Student Success Story: Rachel Troch

Name: Rachel Troch

Major: Biology with a minor in

Graduation Date: May 2012

Company Name/Position Title
(grad school and program):
University of Maryland School of Medicine –
Medical Student

How the Career Center helped you along the way: The
career center really helped me to polish my interviewing techniques. I had two
practice interviews, one for the prehealth committee and one for my medical
school interview. Ms Kohout helped me to focus on how I  structure answers to
questions so that I gave concise but complete responses.  The practice
interviews helped me to feel confident in my interviewing abilities so that I
was able to present myself as a qualified and desirable applicant.

insights that you have for current students:
Make use of the many
opportunities available to you at VCU to assist applying to Graduate School or
for a job. I met with the Writing Center multiple times when writing my personal
statement. I also attended a seminar on interviewing held by Ms. Kohout and had
mock interviews. I believe that all of these contributed to my success. 

Summer 2012 Internship Application Extended to November 7th

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The application for the Summer 2012 Department of State Internship
Program has been extended to November 7th.
Interested qualified
students are encouraged to submit their application by the new deadline of
Monday, November 7th. Individuals who have already submitted an application will
be able to update, edit, and resubmit their application until the new closing

All applicants are encouraged to submit their application in advance of the
closing date to avoid any complications which may be experienced due to heavy
application volume in the final days and hours prior to the announcement

For more details on the internship application process, please download the
Internship Information Brochure
(updated 10/27/2011, 998kb, PDF).

Call for Applications: VCU Leadership Development Program Class of 2012

The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute is accepting
applications for the VCU Leadership Development Program class of 2012. The goal
of this program is to develop approximately 25 current and emerging leaders each
year at VCU who represent the academic and administrative units of the
university and the VCU Health System. Applications for the 2012 class are due
Tuesday, Nov. 1. For more information, contact or visit

Application deadlines for Foreign Service Specialist positions

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–>We are pleased to inform you that we are are still accepting applications for
the following U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Specialist positions:

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, available for
worldwide assignment, including Washington, D.C., and able to obtain security
and medical clearances.
Please read the vacancy announcements carefully
for all qualifications and requirements.

We appreciate your interest in a career with the U.S. Department of State.

U.S. citizenship is required. An equal
opportunity employer.

Etiquette Tip of the Week: Responsibility of the Dinner Guest

Your responsibility as a
dinner guest in someone’s home is not just to show up and eat the food. Your
responsibility is to be a charming guest and keep up the conversation at the
table…not the texting conversation under the table.  Scan newspapers and
online news the day of the dinner party, to be up on current events. (So even if
you are not a sports fan, you know the Rangers are up 3-2.)

Not sure what
to say? The best conversationalists are listeners. Ask questions of the others.
If someone is not talking, invite him or her into the conversation with a
question.  Change topics to make others feel included.

What topics should you
avoid?  Some say, “religion and politics.”  If you subscribe to that, you may
miss out on some lively and interesting discussions.  It is better to avoid
discussing your diet, invasive surgery,
bathroom humor and playing,
“I can top that story.”

Culture and Manners Institute at

Justice Policy Institute Internships

Justice Policy Institute

Internship Program

JPI is accepting applications for its internship program. Interns are
accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. We accept interns for
the fall or spring semester, summer, or for the entire academic year.
All applicants are required to submit a cover letter detailing why they
are interested in an internship with the Justice Policy Institute, a
resume, and a writing sample. The cover letter should also include all
contact information: current address, phone and fax numbers, and email

We seek interns interested in being introduced to the
“nuts and bolts” of criminal justice and juvenile justice reform work
and issues. This may include everything from poring through government
reports, statistics, records, and data to working on the communications
strategy associated with a state-based campaign/initiative or analyzing
legislation with clear policy implications. JPI is committed to creating
a fulfilling and rewarding internship experience and view this as a
partnership between our organization, students, and educators. Interns
will work under the supervision of the Research and Communications
Departments at JPI. In addition to performing some basic administrative
functions for the organization, interns will also be expected to attend
meetings with senior staff as appropriate and to support JPI’s strategic

Schedules are flexible and can work around students school and/or
work activities. This is an unpaid internship, however, we are happy to
work with schools that provide for funding or course credit. Interested
applicants should send their resume, a cover letter and writing sample
via email to Paul Ashton at

National Scholarship Information Session

Mr. Jeff Wing, Director of the National Scholarship Office, will be holding an information session about different national scholarship opportunities available to VCU students on Monday, October 31, 2011 at noon in Room 1303 at The Honors College (701 W. Grace Street).  Mr. Wing will give an overview of nationally competitive scholarships and discuss what students can do to prepare for these competitions and make themselves more competitive for the best graduate schools, jobs, etc. First and second year students are especially encouraged to attend.  

Successful candidates for these awards often have been planning their applications since early in their college careers.  Whether you already have begun to think about national scholarship opportunities or you are just curious regarding what it takes to compete for these awards, please join us to learn more.  A second national scholarship information session will be held on Tuesday, November 8, at 12:30p in Room 1303 at The Honors College (701 W. Grace Street).

If you have any questions, please email

Student Success Story: Malcolm Barnett

Name: Malcolm Barnett

Major: Information Systems,
Concentration: Business Analyst

Graduation Date: May 2012

Name/Position Title:
 SunTrust Banks Inc. Bank Operations Analyst

How the
Career Center helped you along the way:
The entire UCC  staff helped me land my
job by setting up my RamsRecriuting  account, teaching me valuable interviewing
skills and by helping with my Cover Letter and Resume. 

Any insights that
you have for current students:
 The UCC is the key to becoming employed.

AT&T Bilingual Preferred Part Time Retail Sales Consultant – Midlothian, VA (Midlothian)

The successful candidate will be able to perform the following with or without reasonable accommodation:
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings, weekends and holidays
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to complete all paperwork completely, accurately, in a timely manner
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds
  • Ability to operate a personal computer, wireless equipment, copier and fax
  • Ability to work in other locations as the needs of the business dictate may be required. 
  • Complete all aspects of opening and closing the store in accordance
    with written procedures. Submit all transaction journals on a daily
  • Assists with inventory maintenance
  • Willingness to handle rejection from customers
  • May be required to wear a uniform

Medical Technologist – Part-Time – Richmond, VA ( Job Number: 077627)

  • Validate and report test results accurately and legibly
  • Obtain and process blood and/or biological specimens from patient
  • Calibrate, standardize and maintain instruments following
    established procedures; perform quality control to ensure proper
    functioning of instruments, reagents and procedures; recognize
    malfunction and out-of-control test results and take corrective action
  • Prepare reagents, standards and controls according to prescribed procedure
  • Check supply inventory, maintain and monitor cost-effective purchasing and inventory control to prevent interruption of service
  • Adversely affect test performance or reporting of test results and take corrective action
  • Follow the laboratory’s procedures for specimen handling/processing,
    test analyses, report and maintain records of patient’s test results;
    maintain records that demonstrate proficiency testing samples are tested
    in the same manner as patient specimens
  • Adhering to laboratory’s quality control policies, document all
    quality control activities, instrument and procedural calibrations and
    maintenance performed
Med Tech
Med Technologist





BS/BA degree or equivalent Medical Technology experience


Certified as a medical technology or clinical laboratory scientist by
the Board of Registry of ASCP or the National Certification Agency.
(Certification as a medical technologist by the American Medical
Technologist is acceptable.)


Requires 3+ years of experience in a clinical laboratory.