Career Peer Advising Program

What is the Peer Advisor Program?

The Pomerantz Career Center Peer Advisor Program serves as a way for undergraduate UI students to receive high-quality career tips and guidance from their peers. 

In need of some quick career advice? Schedule an appointment with a Career Peer Advisor to chat about your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn, and Handshake (NOTE: If you are a veteran, please schedule an appointment with Sam Andrus): Schedule Appointment Here

(Career Peer Advisors are not available during summer, spring, or winter breaks)

 

Career Peers Advisors can help you by:

  • Reviewing your resumes and cover letters or providing information on how to get started
  • Preparing with you for networking events and Job & Internship Fairs
  • Helping you to set up and maximize your Handshake and LinkedIn profiles
     
  • Assisting with job and internship searches and providing interview tips & practice
  • Supplying information on Pomerantz Career Center programs, services and resources
     
  • Answering general career-related questions
     
  • Presenting on career-related topics to your student organization or class 

 

Meet the Career Peer Advisors

Photo of Luz Alcala

Luz Alcala

Hometown
Villa Park, IL

Majors/Minors
Management, International Business Certificate

Career Goals
"I see my myself working in Human Resources within the recruiting aspect because I love connecting with people and helping them reach their goals. In a role like this, I can also impact a company’s hiring processes and help ensure that individuals are being hired fairly." 

Hobbies/Fun Facts
"I love watching movies, especially romcoms! I also enjoy playing badminton when I can."

 


Photo of Sam Andrus with a golden retriever in his lap

Sam Andrus (IVETS Peer Advisor)

Hometown
Silver Bay, MN

Majors/Minors
Enterprise Leadership, Human Relations minor, Rhetoric and Persuasion minor, Pre-Law Track

Career Goals
"
My career goal is graduate law school and practice law in a Midwest rural community."

Hobbies/Fun Facts
"I was active duty Air Force for 6 years, in that time I saw most of the U.S and a handful of countries.
"


 

Sam Conlan

Hometown
Peosta, IA

Majors/Minors
Finance and Accounting

Career Goals
"I have always been an analytical person and someone who values his money, so I’m planning on taking the CPA exam right after graduation so that I can help small businesses and families meet their financial needs!"

Hobbies/Fun Facts
"My favorite genre of music is 1980s hits and I love to run in my free time!"


Alessandra Dutra

Hometown
Northshore Suburbs, IL

Majors/Minors
Global Health

Career Goals
"I could really see myself going into either pediatrics or OBGYN, as women’s health is really important to me and I love kiddos."

Hobbies/Fun Facts
"I am a first generation American (my parents immigrated here from Brazil in the 90's), I originally wanted to major in English, and my favorite color is yellow! I also love to paint, read, and goof around with my friends."

 

 


Hannah Shelton-Hauck 

Hometown
Anamosa, IA

Majors/Minors
Psychology, Human Relations minor

Career Goals
"I have loved my time at the University of Iowa so much that I hope to continue my studies in the Master of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies program. My goal is to become an academic or career advisor." 

Hobbies/Fun Facts
"I love to watch game shows with my grandma and I am a first generation college student!"

 

 


Isabel Anderson

Hometown
Springfield, IL

Majors/Minors
Econmics and Management, International Business Certificate 

Career Goals
"
I am very interested in facilitating business transactions that keep large companies accountable and ethical; therefore, following graduation, my goal is to attend law school in order to become a corporate arbitrator for a Fortune 500 company."

Hobbies/Fun Facts
"I’m a huge foodie and I love trying to recreate recipes from the Food Network at home or trying a new restaurant in any town I visit!"


Ellie Judisch

Hometown
Cedar Falls, IA

Majors/Minors
Accounting and Business Analytics

Career Goals
"
I enjoy leveraging my technical and analytical skills to solve business problems. I also enjoy working with others to achieve a common goal. After graduation I hope to utilize these skills while working for a Big 4 Accounting Firm."

Hobbies/Fun Facts
"In my free time I enjoy buying plants, doing yoga, and spending time with my friends and family. I also love to spend time outdoors while hiking and kayaking at state parks."

 


 Paige Greene 

Hometown
Marion, IA 

Majors/Minors
Masters in School Counseling 

Career Goals
"To be a K-12 School Counselor - to advocate for students at any level and be a positive influence in the community. Someday I would like to be a college-level advisor."

Hobbies/Fun Facts
"I love to travel, read, and I am trying to teach myself American Sign Language!" 


Vincent Parcelli

Hometown
Des Plaines, IL

Majors/Minors
Business Analytics and Information Systems 

Career Goals
"
My goal is to become a statistical analyst for a professional sports team, working to visualize and improve player performance. I also want to start my own business."

Hobbies/Fun Facts

"I really like playing sports and play baseball on the club team here at Iowa. I also enjoy skiing, bowling, cooking, and reading."


 

What Students Are Saying

  • "This is a great program. I think everyone at the University should use it!"
  • "My peer advisor spoke to me as a peer and her suggestions for my resume were clear and very helpful."
  • "I received great advice! Once I change my resume, I'm coming back so a peer can look at it again!"
  • "After just 15 minutes, I feel much more confident in the quality of my resume."


Want to Become a Career Peer Advisor?

We are looking for new peers each school year. Peer Advisor recruitment takes place each spring semester. We encourage you to meet with a current peer to learn more about what being a Career Peer Advisor is all about! Email Courtney McClellan, Peer Program Manager, with any questions about the role (courtney-mcclellan@uiowa.edu).