BUILD POWERFUL CONNECTIONS
Career connections are hardwired into your Emerson education from day one, thanks to an extremely successful and supportive alumni network. You’ll have access to alumni at every turn, in Boston, LA, and around the world—allowing you to forge even more relationships and extend your network long before senior year is over.
Emerson graduates have built successful careers at every level of every industry—publishing, media, business, entertainment, politics, healthcare, and more. They are a powerful, creative force who work with passion and who deliver. That’s the Emerson brand, and it will be yours, too—one that opens doors throughout your life. No matter what you choose to do, you are joining the ranks of a community that will always have your back.
Our Professional Edge
Here’s a sampling of the amazing places that our students have both interned and worked:
- Arnold Worldwide
- The Atlantic
- Boston Ballet
- Boston Celtics
- Cannes Film Festival/American Pavilion
- Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
- Marvel Entertainment
- The Miami Herald
- Miramax Films
- The New York Times
- Peace Corps
- Penguin Random House
- Screen Actors Guild
- Simon & Schuster
- Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
- Virgin Records
- The White House
Emerson’s Career Development Center offers you resources at every step of your career exploration, including hundreds of internship and job opportunities in its digital Handshake database and a biannual internship fair. Our fiercely loyal alumni remain deeply involved with Emerson and are eager to help the next generation of Emersonians through mentoring; campus forums; visiting lectures; and paving the way to internships, summer jobs, and professional opportunities.
About two years ago, Sheldon Brown ’14, an actor living in Chicago, was shot while walking home from an L station. What followed were months of slow recovery, an outpouring of support from friends, and Brown’s determination that not only would he continue to live his dream onstage, but that he would also use his art to bring about social change.
Just six months after the shooting, Brown returned to About Face Theatre in Chicago—where he had been an understudy—to audition for a role in This Bitter Earth. He landed a co-starring role. His performance, and what he went through to return to the stage, garnered acclaim from several Chicago theater critics. Brown’s ordeal had given him a renewed focus on connecting with those who need him the most: the underserved young people in Chicago. He recently spoke at a public school career seminar in the Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago, an area known for its gang violence; he continues to be a company member of About Face Theatre, which provides LGBTQ youth with a welcoming theater community; and has begun to explore becoming a teaching artist with a few theaters in Chicago.
All the while, Brown has sustained the steady drumbeat of a working actor’s career in film and onstage. To honor his commitment to storytelling as a bridge between cultures and perspectives, Emerson College President Lee Pelton awarded Brown the 2019 President’s Award for Creative Courage.
This is adapted from an article in the Spring 2019 issue of Expression, the Magazine for Emerson College.
“Speaking up and speaking out have always been a part of my personality.”