s member companies and learn about available full-time job and internship opportunities. Read More


Get Hired from the Hilltop – June 20


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Spring 2018 Job Fair

Spring Job Fair – Thursday, April 5 – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Mabee Ballrooms, 3rd Floor Ragsdale Center

The St. Edward’s University Spring Career Fair provides an opportunity for students and alumni to network with employers interested in hiring for full-time job opportunities. This event will allow them to meet with visiting representatives to discuss career opportunities.


US Department of State Information Session

Diplomat in Residence Julie Kavanagh will conduct an information session for St. Edward’s University students about career and internship opportunities with the U.S. Department of State.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Mabee Ballroom A, 3rd floor of the Ragsdale Center

About Diplomat In Residence Julie Kavanagh 

Julie Kavanagh is the Diplomat in Residence for Texas for the U.S. Department of State. She is responsible for seeking and assisting highly motivated, talented and diverse candidates to join the Department of State through student programs, career opportunities and other employment. She is a career Foreign Service officer, having joined the Department in 1990. Prior to coming to Texas, Ms. Kavanagh was the Acting Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Mission to China from January 2017 to June 2017. She was also Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs at the United States Embassy in Beijing, China, responsible for consular operations and policy matters throughout China. She reported directly to the Deputy Chief of Mission and Ambassador. Ms. Kavanagh was the Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs in Moscow, Russia from 2013–2015, where she was responsible for U.S. consular policy matters and consular operations throughout Russia. She also was the U.S. government’s Senior Officer in Charge during the Sochi Olympics. She has also served in Taiwan, Singapore, Colombia, China, Brazil and Washington. Ms. Kavanagh speaks Mandarin, Spanish, Portuguese and rudimentary Russian. She is the recipient of four Superior Honor awards and four Meritorious Honor awards, as well as the 2006 Assistant Secretary’s Award for leadership.

  • Education – M.A., Latin American Studies, University of Chicago; B.S., Foreign Service, Georgetown University

About U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Department of State is the lead institution for the conduct of American diplomacy and the Secretary of State is the President’s principal foreign policy advisor. The Foreign Service is a corps of some 13,000 employees dedicated to representing America abroad and responding to the needs of American citizens living and traveling around the world. The Department’s Civil Service, totaling more than 11,000 employees, provides continuity and expertise in accomplishing all aspects of the Department’s mission. There are also more than 45,000 locally employed Foreign Service staff at overseas posts.

On September 15, 1789, the Department of Foreign Affairs became the U.S. Department of State whose mission was to provide for the safekeeping of the Acts, Records, and Seal of the United States and other purposes. Over the years, the U.S. Department of State has been responsible for a number of domestic duties ranging from publication of the census to control of copyright to management of the Mint. Today, the primary responsibility of the U.S. Department of State and its employees is to fight terrorism, protect U.S. interests abroad, and implement foreign policy initiatives while building a freer, prosperous and secure world.

Thousands of committed and dedicated men and women pursue a career in public service through careers in diplomacy. With more than 25 different career paths available, Foreign Service Officers and Specialists can be sent to any embassy, consulate or diplomatic mission in the world at any time, including locations throughout the United States. Civil Service employees largely remain in Washington, D.C. or other domestic locations and provide continuity and expertise in achieving the Department’s mission. The Department also operates several other types of offices, most of which are located throughout the United States, including passport agencies, foreign press centers, logistic support offices, security offices, and financial service centers.

Sample of Career and Internship Programs Available at U.S. Department of State:

  • Foreign Service Officers
  • Foreign Service Specialists
  • Consular Fellows Program
  • Student Programs – paid & unpaid internships in DC & Abroad
  • Civil Service Professional Fellowships

Learn more about all available opportunities here: https://careers.state.gov/


Spring Internship Fair 2018

Friendly reminder the Spring Internship Fair is THIS Wednesday, February 14 from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. in the Mabee Ballrooms. This is a great opportunity to secure internships for summer 2018 and fall 2018! We have employers registering everyday looking for all majors.

Please see our updated list below:

Employers Attending Internships Available
Austin Film Festival Conference Intern, Development Intern, Executive Intern, Marketing & PR Intern, Film Intern, Marketing & PR Intern, Project Management Intern
Breakthrough Central Texas 2018-2019 Full-Time AmeriCorps Member, 2018 Summer Teaching Fellow, Social Media & Special Events Intern
Caravan Health Communications and Events Intern
Casa de Esperanza – House of Hope for Children Hands of Hope House Parent
City of Austin – Parks & Recreation Department Community Recreation Activity Specialist or Leader, Cultural Arts Activity Specialist or Leader, Inclusion and Adaptive Programs Specialist or Instructor, Nature Based Activity Specialist/Leader, Summer Playgrounds Activity Specialist
Defense Contract Audit Agency Auditor Interns
Emmis Communication Emmis Austin Radio Internships
Enterprise Holdings Management Trainee Intern
Fastenal Company Sales Intern
Literacy First AmeriCorps Early Literacy Tutor
New York Life Financial Services Professional, Financial Services Professional, Financial Services Professional
Northwestern Mutual Financial Representative Intern
Peace Corps Post Graduate Service Opportunity
Public Consulting Group Consultant Intern
Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union Various Summer Internships, and full and part-time paid Summer jobs
Relay Graduate School of Education Relay Summer Experience, Relay Teaching Residency
San Juan Diego Catholic High School Driver
Social Solutions Sales and Marketing Intern
T3 Analytics Intern, Art Director Intern, Copywriter Intern, Developer Intern, Engagement Management Intern, Experience Design Intern, Experience Design Intern, Innovation Intern, Motion Graphics Intern, Strategy Intern, Social Media Intern
Teacher Retirement System Internships in: Accounting, Communications, Governmental Relations, Human Resources, Information Technology – Information Systems Support, Information Technology – Technical Support, Legal Services, Risk Management, Strategic Initiatives
Texas Conservation Corps Summer Youth Crew Leader
Texas Monthly Internships in: Accounting, Advertising & Sales, Audience Development & Advertising Research, Custom Publishing, Editorial, Human Resources, Marketing, and Production
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Internships in: Field Intern – Muse Wildlife Management Area, Urban Wildlife Intern (Austin), Urban Wildlife (Houston), Field Intern (Tennessee Colony), Field intern – Black Gap WMA (Marathon County), Field Intern – Justin Hurst WMA (Freeport), Field Intern – Gene Howe WMA (Canadian, TX), Operations Intern (Austin), Intern Clerk (San Marcos), State Parks Police Intern (TBD), Operations Intern (Austin), Multicultural Marketing Intern (Austin), Sustainability Intern (Austin), Park Operations (Tuscola, TX), Intern (Quitaque, TX), River Studies Intern (San Marcos), Field Intern (Port Arthur), Law Enforcement Intern (Statewide), Wildlife Field Intern (Nacogdoches), Infrastructure Archivist Intern (Austin), Field Intern-Matador WMA, Field Intern – Elephant Mountain(Alpine), State Parks Intern (Bend)
The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) Communications & Event Intern
Thinkery  Various Summer Internships, and full and part-time paid Summer jobs

If you need help sprucing up your resume please feel free to take advantage fo the following services we provide:


Graduate & Professional School Fair Prep

The Graduate and Professional School Fair is an opportunity for students and alumni to learn about the various graduate school programs available in their areas of interest.  If you are thinking about going to graduate school, attend the event to learn more about what options are available to you. You will meet with school representatives face-to-face, allowing for personal interaction in asking questions of a specific school. At the event, you can:

  • Explore the possibilities of graduate and professional education.
  • Learn about the requirements for programs.
  • Get detailed information about various schools and their programs.
  • Gather materials to review later.

Students are encouraged to visit Hilltop Careers on Handshake to see what schools will be attending.

How do I prepare for the fair?

Do you have questions about graduate school or want to chat with a counselor about graduate programs? Prior to the fair, be sure to:

What should I ask the recruiters at the fair?

An informed and focused set of questions will convey to the representative that you are truly interested in graduate school. Your questions allow the representative to avoid generalities and treat you as an individual. Here are a variety of questions that should help you get the most out of the conversations.

  • What do you think is unique about your program?
  • Are students admitted in both fall and spring semesters?
  • Is it possible to work full-time and complete the degree as a part-time student?
  • How much does the program cost (tuition, student fees, housing)?
  • What types of financial aid are available (fellowships, assistantships, scholarships, loans)?
  • Could you tell me more about student life on campus (student organizations, housing, support groups, diversity of the students)?
  • What is the location surrounding the school like (mountains, ocean, rural, city)?
  • What are the admission requirements (deadline, GPA, undergraduate coursework, entrance exams, experience, interview)?
  • What resources are available to help students find positions after graduation?
  • Would it be possible for me to arrange a campus visit in which I could meet with admissions representatives, current students, and faculty?
  • May I contact you if I have additional questions?

What do I do at the fair?

  • Come dressed in business casual attire. You want to make a good first impression, and you want to project an appearance that says you are mature and serious.
  • Visit the schools you are most interested in first.
  • Stop by other schools to learn more about opportunities available to you.
  • Look for useful printed materials to take with you: business cards, brochures, handbooks, etc.


After the Graduate and Professional School Fair, join us for a panel discussion with admission counselors from the top law schools as they tell you the secrets of developing a successful application.  Recruiters from participating law schools include:

  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
  • Oklahoma City University School of Law
  • University of Oklahoma School of Law
  • and more!
Monday, October 4 | 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Fleck 314


What do you want to be when you grow up?

Dianey Leal ’15 Political Science & English Writing & Rhetoric

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” – the dreaded question everybody gets asked at some point in their lives. At age eight, I said an “actress,” at age 12, I said a “teacher,” at age 18, I said a “lawyer,” and at age 21, just a few months shy of graduating with my bachelors, I said “I don’t know.”

The question of “what do you want to be when you grow up?” carries an enormous amount of pressure to “find yourself” at an early stage in life. Ideally, choosing a profession should be about your interests and passions and what you love doing the most, but in reality, these “interests” and “passions” change as you “Take On Your World.” Read More


At The Capital Factory Job Fair

Adrian Ramirez, Associate Director

In June, Career and Professional Development took a group of St. Edward’s University students to the Capital Factory 2017 Summer Job Fair in downtown Austin. During the event, students enjoyed opportunities to meet representatives of Capital Factory’s member companies, learn about available jobs and internships, and build their professional network.


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Farewell to 1L: Getting Into (and Surviving) Law School

Brittney Justice ’16

I am currently a 2L at The University of Texas School of Law. I am also a St. Edward’s University alumna with a BA in Global Studies. Towards the end of my senior year I came to a fork in the road – either to continue working in the political field, or going to law school. I dragged out this decision as long as I could. Although I had been accepted to multiple schools, I did not actually decide to attend law school until a few days before the commencement ceremony. Looking back now, my choice to attend law school was the single best decision I ever made.

Law school is more than an academic experience; it becomes your life. The environment, the content, and the studying is completely different from what you experience in college. That being said, St. Edward’s did a great job at offering courses which gave me a solid foundation for law school. In order to become more competitive for law school, I made sure to pick an undergraduate major that exposed me to different governmental and political structures, pushed me to study abroad, and which required me to learn a different language. I also made sure to pick courses which would improve my writing skills, and expose me to legal writing. For example, my Civil Liberties course with Dr. Nunes required me to read and analyze landmark Supreme Court cases. Coming into law school understanding how to brief a Supreme Court case put me ahead of many students who had never read a 20 page opinion before. Further, since it was taught in the same manner as a law school course, I was able to find out if I liked (and could bear) such courses. Read More

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