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May 1, 2023


Meet Nailah Edmead, a senior political science major with a minor in sociology!

She worked as a communications fellow with the Florida House of Representatives under Omari Hardy, (a UM alum)! As a communications fellow, she managed social media posts by Hardy, edited speech summaries, and gained a special perspective inside lawmaking within Florida. As she pursues her law school journey, this position has been crucial to facilitate her understanding of the law and her passion for it! The intersection of communications and law offered by the fellowship sparked her interest in entertainment law which she will pursue upon admission to law school.

The Toppel Internship Program and the Student Affairs Office helped her outline her goals every semester and ensure that she maintained a vision of what she wanted her future to look like. Working towards these goals allowed her to refine her writing skills and improve as a student journalist and content writer, while also gaining confidence as a student employee. Toppel also helped her edit the resume that led to her receiving an employment offer at her current student position and she used Toppel again for her communications fellowship! She dropped in via Zoom and a Toppel career coach quickly and efficiently gave her an outline of what her resume should look like, which she still uses to this day.

Piece of Advice:

“Pursue your interests and academic strengths and center your involvement around that. You never know what opportunities may come as a result or how your involvement may shape your career aspirations, as mine did!”


Peace Corps Application Workshop: Downtown Miami @ 4 PM
Master in International Business Information Session @ 10 AM
Peace Corps Office Hours: Doral Library @ 3 PM
Master of Science in Sustainable Business Program Info Session @ 12 PM
Business ForUM Info Session @ 11 AM


8-Step Job Search Toolkit

Looking for an easy guide you can follow to help assist you with your job search? Then check out our 8-Step Job Search Toolkit. This toolkit is a self-paced workbook full of strategies, advice, and resources created to help you prepare and execute your individualized job search plan.

By completing the Toolkit, you will gain new knowledge and skills covering a vast array of topics, such as organizing your job search, mastering the world of making connections, improving your interview techniques, tailoring your resume, making the most of Handshake, staying motivated, coping with rejections, moving forward, and so much more!

We recommend that you complete each of the eight steps of the Toolkit in the order provided, spending approximately one week on each step. However, the time you spend on each step is completely up to you depending on where you are at in your job search process.


Adding Courses or Projects to Your Handshake Profile

While it may feel like the courses or projects you complete are only worth just a grade, did you know that highlighting these could potentially help you with your job search? Courses and projects are a great way to show that you have experience and knowledge in a specific area…and since you’re required to do them, why not use it to help advance your career?

To highlight them, go to your Handshake profile, scroll down till you see the “courses” section, and add any relevant coursework that you’ve completed. Under that, you’ll also see the “projects” section where you can also add the name of the projects as well as any links to the work itself. This can be a good way to provide concrete information on the quality of your work as well as the range of your knowledge. You can also add them to your resume, so check out this article to learn how!


Virtual Company Projects With Forage

If you want to know the type of work you’d be doing in certain careers before you enter them, then Forage is for you! Forage offers you the opportunity to get a taste of industry experience by completing short, real-world, company-backed online projects with real companies! Not only can this help you explore a potential career path, but it also provides you with the skills necessary for the job you may be applying for.

It also looks good to employers too since Forage students are twice as likely to receive an interview for the job they’re applying to! You can search for projects based on school or industry and once completed, you can also add these projects to your resume, LinkedIn, and Handshake profiles.


Internship & Job Opportunities

Graduating Student Survey

New Career Champions

Toppel Spotlight

Summer 2023 - Network Planning Intern - Philadelphia

Privacy Intern
Sony Corporation of America

GAO Graduate Student Trainee (Interdisciplinary)
U.S. Government Accountability Office

Computational Neuroscience Laboratory Summer Intern
Boston Children's Hospital

Paid Internship - Summer 2023
National Journalism Center

Job Postings

Fiscal Analyst
NYC Office of the Mayor

2023-2024 AmeriCorps Afterschool Enrichment Coach
City Year

Real Estate Manager & Sales Associate
AJC Rents

Cultural Affairs, Human Resources Manager
Miami-Dade County

Appeals Officer/Competent Authority Analyst
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

If you're graduating this semester, congratulations! We’re really proud of you and want you to know that we’re here to celebrate your successes and help in any way that we can. In order to do so, we'd love to hear from you about your post-graduation plans. Taking the University of Miami Graduating Student Survey will be a huge help to the University, to your fellow classmates, and to yourself!

Please take 5 minutes to fill out the confidential online Graduating Student Survey HERE so that we can learn about your UM experience and what your plans are after graduation. As a bonus, by taking the survey, you will have the chance to win a $250 Amazon gift card!

The Toppel Career Center would like to recognize the newest members of the Career Champions Network! Throughout the year, sixteen faculty and staff joined this Network at the University of Miami in order to provide support to students as they navigate their careers.

Students, keep a look out for these UM faculty and staff who are here to support you with your career goals!

2022-2023 Class:

  • Rachel Perse – Dean of Students Office
  • Marie White – Office of The University Registrar
  • Gabriela Nahous – Undergraduate Admission
  • Corey Rodriguez – Study Abroad
  • Mia Hall – Miller School of Medicine - Pediatrics
  • Mariana Jimenez – General Surgery
  • Matt McCabe – Housing and Residential Life
  • Mary Liz Thompson – Housing and Residential Life
  • Dr. Miguel Iraola – Miami Herbert Business School
  • Audrey Carballo – Office of Pre-Health Advising & Mentoring
  • Katelyn McGuigan – Miller School of Medicine - Public Health Sciences
  • Daniella Rosario – Miami Herbert Business School
  • Dr. Mykel Billups – Camner Center
  • Emilia Faraj – Miller School of Medicine
  • Jacqueline Yi – Counseling Center

Natalie Gutierrez

Career Coach

Meet Natalie Gutierrez, a sophomore Computer Science major, with a minor in Business Technology! She is a part of The Alliance of Latin American Students and a career coach here at Toppel.

One way she said she had to #LevelUp to achieve her career goals was to look into clubs and extracurriculars that would help her gain experience in her field while also gaining good connections. A way that she is doing that now is through her work as a career coach which helps her become more experienced in resume and cover letter making, doing interviews, and making connections at job fairs.

Piece of Advice:

“You need to fail many times before reaching success, so you need to remember to not be too discouraged when you do.”



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