From the Director

Larry Westfall 2016

Lean In With Larry

Larry Westfall, Director Graduate Career Services

On this the 16th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, may we always be reminded that life is a precious commodity that is meant to be lived, our talents are wonderful gifts that are meant to be shared, and our aspirations are enduring passions that are meant to be discovered. #NeverForget 

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Here are a few items that came across my desk since we last talked...
  • Notre Dame California - If you're interested in California as your full-time destination or an internship opportunity, then join the ND California Student Club and get connected to events and programs geared toward the West Coast region. Don't forget to opt-in to the California Resume Book through Go IRISH and get your resume in fronts of hundreds of prospective employers and alumni. 
  • IRISH Compass is LIVE! - Join this new online community created to foster powerful professional mentoring connections between Notre Dame students and alumni around the world. To get started, visit, register using your netID, and start exploring the world of alumni mentoring today.
  • Google PhD Informal Chat - Google will be on campus on Sept 28th from Noon-1:30pm in 258 Fitzpatrick, holding an informal Q&A session with Haiyan Meng, a current Googler and ND PhD alum. Hear her journey to Google and how she applied her experience at ND to her work at the company. Register here if you are interested in attending. Make sure your resume and LinkedIn profiles are up to date (feel free to link both in the form) and of course come with lots of good questions! SPACE IS LIMITED!
  • Deloitte Network Reception & Information Session - Join representatives from Deloitte in their Chicago office on Sept 19th at 6:00 pm CST for a networking reception for Deloitte's Risk and Financial Advisory's Life Sciences and Healthcare industry. Deadline to apply is Sept 11th. Individuals will be notified if accepted. There is no reimbursement for travel expenses. For more detail, register here.
  • 84.51 on Campus TONIGHT! - Don't miss this technical information session from 6:30-8:00 pm in 209 DeBartolo Hall tonight, Sept 11th. Representatives from 84.51 will be speaking to students interested in intern and full-time opportunities in Analyst or Developer roles.  
  • 2018 SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition - SpaceX is moving forward with a third installment of the competition: the 2018 Hyperloop Pod Competition. The competition will focus on a single criterion – maximum speed. All Pods must be self-propelled, though there is a Levitation “sub-competition.” The competition will take place in summer 2018 and is open to both new and returning student teams. We hope your university will consider participating this year. To register, please have your students submit an Intent to Compete Form by 5pm PT on September 29, 2017.
  • EDF Climate Corps Graduate Fellowship Program - Jumpstart your sustainability career with an EDF Climate Corp fellowship. 2018 application opens on September 1st! Students should apply online by visiting our website! We will have two application deadlines: December 5th at 11:59pm PT, and January 5th at 11:59PM PT. Candidates should apply early to be considered for the first round of host placement decisions! Students should consider joining our virtual sessions/webinars on: Friday, October 13th at 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT Register here, Wednesday, November 13th at 3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT Register here.
  • #IrishReady: Career Strategy 101 - Come learn what it means to be #IrishReady for career success. Grad students at all stages will gain tips and resources for planning a strategic approach to their career development, and will receive a checklist for easily managing the process. We'll engage, develop, and empower you for success regardless of your field or desired career outcome. Register here.
  • DEADLINE – SEPTEMBER 23, 2017, 11:59 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time 
    This is a 12 month, full-time appointment in Washington, D.C.  
    Go to to apply and for additional information.

    The DOE Scholars Office of Fossil Energy Fellow will serve in a program/project management support role for the Office of Fossil Energy's (FE) Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) program. MLEF is an FE-wide 10-week educational summer program that provides opportunities to students who are pursuing degrees i science, technology (IT), engineering, or mathematics (STEM majors). The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for minority and female students in these fields.

    Applicants must be a U.S. citizens and have completed a Bachelor’s degree. May be currently pursuing or have obtained a Masters or Doctoral degree within the last 60 months.
    Program provisions: Stipend: $950 per week; Health insurance allowance: up to $513 per month; Housing allowance: $230 per week; Metro allowance: $30 per week. Travel/training allowance (upon mentor and program approval): up to $12,000 per year.

Until next time, always remain #IRISHReady



Director's Log:  9/11/17