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Connected Conversations: Rachel Bernard

In the third installment of our Connected Conversations series, Rachel Bernard, program officer at the American Council of Learned Societies, talks about a typical workday, how she uses the research and communications skills she gained from her PhD, and what she thinks graduate students can do to prepare for life outside the academy.

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The Strength of the Alt/Ac Candidate on the Academic Market

“My fellow scholars in the MLA’s Connected Academics proseminar,” says Beth Seltzer, “tackle a mind-boggling range of responsibilities. They edit academic journals, serve as assistant deans and departmental administrators, lead graduate student associations, and volunteer with local youth-art programs. And they get all this done while they’re writing their dissertations and producing strong academic scholarship. I am sure that—through their work in various fields—they will make the world a better place.”

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Cultural Programming in NYC

Cultural Programming in NYC

Hanna Griff-Slevin, director of cultural programming and intern coordinator at the Museum at Eldridge Street, on how a combination of PhD training and on-the-ground experience prepared her for a public humanities career.

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Connected Conversations: Amanda Licastro

In our first installment of Connected Conversations, Amanda Licastro, a student at the Graduate Center, CUNY, talks about her experiences as a “freeway flyer,” the necessity of hands-on work experience for graduate students, and the unique contributions that language and literature PhDs can make outside the world of the university.

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Transitional Work Experience: Why? Where? How?

Transitional Work Experience: Why? Where? How?

“Help! Everyone I’ve talked says my PhD isn’t enough—I need work experience. I came straight into grad school from my undergraduate program, and I’ve never worked full-time. How do I get work experience? What kind should I get? And how am I going to fit it in and still get my research done?”

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