Career Services & Experiential Learning Staff

We’re available throughout your time at the iSchool, and beyond. Get in touch any time, and we’ll work with you to help you reach your goals.

Christopher Perrello

Christopher Perrello

Director of Career Services & Professional Development
114E Hinds Hall
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Christopher oversees the Office of Career Services and Professional Development and manages a team of bridge builders to ensure iSchool students and alumni are earning the best professional opportunities. He manages diverse aspects of career development, placement data analytics, employer engagement, and immersion experiences for iSchool students and alumni.

Jeffrey Fouts

Jeff Fouts

Associate Director of Career Services
114D Hinds Hall
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Jeff supports all Career Services activities. He is passionate about helping iSchool students obtain internships and secure full time employment. Jeff has a focus on helping international students through the career search process, and is available for one-on-one appointments via Handshake.

Patti Bevans

Patti Bevans

Associate Director of Employer Engagement
110F Hinds Hall
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Patti facilitates partnerships between employers and the iSchool community to assist in recruiting students for internships and jobs. Whether scheduling information sessions, on-campus interviews, attending career fairs or disseminating information to students, Patti is committed to helping employers connect with our talented and ambitious students.

Laura Chrissley

Laura Chrissley

Career Development & Immersion Specialist
110C Hinds Hall
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Laura meets with students to develop internship and job search strategies and also supports iSchool Immersion Trips. She received her B.S. in Business Administration from Ithaca College and M.S. in Higher Education from Syracuse University.

Career Ambassadors

Career Ambassadors are student leaders who serve fellow students in the Career Services and Professional Development group. Through in-depth training and guidance in professional development, career ambassadors provide peer advising to undergraduate students on career related topics. In addition, they provide a friendly face to all patrons at the School of Information Studies, including employers recruiting on campus during the fall and spring semesters.

The career ambassadors not only help peers with items like resumes and cover letters during drop-in hours, but also create resources and initiatives for the Career Services and Professional Development group that are utilized for years to come.

Alyssa Berardino ’22

I am a senior at the iSchool studying Information Management & Technology with a concentration in Data Analytics. You can find me around campus being an iSchool Peer Advisor and Career Ambassador, along with having an on-campus job in the Watson residence hall. My goal in being a career ambassador is to help make the application and interview process easier by providing insight to what recruiters are seeking when hiring. It’s not always easy, but it is possible! We will get there together.

Sarah Frankel ’24

I am currently a sophomore studying Information Management and Technology with a concentration in Data Analytics. I am from Long Island, New York and a few things on campus I’m involved in are OrangeSeeds, U100, and Phi Sigma Pi. I became a career ambassador because I want to help students become developed leaders and help prepare them for their best professional lives. I also want to spread awareness for the great support system and tools that the school has to offer.

Melody Gan ’22

Melody Gan is a senior on track to be one of the iSchool’s first students to graduate with the brand new Applied Data Science degree. They are also a recruitment assistant for undergraduate admissions, where you may have seen them behind the desk of the welcome center. This gives them a unique perspective on how to market the iSchool, and by extension, how to market iSchool students to employers.

Ross Geffner ’22

I wanted to become a career ambassador because I really enjoyed the job and internship search the past few years. I did not see it as a chore but rather as an opportunity and a challenge. I found it to be fun, frustrating, and an overall learning experience. After accepting an offer from Ernst & Young and interning at Real Chemistry I have the experience and ability to help students make their application materials perfect. I look forward to working with you and helping you with your career search!

Aliya Huseni ’22

Since my freshman year, I have utilized several resources in the iSchool career services including workshops, networking events, and career fairs in my internship and full-time job search. Career services has guided me immensely in my professional development and has helped me land my dream job for when I graduate. With the wealth of knowledge I have gained through the career services as well as my own experiences, I can be a resource to you by sharing resources, advice, and answering any questions you have so you can be successful in your professional journey!

Kayla Jones ’22

I am a Sophomore iSchool student majoring in Information Management and Technology with a concentration in Data Analytics and Information Security and a minor in Sports Analytics. The iSchool’s Office of Career Services and Professional Development have an abundance of resources for iSchool students that people should take advantage of. They’ve personally helped me create a resume that I am incredibly proud of and I want to help my peers with their professional development in the way that the Office of Career Services has helped me.

Amanda Lesnik ’22

I am a senior here at the iSchool with a concentration in data analytics.  I am so excited to be an iSchool Career Ambassador! Ever since my freshman year I have been going to career services for every single question or issue you can imagine. From building a resume or cover letter, preparing for a career fair, to looking for an internship and preparing for interviews. You name it, I’ve probably gone to them for it. I wanted to be a part of this program because I want to help other students in the iSchool with the same questions I had and make them feel just as comfortable coming to career services as I have the last four years.

Emily Michaels ’22

I’m a senior from Westchester, NY. I am a double major studying Information Management and Technology with a concentration in Data Analytics in the iSchool, and Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences. The iSchool career services were a game changer for me and provided the tools to successfully land an internship and full-time position. I was able to connect with so many SU alumni across the country in different positions and find the right fit for me. I’m eager to share my knowledge with other iSchoolers and answer any questions students may have!

Online Career Services Contact Information

Data science career services: careerservices@datascience.syr.edu

iSchool career services: careerservices@ischoolonline.syr.edu

Phone: 855.832.9702