Marieli immediately began to create relationships with professionals and employers of interest from scratch. In doing so, she earned a paid internship as a result of her career conversation within a civil engineering division of a prominent construction company between her sophomore and junior year. Marieli reflects, “It was a life-changing experience, it opened my eyes to the realities of what I was learning in the classroom and it increased my self-confidence for my career going forward.”
In early 2019, Sean asked Marieli to co-present at the California Work Experience and Internships Association’s annual conference. It was a huge success. As a result of their talk, they were asked to give a keynote at an annual conference for California Community Colleges in June 2019. That led to many other opportunities for Marieli, including a Partnerships Coordinator position with Career Launch during Summer 2020. She enjoyed the partnerships role and the first partnership she coordinated was with UC San Diego.
Marieli is passionate about empowering students to start their career search early and overcome the barrier of not having professional relationships. She loves helping high schools, colleges, universities, and career programs scale their impact in these areas.