Fordham Career Services Blog

Friday, November 21, 2014

Internship Spotlight: Miranda Morton

By Miranda Morton, FCRH '15

Last January, I made the difficult decision to drop the pre-med track halfway through my junior year. I made this change after some serious introspection and self-questioning. Despite being only 3 courses away from completing either a Biology degree, Environmental Science degree, or General Science degree (all of which I’ve declared at one point or another), I could no longer pretend to myself that pursuing a career in the medical field or devoting my life to scientific research would ever make me happy. It only took two and a half years, but I finally conceded that my passion has always been learning about other nations—their governments, cultures, religions, environmental practices, and relationships with other countries.

The part that made this decision so difficult was that I had no idea what people are supposed to do with an International Studies major! With a science degree, my future felt more straightforward: to become a dentist would mean going to dental school, which means completing the prerequisites during my undergrad studies. With a humanities degree, however, my career no longer depends on the acquisition of a D.D.S. but rather on the types of opportunities I seek, the ideas I come up with, and the drive I have to succeed.

One of the first opportunities presented to me after switching majors came from my new International Studies advisor. He was advertising for an internship at the United Nations taking place within the Department of Public Information (DPI), whose mission is “to promote global awareness and understanding of the work of the United Nations.” After applying and interviewing, I became one of two Fordham Youth Representatives for the 2014/2015 school year.

Since my internship commenced in September, I have attended high-level briefings with preeminent figures in attendance, like Ban Ki-moon and Helen Clark, international days of celebration, including the International Day of Non-Violence and the International Day of Older Persons, an intimate small committee meeting with the NGO Committee on Education, and mid-level dialogues on post-2015 implementation of action agenda items.

Though this is my first internship and I’ve only been on the job for two months, I can see how this internship experience is unique. Much of my job description remains undefined, allowing me to craft my experience in the most beneficial way I see fit. Yes, part of the job description includes attending briefings, writing summaries, keeping up a blog, and bringing other students to the UN, but if that were all I was doing, I’d be missing out.

With the liberty I’ve been granted, I’ve truly been able to take advantage of this learning experience. By virtue of events and conferences, the DPI brings together UN officials and NGOs from around the world, all representing different causes. This has made networking incredibly easy for me and has already allowed me to garner resources and contacts for developing my future career. I’ve also had the chance to share my experience by spreading knowledge of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals and forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals. My predominant goal as a Youth Representative is to keep the Fordham population informed with the goings-on at the UN, so that we may become more enlightened and more united in our action towards bettering our world, and more specifically, our own Bronx community. By collaborating and forming partnerships, we can help implement the UN’s agenda.

One thing I’ve learned at the UN is that though there is war, anxiety, and tension throughout the world, there also exists a strong commitment to create prosperity for all nations. My time at the UN has thus far cultivated my passion for examining global challenges and analyzing possible solutions. As I consider my future, I hope to pursue further opportunities that would allow me to become involved in the global initiative for a better and more sustainable world. Though I still have no idea what people with an International Studies major “do”, this internship has allowed me to explore the myriad avenues stretched out before me.

If you're interested in becoming a Fordham Youth Representative for the 2015/2016 school year, please contact Ms. Kelly Roberts at Applications are due in May.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Open House Event: Empire Wealth Strategies

Empire Wealth Strategies is hosting a “New Year, New Career” Open House event during the winter break… find out if you should attend!

When: January 8, 2015
Time: 12:30 – 3:00 
Who: Event is for any seniors or recent graduates who are interested in learning more about becoming an entrepreneurial financial advisor as well as some career development tips. 
Additional Info: During our New Year, New Career Open House and Developmental Workshops we will be giving tours of our newly renovated offices and offer sessions on a variety of topics including:

- Leveraging LinkedIn to Land Your Dream Job – Learn the latest strategies of using LinkedIn in order to have a professional profile and how to network your way to the interviews you desire.  Our Director of Marketing & Social Media, Sheerah Singer, will be leading this very informative workshop.

- The Art and Science of Money for the Graduating Senior – Gretta Zutz, one of our top young financial advisors, will share some financial advice tips that recent college graduates should know once they enter the workplace.

- “Why I Chose to be a Financial Advisor” – Our CEO, Susan Cooper, will moderate a panel of young financial advisors who will share their stories of why they chose to be a financial advisor and reveal the opportunities (and challenges) that this career provides.  

- Making The Entrepreneurial Journey – attendees will be able to hear about the career opportunity in more detail along with what makes Empire Wealth Strategies unique in this informational session led by President, Greg Winsper. 

For more information and to register:

Friday, October 31, 2014

Full Time Opportunity: T3

T3 Trading Group is hiring for a Full-Time Entry Level Trader!

T3 Trading Group, LLC (T3) is a Registered SEC Broker-Dealer & Member of the NASDAQ OMX PHLX Exchange. Our proprietary traders focus on intraday momentum, swing, and technical trading of US equity markets. T3, based in downtown New York City, specializes in the development of both new and experienced traders from around the United States. Founded by market veterans, T3 has established itself as a leader in the proprietary trading industry by creating the optimal environment for successful trading, boasting some of the most successful and talented traders in the industry.

T3 is dedicated to enhancing the talents of its traders, implementing a multi-strategy focus in order to increase returns while balancing risk/reward parameters. Through well-developed relationships, T3 offers a robust trading platform via its state of the art infrastructure to better execute trades that augment the performance of its strategies. While focusing on the trading of equities, T3 traders also trade options, which are used both as hedging tools for equity positions and for speculation. More Info.

The essential building blocks taught by our veteran traders include:
Tutorial of latest trading software and fundamental market concepts
Stock selection
Time frame analysis
Nuances of building positions
Recognizing relative strength and weakness
Buy and sell setups
Retracement strategies
Trading gaps
Trade timing
How to anticipate a trade
Trading market reversals.
Entering and exiting trades
Trading and reacting to news
Keys to consistent profitability

Other Benefits:
Open trading floors allow for free flow of ideas
Hands on computer training with simulator
Group strategy meetings
Daily analysis and evaluation of trading progress
Strategies for fluctuating market conditions

Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness --this is our management's mantra. Daily meetings, plus personal mentoring by senior traders will provide trainees with the education and tools to excel. Our "edge" is the synthesis of different trading styles, coupled with open collaborative communication and first rate technology.

"The secret to being successful from a trading perspective is to have an indefatigable and an undying and unquenchable thirst for information and knowledge." If this describes you, and if you feel you have the aptitude and drive to thrive in the competitive world of equities trading, email your resume to and we will contact you shortly.

For additional information or to apply via CareerLink: Job ID # 39298.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

TestMasters Seminar: LSAT

Are you planning to take the LSAT in the near future?
Or maybe you just want to learn more about the LSAT?

The Fordham Pre-Law Advising Program at Rose Hill is hosting TestMasters for an LSAT Seminar!

When: Wednesday, October 29th 
Time: 2:30 PM
Where: Keating 319

The seminar will be taught by one of TestMasters' highly experienced LSAT instructors who scored in the 98th percentile or higher on the test. They will introduce students to the LSAT and discuss the role of the test in the law school admission process as well as teach several real LSAT questions while examining the underlying concepts of the test and introducing students to a variety of important techniques that they can use to maximize their score.

Since seating is limited, students should register as soon as possible:

Also, to thank students for making us one of the top prep providers at Fordham, we are offering all current Fordham undergraduates a $500 discount for our live LSAT preparation course. This discount will be effective for courses preparing for any 2015 LSAT administration and can be used for any of our course locations across the country.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Application Deadline: NYC Teaching Fellows

Join the 2015 NYC Teaching Fellows Program by applying online at The application closes on November 6, 2014.

Who: Seniors, all majors
Additional Info: NYC Teaching Fellows complete a master’s degree that is subsidized by the NYC Department of Education while teaching full-time in a public school, allowing for a direct transition into the classroom.
When: Priority deadline is November 6th

How to apply: Apply here on the website or via CareerLink, Job ID: 38074

Be a Stand-In: CNN Heroes

CNN is looking for “stand-in” help for their upcoming production of CNN Heroes at the American Museum of Natural History!

CNN Heroes is an annual show that honors individuals who make extraordinary contributions to humanitarian aid and make a real difference in their communities. 

Required Hours:
Monday November 17th from about 4pm-11pm
Tuesday from 8am-4pm

Where: American Museum of Natural History

Compensation: $10/hour

Students are often asked to role play specific stand-in needs – from the talent to presenters, so it’s helpful to have interest in drama/stage/journalism, etc. “We try to make sure that it is a positive learning experience for everyone involved.”

Interested? Email Alexa at Resumes not necessary, but welcome.  

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Recent Graduates Join JVC & JVC Northwest

Fordham University graduates join 
JVC and JVC Northwest!
Recent Graduates Dedicate a Year of Service as Jesuit Volunteers

Baltimore, MD and Portland, OR – Fordham University alumni have recently embarked in full-time service with two Jesuit Volunteer organizations, Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) and JVC Northwest:

Volunteers with JVC:
-Allison Bantimba, Our Family Services, Tucson, AZ
-Hannah Brumbaum, Westside Children's Center, Los Angeles, CA
-John Casey Byrd, Colegio Miguel Pro, Tacna, Peru
-Alyssa Carolan, Arrupe Neighborhood Partnership at Saint Ignatius High School, Cleveland, OH
-Hira Chaudhary, AIRS Don Miller House, Baltimore, MD
-Rebecca Daily, Casa Marianella, Austin, TX
-Michelle Famulare, Mercy Primary Care Center, Detroit, MI
-Michael Gallagher, Catholic Charities Community Services, Phoenix, AZ
-Amy Gembara, Dolores Mission Parish, Los Angeles, CA
-Sara Haines, Homeboy Industries, Los Angeles, CA
-Meg Horgan, Girls in the Game, Chicago, IL
-Emily Horihan, Playworks, Boston, MA
-Harry Huggins, Neighborhood Service Organization, Detroit, MI
-Jacob Jacob, United Neighborhood Centers of NE PA, Scranton, PA
-Angela Owczarek, Harry Tompson Center, New Orleans, LA
-Michael R. Prate Jr., St. Francis Mission, St. Francis, SD
-Michael Prescia, Sacred Heart Nativity Schools, San Jose, CA
-Elizabeth Reynolds, Catholic Charities Community Services, Phoenix, AZ
-Jaime Rodriguez, Cristo Rey Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
-Erica Talbott, St HOPE Public Schools/PS7,  Sacramento, CA
-Elizabeth Vasile, Catholic Community Services AZ, Tucson, AZ
-Dan Welch, Most Holy Trinity School, San Jose, CA

Volunteers with JVC Northwest:  
-Colleen Chambers, Seattle Nativity School, Seattle, WA
-Amanda Foggia, Central City Concern, Old Town Clinic's Recuperative Care Program, Portland, OR

About Jesuit Volunteer Corps:
The Baltimore, Md.-based Jesuit Volunteer Corps offers women and men an opportunity to work full-time for justice and peace in 38 U.S. cities and 6 countries. More than 250 grassroots organizations across the world count on Jesuit Volunteers to provide essential services. JVC offers volunteers an experience that will open their minds and hearts to live always conscious of the poor and committed to the Church’s mission of promoting justice in the service of faith. Learn more

About JVC Northwest:
Established in 1956 in Copper Valley, Alaska, JVC Northwest connects individuals with one or more years of volunteer service focused on the core values of community, spirituality, simple living, and social and ecological justice. Each year, JVs serve over 150,000 marginalized people in urban, rural, and Indigenous communities, as well as fragile ecosystems throughout the Pacific Northwest. When the various JVC regions joined as one organization in 2009, JVC Northwest discerned to remain independent and locally based to best serve local and regional communities in the Northwest.  JVC Northwest is a National Direct AmeriCorps program with 135 JV AmeriCorps members. For more information, visit

JVC CONTACT:  Colleen Kennedy, Director of Advancement, (410) 244-1733 or

JVC NORTHWEST CONTACT: Christie Costello, Recruitment and Marketing Manager, (503) 335-8202 or

Interested in learning more about the JVC and chatting with a recruiter? They'll be at our upcoming Common Good Career & Internship Fair on November 5th! Find more info and a full list of companies attending via CareerLink.