For the past year, Kelly Cancelliere has been with the School of Business guiding students as the internship coordinator in the Career Services department.
Cancelliere spends her days meeting with students for individual appointments to assist them in their career development needs including reviewing and creating resumes and cover letters, and conducting internship searches.
“As a career counselor, part of my job is to help students uncover their strengths and abilities in order to showcase them for employers,” says Cancelliere. “Lucky for me, School of Business students have such diverse backgrounds and unique skills. It’s been really enjoyable getting to know the students and working with them to get them closer to their goals.”
During Mason’s closure, Cancelliere continues to meet with students for virtual appointments. “Students schedule phone or video appointments from our website for any type of career need or question,” says Cancelliere. “Especially now, during the uncertainty around employment for everyone, it’s important that students know we’re still here for them.” Although it’s tough not having the in-person interaction and not interacting with students on campus during events, Cancelliere says the appointments have been steady.
In addition to working with students on their internships, Cancelliere also spends time reviewing applications each semester for the internship-for-credit process, assists her team with career-related events such as Professional Quest Networking and the Career Panel Series, and has been working on the launch of Mason Mentors, Mason’s new networking and mentorship platform.
Cancelliere says working with her colleagues on Mason Mentors has been exciting. “Our team has spent months prepping, getting technology up and running, collecting data, and soliciting mentors,” says Cancelliere. “Although face-to-face connections are difficult during this time, the platform provides a great opportunity to develop these crucial virtual connections.” The Mason Mentors platform allows for virtual connections between students and alumni/professionals in various industries to provide insight and support as students navigate their career paths.
In addition to her time at Mason, Cancelliere volunteers as a crisis counselor for the National Crisis Text Line. With a counseling background and passion for mental health, she says she started volunteering to keep her counseling and communication skills sharp while transitioning between jobs but it has grown into much more. “I enjoy interacting with the other counselors, coaches, and supervisors on the platform during my shifts,” says Cancelliere. “And it’s always such an awesome feeling to read the feedback I get from texters that I’ve helped.”
Prior to joining Mason, Cancelliere worked as a career development specialist at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey where she also taught four freshman seminar courses each year. She earned her MA in Counseling with a concentration in Higher Education from Montclair State University and is a National Certified Counselor from the National Board for Certified Counselors, and a Certified Career Counselor from the National Career Development Association.