Allyson Downey ’01: Entrepreneur and Author

“My English major from Colby helped train me to think analytically, to go deeper than what’s on the surface, and question assumptions. I also honed my writing skills there, specifically around making a persuasive, cogent, and concise argument.” -Allyson Downey Allyson is an entrepreneur, MBA, writer, and parent who has built a career on the...

Dakota Rabbitt ’14: Senior Account Executive at Genuine

I’m a Senior Account Executive at Genuine Interactive, a Boston-based advertising agency. I’m also a freelance writer. Previously, I was an Account Executive at BBDO Worldwide in New York City. I work in a very creative environment, surrounded by copywriters and visual designers. While I work on the client services/business development side, the skills I...

Cara Kilgallen ’02: Associate Professor of English at Sacred Heart University

I am an associate professor of English at Sacred Heart University, co-director of the University’s Writing Across the Curriculum/Professions program, and incoming chair of the Department of Language and Literature. After graduating Colby in 2001, with a double major in English and Spanish, I pursued a PHD in American literature at Fordham University.  Completing my...

Jula Gilstein ’08: Online Editor at NEJM Catalyst

I edit, write for, and manage the website for NEJM Catalyst, a sister publication to The New England Journal of Medicine that showcases efforts to improve health care delivery. I’m also NEJM Catalyst’s social media manager and e-newsletter writer. I found the job thanks to a fellow Colby English major alumna, but my background in content...

Colin Finn ’18: Customer Experience Associate at Bonobos

I’m currently working as a Customer Experience Associate for Bonobos, the men’s clothing company, in New York (my manager, Mike Langley ’12, was also an English major). It’s a great position from which to observe and identify all of the different parts of one of the most disruptive and successful companies around. While it’s cliche...

Jenny Chen ’12: Science Writer at Yale School of Medicine

I work as a science writer at the Yale School of Medicine.  After I graduated, I worked at a newspaper, lost that job, became a freelancer, and then took this job at Yale! I get to talk to a lot of doctors every day, learn in-depth about their work and medical conditions. Most of the stuff I...
Sarah Neal 18

Sarah Neal ’18: Federal Affairs Intern at New England Council

My name is Sarah Neal and I graduated in 2018 as a French and English double major with a concentration in Creative Writing. I’m currently an intern on the Federal Affairs team of the New England Council, a non-partisan alliance of businesses, academic and health institutions, and public/private organizations. I am working in their D.C....
Grant Burfeind '17

Grant Burfeind ’17: Copywriter at LogoMix

After graduating from Colby in 2017, I was hired as a copywriter for a company called LogoMix. We specialize in building websites, creating merchandise and generating buzz for small business owners all over the world. On a day-to-day basis, I speak with some of these entrepreneurs in order to understand their company and do their...
Lindsay Alston

Lindsay Alston ’13: Account Executive at Edelman Chicago

I work within the Food & Nutrition practice at FleishmanHillard, which is a public relations agency. My main clients are Quaker and PepsiCo North America Nutrition. I’ve always been passionate about brand story telling and joined the Fleishman team when they were starting to expand this new practice given my passion and experience within the...