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The advising team at the Lazarus Center is equipped to help you navigate your unique career path. From day one, we support you in naming, recognizing and developing your strengths. Advisers are here to help you connect your liberal arts education to your career goals.

Career Advisers

Jason Bauer-Clapp

Director of Career Education

Contact me if you’re interested in exploring engineering careers.

Other specialities and interests: internship and job search skills and strategies, interview preparation, reviewing job offers and preparing for salary negotiations

Best career advice I ever heard: It’s important to make good decisions. It’s just as important to spend the time and energy to make sure those decisions turn out well.

Patricia Woods ’00

Assistant Director of Career Exploration

Contact me if you’re unsure of your career plan and are exploring options, or if you are curious about arts, media and communication careers.

Other specialties and interests: Strengths assessment, Ada Comstock Scholars, student-athletes, first-year students, individuals with disabilities or learning differences, young alums in career transition, informal career assessments, internship and job search skills/strategies, utilizing your Smith network.

Best career advice I ever heard: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Leigh Pinkston

Assistant Director for Inclusive Career Development

Contact me if you’re interested in exploring education, nonprofits, and social impact/activism careers.

Other specialities and interests: identity-based advising (providing tailored resources for students and alums of color, LGBTQ students and alums, as well as first-gen and low-income students and alums)

Best career advice I ever heard: Work to live; don’t live to work. And no job is more important than your health.

Emily Beaudry

Praxis Internship Manager

Choose “Praxis Internships & Internships for Credit” as your appointment type.

Specialities and interests: Praxis internship funding, Internships for Credit, internship search, post-internship reflection

Best career advice I ever heard: If the internship you want doesn’t exist, create your own! We can help show you how.

Deborah Wijnhoven

Assistant Dean of Employer Partnerships and Career Communities

Contact me if you’re interested in exploring on- and off-campus recruiting.

Specialities and interests: connecting with employers, recruiting, salary negotiations, interviewing prep, networking

Best career advice I ever heard: Leveraging your Smith network is key to building a strong network—personally and professionally. Make strong connections during your internships and first jobs, because you never know how these relationships will become part of your journey.

Elly Mons

Director of Health Professions Advising

Choose one of the “pre health” appointment options.

Contact me if you’re interested in exploring career paths in medicine and healthcare professions and/or to work on related application materials and interview preparation.

Other specialities and interests: graduate school programs in Public Health, STEM, humanities and social sciences; study abroad options; careers in law; nationally competitive scholarships/fellowships

Jess R. Pfeffer

Assistant Director of Science and Health Professions Advising

Choose one of the “pre health” appointment options.

Contact me if you’re interested in exploring career paths in science, medicine or other healthcare professions, or to work on related application materials and interview preparation.

Other specialities and interests: graduate school programs in the humanities, research proposals, personal statements

Best career advice I ever heard: Success means so many different things. Don’t let someone else define what “success” looks like for you.

Andrew Dausch

Director of Fellowships & Postgraduate Scholarship Programs

Contact me if you’re interested in exploring ways to extend your learning beyond Smith through research, study and public service fellowships.

Specialities and interests: early undergraduate fellowships, international awards, postgraduate opportunities, STEM scholarships

Jasmine Stork

Assistant Director of Fellowships & Postgraduate Scholarship Programs

Contact me if you’re interested in exploring ways to extend your learning beyond Smith through research, study and public service fellowships.

Specialities and interests: early undergraduate fellowships, international awards, postgraduate opportunities, STEM scholarships

Peer Advisers

Peer advisers receive extensive training and staff our drop-in hours. 

Peer advisers are your resource for:

  • Resume and cover letter help — Whether you're writing your first resume or improving your existing resume and cover letters, peer advisers offer knowledgeable advice and resources to help you get results. They can help you tailor your documents to employers' needs and expectations by assisting with wording, organization and style.
  • Job and internship searches — Peer advisers can guide you through the many resources available for your internship or job search, no matter what the field.
  • Business cards — We offer free business cards during drop-in hours. Work with a peer adviser to design business cards from one of our templates. One sheet of business cards (10 cards) are allowed per student per year. For more design options or to order larger batches of business cards, we suggest Paradise Copies in Northampton or online services such as vistaprint.com or moo.com.

Peer advisers also assist visitors in the Lazarus Center’s Resource Library, manage the Suit Yourself Program, and support workshops and other events.

Drop-Ins with Peer Advisers

Monday–Friday, noon–4:30 p.m.
Lazarus Center Library

Note: Two international peer advisers are available on Tuesdays from 2-4:30 p.m. Among other things, they can answer questions about OPT and CPT.

Drop-ins are first-come, first-serve and are limited to 15 minutes. Bring a copy of the materials you'd like to review or be ready to print them at the Lazarus Center.

Suit Yourself

Did you know you can borrow interview-appropriate apparel from the Lazarus Center? Through this free service, get the clothes you need for your job interviews.

Learn About the Suit Yourself Program
Photo of a student posing in a suit

Contact Lazarus Center for Career Development

Drew Hall
84 Elm Street
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: 413-585-2582 Email: lazarus@smith.edu

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Academic Year Hours
Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Summer Hours
Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Drop-in Hours with Peer Advisers 
Academic year only
Monday–Friday, noon–4:30 p.m.
in the Lazarus Center