Micaela Ortiz

Associate director, alumni engagement & experiential learning
Office Phone
36 University Place, Suite 200 (Above the U-Store)

Micaela focuses on fostering student-alumni connections and participation in experiential career development activities through the recruitment and stewardship of alumni volunteers. She oversees Princeternship and networking opportunities in key locations and career fields.

Micaela also provides one-on-one advising across a broad range of career interests and industry areas, covering topics including:

  • Exploring career options
  • Choosing concentrations
  • Practice interviews
  • Internship and job search planning
  • Graduate school planning and applications

She advises students interested in all career fields, and in particular enjoys speaking with students about:

  • Education, policy, politics, social service and public service careers
  • How they can start to explore their career interests

My first job after graduation: After graduating with a B.A. in English Secondary Education and a minor in Women & Gender Studies, I completed a year of service with the Episcopal Service Corps New York Intern Program. In this program, I lived in a community with other recent graduates from around the country in Harlem, and worked full-time as an intern at Episcopal Charities, a foundation supporting food justice and youth development programs around New York state.

This "glide year" program turned out to be perfect for me, as it allowed me to get out of my comfort zone, explore the worlds of non-profit and social impact work, and meet other people my age undergoing similar post-college transitions in life.

I wish more students knew: Career development truly is a step-by-step, nonlinear process. Everyone builds their careers over time through trial-and-error and by focusing on what is or isn’t working for them in any given job at any given point in time. Though the thought of "career development" can sound intimidating, in reality everyone, whether they’re fresh out of college or nearing retirement, is just trying to figure it out!

I wish more students knew the Center for Career Development offered: Easy ways to connect with Princeton alumni (such as through Career Compass, Career Chats and Princeternship), who are happy to serve as resources and mentors in your career exploration process.

One skill I would like to master: Speaking Spanish fluently. And learning how to whistle.

Something I like to do the old-fashioned way: I love sending handwritten greeting cards to my family and friends for special occasions in their lives.