Ryanne Desjardins ’18: Education Resource Specialist

After graduating from Colby, I moved to Los Angeles in June 2018 to begin my two year commitment with Teach For America. For six weeks that summer, I took intensive courses in classroom management, socio-emotional learning and data driven instruction. Following that summer, I taught for special education for two years at a public and...

Noah Tocci ’17: Clinician

After graduating from Colby in 2017, I decided to work at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) doing research within the domain of healthcare delivery science. The Center for Healthcare Delivery Science at BIDMC examines innovative ways to improve existing systems within a healthcare network to improve both patient experience, provider experience, and the efficacy...

Katie Monteleone ’18: Production Assistant at NPR

I work at NPR as a production assistant for the TED Radio Hour. My responsibilities range from editing, scoring, and mixing audio segments for the podcast, writing scripts for the host, pitching episode ideas, and conducting research on guests to prepare for interviews. An interesting facet of my work is that I get to learn...

Alison Zak ’18: Brand/UX Writer at Nift

I’m a Brand/UX writer at the startup Nift, where I work on anything from emails, press releases, website and app copy, to user experience research and testing, to personalized care for our partner businesses. Writing in my career is a lot more about doing research and testing to learn what to write, rather than just...

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...