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Winter 2016
Peer Advisor Availability

Writing Peer
Kyle Crocco

Mon: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tue: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thu: 10 a.m.-noon

Funding Peer
Stephanie Griffin
Mon: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: noon-2 p.m.

Diversity Peer
Ana Romero

Mon: noon-2 p.m.
Wed: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The peers sometimes hold events or attend meetings during their regular office hours. To assure you connect with your Graduate Peer Advisor, we encourage you to contact them by email and make an appointment.



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ACLS Seeks Humanities Ph.D. Applicants for Public Fellows Program

Calling all soon-to-graduate Ph.D. students in the humanities! The ACLS Public Fellows program is expanding this year and is offering 21 recent humanities Ph.D.s a two-year appointment in a variety of positions. This is a great opportunity for students seeking positions within and outside of academia.

Applications are due March 24.

Further details:

  • Competitive applicants will have been successful in both academic and extra-academic experiences and will aspire to careers in administration, management, and public services by choice rather than circumstance.
  • Applicants must possess US citizenship or permanent resident status
  • Applicants must have received a Ph.D. in Humanities or Humanistic Social Sciences conferred between January 1, 2013 and June 12, 2016
  • Application information and complete position descriptions are available here
  • Fellows receive a stipend of $65,000 per year as well as individual health insurance and funds for professional development

STEM Ph.D. Internship Opportunities at Amgen

By now you've maybe started thinking about your summer plans. If you are a STEM Ph.D. student and are looking for a local internship, there may be a great opportunity for you at Amgen!

Check out UCSB's GauchoLink to get more details on how to apply for the following internship positions:

  • Grad Intern - R&D - (Biologics Optimization)
  • Grad Intern - R&D - (Biologics Optimization)
  • Grad Intern - R&D - (Risk Communication)
  • Grad Intern - R&D - (Global Scientific Communications)

Best of luck with the process! For anyone who may want help with job application materials (e.g., resume, cover letter), make an appointment or drop in to see me!


Mellon Foundation Seeks Ph.D. for Program Officer Position

Here is a great job ad that came across my desk and I thought it could be a great fit for a UCSB graduate student who is looking for a non-academic job.

Job Details:




The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (“Foundation”) is a not-for-profit, grant-making organization that seeks to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies. It makes grants in five core program areas (higher education and scholarship in the humanities; arts and cultural heritage; diversity; scholarly communications; and international higher education and strategic projects). The Foundation seeks a Program Officer capable of assuming a wide range of responsibilities in the Scholarly Communications department.

Position Details:

The Program Officer in Scholarly Communications reports to and takes direction from the Senior Program Officer and cultivates, mentors, and supervises program staff. The Program Officer meets regularly with leaders in the field, invites and evaluates proposals, prepares grant recommendations, manages budgets, and participates in policy discussions. The Program Officer also contributes actively to various collective activities and special initiatives of the Foundation, and helps maintain an effective and collegial work environment.


  • Assists the Senior Program Officer in managing and monitoring Scholarly Communications program activity and its grant portfolio;
  • Manages and monitors grant-making budgets;
  • Interacts with scholars and leaders in higher education, libraries, archives, publishing, and information technology to stay abreast of developments in scholarly communication practices, especially as they affect and guide programmatic objectives;
  • Engages collaboratively with other staff in advancing aspects of the Foundation’s mission, including areas of joint interest such as the enhancement of diversity in and international collaborations among organizations devoted to scholarly communications;
  • Invites, evaluates, and offers guidance on the development of proposals;
  • Develops, facilitates, and monitors Scholarly Communications program initiatives across institutions
  • Prepares grant recommendations, essays and reports for the Foundation’s officers and board of trustees;
  • Attends Board meetings and presents grant recommendations;
  • Oversees staff responsible for post-award grant management and participates in the monitoring and reconciliation of grant narrative and financial reports;
  • Tracks and assesses the progress of Scholarly Communications-supported programs;
  • Represents the Foundation in meetings with current and prospective grantee organizations, Foundation partners, and professional organizations; and
  • Performs additional duties as called upon.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • An advanced academic degree (Ph.D or equivalent);
  • Personal initiative and a mature commitment to liberal education;
  • Several years of teaching and research experience in higher education, and familiarity with scholarly communications, its history and current concerns;
  • Outstanding interpersonal communication, team building, mentoring, and leadership skills;
  • Demonstrated competence in public speaking and written communication;
  • Advanced computer and office skills, including comfort using grant management systems and familiarity with social media, blogging, and web-based resources;
  • Experience in managing large and complex programs, facility with data collection and analysis, working knowledge of and interest in applied research;
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally; and
  • Commitment to a collegial work environment and to collaboration with colleagues in all of the Foundation’s program areas.

The Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, offering competitive salary, outstanding benefits, and excellent working conditions.

Qualified candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to: They will consider each response carefully, but only contact those individuals they feel are most qualified for the position.


Exploring Careers Alongside and Outside of Academia: Recap

In case you couldn’t make it, I wanted to give you an overview of my presentation last week on Exploring Careers Alongside and Outside of Academia. Here you'll find an overview of how to do a non-academic job search, what you need to think about for yourself, and a list of resources to start exploring what jobs are out there. Please consider coming in to talk with me further if you have specfic questions on how to make this process work best for you!

How to Search for Non-Academic Jobs

First and foremost: you must put in the time and effort if you want a job that fits for you.

  • Step 1: Brainstorm Ideas. Start from scratch if you need to! Consider taking a career assessment to help you generate ideas. Check out resources below to get inspiration. Consider browsing LinkedIn for ideas as well.
  • Step 2: Research and Investigate Options. Look at the practicality and feasibility of your options.
  • Step 3: Gain Experience. This is key to making you a qualified applicant! Consider a part-time job, volunteer experience, and/or carving out time in the summer to gain skills. Employers value experience heavily.

What It Takes To Do a Career Search

Know yourself.

  •  Spend time thinking (away from job stress!)
  •  Commit to doing something you’ve always wanted to do
  •  Take career assessments (MBTI, Strengths)

Know your interests and values.

  • Write top 5 values in your life and top 5 values in your career
  • Take ‘Work Values Assessment’
  • Take Career Assessment (Strong Interest Inventory)
  • Look for positive feedback from others (employers, faculty, peers, etc.)

Assess your career path.

  • Have your interests/circumstances changed?
  • Read “So What Are You Going To Do With That?” by Basalla and Debelius
  • Who do you respect in your life? What do they do? Why does it matter to them?

General Resources for UCSB Grad Students

  • UCSB Career Resource Room: hold publications in the room (Building 599, CRR). Alternatively, you could look online for the lists of books and publications (
  • Local Listings: The UCSB Career Room has “booklists” that have names of companies (Building 599, CRR).
  • LinkedIn: look at LinkedIn profiles of UCSB alumni in your discipline to get inspiration and maybe make a connection (
  • Gaucholink: Look at UCSB’s gaucholink for job postings for Ph.D. and master’s students (
  • UC Employment Opportunities (California): Employment opportunities available throughout the UC System (
  • Versatile PhD: UCSB offers this website to students for free. A great place to explore what people have used their PhDs for both STEM and Humanities fields. Interestingly you can follow someone’s course from their thought process to looking at a job posting to their CV to their resume and cover letter. (
  • Academic360: Meta-collection of Internet resources. Includes links to faculty, staff, and administrative position announcements (
  • HigherEdJobs: Search engine for academic, faculty, and staff jobs (
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education: news and jobs in higher education (and academia) (
  • job search aggregating website that pulls jobs from different data bases. Great place to start to get an overview of job titles/qualifications that are of interest
  • Consider joining Professional Groups

SHEF (Social Science, Humanities, Education & Fine Arts) Specific Resources

  • Beyond the Academe: history students primarily, though this site contains useful information for graduate students and faculty that advise graduate students. Check out their real jobs and exploring your option sections (
  • HASTAC: Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory. This is a site focused on collaborations across disciplines, creative uses of technology, and job and fellowships posted here.
  • Non-Academic Careers for Psychologists: American Psychological Association has gathered alternative careers. (
  • Career Alternatives for History of Art and Architecture: List of resources for students interested in outside the academy jobs. (
  • EDJOIN (California): Job listing site of choice for California school districts useful for Education Graduate Students. Shows full range of education positions, both classified and certificated, administrator, counselor, librarian, others. (
  • HERC: Job search engine for higher education jobs at universities (

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Specific Resources

  • NatureJobs: Great website to look for global careers for scientists with a science jobs board  
  • ScienceCareers: Another great website that has job listings for industry, academia, and government for scientists of all disciplines and expertise.
  • OYSTIR: A resource and job search tool for STEM disciplines.
  • CheekyScientist: website that looks at alternative careers to STEM Phd

For more information, contact Lana Smith-Hale, Graduate Career Consultant.

Drop in: Tuesdays 10-12, 2-3; Wednesdays 9-12; Thursday 1-4

Call for an appointment: 805-893-4412



Winter 2016 Career and Recruiting Events

Looking for a job? Let Career Services assist you!

Below is a list of various Career events this quarter; take note of the following opportunities with employers who are specifically looking to hire graduate students:

  1. Eight different employer information sessions. These types of events gives the potential applicant a chance to hear more about the company and network directly with employees from that company. It is a great way to start a conversation! I recommend bringing a resume.
  2. Workshop on 'How to Salary Negotiate' with Career Services and Northrop Grumman. Bring your resume if you are interested in Northrop Grumman!
  3. Winter Career and Internship Fair on January 28. If you would like to get an "early bird" pass to enter an hour before general admission, come to Career Services or my drop-in hours to have your resume reviewed beforehand. 

If you'd like one-on-one help with your resume or more information on any of these opportunities, set up an appointment to meet with me (Lana Smith-Hale, Graduate Career Consultant) by calling 805-893-4412.



What Can UCSB Career Services Do for You?

The Career Resource Room is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.UCSB Career Services is a key resource and trusted ally to graduate students. Their staff of career development experts works closely with Ph.D. and Masters students to help them successfully navigate and achieve their career goals.

In particular, they assist graduate students in three main areas that are pivotal to short- and long-term success in the transition from school to career:

  1. Honing career focus and goals. Clarifying and solidifying areas of interest, pertinent skills and strengths, and work values. This is not only invaluable to students personally, but also an important factor to employers in evaluating candidates and making hiring decisions.
  2. Acting strategically. With the inherent challenges and demands of graduate school, students can sometimes lose sight of the bigger picture in regards to career. Especially for students considering work outside of academia, it is important to develop an effective plan of action to pursue career goals, including gaining relevant experience, creating an effective CV/resume, building interview skills, and learning how to market their degree.
  3. Relationships and networking. Also significant to career development, especially in the highly competitive job market, is building a network of professional connections and developing communication skills. As much as possible, graduate students should access professionals inside and outside of academia to directly garner knowledge and seek guidance and assistance in pursuing their given areas.

Career Services also understands the unique challenges that graduate students often face in utilizing their services, including limited time, inconvenience, and potential conflicts of interest with an advisor or department.

John Coate is the Assistant Director and Coordinator of Graduate Student Services at UCSB Career Services

In support of these key areas and needs, Career Services has a strong menu of services, programming, and resources for graduate students:

  • Counseling and coaching
  • Career assessment
  • Targeted workshops and programs
  • CV, resume, and cover letter critiques
  • Interviewing skills
  • GauchoLink (online career and job search tool)
  • Employer events (fairs, info sessions, panels, networking programs)
  • Online resources for both academic and non-academic job searches
  • Career Resource Room (CRR)

There are several ways to access Career Services. The best place to start is by visiting the Graduate Student section of their website which outlines all of their services, programming, and resources. You can also make a 30-minute appointment with a counselor by calling 805-893-4412, or you come by the Career Resource Room in the Counseling and Career Services Building and have a peer advisor guide you in the right direction.


UCSB Career Services Ready for 2011

From the looks of this fast and fun little video, the professionals at Career Services are ready for the new academic year.



Job Offer Scams Increase, UCSB Career Responds

The number of fraudulent job postings is on the rise. Graduate and undergraduate students at UCSB are equally vulnerable to getting scammed. Career Services has updated one of their job hunting pages to include some helpful information, including a video, to educate all of us about how to search without getting taken advantage of.



GauchoLink Has Current Jobs

It's easy to search the official, campus job resource -- GauchoLink -- in order to find jobs that are: in an area you'd like to live; require a degree you are working for; or are with an organization you admire. We just dove into GauchoLink and used "PhD" as a search term and came up with a lot of listings -- most of them technical. If any of these look good to you, get yourself into GauchoLink (you must be a UCSB grad student to get in) and use the system to apply.

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