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Undergraduate Alumnae and Alumni

Sociology majors and environmental sociology majors often obtain graduate education, but many work for a few years after graduating and some go directly into careers without additional graduate education. We list the positions of recent alumni in the following categories: business, government & law, graduate studies, nonprofits & educational organizations, and sports. If there is a specific employer or school that interests you and if you would like to be in contact with an alumnus or alumna, please contact Prof. Hess.

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Business

  • Finance
    • Intern at The Carlyle Group
    • Banking Analyst for Goldman Sachs
  • Health
    • Intern in Public Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility at Horizon Pharma
    • Registration at Monroe Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
    • Pittsburgh Health Corps
    • Outpatient Therapist
    • Process Engineer, HCA IT&S
    • Child Life Specialist at Tulane Medical Center
    • Metrics Analyst at Anthem
  • Information Technology
    • Information Technology, Jefferson Center for Mental Health
    • Talent Human Resources Manager at Medix
    • Project Manager/Implementation Consultant for Epic Systems
    • Project Manager at Conversable
  • Media & the Arts
    • Casting Production Assistant, Lucky 8 TV
    • Executive Assistant, APA Agency, Los Angeles
    • Administrative Associate at BrioPower
    • Think Tank Associate at PMK/BNC
    • Media Planner at Havas Media Group
    • Publishing Assistant at East Nashvillian
    • Communication and Graphics Coordinator at Music City Center
    • SEO Strategist at Resolution Media
    • Account Manager of Digital Intelligence at Wpromote
    • Digital Account Coordinator at RentPath
    • Founder of Sara Zavaleta Photography
    • Staff Writer on The Daily Show
  • Retail
    • Category Specialist & Buyer at Walmart
    • Category Specialist at Jet.com
    • Bookseller at Book Culture
    • Sales intern at Flowhub Denver
    • Sales Associate at Wesco Distribution
    • Account Executive at Postmates
    • Executive Team Leader at Target
  • Recruiting/Consulting
    • Manager of first impressions at CitiStaffing
    • Career analyst at Mercer
    • Junior Associate at Gerson Lehrman Group
    • Advisory Associate at People and Change Consulting
    • Investment Associate at Cambridge Associates
    • Recruiter at Korn Ferry Futurestep
    • Assurance Associate at PwC
    • Senior Recruitment Specialist at FedEx
    • Monitoring, Evaluation, and Reporting Manager at Creative Associates International
    • Business Consultant at InfoWorks
    • Etienne Consulting
    • Recruiter for Human Resources at Epic Systems
  • Marketing/Corporate Industry
    • Event Productions Assistant at Sparks
    • Business System Analyst at Epsilon
    • Digital and Social Marketing Strategist, 23 Restaurant Services
    • Market Analyst at JLL
    • Analyst for Restaurant Brands International
    • Associate Digital Strategist at 87AM
    • Marketing Coordinator at Deborah Weinstock DPM
    • Industry Analyst at Freedonia Group
    • Business Development Officer at World Learning
    • Account Manager of Digital Intelligence at Wpromote
    • Research Associate at Economics Incorporated
    • Business Manager at Capital One
    • Project Manager/Implementation Consultant for Epic Systems
  • Administration
    • Regional Admissions Representative at UC Santa Cruz
    • Content Manager at Albert.io
    • Analytics Manager at Vanderbilt
    • Project Manager at Lori Margolis Interiors
    • Event Planner at the Turner Hill Club
    • Recruiter for Human Resources at Epic Systems

 

Government & Law

  • Fulbright Scholar, US Department of State
  • Client advocacy intern, Tennessee Justice Center
  • Internship at the United Nation in Migration Management
  • Litigation coordinator at Barrett, Johnston, Martin, and Garrison
  • Peace Corps in Belize
  • Multimedia photographer and videographer for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
  • Senior analyst at New York City Office of Management and Budget
  • Assistant Attorney General
  • Manager at Dalberg Global Development Advisors in Dakar, Senegal
  • Commercial litigation in New York
  • Real estate attorney in Charlotte, NC

 

Graduate Studies

  • Arts
    • MFA at UNC Chapel Hill
    • Music at New England Conservatory of Music
  • Education
    • Urban Educational Policy at Brown
    • Child Life at Tulane
    • Education at Johns Hopkins
    • Education at Vanderbilt
    • Education at Lipscomb
  • Health
    • University of the Health Sciences
    • MHS at Vanderbilt
    • Public Health at Columbia
    • Medical School at St. George’s University
    • Medical School at University of Tennessee
    • Nutrition and Exercise at Lipscomb
    • Sports Psychology at University of Denver
    • Applied Clinical Informatics at Vanderbilt
    • Health Services Administration at U Michigan
    • Human Nutrition at Columbia
    • Medical School at the University of Connecticut
  • Law
    • Cornell
    • De Paul
    • Duke
    • Georgetown
    • Georgia State
    • NYU
    • U Chicago
    • U of Arkansas
    • UCLA
    • University of Memphis
    • U of Texas
    • Vanderbilt
  • Management & Information
    • Environmental Management of Yale
    • Human-computer Interaction at Georgia Tech
    • MBA at Clark Atlanta
    • Masters of Business at Imperial College London
    • Leadership and Organizational Performance at Vanderbilt
    • Strategic Public Relations at the University of Southern California
  • Public Policy
    • George Washington University
    • University of Southern California
  • Science
    • Earth Science at Purdue
    • Chemistry at Washington University
  • Social Work
    • University of Maryland
    • U of Texas
    • U Michigan
  • Sociology
    • Duke
    • Emory
    • Harvard
    • Northeastern
    • Northwestern
    • Penn
    • Princeton
    • U Maryland
  • Other Social Sciences
    • Sociology & Anthropology of Development at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva
    • Latin American Studies at U Texas

 

  • Nonprofits & Educational Organizations
    • Middle school ESL instructor for Teach for America
    • Working at Gates Millennium Scholars
    • Operations at Second Harvard Food Bank of Metrolina
    • Youth baseball mentor and coach
    • Wellness associate with AmeriCorps
    • Cultiva Farm Management intern
    • Coordinator, McDowell Farm School
    • Case manager at Gracepoint
    • Heart’s Home
    • Teacher for Cambridge Academy Preschool
    • Smile Nigeria Hope Organization
    • English teacher at Capital City Charter Schools
    • Behavioral health specialist at Bluebonnet Trails Community Services
    • English teacher in Spain through CIEE
    • Special projects coordinator at the Endangered Species Coalition
    • Associate at Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund
    • Literacy specialist at Yes Prep Public Schools
    • Co-director of Healthy and Free Tennessee
    • Team leader and literacy instructor at Kipp Academy
    • Business development officer at World Learning

 

Sports

  • Basketball player at Central Michigan University
  • Cornerback for the Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons
  • Defensive Back for the Tennessee Titans
  • Los Angeles Chargers
  • Cornerback for the Los Angeles Chargers

 

 

Examples from the Class of 2014:

 

  • Allyson Conley. MBA after gaining working experience for a few years.

  • Sarah Catherine Billups . PhD in sociology at the University of Minnesota.

  • Kaila Brown. Master’s in higher education.

  • Yun Cha will be applying for graduate programs in sociology, education, or public policy.
    Victoria Clodfelter. Work in a marketing firm.

  • Zipporah Freeman. Plans to pursue a joint degree in law and business

  • Erin Keels. Plans to get an MBA and is interested in social marketing.

  • Aaron Lowe. Teach for America, followed by graduate school.

  • Katie Marrero. Master’s in Social Health at Vanderbilt.

  • Hasan Clayton. Clinical psychologist and plans to get an MBA as well.

  • Lauren Langston. Master’s in social work.

  • Michael O’Connor. Returning to Oklahoma to run the street paper he started. He plans later to pursue a PhD in sociology or community development.

  • Chelseay Parks. Teach for America, followed by graduate education in law or public policy.

  • Megan Pike. Human resources at Target, followed by a PhD in Sociology.

  • Allison Roberts. PhD in Sociology at Emory University, where she also will get a master’s in public health.

  • Jalisia Taylor-Singleton. Wants to work on educational reform.

  • Kate Trotter. Teaching English in Spain through CIEE.

 

 

Examples from the Class of 2013

 

    • Aynalem Ameha. Working, then applying to medical school.

 

    • Mariel Behnke. Business analyst.

 

    • Brooke Burton. Teach for America, followed by graduate school.

 

    • Marianne DeAngel. Project manager/implementation consultant for a healthcare software company.

 

    • Hannah Dimmitt. Graduate school for a degree in Child Studies.

 

    • Paige Diner. Teach for America followed by a master’s in educational leadership, public policy, and/or an MBA.

 

    • Raven McKinne. Master’s in Nutrition at Exercise Science at Lipscomb University.

 

    • Amanda Milster. Nonprofit communications and development in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, or wildlife.

 

    • Chantella Mitchell. Masters of Social Work at Columbia University.

 

    • Molly Morley. Masters in Public Policy with an emphasis on Social Policy at George Washington University.

 

    • Emily Natoli.  Teach for America.

 

    • Allison O’Neil. Plans to work for an organization that specializes in human rights, domestic violence, or refugees.

 

    • Perry Peguillan. Health care research for health policy.

 

    • Briana Perry. Work for a year, then Master of Education & Public Policy at Peabody.

 

    • David Reichley. Food service.

 

    • Remingio Silva II. Law school.

 

    • Candace Smith. Gap year then law school.

 

    • Gabrielle Smith. Graduate school for sports psychology.

 

    • Kristen Sueing. Teach for America.

 

    • Mary Wachs. Company that works with consumers to get affordable health-care.

 

    • Kristen Webb. Master’s of Education in Leadership and Organizational Performance at Peabody.

 

    • Sarah Zavaleta. Will work in a nonprofit organization and then apply for a sociology graduate program.

 

 

 

Examples from the Class of 2012

 

  • Lisa Branding is studying for a Masters of Health Services Administration at the University of Michigan, and she plans to go on for a career in hospital administration

  • Genevieve Gail is staying at Vanderbilt for a year to work with Steven Tepper at the Curb Center on his next book. She then plans to travel and go on to graduate school.

  • Abigail Gravenhost is Research Associate at Economists Incorporated (Washington, DC), a firm that does policy analysis

  • Jamie Hooker is Recruiter for Human Resources, Epic Systems, a health software company

  • Cecile Lauzan plans to develop her own events planning business and is currently interning in Washington, DC, at the Carlyle Group with their corporate events team

  • Ethel Mickey is in the Ph.D. program in sociology at Northeastern University

  • Laurie Nordland is in the School of Social Work, University of Michigan

  • Aurelia Patterson is in the Cecil Humphrey’s School of Law, University of Memphis

  • April Philley is in the School of Law, University of Texas (class of 2015)

  • Jinsu Sohn is in the School of Nutrition, Columbia University, plans a career in research

  • Keisha White has a complete four-year scholarship to study medicine at the University of Connecticut

  • James Whiteside won a Greensboro Graduate Scholar Award to study in the MFA program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He plans to go on to college or university teaching.