Scholar Spotlight: Sarah Mikal Dalusma ’16
When Sarah Mikal Dalusma made the decision to attend Syracuse University, it meant leaving behind everything that she knew in her hometown of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Now, as a senior marketing and finance major in the Whitman School, she couldn’t be happier with her choice.
What do you find special about Syracuse University?
I wanted to find a school that encouraged diversity and inclusion, but that also gave international students a voice. I think Syracuse does a great job at both.
In addition to your major, what are you involved in on campus?
I am a member of the Dulye Leadership Experience, which is a scholarship program for juniors and seniors that provides opportunities for career development at a three-day retreat. I am also honored this year to be a Remembrance Scholar. Finally, as a project leader for Enactus’s Best Foot Forward project, I visit the Jamesville Correctional Facility each week to teach female inmates skills that can help them land jobs and adjust to life upon their release.
What internships have you done to support your majors?
This past summer, I was a strategy intern at top marketing firm Ogilvy & Mather, where I worked with the engagement planning department to analyze trends for companies like Starbucks and American Express. I also had an internship at Google this summer, where I participated in a four-week Advertising Boot Camp. At Google, I was tasked with researching consumer behavior on Google products and performing competitive audits for the tech industry as a whole.
What are your plans after Commencement in May?
I plan to work for a brand company focused on marketing analytics and become an expert on consumer packaged goods. But eventually, my plan is to take over the corporate world!
How has being at the Whitman School helped you to reach your goals?
My professors were all extremely supportive, and they are so candid with the students. The Career Center advisors always do their best to coach you through the recruiting process and interviews, and most importantly they always follow up to see how everything is going.
How are you paying it forward?
As a member of the Whitman community I am always willing to help others during the recruiting process. I encourage any juniors or seniors interested in finding internships to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org for support and advice.
Story by Meghan Rimol