Hear three alumnae share tips and insight on how to use your connections to launch your career, and how they benefited from internships and networking.
Launch Your Career
Networking and Interning for Success
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019
12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
GSU203, Career Services Office
Amanda Schoen ’14
Deputy Director, Connecticut League of Conservation Voters
Schoen earned a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing. She began working in politics in 2014 as an intern for Congressman John Larson's re-election campaign before being hired as his press secretary, and later, director of communications. For two years, she oversaw all media and public relations for Larson's official and political operations in Hartford. Schoen has also worked in Washington, D.C., as director of communications for Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-05), and in Connecticut as a public relations account executive for Quinn & Hary Communications. She joined the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters in 2018, where she ran three successful independent expenditure campaigns for the Connecticut State Senate and helped elect a pro-environment majority in the General Assembly. Schoen also works as a political consultant for select candidates.
Hailey Gagnon ’16
Legislative Aide, Connecticut General Assembly
Gagnon graduated a double major in politics and government, and criminal justice. While at UHart, she held two internships at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. In the spring of 2015, Gagnon interned with Senator Michael A. McLachlan of Danbury. In spring 2016, she interned with Marshall Collins, International Government Strategies, LLC. After graduation, Gagnon was hired as an outreach coordinator for the House Republican Office and then moved to be the legislative aide for five different state representatives in the House Republican Office.
Taylor Zitkus ’18
Administrative Assistant, Office of the President, University of Hartford
Zitkus graduated in December with a bachelor’s degree in politics and government. In her junior year, she interned at the state capitol with the lobbying firm International Government Strategies, LLC. In her junior and senior years, she participated in the Palestinian American Youth Civic Engagement (PAYCE) fellowship linking American and Palestine undergraduates through technology. In June, she will begin working at Cigna in the Underwriting Leadership Training and Risk Assessment (ULTRA) program. Currently, she is working at the University in the Office of the President and also in the Admission office reviewing applications to the University.
Presented by the The Gov. M. Jodi Rell Center for Public Service and the Department of Career Services.