Sarah Harvey ’11

JOB TITLE: Deputy head of operations, global corporate affairs
LOCATION: New York, New York
GRADUATE DEGREE: M.S. in journalism, Columbia University

What was your first position after college? After graduating from Trinity, I enrolled in Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism because I wanted to pursue a career in the media industry. While at Columbia I realized that a typical journalism career was not for me, so after graduation I explored internships at media-related companies and eventually settled into a position in corporate communications at SAP, a global enterprise software company. I am currently on the operations team within global corporate affairs, helping to ensure that the organization runs smoothly as we communicate SAP’s messaging to priority audiences.

Has a liberal arts education helped you in shaping your career? My liberal arts education at Trinity gave me the writing and research skills necessary for my career in communications. As an American studies and economics major, I became familiar with researching a wide range of global topics (historical, political, literary, and business related) and had plenty of practice analyzing and articulating my thoughts. I put these skills to good use in my current job, as I often research, write, and summarize content on important global topics and platforms. Most of all, my liberal arts education taught me to think with a global perspective. 

What aspects of your Trinity experience have been important to advancing your career or graduate school experience? Working on The Trinity Tripod staff (including a semester as editor-in-chief) was essential, as it helped guide me toward my eventual career path in communications and taught me important leadership skills. It also led to an internship at The Hartford Courant, which provided me with real-life journalism experience. My time at both The Tripod and The Courant contributed to my interest in Columbia Journalism School and most likely contributed to my admittance. My academic experience at Trinity (double majoring in American studies and economics, studying abroad in London, writing a thesis, and more) helped me to develop strong writing, thinking, and communication skills that are really important for the workplace. At Trinity, I was able to take a wide selection of courses, excel within my major, and have one-on-one time with professors that I’m not sure I would have gotten elsewhere. These experiences gave me the skills and confidence to succeed in my current position.

What advice would you give to Trinity students to prepare for a position in your field? Get involved in campus activities early on as that is where you will make some of your very best friends. I still find myself regularly hanging out with fellow Tripod staffers in New York City, and because we have common interests in journalism and communications, we engage in each other’s professional networks as well. Also, if you want to go into communications, take advantage of the professors and resources at Trinity in order to perfect your writing skills before you graduate!