“Working in the Career Development Center has allowed me to see first-hand all the great resources our students have,” said Paula Belmonte, CDC employer relations coordinator. “We have so many different types of career opportunities available, in virtually every industry.”

As part of her position, Belmonte works closely with organizations and recruiters who come to campus to hire Richmond students for jobs and internships. She schedules on-campus interviews, information sessions and mock interviews and also posts jobs and internships on the University’s exclusive online search database, SpiderConnect.

“We have companies around the world that specifically post their positions at Richmond,” said Belmonte, who earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish with a concentration in business administration from the University of Mary Washington. “It’s part of my job to build those relationships so we continue to broaden opportunities for our students.”

It’s this base of recruiting organizations and their commitment to hiring Richmond students that makes Belmonte most excited. She loves working with employers and helping students connect with a wide range of fields.

“No matter where you are from, you have the chance to be who you want to be,” said Belmonte, who was born in the United States but lived in Uruguay for five years. “Motivated students who utilize CDC resources can do anything they want to do – I’ve seen the success stories in person.”

In addition to connecting with students through the CDC, Belmonte has become involved on campus by co-chairing Hispanic Latino Heritage Month in partnership with the Office of Multicultural Affairs. She also served as a “host mom” to two international students, inviting them into her home for holidays and giving them tours around the city.

“I completely understand how scary it is to move to another country with a different culture and find yourself surrounded by people you don’t know,” she said. “It’s really helpful to have someone to talk to about your day-to-day life and plans for the future. I hope I can be that person of trust for students here at Richmond.”