What began as an on-campus job in Emmanuel's student center transformed into a new career path for Jessie, one that brought her to Harvard University as a master's candidate in higher education administration.
One of Jannet Desvira’s goals early in her Emmanuel career was to become president of the Business Leaders of Emmanuel Club. On the cusp of her graduation this spring, she has achieved that and more—and is poised to become a business leader in the real world.
A “dedicated learner,” the economics major has taken every opportunity to stay on the leading edge of her academic development, from taking on challenging coursework to being a peer tutor. “I enjoy being a mentor, and I also think that teaching is the best way to learn,” she says.
As a junior, Jannet served as a research assistant with economics professor Dr. Rebecca Moryl, helping to manage her website, audioecon, a searchable library of economics-focused podcasts to aid in student learning. She took the helm expanding the site’s social media presence, as well as documenting and analyzing the effects innovative teaching methods have on understanding of in-class concepts. The assistantship also resulted in co-authorship on a paper being submitted for publication by academic journals.
“There were more than 4,500 applications for 60 available positions in the U.S.,” Jannet says. “I was the only intern selected for my team.”
Jannet’s “proudest accomplishment” took the form of a fund analyst internship at global financial services firm Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH) during summer 2018—a distinction earned by less than two percent of applicants.
Jannet and a team of fellow interns took first place in BBH’s competition in which marketing ideas were presented to one of the firm’s distinguished clients.
There, she thrived in the fast-paced environment, streamlining and automating processes for the management of mutual funds and developing training documentation for coworkers and new hires.
Now in her senior year, Jannet is engaging in the College’s inaugural Innovation Quest, a co-curricular initiative in which students aim to solve a social issue using technology. With her teammates, Jannet is developing a mobile app with resources for underrepresented students who want to attend college but don’t know where to begin.
After graduation, Jannet is planning to launch her career in the technology industry. “I’m looking for an environment that will embrace creativity and new ideas,” she says. “I never want to stop growing.”