With the pressure of academics and athletics at Yale, Robyn and the Office of Career Strategy offer guidance and structure for pursuing both summer internships and a career after Yale. Throughout last semester, Robyn and I worked together to explore desired career paths, develop a timeline for application completion, and review all required application materials. Though my schedule as a student-athlete did not allot for much time, Robyn was willing to be flexible, meet around my schedule, and even communicate outside of the office via email. With this guidance and passion, she not only helped with the nuts and bolts of the career process but also encouraged me to be confident in pursuing my own personal passions. This is especially the case as my desired career path, some combination of Global Affairs and Environmental Engineering, is not considered the traditional pathway for student athletes who often become drawn to finance and consulting. Though many Yale Athlete alumni do not work in international diplomacy or environmental engineering, Robyn explored the alumni network and her own personal contacts to provide the widest range of internship opportunities possible. From her efforts, I obtained an internship working for the Singapore Botanic Gardens and National Parks Board Center for Urban Greenery and Ecology. This opportunity has enabled me to pursue numerous publications before graduating this year and numerous career opportunities for post-graduation.
Ryan Simpson ’17, Yale Varsity Men’s Soccer