Kosh Kempter, '11, a mathematical economics major with a minor in women, gender and sexuality studies, was one of the first cultural advisors (CA) on campus. As a CA, she served as an ambassador in the residence halls to promote a safe, welcoming and supportive campus community.
"Being a CA helped me learn how to connect with people, embracing our differences, in addition to helping others do the same," she says. "I gained a lot of practical skills in planning events, working with others and being a leader. In addition, I got connected with many departments, clubs and people on campus."
One of the people she was able to connect with was Joslyn Bedell, an assistant director in the Career Development Center, Office of Alumni and Career Services. Bedell spoke to the CAs as part of their training.
"I really liked her energy and enthusiasm, and I needed someone to help me figure out my plans after graduation," Kempter says. "We met a couple of times each semester, going over my résumé, cover letters and talking about ways to network and do constructive job searches. Joslyn helped me stay calm and see the bigger picture."
As president of Women Involved in Living and Learning (WILL), Kempter knew women’s issues was something that interested her. When she learned of the organization EMILY’s List, which works to elect pro-choice Democratic women to office, she thought it was the perfect combination of her interests.
"I signed up for EMILY's List job distribution emails, and the next day, a job was posted for Washington, D.C.," Kempter says. "I spent the next day preparing the perfect cover letter and tweaking my résumé. The next morning, I got called for an on-site interview, and they offered me the job the next week."
As part of her work with the organization, Kempter processes daily contributions and compiles campaign reports for the staff. She also gets to supervise the intern program, including recruiting, hiring and supervision.
"I am so excited to have a position that allows me to use all of my skills and to be able to work for an organization that has a mission I support," Kempter says. "I hope to see some WILL students come through EMILY's List for their internships in the future."