All posts by Doug Edwards

Doug is an Assistant Director for Counseling & Programs and counsels students and alumni, as well as facilitates workshops and programs on a number of topics including networking, resume and cover letter writing, graduate school, and more. He received his bachelor of arts in economics from Brown University, his master of arts in philosophy from Tufts University, and pursued doctoral studies in philosophy at Harvard University. Outside of work, Doug’s interests include sports, politics, and the arts. He also enjoys camping with his family and coaching youth soccer, baseball, and basketball.

Art of the Interview: Meta-Talk Your Way to a Job

During an interview, even one you’re well prepared for, you might get a question you’re uncertain how to answer. Maybe it’s an important question you could give a long answer to, but you wonder whether that would be okay. Or it’s an unusual question that catches you by surprise. Or it’s a question whether you ...

Art of the Interview: Any Questions?

At the end of an interview, you’ll be asked, “Do you have any questions for us?” If you’ve read up on interviewing, you’ll know you should have some questions prepared. And if you’ve looked for advice about what to ask, you’ll get some common suggestions: What does it take to be successful in this job? What’s ...

Internship Series: United States Agency for International Development (USAID) – Malawi

Rachel Edwards  CAS '20 | Sociology and Environmental Analysis & Policy Overseas Summer Intern CCD: Tell us about your internship experience. What were your responsibilities?  RE: I worked as a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist to analyze, review, and present data from the 2015-16 Malawi Demographic and Health Survey. I also traveled to conduct Data Quality ...

Your Grad School Personal Statement: Part 4

Editor's Note: This is the final installment of the four-part series. My first three tips urge you to use your personal statement to explain the depth and complexity of your motivation for pursuing your chosen field. But what if a big part of your motivation is…money? Don’t worry. Go ahead and draft one or two ...

Your Grad School Personal Statement: Part 3

Editor's Note: This is part three of a four-part series. In my previous posts, I suggested that you structure your essay around a theme not a timeline, and make the theme your core drive or drives that explain specifically your experience and goals. A key word here is core. It’s not enough to say that you want ...

Your Grad School Personal Statement: Part 2

Editor's Note: This is part two of a four-part series.  When explaining why you want to go to grad school, it’s natural to trace the relevant parts of your experience through time. Organized that way, the essay is chronological. As a place to start, this structure is good because it’s pretty easy to complete a first ...

Your Grad School Personal Statement: Part 1

Editor's Note: This is part one of a four-part series.  Four things will make your grad school personal statement successful. The first is to focus on motivation, rather than trying to stand out. For your personal statement, many will advise you to be unique, to find a hook or angle in order to stand out ...