Washington University in St. Louis Career Interest Groups bring together communities of students, staff, faculty, and alumni focused on highly desired career paths. Aggregating all institutional information available, students interested in exploring these careers learn fundamentals necessary to compete in these markets, make real-time industry connections, obtain sage alumni advice, share accumulated knowledge and contacts to enhance their careers, and the WashU brand.

All students are encouraged to join one or more groups. Each group works differently, utilizing Blackboard, LinkedIn, listservs, Skype, Google Chat and other communication and social media networks most effective for their cohorts. Alumni, faculty and staff are invited to join, contribute and collaborate where possible. After joining, look for an email from your group within a week.

Brief summary of each group

Explorers

This virtual career interest group warmly welcomes all students seeking guidance to identify their interests, motivations, values and skills which can then be translated into specific career paths to explore. Recognizing that self-assessment and effective information gathering is key to success, career advisors work with students to build the fundamentals needed to establish and manage their career journey. The Explorers Group is led by Aimee Wittman and Carol Moakley.

Consulting

Over 1,000 students that have expressed interest in consulting, currently making it the largest group. Support includes thousands of hours of advising, case interview prep, an alumni mentor program, strategic relationships with hiring companies and campus partnerships. All major management consulting firms are now hiring WashU students – highlights include WashU now being the tenth largest supplier of all undergraduates in North America for McKinsey, along with Bain and Accenture hiring over a dozen students this past year. The Consulting Group is led by Suzanne McIver and Michael Chapin.

Engineering ENGroup – Analytic & Quantitative

If you are analytical and enjoy using data and math to solve complex problems and see yourself using that information to model and observe trends in order to allocate resources, improve quality, or improve process, this is the community for you. ENGroups are led by Sue Kruessel and Jennifer Finney.

Engineering ENGroup – Design & Build

If you are hands-on and enjoy tangible results, use of equipment and tools and see yourself working with robots, medical devices, bridges, or machines, this community is for you. ENGroups are led by Sue Kruessel and Jennifer Finney.

Engineering ENGroup – Leadership & Entrepreneurship

If you are a leader or have an entrepreneurial spirit and enjoy enhancing structures and designs, working with new and creative ideas, and see yourself delegating and overseeing people, processes, or products, this is the community for you. ENGroups are led by Sue Kruessel and Jennifer Finney.

Engineering ENGroup – Research & Development

If you are intellectual and enjoy theory, the unknown, and experiments and see yourself creating new and advanced processes, this is the community for you. ENGroups are led by Sue Kruessel and Jennifer Finney.

Engineering ENGroup – Technology & Computing

If you are a problem-solver and enjoy using algorithms, software, hardware, and electronics and see yourself using those tools to work with the flow of data, security, data sharing, or web interfaces, this is the community for you. ENGroups are led by Sue Kruessel and Jennifer Finney.

Entertainment

Launched this year after visiting alumni & HR professionals in NYC at NBC Universal, The Daily Show, Creative Artists Agency, and Stick Figure Productions, it builds on early work with HollyWU – the bi-coastal WashU young alumni network actively engaging students on campus for careers in the entertainment industry. The Entertainment Group is led by Sarah Rigazio and Phoebe Richards.

Fashion

Incorporating students from all majors and leveraging outstanding relations within the Sam Fox School, this newly formed group seeks to bring students and our outstanding faculty and alumni together to optimize career options and build networks across all areas of this industry. The Fashion Group is led by Casey Jenkerson and Jen Meyer.

Finance and Banking

The finance and banking group focuses on undergraduate opportunities, both on Wall Street and in corporate America. Assisted by upperclassmen and supportive alumni, students quickly learn that early preparation is essential to be considered for many of these roles. Competition is fierce for many of these roles – with the sophomore Spring semester now becoming the key season for students to first engage with employers. The Finance and Banking Group is led by Molly Burkot and Michael Salamone.

Government and Public Policy – “GPP”

The GPP work group acts as a hub for WashU budding policy wonks, analysts and change agents who are interested in bridging their intellectual and personal passions with internship and post-graduate opportunities. Annual Roadshows to Washington, DC leading think tanks, government agencies and government consulting groups culminate in a networking event where students meet up to 100 WashU alumni working in the DC area. With over 400 active members, engaged students report earlier placements and high levels of satisfaction with their academic to career outcomes. The GPP Group is led by Molly Burkot, Amy Heath-Carpentier and Susan Craig.

Pre-Grad

Exploring the wide variety of graduate school options, this group consists of workshops, advising and best practices to ensure our undergraduates are knowledgeable and successful as they seek on-going education at the best institutions in the world.

Pre-Health

Examining all options health-related, this broad array of faculty, practitioners, career and academic advisors informs students on the wide variety of clinical, policy, research, administrative and governmental opportunities in the health field. This is combined with best practices, application timelines, MCAT preparation and gap year options to best meet each student’s career needs.

Pre-Law

Interdisciplinarians by nature, pre-law students draw from the fields of anthropology, economics, history, philosophy, political science and other liberal arts fields. Advisors and faculty assist students in designing a course of study that addresses their individual needs and interests – becoming candidates for careers in academia, business, politics, and social services, as well as law.

Strategic Communications, Marketing & Public Relations – “StratCom”

For pop culture junkies and creative problem solvers who love words, ideas and influencing. With strong campus partnerships over 350 students, faculty and staff have developed particularly strong corporate relationships in Chicago, New York and St. Louis among top agencies such as: Edelman, Leo Burnett, DigitasLBi, Weber Shandwick, Ogilvy & Mather, FleishmanHillard and Interbrand. The StratComm Group is led by Sherrie Aach and April McLellan.

Sustainability

Working closely with campus partners, Net Impact, the Office of Sustainability and faculty, this group visited the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, Urban Harvest STL’s Food Roof Farm, SCI Engineering, and MOBOT’s EarthWay Center. In addition to regular meetings they will be traveling to DC to further explore innovation and policy in sustainability. The Sustainability Group is led by Sarah Rigazio and Patty Katzfey.