Thank You to Our Student Employees Who Have Continued to Work On Campus This Past Year

This year has been full of unexpected twists and turns and has required our student employees to adapt in unexpected ways. Now, more than ever, they have stepped up to the plate to do what must be done.

This year, during National Student Employment Week #DePaulNSEW2021, we’d like to take a minute to acknowledge and thank all the student employees who have continued to work on campus this past year to keep DePaul’s essential services running. Here are just a few examples:

Sid Maurya
Front Desk Receptionist in the Housing Department

As a Front Desk Receptionist in the Housing Department, Sid Maurya has regular contact with students living in the residence halls while he checks their IDs and enforces housing policies. However, with the masks and Plexiglass partitions, Sid is able to complete his job safely. 

“Thankfully, DePaul Housing Operations has been able to successfully carry out in-person work by taking proper precautionary measures and making a safe work environment for its employees.”

Meg Moore
Lab Specialist at the Idea Realization Lab

As a lab specialist in the Idea Realization Lab, Meg plays a key role in developing and conducting equipment training and authorization sessions. She also hosts craft workshops for students and visitors to the Makerspace. In addition to her normal responsibilities, Meg helped the alumni relations team this year by making custom masks for DePaul alumni.

“Working on campus gave me a sense of normalcy that I needed this year. I was excited to see my coworkers again. Even though the campus overall was quiet, I had great interactions with the building staff and other student employees.”

Ally West
Entrance Attendant at The Ray

Ally West has been working in Membership Services and as an Entrance Attendant at The Ray for a year and a half now. She helps with membership sign up and providing information to patrons as well as checking people in and checking out equipment. Cleaning responsibilities have also been added to Ally’s role due to COVID-19.

“I transferred to DePaul at the start of my Junior year, so I have been so thankful to be working at the Ray because it has given me on-campus experience that I would not have gotten otherwise during the pandemic. Our student employees and professional staff are just amazing and I don’t know what I would have done without those friends and community at The Ray.”

Rachel Stansberry
Fitness Floor Supervisor at The Ray

At The Ray, Rachel Stansberry works as an Entrance Attendant and a Fitness Floor Supervisor. Though she started there as a freshman, she moved into her current roles after the first pandemic-related shutdown of the facility. Part of her job is to make sure the patrons of The Ray are following COVID-19 policies, like reminding them to wear their masks properly.

“I’ve found that working on campus this past year has been refreshing. It provides me with a social life that I am unable to achieve elsewhere during a pandemic, so it was definitely nice to be able to talk to people in person again. While at times it can be stressful because of the random closures or new policies, I am glad I have been able to work in the past year.”

Hector Cervantes
Facilities Assistant in the Housing Department

Hector has been working as a Facilities Assistant in the Housing Department for two years now for which he facilitates residence hall move-ins by providing residents their keys once they move in. Due to the pandemic, move-ins were contactless this year for residents who needed to quarantine. For Hector’s team, this meant appointment-only move-ins and key pick-ups with masks and social distancing.

“I feel safe working on campus with all of the measures that are in place for safety and having some sense of community on campus with the team.”

Technology Internships for 1st and 2nd Year Students

Google Summer of Code

Spend your summer break writing code and learning about open source development while earning a stipend with the Google Summer of Code! Accepted students work with a mentor and become a part of the open source community. Many become lifetime open source developers! Google Summer of Code is open to post-secondary students, age 18 and older in most countries.

Google Engineering Practicum

This is a 12-week developmental opportunity for first and second-year undergraduate students with a passion for technology—especially students from historically underrepresented groups including women, Native American, Black, Latino, Veteran and students with disabilities. Google’s internship offers the opportunity to work on a software project alongside other EP interns and full-time Googlers, and gives you the chance to bridge the gap between academic understanding and practical professional experience.

Facebook University

Facebook University (FBU) for Engineers is a paid eight-week training program designed to provide mobile development experience to students who are historically under-represented in computer science.

The eight-weeks is broken down by three-weeks of mobile development training in either iOS or the duration of the program you’ll be paired with a Facebook Engineer who will serve as your mentor and guide you along the way.

Twitter Academy

Twitter Academy is a paid 12-week summer internship program designed for second-year students interested in gaining hands-on and real-life experience in the tech industry. Throughout the summer, interns participate in bi-weekly workshops and mentorship geared to sharpen your technical skills and cultivate your professional development. This program is for historically underrepresented (black, Latinx and/or Native American) students in Tech.

Amazon Future Engineer

A comprehensive childhood-to-career program to inspire, educate, and train children and young adults from underserved and low-income communities to pursue careers in computer science.

Explore Microsoft

This is a 12-week summer internship program specifically designed for students in their first or second year of a bachelor’s degree program and provides the opportunity to experience the main phases of the product development cycle: Design, Build and Quality. This program is designed to encourage your interest in in computer science, computer engineering, or a related technical discipline.

The Explore Internship is intended for students who are beginning their academic studies and would like to learn more about careers in software development through a learning program. Interns will gain group project experience working alongside other Explore Interns. Your on-the-job learning will be enhanced with mentoring, community building and networking opportunities.

Discover’s Sophomore Programs

Discover’s internship programs just scored amongst the highest in Vault’s 2018 Best Financial Internships. They help students accelerate their career after graduation with real-world, corporate experiences and the added perks of working for a top financial services firm, such as frequent opportunities to network with senior leaders and the chance to receive pre-graduation career advice from their managers and other industry experts.

American Express

This is a 12 week Summer Internship Program at American Express. Whether you’re studying to get your undergraduate or graduate degree, as an intern in our New York, Phoenix or Ft. Lauderdale offices, you’ll work on important projects with leaders who will encourage you as you create your unique career journey.


McKinsey’s SDLI program is designed for second-year students to gain experience with consulting. Students will work in one of McKinsey’s offices for 10 weeks to help serve clients, build new skills and participate in social activities. Much of the focus is on learning and personal development.


Credit Suisse has specific diversity programs that offer diverse candidates (for example, students who are female, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino) the opportunity to learn about the financial industry and specifically, what it’s like to work at Credit Suisse. They offer both a Sophomore Diversity Program and a Women’s Mentor Program.


The Freshman Enhancement Program provides Black, Hispanic, Native American and LGBT+ students the opportunity to experience Morgan Stanley culture first-hand. Participating divisions include Wealth Management, Global Capital Markets, Investment Banking, and Sales & Trading and Research. They encourage students of all majors and disciplines to apply.

Selected candidates participate in a paid program at their offices in New York City before June and based on participant availability (exact timing of the program to be determined). The program includes valuable training, networking opportunities and exposure to Morgan Stanley professionals across businesses.

#BlackHistoryMonth Movie Night

This year, we are celebrating Black History Month by recognizing the immense contribution of Black filmmakers and actors to the silver screen. So grab your popcorn and start streaming!

Cornerstones of Black Cinema

From the grit of everyday characters to the poetic images that continue to influence, here are some of the pivotal pieces that define Black cinema.

From top left to bottom right:

  • Do The Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989): On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone’s hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.
  • Daughters of the Dust (Julie Dash, 1991): Languid look at the Gullah culture of the sea islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia where African folk-ways were maintained well into the 20th Century and was one of the last bastion of these mores in America.
  • Eve’s Bayou (Kasi Lemmons, 1997): Husband, father and womanizer Louis Batiste is the head of an affluent family, but it’s the women who rule this gothic world of secrets, lies and mystic forces.
  • Get Out (Jordan Peele, 2017): A young African-American visits his white girlfriend’s parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.
  • Killer of Sheep (Charles Burnett, 1978): Set in the Watts area of Los Angeles, a slaughterhouse worker must suspend his emotions to continue working at a job he finds repugnant, and then he finds he has little sensitivity for the family he works so hard to support.
  • Boyz n’ The Hood (John Singleton, 1991): Follows the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles, dissecting questions of race, relationships, violence, and future prospects.

Iconic Black Performances

Some roles get to be defined by the actors that portray them. Here are some unforgettable performances that showcase the epitome of cinematic acting.

  • Viola Davis in Fences (2016)
  • Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther (2018)
  • Whoopi Goldberg in The Color Purple (1985)
  • Lupita Nyong’o in 12 Years a Slave (2013)
  • Angela Bassett in What’s Love Got to Do with It (1993)
  • Morgan Freeman in Invictus (2009)
  • Denzel Washington in Malcolm X (1992)
  • Michael B. Jordan in Just Mercy (2019)
  • Danny Glover in To Sleep with Anger (1991)

Black History through Movies

Films can bring to life stories of historical struggle and brilliance in a way that simultaneously captures and educates the audience. These movies depict some of the heroes that marked Black History.

  • Hidden Figures (Theodore Melfi, 2016): The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.
  • Harriet (Kasi Lemmons, 2019): The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.
  • Judas & The Black Messiah (Shaka King, 2021): Bill O’Neal infiltrates the Black Panther Party per FBI Agent Mitchell and J. Edgar Hoover. As Party Chairman Fred Hampton ascends, falling for a fellow revolutionary en route, a battle wages for O’Neal’s soul.
  • Selma (Ava DuVernay, 2014): A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.
  • One Night In Miami (Regina King, 2020): A fictional account of one incredible night where icons Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown gathered discussing their roles in the Civil Rights Movement and cultural upheaval of the 60s.

Documenting Black Life & Struggle

These documentaries are powerful examples of the camera as a witness of both political and personal history.

  • The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (Göran Hugo Olsson, 2011): Footage shot by a group of Swedish journalists documenting the Black Power Movement.
  • Whose Streets? (Sabaah Folayan, Damon Davis, 2017): An unflinching look at how the police killing of 18-year-old Mike Brown inspired a community to fight back and sparked a global movement.
  • I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck, 2016): Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House.
  • Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, 2019): This artful and intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller examines her life, her works and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career.
  • Time (Garrett Bradley, 2020): Fox Rich fights for the release of her husband, Rob, who is serving a 60-year sentence in prison.
  • John Lewis: Good Trouble (Dawn Porter, 2020): The film explores Georgia representative’s, 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health care reform, and immigration.
  • 13th (Ava Duvernay, 2016): An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality.
  • 16 Shots (Rick Rowley, 2019): A documentary examining the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke and the cover-up that ensued.

Must-see Indies

Black independent cinema continues to soar in the 21st century. Our selection highlights the most innovative voices coming out in the last ten years.

  • Moonlight (Barry Jenkins, 2016): A young African-American man grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood.
  • Small Axe (Steve McQueen, 2020): A 5-part mini-series, Small Axe is based on the real-life experiences of London’s West Indian community and is set between 1969 and 1982.
  • Queen & Slim (Melina Matsoukas, 2019): A couple’s first date takes an unexpected turn when a police officer pulls them over.
  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Cooglar, 2013): The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.
  • Sorry to Bother You (Boots Riley, 2018): In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a universe of greed.
  • Miss Juneteenth (Channing Godfrey Peoples, 2020): A former beauty queen and single mom prepares her rebellious teenage daughter for the “Miss Juneteenth” pageant.
  • Mudbound (Dee Rees, 2017): Two men return home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi, where they struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after war.

Meet Peter Wild Crea, Rehabilitation Aide at Athletico

The Health Care & Science (HCS) Career Community wants to introduce students to a wide range of careers from popular clinical roles (e.g., nurse, physician, veterinarian) to jobs like healthcare data analytics, health administration, or biotech research.  

Today, we want to highlight a fantastic job seen on the resumes of numerous DePaul students: Rehabilitation Assistant or Aide at Athletico. In a recent virtual interview, Debbie Kaltman (HCS Employer Engagement Specialist) met with Peter Wild Crea (DePaul ‘22, Health Sciences) to discuss his educational experiences, career journey, and insights for students interested in clinical health professions. 

As a current pre-med student at DePaul, Peter’s passion for health and patient care allowed him to explore many opportunities on and off campus. Shadowing a physical therapist at Athletico led to a job as a Rehabilitation Aide in which Peter has a wide range of responsibilities, including patient support, sanitation, and administrative work. Through this role, Peter builds close relationships with patients, learns about the human body and healthcare systems, and gains valuable clinical experience. Additionally, Peter continues to create opportunities for himself and develop his skills as a Peer Health Educator and student organization leader in order to prepare for a future in medical school.

A valuable token of advice from Peter for fellow students: “Lead with your passion, but also allow your passions to change.”

Check out the full video below to learn more!

Check out employment opportunities at Athletico here.

Meet Mai Hong, Senior Operations Program Manager at Teladoc Health

Here at the Health Care & Science Career Community, we want to introduce students to a wide range of careers in those industries. Students may be familiar with popular clinical roles (nurse, physician, veterinarian), but not with jobs like healthcare data analytics or administration, or biotech research.  

Livongo & Teladoc Health (a recently merged company) is “transforming the healthcare experience and empowering people everywhere to live healthier lives.”  Teladoc is a leader in telehealth, or virtual healthcare, providing virtual primary health care, mental health and chronic care management (including diabetes, high blood pressure and weight loss).    

Mai Hong is Senior Operations Program Manager at Teladoc, and recently offered her advice to current students interested in careers in healthcare startups, as well as health administration & management and health data, analytics and informatics (learn more about these industries here!)

Q: Can you explain what your job is? What do you do on a daily/weekly basis?
A: I’m a Senior Operations Program Manager. On a daily basis, I work with our eligibility department to make sure that we’re enrolling members. On a weekly basis, I work cross-functionally with other teams to set up clients and figure out how to scale operations as our company grows.

Q: What do you find most rewarding about your job? 
A: We’re a young company so everything we do is figuring out: how are we as a company going to do this? It’s a lot of fun to create things from scratch. There are no playbooks so we can be really creative and innovative about how we approach things

Q: What do you find most challenging? 
A: We’re growing very quickly so the other part of my job is to build things out that are scalable. So what we build today that works when we have 100 members, will it work tomorrow when we have 1000 members?

Q: Looking back, what were your most meaningful experiences from undergrad/grad school? (Internships, jobs, classes, student organizations, etc) 
A: I participated in hackathons during grad school and it made me realize I love working in fast paced environments that come up with out-of-the-box solutions. It also helped me understand how to put together pitches that would appeal to stakeholders.

Q: What advice do you have for students looking to enter biotech/health tech/health startup worlds? 
A: Ask a lot of questions! Health startups move quickly so there’s a lot of value in people that can get up to speed quickly and ask critical questions. 

Interested in learning more? Check out careers at Teladoc and careers at Livongo.  Learn more about careers in health care and science here!

50+ Black-Owned and Led Companies to Follow

Dozens of Black-owned and Black-led companies hire students and recent alumni on Handshake. Follow these companies to discover your next career move.

Guidance Provided By: The Handshake Team

Below is listed 50+ Black-owned or Black-led (Black CEO) companies across diverse industries that have hired students who are on the Handshake network. This list includes Fortune 500 companiesdozens of fast-growing startups, and non-profit leaders. Explore this list, then log into Handshake and search for the companies you’re interested in. Hit “Follow” to receive notifications about upcoming opportunities. You can also reach out to peers on the Handshake network who have worked at these companies for more information.

Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm ProjectFarming, Ranching and FishingCalifornia
Ariel InvestmentsInvestment / Portfolio ManagementIllinois
Baldwin Richardson Foods Co.CPG – Consumer Packaged GoodsIllinois
BCT PartnersManagement ConsultingNew Jersey
Black Aids InstituteNon-ProfitCalifornia
Black Girls CODENon-ProfitCalifornia
Black Women’s BlueprintNon-ProfitNew York
BlavityJournalism, Media & PublishingCalifornia
Bridgewaters InteriorsManufacturingMichigan
CastleOak Securities, L.P.Investment BankingNew York
Chemico, LLCOther IndustriesMichigan
Citizens Savings BankCommercial Banking & CreditMississippi
Cipher Skin Inc.Other IndustriesColorado
Color of ChangeNon-ProfitCalifornia
Daymond John – The Shark GroupAdvertising, PR & MarketingNew York
Destiny Arts CenterNon-ProfitCalifornia
Diversant, LLCHuman ResourcesCalifornia
Epitec, IncOther IndustriesMichigan
Equal Justice InitiativeNon-ProfitAlabama
Fair Oaks Farms (Wisconsin)Food & BeveragesWisconsin
Girls for a ChangeNon-ProfitVirginia
Global Commerce and ServicesInternet & SoftwareLouisiana
GN BankCommercial Banking & CreditIllinois
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + CulturePerforming and Fine ArtsNorth Carolina
JOURNiOther EducationMichigan
Loops Capital Markets, LLCInvestment BankingIllinois
Merck & Co., IncPharmaceuticalsNew Jersey
My Brother’s KeeperNon-ProfitMassachusetts
NAACPGovernment – Local, State & FederalMaryland
NAACP LDFNon-ProfitNew York
National Urban LeagueNon-ProfitNew York
Nightlight Pediatric Urgent CareHealthcareTexas
OneUnited BankAdvertising, PR & MarketingMassachussetts
O, The Oprah Magazine (Hearst)Journalism, Media & PublishingNew York
Pharos Capital GroupInvestment / Portfolio ManagementTexas
PindropInternet & SoftwareGeorgia
Rocket LawyerInternet & SoftwareCalifornia, Utah
Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co., LLCInvestment BankingNew York
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and CultureTourismDistrict of Columbia
Tapestry, Inc.FashionNew York
TaskRabbitInternet & SoftwareCalifornia
The Anderson-DuBose CompanyTransportation & LogisticsOhio
The Essie Justice GroupNon-ProfitCalifornia
The Innocence ProjectNon-ProfitNew York
Thompson Hospitality GroupRestaurants & Food ServicesVirginia
TIAAInvestment / Portfolio ManagementNew York
Uncharted PowerUtilities and RenewablesNew York
Vista Equity PartnersInvestment / Portfolio ManagementTexas
World Wide TechnologyComputer NetworkingMissouri
Zume PizzaRestaurants & Food ServicesCalifornia