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A day’s work — at the White House

01/17/13
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Assistant White House Press Secretary and Director of Media Outreach Bernadette Meehan ’97 was a recent guest of the Boston College Career Center’s popular “Career Conversations” lecture series. (Photos by Caitlin Cunningham)

By Melissa Beecher | Chronicle Staff

Published: Jan. 17, 2013

Assistant White House Press Secretary and Director of Media Outreach Bernadette Meehan ’97 was a recent guest of the Boston College Career Center’s popular “Career Conversations” lecture series.

Meehan spoke to a group of BC students last week at the Washington, DC, law offices of Nelson Mullins Riley Scarborough LLC, where 1982 alumnus Tom Sullivan works as a partner.

Meehan, a longstanding friend to the Career Center, shared with students her interesting career path to the White House. A political science major at BC, Meehan worked as a Wall Street financial analyst, foreign service officer and special assistant to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. This past summer, Meehan became assistant White House press secretary, where part of her role is to handle the Middle East portfolio.

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Senior Marsha Jean-Louis said she was excited to take part in the event.

“I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to meet with someone, particularly a BC alumna, who works in a field I am interested in. I thought the event was informative because she not only gave a good overview about her job and her own experience, but she also gave us advice on how we can enter into the political field and what to expect professionally as well as personally.”

BC Career Center Associate Director Janet Costa Bates said the success of the Career Conversation series is a testament to the dedicated alumni who are willing to give back to students, many who are anxious about their lives after graduation.

“Our alumni are phenomenal. Even with her busy schedule, Bernadette is committed to providing insight to Boston College students,” said Bates. “After blogging for the RealJobs Blog series in February 2012, she was in touch to ask what else she could do. Tom Sullivan graciously offered to hold the program at his office and was a key element in the execution of the program.”

For more on the event, see the Boston College Career Center blog, where one of the students in attendance will be posting her thoughts.

To see a Flickr slideshow of the event, click here.