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Cardinal Careers Thursday on State Government
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AY18-19 Winter Quarter Event Schedule

All events will take place in the Haas Center DK Room unless otherwise indicated.


Cardinal Careers Thursday – Power Your Clean Energy Job Search

Thursday, January 10th 3:30-5:00 pm

Are you considering a career in sustainability and clean energy? Come hear from recent alumni representing the California Energy Commission, Facebook, and the Environmental Defense Fund talk about their connection to service and the job prospects within clean energy.

  • Terra Weeks M.S. ‘17, Advisor to Commissioner David Hochschild, California Energy Commission
  • Esteban Guerrero M. S. ‘16, Data Infrastructure Operations Process & Technology Innovation Executive, Facebook
  • Hillary Hull M.S. ‘12, Manager, Research and Analytics, Environmental Defense Fund

Co-sponsors: Bill Lane Center for the American West, Stanford School of Earth, Energy, & Environmental Sciences Earth Systems Program, Engineers for a Sustainable World, Stanford Energy Club

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Schneider Fellowships Info Session

Friday, January 11th 12:00-1:00 pm

Join past Schneider Fellows as they discuss their fellowship experiences and answer your questions. Schneider Fellows work at leading U.S. nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the sustainable energy field. The Fellows spend a quarter or full year tackling the world’s economic, environmental, social, and technical challenges associated with past, present, and future approaches of harnessing energy resources to deliver energy services.

Cardinal Quarter Fellows receive a stipend of $8,500 for a 12-week fellowship. In addition, funds are available for fellowship-related travel. One-year NRDC Fellows receive a competitive salary with benefits.


Philanthropy Fellowships Info Session

Monday, January 14th 6:00-7:00 pm

Consider a fellowship at a foundation for this summer or after graduation. Foundations work on every social impact issue and have some of the brightest professionals in every field – from health to human rights to arts and culture, gender equality, preventing violence, LGBTQ rights, racial justice, education reform, climate change, tech for social good, and many more. Come and hear from a panel of current and former fellows about their fellowship experience and mentors, the application and placement process, what it's like to work in a foundation, and life in the working world outside of Stanford.

  • Will Fowler, Emerson Collective
  • Christiana Lee, King Philanthropies
  • Luis Ornelas, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative


American Voices Fellowship Info Session
Tuesday, January 15th 12:00-1:00 pm
Come learn about an exciting new fellowship program for graduating seniors, current graduate students, new PhDs, and anyone who is committed to tackling our country’s most pressing problems. This program is built around a new project, led by top scholars from Stanford University and Princeton University, that will uncover how the American Dream is faring and how inclusive and opportunity-enhancing policy might be designed.


Cardinal Careers Thursday - Start Local, Go Big: Policy Jobs in City Government

Thursday, January 17th 3:30-5:00 pm

Interested in government, but not sure if city government is right for you? Come hear from San Jose city government representatives about what a career in local government is really like, and how it can jumpstart a career in local, state, or federal offices.

  • Mario Maciel, Division Manager, Mayor's Gang Prevention Task Force, San Jose Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services
  • Nick Almeida ‘02, Chief Service Officer, San Jose Mayor's Office
  • Roxanne Grillo ‘10, Sanitary Engineer, San Jose Environmental Services
  • Sharon Winslow-Erickson ‘84, City Auditor, City Auditor’s Office

Co-sponsors: Stanford Women in Politics, Stanford Urban Studies Program

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Helena Community Impact Fellowship Info Session

Tuesday, January 22nd 12:00-1:00 pm

Come and hear from Sam Feinburg, COO and Executive Director, about Helena, a new engine of innovation to solve the world's most pressing problems.  Learn how you can get involved through Cardinal Quarter and Cardinal Careers fellowships. 

Started in a Yale dorm room, Helena seeks to bring together some of the world’s most remarkable people and work alongside them to materialize ideas that build a better tomorrow.  She operates projects around the world that focus on addressing issues of global importance and creating innovations that yield significant positive impact.  Stanford faculty are involved in a number of Helena's initiatives. Current projects include:

  • Factory in the Sky – development and construction of the world's first carbon capture factory
  • The Shield Project – protecting the electrical grid from threats both foreign and domestic

Co-sponsors: BASES Social Impact, SENSA

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Impactful (Non-Medical) Careers in Health

Tuesday, January 22nd 6:00-7:00 pm

Hear from three Stanford alumni who have forged terrific careers in health – without a medical degree.  They will talk about their career paths and offer advice on entry points into the field. The panelists will also take questions from the audience. 

  • Briana Evans '13, M.A. '14, Senior Community Health Planner, County of San Mateo
  • Amy Chen '13, Director of Strategic Partnerships, UCSF Health
  • Michael Lighty M.A. '88, Director of Public Policy, California Nurses Association and Advisor to Bernie Sanders

Co-sponsor: Stanford Dance Marathon

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Cardinal Careers Thursday – Experience America: Choose a Service Year

Thursday, January 24th 3:30-5:00 pm | CERAS First Floor Lobby

If you have a desire to be proximate to the social justice issues of our time, develop a highly transferable skillset, and expand your network by thousands, consider a service year! This tabling fair will feature a variety of service year programs, including JusticeCorps, City Year, Reading Partners, and more! Shirley Sagawa, the CEO of Service Year Alliance, will also be our keynote speaker.

Organizations attending:

  • City Year
  • Food Corps
  • JusticeCorps
  • Playworks
  • Public Allies
  • Reading Partners
  • Service Year Alliance
  • Teach for America
  • Others TBD

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Cardinal Careers Trek - Innovative Engineering and Environmental Jobs in San José City Management

Friday, January 25th 10:00 am-2:00 pm | Departing from Haas Center

Join us to explore the variety of engineering and environmental career opportunities in one of America's most innovative city governments. Space for this career trek is limited! Indicate your interest by filling out this brief form by January 16th.


Cardinal Careers Thursday - Public Service Through Podcasting

Thursday, January 31st 3:30-5:00 pm

In 2014, President Obama awarded On Being podcast host Krista Tippett the National Humanities Medal at the White House. Obama praised her for “thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence" and "avoiding easy answers, embracing complexity and inviting people of every background to join their conversation about faith, ethics, and moral wisdom.” Join Krista and On Being Studios executive producer, Liliana Maria Percy Ruíz, in an open conversation about their work — both in audio and as a public life and media initiative — which seeks to renew inner life, outer life, and life together. Their conversation will also discuss the shifting landscape of journalism, and how podcasting and other forms of media play a role in that shifting landscape.

  • Krista Tippett, Creator and Host, On Being
  • Lily Percy, Executive Producer, On Being

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Cardinal Careers Thursday - Global Focus, D.C. Office: Jobs in International Service

Thursday, February 7th 3:30-5:00 pm 

You don't need to work abroad to have a career in global service! Come to the Haas Center and learn from representatives from the World Bank Group, USAID, and the International Rescue Committee on how to get involved in global service in DC.

  • Rachel Quint ‘10, M.A. ‘11, Strategy Manager, International Rescue Committee
  • Nika Soon-Shiong ’15, M.A. ’16, Disruptive Technology Initiative, Office of the President, The World Bank
  • Robin Swearinger M.A. ‘14, Zika Program Technical Coordinator, Global Health Supply Chain Program, USAID

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Careers in Diplomacy with Ambassador McFaul

Wednesday, February 13th 1:30-2:30 pm | Encina Hall

Want to know what it’s like being an international diplomat? How about a diplomatic ambassador to Russia? Head to Encina Hall to chat with current Stanford professor Michael McFaul about his experiences as a diplomat, careers in international relations, and tips for entering the field.

  • Michael McFaul ‘86, Stanford professor and former U.S. Ambassador to Russian Federation

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Cardinal Careers Thursday - Public Service and Changemaking: A Conversation with Women in Politics

Thursday, February 14th 3:30-5:00 pm 

With records being set across the country for the number and diversity of women running for—and winning—political office, America’s government is becoming more representative of its populations. Will you be part of the movement? Come hear from women currently serving in political and government office to learn about steps you can take to get there!

  • Ellen Kamei, Councilmember-Elect, City of Mountain View
  • Other panelists TBD

Co-sponsor: Stanford Women in Politics

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Cardinal Careers Thursdays is a weekly series held from 3:30-5:00 pm on Thursdays featuring skill-building workshops and speakers representing a wide variety of external fellowships, service programs, and career opportunities in public service and social impact. A Hume tutor will also be available each Thursday from 3:00-5:30 pm in the BIRC for drop-in tutoring.