Hire Hopkins | October 2022

A Message From Our Directors

Dear reader,

In this edition of our newsletter, we talk about diversity in a way that doesn’t get as much attention and that is, as it regards to our brains.

Companies like Microsoft, SAP, Freddie Mac, and JPMorgan Chase have specific hiring initiatives around focusing on candidates with disabilities. Not only do we want to highlight that for you, but we want to remind you of how you can impact change at your organization, even if it’s taking one small step now. But where to start?

Glad you asked! We sat down with Cathie Axe who shares things she wish our hiring partners knew, our neuroscience student Angel breaks down neurodivergence, and lastly, Michael Pham shares his personal experiences of being a job applicant with a disability.

Other good news:

  • We’re hiring! If you know someone who’d like to contribute to our mission, check out our available opportunities here.
  • Our teams at The Life Design Lab, PHutures, and the Professional Development and Career Office (PDCO) held a 2-day virtual Employer Exhibition and Career Fair to foster connections between students, employers and the entire Hopkins community. 114 employers attended and engaged in 3,387 chats with students!

We hope your fall recruiting is going well and we’re excited to be a part of it 🙂


Alia Poonawala

Executive Director @ Hire Hopkins

Connect with me on LinkedIn | hirehopkins@jhu.edu

Emma O’Rourke Powell

Associate Director @ Hire Hopkins

Connected with me on LinkedIn | hirehopkins@jhu.edu

In recent years, the concept of neurodivergence has drawn increasing levels of attention in workplace diversity and inclusion discussions, especially with companies like Microsoft and Ford creating specific hiring initiatives for the neuro-diverse population.  But what exactly does neurodivergent mean? And more importantly, what does it mean for employers and what should they be doing about it?

We sat down with Cathie Axe, JHU’s Executive Director of Student Disability Services. We asked her: “What do you wish companies knew?

Here’s her response.

Sharing experience on being a job applicant with a disability

Michael Pham’s life purpose is breaking down silos between communities to be an effective healthcare leader for disfranchised populations.

For the last four years, Michael pushed these efforts at Alameda County Health Care Services Agency and Apple Inc. while serving as the youngest member on developmental disabilities boards at the city, county, and state levels. Michael is a first-generation scholar and Bay Area native who graduated with an MBA from the Carey Business School in 2022.

Michael serves as the Business Operations Manager at Stanford Health Care and is now using his ExecOnWheels ♿️ platform to promote awareness on people with disabilities being an executive leader.

The Your Turn to Intern (YTTI) Internship Readiness Program 

This program provides students with the skills on how to identify and excel in summer experiences/internships for freshmen, sophomores and juniors majoring in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Biological Sciences, Economics, and Finance. 

Students in this program will have an opportunity to participate in alumni-based mentoring programs, company site visits, and YTTI’s Virtual Internship Hiring Event. The hiring event will take place in April 2023 with a focus on industries in Engineering, Biotech, Medical Devices, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Tech, Consulting, and Finance.  

If you’re an employer that would like to learn more about the YTTI program, have current internship opportunities that you’d like to share with our students and/or would like to learn more about how your company can get involved for our Spring internship hiring event, please fill out this form and we will get in touch to discuss further Employer Interest Form.

Carey Business School: Update on Diversity Recruitment Policies

Carey is committed to recruiting a diverse group of students, and all Carey students should feel welcome, safe being themselves, and supported through interactions and communication with employer partners. The Career Development Office expects all employers who recruit talent from Carey, access the resume books, Handshake platform and participate in employer engagement activities to share in our commitment to fair and inclusive recruiting and hiring practices.

Visit the Recruiting Policies Webpage to read more on the Nondiscrimination Policy and DEIB Recruitment Expectations and this page for more information on Carey’s Roadmap for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging.

Please reach out to carey.careerdevelopment@jhu.edu for any questions.

Here are three easy steps to connect:

  1. Log into Handshake – https://jhu.joinhandshake.com/
  2. Select Create an Event > On-campus: My company is hosting this event at a school
  3. Choose JHU as the host school and the name of the career center
By Emma O'Rourke-Powell
Emma O'Rourke-Powell