First Generation

First Generation Careers Initiative (FGCI)

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 Initiative (FGCI) to support first gen students' career development.  The FGCI provides first gen students opportunities to discover and explore career paths while building community and pride in being first gen.

FGCI 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 Winter 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 Career Initiative Advisory Board - seeking to support career development efforts for fellow first gen students

2019-2020 Board Officers:

 

Co-Chair: Kate Oh

Kateoh

Year & Class: Senior, Class of 2020

Major(s) and minor(s): Accountancy, Korean minor

Hometown: Northbrook, IL

Extracurricular activities

  • First Generation Careers Initiative (FGCI), Co-founder & Co-chair
  • Strategic Cost Management, Teaching Assistant
  • Beta Alpha Psi, Member
  • Mendoza Department Chairs’ Office, Student Employee
  • Howard Hall Mail Clerk

Internship experience

  • EY, Audit Intern (Summer 2019)
  • Ravinia Festival, Finance Intern (Summer 2018)

Other experiences

  • President's Circle Mentor Program (Summer 2019)
  • Hesburgh Women of Impact Mentor Program (Fall 2018)

LinkedIn Profile

 

Co-Chair: Uriel Oropeza-Perez

Uriel

Year & Class: Senior, Class of 2020

Major(s) and minor(s): Economics with ACMS 

Hometown: Santa Ana, CA

Extracurricular activities

  • First Generation Careers Initiative (FGCI), Co-founder & Co-chair
  • 1stGenND, Vice President
  • Latino Honor Society, Social Media Commissioner
  • Latino Student Alliance, Member

Internship experience

  • EY, Transfer Pricing Intern (Summer 2019)

Other experiences

LinkedIn Profile

 

Director of Operations: Jorge Garcia

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Year and Class: Junior, Class of 2021

Major: Computer Science

Hometown: Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Extracurricular activities

  • Matriculate, Head Advising Fellow
  • First Generation Careers Initiative (FGCI), Advisory Board Member
  • CS+Social Good, Database Project Member
  • Office of Information Technology (OIT), Help Desk Student Consultant 

Internship experience

  • Deloitte, Incoming Cyber Risk Intern (Summer 2020)
  • Deloitte, Discovery Intern (Summer 2019)

Other experiences

  • President's Circle Mentor Program (Summer 2019)
  • Balfour-Hesburgh Scholars Program (Summer 2017, 2018)
  • Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) Career Prep Fellow, Class of 2021 

LinkedIn Profile

 

Director of Student Engagement: Carlos Murillo

Carlos

Year and Class: Junior, Class of 2021

Major: Computer Science

Hometown: Grand Junction, Colorado

Extracurricular activities

  • First Generation Careers Initiative (FGCI), Advisory Board Member
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Director of Outreach
  • Latino Student Alliance, Member

Internship experience

  • Deloitte, Discovery Intern (Summer 2019)
  • Deloitte, Pioneer Intern (Summer 2018)

Other experiences

  • President's Circle Mentor Program (Summer 2019)
  • Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) Career Prep Fellow, Class of 2021 

Linkedin Profile


First Generation Resources at Notre Dame:

Office of Student Enrichment

1stG ND

 

Additional Career Resources:

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