First Generation

First Generation Careers (FGC)

As the first in your family to attend a four-year college or university, you face unique considerations as you engage in the career development process.  In collaboration with first gen student leaders, the Meruelo Family Center for Career Development established the First Generation Careers (FGC) to support first gen students' career development.  The FGC provides first gen students opportunities to discover and explore career paths while building community and pride in being first gen.

FGC programming and events:

  • First Gen, First Look at the Meruelo Family Center for Career Development
  • Backstage Pass to the Fall Career Fair
  • Backstage Pass to the Spring Semester Career Fair
  • First Gen Networking Night
  • Backstage Pass to Consulting Week
  • Backstage Pass to the Wall Street Forum

Find out more information about these events in your Handshake account under Events.


First Gen Careers Advisory Board - seeking to support career development efforts for fellow first gen students

2021-2022 Board Officers:

Co-Chair: Violeta Hernandez Padilla

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Major: Economics, Computing & Digital Technologies (UI/UX) minor
Year and Class: Senior, Class of 2022
Hometown: Douglasville, GA

Extracurricular activities

  • First Generation Careers (FGC), Advisory Board, Co-Chair
  • Golden Door Scholar and Mentor
  • Unleashed Social Ventures
  • Student-Athlete tutor: Spanish, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics

Internship experience

  • ServiceNow (Full time 2022)
  • National Football League (Summer 2021)
  • Million Marker (Fall 2020)
  • MetLife (Summer 2020)
  • Red Ventures (Summer 2019)

Other experiences

  • Silicon Valley Program (Fall 2020)
  • President's Circle Mentor Program (Summer 2020)
  • Arts & Letters Corporate Industry Boot Camp (Spring Break 2020)

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Co-Chair: Brian Feury

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Major: Finance, Theology Minor
Year and Class: Senior, Class of 2022
Hometown: Verona, NJ

Extracurricular activities

  • First Generation Careers (FGC), Advisory Board, Co-Chair
  • Wall Street Club Vice President/Co-Head of Diversity
  • Student International Business Council (SIBC)
  • Notre Dame Institute for Global Investing (NDIGI)

Internship experience

  • Morgan Stanley Investment Banking Summer Analyst (Summer 2021)

Linkedin Profile

 

Board Member: Miguel Coste

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Major: Neuroscience and Behavior
Year and Class: Junior, Class of 2023
Hometown: Tampa, FL

Extracurricular activities

  • AnBryce Scholar
  • QuestBridge Scholar
  • Building Bridges Scholar
  • MSPS Scholar
  • First Generation Careers (FGC) Advisory Board, VP of Campus Relations
  • Children's Environmental Health Initiative, Research Assistant

Internship experience

  • MIT Summer Research Program in Biology (BSG-MSRP-Bio), Research Assistant

Linkedin Profile

 

Board Member: Silvana Portillo

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Major: Political Science, Digital Marketing minor, Hesburgh Program minor
Year and Class: Senior, Class of 2022
Hometown: Columbia, SC

Extracurricular activities

  • First Generation Careers (FGC), Advisory Board, VP of Marketing and Communications
  • Walsh Hall Service Committee

Internship experience

  • 50+1 Strategies, Digital Media Fellow (Summer 2021)
  • South Bend Center for the Homeless, Offsite Housing intern (Fall 2020)

Other experiences

  • UND Political Science Department, student employee (2021-2022)
  • UND Washington Program (Spring 2021) (remote)
  • Fighting Irish Media
  • South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center volunteer

Linkedin Profile

 

Board Member: Abigail Abikoye

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Major: Biological Sciences, Poverty Studies minor
Year and Class: Senior, Class of 2022
Hometown: Bowie, MD

Extracurricular activities

  • First Generation Careers (FGC), Advisory Board, VP of Education
  • Co-Editor & Chief for COS Student-Run Publication: Scientia
  • Teaching Assistant for Intro Biology
  • Biology & ES Senior Leadership Committee
  • Fighting Irish Scholar and QuestBridge Scholar
  • COS Diversity Council & Inclusive Excellence Committee Member for BIOS Dept

Internship experience

  • Children's National Hospital Emergency Department Research Intern (Summer 2021)
  • CSC Social Concerns Internship (Spring 2021)
  • Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty, Intern (Summer 2020)
  • University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Pediatric Heart Lung Center, Research Intern (Summer 2019)
  • National Institutes of Health, Research Intern (Summer 2018)

Linkedin Profile

 

Board Member: Sophonie Alcindor

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​​​​​​Major: Economics; Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) minor
Year and Class: Sophomore, Class of 2024
Hometown: Lynn, MA

Extracurricular activities

  • First Generation Careers (FGC), Advisory Board, VP of Public Relations
  • Writing Center Tutor
  • Balfour-Hesburgh Scholar
  • Fighting Irish Scholar
  • Flaherty Hall Multicultural Commissioner

Internship experience

  • Summer Service Learning Program (SSLP) at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester (Summer 2021)

Linkedin Profile

 

Board Member: Alan Ávalos

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​​​​​​Major: Neuroscience and Behavior, Latino Studies Minor
Year and Class: Sophomore, Class of 2024
Hometown: Lombard, IL

Extracurricular activities

  • First Generation Careers (FGC), Advisory Board, VP of Membership
  • Latinx Student Alliance (LSA), Vice-President
  • ND Mariachi, Vocalist
  • Clinical Volunteering at the Sr. Maura Brannick Health Center 
  • Outreach volunteer at La Casa de La Amistad

Internship experience

  • Notre Dame SSLP Summer Experience at Camp Thunderhead

Other experiences

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant in the sleep, anxiety, and memory (SAM) Lab

Linkedin Profile

Board Member: Isaiah Scarlett

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​​​​​​Major: Management Consulting, Innovation and Entrepreneurship minor
Year and Class: Sophomore, Class of 2024
Hometown: Albany, NY

Extracurricular activities

  • First Generation Careers (FGC), Advisory Board, VP of Alumni Relations
  • Co-Editor-in-Chief of Strike Magazine Notre Dame
  • Unleashed Social Ventures
  • Investment Club
  • Real Estate Club of Notre Dame
  • Notre Dame Student Media, Student Employee

Linkedin Profile

 

Board Member: Dominick Blanco

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​​​​​​Major: Computer Science; Philosophy and Latino Studies Minors​​​​​​​
Year and Class: Sophomore, Class of 2024​​​​​​​
Hometown: Bronx, NY

Extracurricular activities

  • First Generation Careers (FGC), Advisory Board, Employer Relations
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
  • The Wabruda
  • Galvin Scholars

Internship experience

  • SWE at Ford Motor Company (Summer 2022)
  • VentureOne, Webmaster (Summer 2021)
  • Galvin Scholars ASCEND Program (Summer 2021)

Linkedin Profile

 

Board Member: Logan Balfantz

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​​​​​​Major: Management Consulting ​​​​​​​
Year and Class: Sophomore, Class of 2024​​​​​​​
Hometown: New Orleans, LA

Extracurricular activities

  • First Generation Careers (FGC), Advisory Board, VP of Programs
  • 1st Gen ND, Board Member
  • Questbridge Chapter of Notre Dame
  • AnBryce Scholars Initiative, Scholar
  • Notre Dame Ballroom Dancing Club, Member

Internship experience

  • Inclusive Pedagogy Consultant, University of Notre Dame (2022)

Other experiences

  • Research Assistant, Mendoza College of Business (2022)
  • ​​​​​​​Student Recruitment Coordinator, Notre Dame Admissions (2021-2022)
  • Course Facilitator, Notre Dame Pre-College (2021)

Linkedin Profile


First Generation Resources at Notre Dame:

Office of Student Enrichment

1stG ND

Additional Career Resources:

I’m First

Career Paths

Diversity and Inclusion Showcase Book

Academic Resources:

Learning Resource Center

The Writing Center

Wellness Resources:

McWell Center for Student Well-Being

Campus Ministry

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