Peer Career Advisors

What is a PCA?

Peer Career Advisors (PCAs) are exceptional students that are specially trained to assist their peers with:

  • Career exploration
  • Resume and cover letter writing
  • Interview preparation
  • Job/internship search strategies


When can I meet with a PCA?

PCAs are available to assist on a drop-in basis between the hours of 10am and 5pm during the Fall and Spring semesters.  Stop in to the Career Development office and speak with a PCA today!


How do I schedule a PCA presentation?

Interested in having a PCA present in your Barnard residence hall or for your student organization? PCA's will be limiting their programming to larger scale events this semester, for more information please contact Alexa Hammel, Career Counselor, at


Meet the PCA Team


Ellie Charchenko '17
My name is Elizabeth Charchenko. I am a senior at Barnard College, majoring in economics with a minor in history that has a concentration in economic history. Academically, I have a passion for economic history and spent my junior year studying abroad at the London School of Economics pursuing that passion and my passion for travel. I also have research experience after spending a summer conducting socio-economic fertility research for a professor in the Barnard Economics Department. Professionally, I am passionate about problem solving, and after a number of internships in technology consulting, business operations, and risk consulting. Outside of the classroom, I am an avid dancer, who dances on campus with The Barnard Dance Department, Orchesis, The MaMa Project, and Untapped. I have choreographed and am looking forward to producing the MaMa Project this year.

The career office has given me invaluable life skills. In particular, I have gained more confidence networking. Working as a PCA, is a challenging and rewarding experience. I love meeting with students, learning about their past, and figuring out how to get them to where they want to be. I especially enjoy seeing the diversity of students and passions at Barnard. 

Alice Fung '17
Hello and welcome to Barnard Career Development. My name is Alice Fung, and I am a senior studying Economics. Last fall, I studied abroad in the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona and fell in love with Patates Bravas. In addition to being a PCA, I am a dancer in Columbia Ballroom and an associate at Columbia Spectator. This past summer, I was a human resources assistant at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University where I worked with large data sets and various departments. I learned to better structure and verify reports. Moving forward to post graduation, I hope to continue to work in similar environments. For my final year at Barnard, I am thrilled for my Economics seminar and am considering to write a thesis!

Barnard Career Development helped me grow in numerous ways. I used to be terrified with the idea of networking and interview. Through practice with different counselors, I became more comfortable with them. My training as a PCA is continuous. I often find myself developing new skills as I counsel students. To me, being a PCA is about helping others strive for their success, and this is why I love my work.
I welcome you to visit us at the second floor of Elliot Hall!

Sophia Weinstock, '17
My name is Sophia Weinstock. I am a senior majoring in Political Science with a double minor in History and Spanish and Latin American Cultures. I thematically focus on the intersection of rights, law, and the state with specific regard to modes of governance, the evolution of law and policy, and changing conceptions of citizenship and civil society, as well as civil and human rights movements. Additionally, I tend to focus on American government and politics and sex trafficking. Out of the classroom and the career development office, I'm involved on campus as the President of the Athena-Pre-Law Society and also at the Columbia/Barnard Hillel. This past summer I interned at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, collecting and analyzing intelligence on violent crime and gang activity. I also volunteer with the NAACP and the National Organization of Women. In previous years, I've worked for a law firm, the U.S. Attorney, elected officials and nonprofits, so feel free to come to me with any law, non-profit, or social justice internship questions! 

I'm excited for my final year at Barnard and as a PCA. Working at Career Development is one the highlights of my week, because I get to meet so many talented, motivated Barnard students. As a PCA, I hope to aid students with becoming more confident in their resume and interview skills as you go through the job and internship search. Looking forward to seeing you in the office! 

Aisha Hasan, '18
Hello, my name is Aisha Hasan and I'm a junior majoring in both computer science and chemistry. I'm originally from Houston, TX where I was born and raised. I'm a huge fan of finding little gems around the city and coding. This past summer I did research in Chemistry here on campus and spent my free time exploring Brooklyn or discovering new coffee shops. I'm excited to pursue the technological field after college and would especially like to see a rise of women entering that industry. 

The career development office has been like a second home to me on campus. I started off as the front desk attendant my sophomore year and will now be a PCA for you guys. I've had the honor of working with the career counselors who are always ready to help. Feel free to stop by the office if you have any questions regarding technical resumes/ interviews or any other field!

Rachel Tsuna, '18
Hey y'all! My name is Rachel Tsuna and I'm a junior majoring in Economics and minoring in biology (if I decide to  go back and take 1500 the first semester or her senior year). When I'm not helping you lovely ladies with Career Development-related things, you might see me on campus TAing for the Psych of Learning Lab or taking pictures of gum in white boxes (I work part-time doing social media for Simply Gum). If you're interested in doing marketing or PR, feel free to stop by my table because I did a whole bunch of that over the summer at Simply Gum! Additionally, I've been volunteering at Hillary HQ in Brooklyn- strongly recommended! Let me know if you have any questions about that! I like unintentionally calling movies 'films', drinking lots of coffee, and making jokes every now and again... I think it helps get over some of this career-related stress. Hope to see ya in the office!

Kathy Yuan, '18
Hi everyone!  My name is Kathy Yuan and I am a junior here at Barnard majoring in Statistics and minoring in Art History.  On campus, I'm heavily involved with the Columbia University Chinese Student's Club and the Governing Board at Barnard, both of which I hold executive positions.  In my spare time, I love to visit museums and explore the city (and especially to search for authentic/tasty hole in the wall restaurants). This past summer, I interned at the Bipartisan Policy Center, a think tank located in Washington, DC.  I assisted the communications team with various tasks, including updating press clips, analyzing event trends, and organizing large scale events.  In the future, I hope to work with data analytics in the technology field.

Becoming a Peer Career Advisor has been an incredible experience that has provided me with multiply opportunities on and around campus.  My favorite part, however, is being able to interact with students and share tips and advice with them.  The Career Development Office is a gold mine of resources and knowledge, so don't be afraid to take advantage!

Rhea Nagpal, '19
Hi! My name is Rhea Nagpal and I am a sophomore from Long Island, NY double majoring in Economics and Biology. Aside from working at the Career Development Office, I am a Representative for the SGA Sophomore Class Council, Educator for Peer Health Exchange, General Representative for the Governing Board at Barnard (GBB), and Taskforce Leader on President Spar’s Diversity Initiative. Some of my other hobbies include photography and trying various cuisines while exploring the city (I’m a foodie!). Over the summer, I conducted Biology research through the Summer Research Institute on the variability of genetically engineered mutants in the Thale cress plant. I will be continuing my work in the laboratory in the upcoming semester. In previous summers, I have had internships researching in laboratories and event coordinating in health-related nonprofit organizations.  My positive experiences working in project-based environments with teams to solve problems, paired with my keen interest in Economics, has led me to pursue a career in consulting upon graduation.

Barnard Career Development has been an invaluable resource to me in the past year. As a nervous freshman, I visited the Peer Career Advisor’s frequently to edit my resume and cover letter, and sought advice from many of the counselors for internship searching and general career exploration. In particular, I participated in the Finance Focus Series through the office, a program that strengthened my knowledge of the field through lessons on terminology, firm structures, and lifestyle of a woman pursuing such careers. This ultimately led to me also considering finance as a potential avenue after my four years. I am looking forward to being a PCA this year and can’t wait to see you in the office!