Career Services

Our Job? Advancing Yours.

Our Career Services team is committed to helping students build the professional foundation they need to become the purpose-driven leaders the world demands. We encourage students to seek meaningful career experiences, and we connect them with opportunities reflective of their skills and aspirations, whether at the local, state, federal, or international level. 

With a holistic approach that includes resume reviews, career events, mock interviews, career coaching, and offer-negotiation assistance, we provide comprehensive services that empower students to confidently pursue their career goals. We are likewise actively engaged on the other side of the process — working hand-in-hand with employers to facilitate partnerships and meaningful networking opportunities.

Meet the Team

Jill Rockwell
SENIOR ASSISTANT DEAN FOR STUDENT AND CAREER SERVICES

Jill oversees the administrative units of admissions, student affairs, and career services, working with the other members of the student services team to strengthen students’ co-curricular and career-related experiences at the Batten School.
Steve Hiss
DIRECTOR OF CAREER SERVICES AND ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT

A lifelong public servant, Steve’s interest in the Batten School not only stems from his own career in the public service, but also the former and current Batten students with whom he has worked in his position as the Commander of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Virginia. Among his other achievements in this position, Steve fundraised to create an endowment for the Captain David J. Mehlhop Memorial Award and Scholarship, and he was instrumental in nominating Batten alumnus Nate Jewell for the prestigious National Air Force ROTC Cadet of the Year Award.
Dana Laurens
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF CAREER SERVICES & ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT

Dana Laurens most recently served as National Deputy Director for Advocacy, Policy Engagement & Partnerships at Education Reform Now, a national think-tank in Washington, DC, where she lobbied federal lawmakers to advance progressive policies that maximize educational opportunities for all students. Dana began her professional career in education at DC Public Schools’ central office and taught at public schools in New Orleans, LA, via Teach for America. She went on to teach as a certified special educator in Charleston, SC, prior to transitioning into local and state-level policy roles at the Charleston Promise Neighborhood and StudentsFirst South Carolina, where she led the K-12 legislative work. Dana immigrated from Trinidad & Tobago and is a first-generation college graduate, earning both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Policy from the University of Virginia. She lives in Charlottesville with her enthusiastic four-year old, Jackson.

My Batten experience—and the staff and professors with whom I studied and worked—all helped me to better define my interests and decide exactly what it was that I wanted to do.

Makayla Palazzo (MPP ‘18)
Assessment Officer, IMPACT Initiatives

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Where students go to explore career opportunities with great companies and employers go to connect with impressive candidates.

UVA Career Center

In addition to our career service offerings, Batten students are able to take advantage of UVA’s counseling, exploration workshops, and industry-tailored career communities.