Jennifer Grunwald

Career Consultant, School of Fine Arts

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Jennifer Grunwald is a Career Consultant and Program Manager for the Career Intern Program at the Center for Career Development. In this role, Jennifer is responsible for all recruiting, hiring, and the comprehensive training of 14 Career Interns who act as student paraprofessionals providing résumé critiques to peer undergraduates and delivering Center for Career Development presentations. She also delivers and manages training for the Practice Interview Program. Jennifer continues to meets with students by appointment and through walk-in delivering counseling services for major/career exploration; résumé and cover letter writing; internship, job search and grad school search; interviewing, and additional career development topics.
Jennifer received both her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies (2002) and Master of Arts in Education: Higher Education & Student Affairs (2007) at the University of Connecticut. Prior to completing her graduate studies, Jennifer worked in a corporate setting for 5 years at Aetna and later Lincoln Financial Group in both Client Services and Business Communications. She transitioned to a career in higher education in 2007 accepting a position at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, CT as an Educational Assistant: Research & Accreditation Coordinator working heavily with nursing 1st and 2nd year students. In 2009, Jennifer began her work in the Center for Career Development as the Internship Resources Consultant and later took on the role of Career Counselor.

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Let’s Debunk Those Fine Arts Myths!

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Just last week, I had the pleasure of presenting at the School of Fine Arts Experience for Prospective Students where I shared some information about fine arts majors, career prospects, as well as services offered at the Center for Career …

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Not Your Ordinary Internship!

Not Your Ordinary Internship!

A bright and early 9:00 a.m. shift to prepare for a Practice Interview with a student preparing for a full-time job interview, then to a résumé critique shift at 10 a.m., followed by class, and a FYE presentation to a …

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Please Don’t Fire Me!

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Recently, I caught wind of a situation that took place where interns were fired when trying to fight the dress code at a company they were interning at. As you read the article you’ll find that the initial proposal lacked …

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Advice for applying to the Center for Career Development’s Career Internship

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February 22nd is an exciting day at the Center for Career Development! The application period opens as we seek Career Interns for the upcoming academic year. I’m always filled with anticipation as the deadline approaches and we begin to get …

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The Truth About Getting Creative With Your Résumé

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The question, “How creative can I be with my résumé” and “How much is too much” comes up quite often in my conversations with students. As much I’d like to give a simple answer – it’s just not that black and …

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How to Talk to Parents about Art Career Interests – A Follow-up to the Thanksgiving Conversations

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If you had the chance to read my blog before Thanksgiving, this blog is what I consider Part II of that discussion. For those of you who talked about your major and/or career, I hope you left the Thanksgiving table …

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Thanksgiving Dinner Conversations – “So, What are you Going to do After you Graduate?”

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In just about two weeks, like many college students, you may find yourself back in your hometown connecting with family and friends over Thanksgiving break. While the excitement of the turkey and fixings might be long overdue (if you have …

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My 5-10 Minute Pitch

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Yesterday, I had the pleasure of speaking to over 200 parents and high school students at the School of Fine Arts Annual Discovery Day. At this event parents and prospective students immerse themselves in the arts and discover what it’s …

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Don’t worry, your first job is not your last, thankfully!

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I was talking to a colleague yesterday about past jobs that, simply put, were not our cup of tea. Most of us think immediately of retail jobs (I can’t count how many times I’ve heard from students about those food …

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Spring Cleaning for your Career

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Each spring, most of us get the itch to embark on some form of spring cleaning. Whether it is getting rid of old winter clothes, washing the car, and finally opening up those windows and letting some fresh air in. …

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