I am excited in my new role as an Internship Coordinator to work with students of all majors that are looking for internships during their time at FLC. Internships are such a great way to gain field experience, build resumes and stand out from the crowd. My goal is to help each student find an internship that meets their career interests and desired internship location, whether that is here in Durango, back from where they are from, or another city completely.
I have been with FLC Career Services for three years as a Career Engagement Specialist and have really enjoyed getting into the classrooms for presentations, meeting with students for appointments, and planning career events. It is great to see where students start with their resume and cover letter and see them progress through the years to land their first job out of college. That is the reason I am here!
Outside of work, I enjoy drinking tea (ok, that is during work too!), hiking with my husband, hearing how my oldest is doing in college and watching my youngest play softball. My new goal is to hike all the Colorado Trail segments. Currently, I have completed 7 out of the 28 segments and look forward to hiking more segments this summer.
Most unusual/interesting job: Between graduating high school and attending college (for the first time) I had a temporary job as a Human Resources Assistant for a big tech company (back in the day!). I loved scheduling interviews for potential applicants and creating travel schedules to bring them to Seattle (yep, I am a city girl loving Durango!).
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Director of Employer Relations
I work in FLC Career Services in Employer Relations helping connect employers to FLC students and alumni for internships and jobs. There is so much opportunity in the workforce and FLC talent to match. It’s great when Career Services can help students develop a career plan and find experiences that make a difference in their lives and community. Making connections and networking are at the core of my job, and I love what we are doing to change the culture at FLC so that every student has an opportunity to exercise their education in the field.
For my Bachelor’s, I studied French and then International Management at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Early on in my career, I worked as an International Export Sales Manager, a Company Liaison Officer, and a Business Development Manager for two global information management companies. In Durango, I have worked in Advertising Sales and all things Fort Lewis College from marketing and event planning to the best job ever now, Career Services Employer Relations!
I have two adult children who are out in the world making their way working, creating and living. I came to Durango because of the outdoors and do all that is so exceptional here like Nordic skiing, cycling and open water swimming.
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My most challenging job was in Germany for two years where I worked with distributors all over Europe. Luckily, I had decent language skills. I can’t wait to get back to travel so that I can experience other cultures, see art, speak other languages, taste food and be with people.
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Career Engagement Specialist
My name is Brett Polen and I am the new Career Engagement Specialist at Fort Lewis College. I will be working with our students to prepare their resumes, cover letters, employment platforms, and interview skills so they are more comfortable and confident while they look for a job.
I graduated from Michigan State University (Go Green!) and previously worked at the Law School for Michigan State and most recently for the Sigma Alpha Epsilon national fraternity headquarters. At SAE I worked with our undergraduate members on leadership development, conduct, and consulted on organization operations. I’ve visited over 75 colleges in the country through my travel and one in Montreal, Canada.
Outside of work, I like to hike, play hockey, lacrosse, and pretend to be a Triathlete. I moved here from Chicago, so I’m taking full advantage of the beautiful landscape Durango has to offer. On the weekends you’ll likely catch me on a trail or trying to meet my reading goal this year of 40 books.
Fun fact about me, I have an irrational fear of large boat propellers.