Monthly Archives: April 2010

SUCCESS STORY: Shanice Coleman

Major: Psychology, minor in Religious Studies, Certificate
in Statistical Sciences


Graduation Date: May 2011


Position(s) Information:

  •  NIH-funded Center for Biobehavioral
    Clinical Research 

  • VCU

    Research/Creative Scholarship Summer 



How did you find your
a Junior, it was time to find a summer job that related to my field. Last
summer I had fun being an Orientation Assistant, but that wasn’t going to do
much good in preparing me for graduate school. I needed a job that would help
me find new interests, something to stimulate my mind in a way taking classes
don’t. I needed hands-on experience. Talking with my professor, Dr. Natalie
Shook, she informed me about the Undergraduate Summer Fellowship program. She
didn’t find out about it until 2 weeks before it was due so I spend every extra
hour I had writing up the proposal for what I wanted to do my experiment on. It
was extremely stressful writing the proposal. I was nervous that I wouldn’t get
it. After submitting it, I realized that I wouldn’t know whether I got the
Fellowship or not until the end of April which is extremely late. I didn’t know
whether I was going to be employed over summer and couldn’t put all my eggs in
one basket. Fearing that I wouldn’t get the fellowship, I spoke with the
Director of Psychology Undergraduate Programs, Dr. Linda Zyzniewski about what
summer jobs I could do as a Psychology major. She pointed out SPSS work as a
data analysis or become a research assistant. On that note, I remembered
reading on Blackboard in the PsycUgrad page under “Opportunities” that there
was a position open for Research Assistant on the MCV campus as well as an
outside business up the street from campus looking for a Research Assistant.
Out of all the opportunities listed, I thought those would be my best bet with
Dr. Z’s advice. So I applied for that by emailing the contacts.


How the Career Center helped
you along the way?
 Jeanette Waterman helped me to edit my resume. Without this assistance, I
may not have been seen as strong of a candidate.


Any insights that you have for current students? Apply for any position that you have an interest. You
never know what you happen unless you apply!  

VA Dept of Agriculture – clerical/data entry position job posting – closes May 7

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services,
Division of
Animal and Food Industry Services, Office of Veterinary Services is
a highly motivated individual to provide technical and
administrative expertise
in support of agricultural-based regulatory programs involving
livestock and
poultry. This position will process animal disease program records;
statistical data into the federal database; maintain Virginia
statistics and
program records; independently prepare reports relating to federal
and state
animal disease programs in support of a nationwide statistical
reporting system;
process drug residue investigations and disease investigations as
by the FDA, USDA, or others; provide administrative support to the
work unit
by answering telephones, greeting the public, and answering routine
and provide requested information regarding laws and related
especially pertaining to the importation of animals into Virginia.

Qualifications: Candidates must demonstrate exceptional and
enthusiastic customer
service; be proficient in business communications, both oral and
including experience providing detailed responses and explanations
of laws
and regulations to program clients; possess experience using and
database systems including accurate data entry; exhibit strong
skills to include experience prioritizing workloads in order to meet
demonstrate strong analytical skills with a proven ability to review
and analyze
documentation; handle multiple tasks with frequent interruptions;
the ability to work independently without close supervision; and
have experience
providing general administrative/clerical support to a multi-staff
work team.
Applicants must be proficient in the use of personal computers.
must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Final candidate must
complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check. Hiring
Salary: Pay
Band 3, commensurate with relevant experience.

In accordance with State Code, incumbents of this position must
a Statement of Economic Interests form upon hire and annually

To be considered for this position, you must complete a state
through the on-line employment system at

by 5:00 p.m. on May 7, 2010.  Fax,
or mail applications will not be accepted.  Resumes may be attached,
but are not accepted in lieu of a completed application.  For more
or assistance you may contact the Human Resource Office, Virginia
of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 102 Governor Street, Room 248,
VA 23219; Telephone: 804.371.8066; Hearing Impaired 1.800.828.1120;

Customer Service Representative; Marten Transport – Chester, VA

To help grow the customer base of our company by building relationships with current and future customers. Daily job duties will be as follows:

1. Record details and direction on all loads booked for the assigned area.
2. Act as a substitute for the Customer Service Manager in a manner, which is seamless and transparent to our customer.
3. Supervise and monitor trailer pools in the respected market.
4. Promptly and logically secure loading and/or unloading appointments.
5. Communicate any problems encountered to the Customer Service Manager.
6. Aggressively pursue and expand knowledge of other positions and functions in an effort to broaden your own ability and scope as related to career development.
7. Maintain and monitor the service levels provided to Marten’s customers as required and outlined by our Sales and Marketing department.
8. Perform routine solicitations of customer base, by telephone or other forms of communication.
9. Delegate duties and train Customer Service Associates.
10. Oversee Customer Service Associates in their work progression within specific regions.
11. Other duties as assigned.

Interested  – apply through RamsRecruiting today! 

You can find out more by logging into your RamsRecruiting account. Make sure that your resume has been approved before you apply for this position. You can do so by contacting your Career Consultant or utilizing our walk-in hours:  Walk-in Hours (left hand side of the page)


Don’t have an RamsRecruiting account? 

It is easy to get one! Stop by the Career Center in the University Student Commons (across from the Chick-Fil-A) and request an account or email us at The University Career Center email account

Research Internship; ConnectNetwork – Richmond, VA


Hours: Part-time
(15 hours a week). Located on VCU’s Monroe Campus.


Start Date: June 1, 2010

About ConnectNetwork: ConnectNetwork is a Web-based information clearinghouse and
a network of people with a common interest in building a stronger community
through information-sharing. Citizens access research reports and data, take
part in educational sessions and communicate with each other about the
challenges of serving others. ConnectRichmond (, the
locally-based site, serves some 4,000 people daily through a free,
subscriber-based email list and connects over 1,500 organizations. Resources
offered to local communities include: a job finder, items needed, a regional
calendar, communication groups, nonprofit management resources, funding
opportunities and more.

Responsibilities involve
researching and collecting state/national reports and data for the websites,
writing and editing material for posting information to the site, and
additional tasks as needed, which may include community building, assisting
with workshops, writing press releases or researching nonprofit trends.

Qualifications: Interest
in nonprofit leadership issues, public policy issues, and community relations.
Ideal candidates will be detail-oriented, strong writers and deadline-oriented.
This position would be an exciting opportunity and a resume-builder for a
student interested in nonprofits, government, research and public policy.


To Apply: Please send
your resume and cover letter to Liana Kleeman,






The Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange
Program (IYLEP) is funded by the Embassy of the United States in Baghdad, and
implemented by the Academy for Educational Development and Virginia
Commonwealth University (VCU). IYLEP enables twenty-five outstanding
undergraduate students from Iraq to participate in a six-week intensive
academic summer program on VCU’s Monroe Park Campus, focusing on themes of social
media networking, cultural understanding, and community building.



The Office of International Education (OIE) is looking for six Program
Leaders to assist the IYLEP Director from June 23 – August 9, 2010. Program
Leaders serve a strategic role in the development and implementation of this unique,
cross-cultural experience. Through personal interactions, Program Leaders
identify the interests and needs of Iraqi students, develop responsive action
plans, and work with other Program Leaders and the Director to facilitate positive
interactions between Iraqis and the VCU and Richmond communities. Program
Leaders will receive a $1,400 stipend for their work with the program.



attendance at the Program Leaders Training Workshop (held in late June), weekly
staff meetings throughout the duration of the program, and a trip to New York
City at the close of the program (Aug. 4-8).

contact, make introductions, and stimulate conversations among participants.

VCU’s spirit and tradition, academic expectations, campus life, and promote
resources available.

students to ask questions, participate in discussions, and engage in building
relationships with other students, faculty, and staff.

and develop strategies to assist participants in the resolution of problems.

  • Plan, implement, and evaluate numerous activities (including community
    service, educational programs, small group activities, and large-scale social


  • Demonstrate cultural sensitivity, personal
    maturity, responsibility, and discretion.
  • Must have a flexible schedule and be available to
    work full-time, including some evenings and weekends.
  • Possess strong leadership skills and ability to
    adapt easily to change.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and provide department of motor
    vehicles (DMV) driving record.


online application (you will need to save, print, and sign) at (Students: complete the
Student Application; All Others: complete the Staff Application)

resume, cover letter, signed online application, and contact information for 3
references to Amanda Davis (IYLEP Program Director): by APRIL 23, 2010.

selected for an interview, you will need to provide driving record from Department
of Motor Vehicles.