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  • See upcoming workshops, career fairs and events

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HANDSHAKE STUDENT SUPPORT:

This 5-minute video provides an overview of all the pages within Handshake and how students can take advantage of its resources.

This 3-minute video explains how to upload a resume and/or cover letter and important tips for successful job searching on Handshake.

This 1.5-minute video offers a step-by-step highlight of how to create job alerts on Handshake.

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Whether you are starting your first semester, about to graduate or already out in the workforce, our career specialists are here to support all CARTA students and alumni.

Katie Rothfield
Assistant Dean of Students
Associate Teaching Professor of Interior Architecture

krothfie@fiu.edu
PCA 385A
Office: (305) 348-1884

Katie Rothfield is an award-winning educator, licensed interior designer, and champion for student success. Born and raised in midcoast Maine, she earned a BA in Clinical Psychology and a minor in Studio Art from Tufts University while taking courses at several renowned institutions, including the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Maine Media Workshops + College, and Queensland College of Art in Brisbane, Australia. Katie combined her education in creativity and systematic analysis to earn an MFA in Interior Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Graduating at the top of her class, she found passion and inspiration when exploring the deep connections between the interior environment and human psyche.

Rothfield’s professional practice experience spans over seventeen years, including more than seven years in the hospitality and high-end residential interior design industries with noted firms such as The Gettys Group and blue, a design company, inc., and as a freelance interior designer, where she expanded her practice to include the corporate and institutional sectors. While Project Manager at The Gettys Group, she was a key contributor to the revolutionary Hotel of Tomorrow™ (H.O.T.) Project, a thought leadership forum spearheaded by The Gettys Group and Hospitality Design magazine to conceptualize the future of the hospitality industry.

At Florida International University (FIU), she currently serves as the Interim Director of Career and Talent Development for the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) and Associate Teaching Professor and Internship Coordinator for the Department of Interior Architecture. She facilitates the Festival of the Trees annual interior architecture scholarship fundraiser and organizes local and national field trips to design firms, trade shows, museums, and architecturally significant sites each year.  In addition, she managed the Interior Architecture Master’s Thesis Mentor Program, Super Jury + Celebration for seven years.

Katie is the creator and past chair of the highly successful FIU School of Architecture annual conference, D3E (formerly Emerge), an event that brings together design students, professionals, educators, and manufacturers’ representatives for a variety of informational sessions, portfolio and resume reviews, and cutting-edge workshops that encourage students to rethink the way they design. She also originated the FIU Interior Architecture Department’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate Exam Achievement Award, which reimburses students who successfully pass the exam.

Over the past decade, Katie has developed and taught a wide range of graduate and undergraduate curricula, including hospitality, experimental, and mixed-discipline studios, and courses in sustainable practices, building systems, project programming, professional practice, and personal branding. She is National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Certified and LEED Accredited in Interior Design + Construction (ID+C). She is also a Professional Member of the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) and served as the Educational Representative for the Network of Executive Women in Hospitality (NEWH) South Florida Chapter as well as the Vice President of Forums for the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Florida Chapter.

Recent accolades include the 2017 FIU CARTA Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching, the 2016 FIU Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, the 2016 NEWH South Florida Chapter Silver Star Award, and the 2015 IIDA South Florida Chapter Educator of the Year Award. Katie is a published chapter text contributor to 100 Architects and Interior Designers, by Damir Sinovcic, and she has presented at numerous conferences.

Crediting her mother, an accomplished artist/educator, and father, a witty jack-of-all-trades, Katie values ingenuity, authenticity, humor, and grit. Never one to slow down, she dabbles in podcast production, copyediting, writing, UX and UI design, and filmmaking, and she unwinds by listening to nonfiction narrative podcasts, discovering new alternative music, and searching for vintage and antique treasures while summering with her family in Maine.

John Sotham
Career Specialist, Assistant Director
Communication + Journalism

jsotham@fiu.edu
PCA 273A
Office: (305) 348-0552
Mobile: (305) 962-3892

John Sotham began his journalism career in 1992 as a general assignment reporter for the daily newspaper the Columbia Missourian. While there, he was also assigned to the city housing beat and wrote feature stories on local events and history for The Weekender, the paper’s Saturday magazine. While finishing his studies at the University of Missouri’s Graduate School of Journalism, he interned in Washington, D.C., with one of The Smithsonian Institution’s two magazines, Air & Space Smithsonian, which is also the magazine of the National Air and Space Museum and has a worldwide print circulation and digital audience of 1,480,000. From 1993 to 1995, he reported for the Mid-Missouri Business Journal, and in 1996, he returned to Washington, D.C., as an associate editor of Air & Space Smithsonian, where he developed and assigned stories, edited stories for publication, was the researcher and technical editor for special edition posters, and also served as the magazine’s book reviews editor. He traveled nationally and internationally for Air & Space, reporting from Moscow, Russia and the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz launch carrying the first crew to populate the International Space Station, toured England and Scotland writing about obscure airports and aviation museums, and flew with the U.S. Coast Guard’s International Ice Patrol to the wreck site of the RMS Titanic aboard a mission to conduct a burial at sea of one of the ship’s last living survivors. His reporting was featured in four cover stories during his tenure. John was recalled to active duty in the U.S. Air Force after the September 11th 2001 attacks, and ultimately blogged for Air & Space about his experiences while deployed to Afghanistan as a squadron commander in 2008. While stationed at U.S. Southern Command in Miami, he wrote for Unitas, a periodical covering U.S. military and civilian partnerships with militaries and governments in Latin America. He was appointed a contributing editor of Air & Space Smithsonian in 2013, continued to write and edit stories for print and online, and had his own blog, “The Window Seat” featured on the magazine’s website and digital edition. One of his investigative pieces for the print edition, “The Truth about the MiG-29,” about U.S. efforts to secretly obtain aircraft from the former Moldovan Air Force after the fall of the Soviet Union, featured new reporting from sources within the National Air Intelligence Center, interviews with former Soviet Air Force MiG pilots living in Germany, and the first U.S. Air Force pilots to test the aircraft for the West. The story was re-published in the Russian aviation press. John retired from the Air Force in 2016 and still writes about aerospace subjects for Air & Space’s “The Daily Planet” blog and reviews books for the print edition.

WELCOME CARTA EMPLOYERS!

Thank you for your interest in our talented CARTA students and alumni; we greatly appreciate your partnership! When you hire our in-demand Panthers, they bring the proven value of their CARTA education, making them an outstanding asset to your team.

+ FIU 

Connect with us on Handshake! With your Handshake account, you can directly search for and connect with CARTA students and alumni, participate in career fairs, conduct interviews and more!

CONNECT WITH FIU STUDENTS + ALUMNI

HIRE FIU TALENT

 

 

 

Reach thousands of FIU students and alumni at once by posting your listing on FIU Handshake, our career development platform.

 

 

POST A JOB OR INTERNSHIP

ATTEND A CAREER FAIR

 

 

 

Showcase your company and recruit top FIU students by attending a career fair. Join us at one of our upcoming virtual events!

 

 

REGISTER FOR AN EVENT

MENTOR STUDENTS

 

 

 

Give back to the next generation of CARTA students through mentorship and leave a lasting impact on the future.

 

 

VOLUNTEER AND MAKE AN IMPACT

NEW TO HANDSHAKE?

4 easy steps to register your company

Access

Set up an employer account

Our FIU Career Team will review and approve your account, ensuring you meet basic requirements, such as having a company email and physical office space.

Post a job, register for career fairs and more!

NEW TO HANDSHAKE?

4 Easy steps to register your company

Access

Set up an employer account

Our FIU Career Team will review and approve your account, ensuring you meet basic requirements, such as having a company email and physical office space.

Post a job, register for career fairs, and more!

NEED HELP?

Handshake employer FAQs

HANDSHAKE REGISTRATION

Handshake offers a thorough article describing how to register and get started.  Make sure you select Florida International University as one of your schools.  Once you’ve requested to connect with FIU,  it can take up to three to five days to approve your account.

Under normal circumstances, it typically takes three to five days to process pending employer approval requests. If your request has not been approved after seven days, please log into Handshake and check your messages for any comments on your registration. If the registration is incomplete, e.g., there is no website address or the email domain does not match your company, there can be a delay in approval, or your registration may be declined.

Handshake has an article on best practices for getting approved at schools.

If you have an urgent need to post a job or internship listing for FIU students, please contact us.

The owner of your company profile will receive an email once you have registered and can approve you. If that person is no longer with the company, contact us for assistance.

Read this Handshake article for assistance on how to switch to the correct organization.

JOB POSTINGS

Please review this Handshake Help Article.  More job posting-related questions are answered here.
Once your account is approved, your internship(s) or job(s) will become visible to CARTA students under Job Postings. You can view all your CARTA opportunities under Postings/Jobs/All.

We want to help you find the CARTA talent you’re looking for.

To start, make sure you have a descriptive job title, e.g., “Customer Service Assistant,” instead of just “Assistant.”  The job duties and qualifications should be clear and specific.

Still need help?

Contact our Career Specialists, John Sotham and Ashley Rizzotto, who can help you promote your position and send a targeted email to your intended audience.

Yes! We are happy to help you promote your job to specific groups of FIU students by request. For help with Handshake and promoting your positions to our students, contact our CARTA Career Specialists, Ashley Rizzotto, Assistant Director Visual and Performing Arts and John Sotham, Assistant Director Communication + Journalism, at cartacareers@fiu.edu.

HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?

Review Handshake’s support article

CONTACT THE CARTA CAREER TEAM
Frequently asked Questions

FAIRS, INTERVIEWS & RECRUITMENT PLANS

In Handshake, click “Fairs” on the left menu.  To find upcoming FIU fairs, search for “FIU” in the key word field. Click on the fair name, then the “Register” button on the next page.
In Handshake, click “Fairs” on the left menu and then select “Show Registered Only.” We recommend you click “Follow Career Fair” on fairs for which you’ve registered to receive updates and easily find them in the future.

If you don’t see “Request an Interview” on your Handshake home page for FIU, and/or need assistance, contact us to request access to the service.

There are many ways to recruit at FIU, and our team is available to tailor a strategy that works best for your company.

Our many virtual and in-person options include:

  • Participating in a Career Fair
  • Hosting an information session about your company
  • Leading a workshop
  • Meeting with student organizations
  • Conducting interviews with targeted groups of students

Learn more about our recruitment options, and contact our CARTA Career Team today to start recruiting top FIU talent.

Once you have finalized all of the details, post an event on Handshake by going to “Create an Event” from your Handshake home page.  If you do not see this option, contact us to request permission to “post events” on Handshake.  You can also contact us to send a targeted email about your event to students in Handshake.

HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?

Review Handshake’s support articles

CONTACT THE CARTA CAREER TEAM

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Handshake or CARTA Career Team success stories?

Ideas for how we can better assist you?

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The CARTA Career and Talent Development team has been such a vital part of my college experience and continuously finds ways to connect students with opportunities. My first year as a student within SCJ, I was able to attain a Social Media Internship with Crown Wine and Spirits during the summer semester. I would not have heard about this opportunity if it had not been for the consistent informative emails sent out by the CTD team. This communication and access to resources is what set me on the right track toward graduating and also attaining a job after graduation.

Ashley Nunez, Department of Communication ('21)

Thanks to the advice and support of career coach Ashley Rizzotto and the Handshake platform, I was able to land a remote job. Ashley has been an incredible resource and has eased so much of my anxiety while guiding me through the job searching process since I was new to it. My employer reached out to me through Handshake without me having to do much other than filling out basic information about my major, education, and skills on my profile.

Gabriela Rodriguez, Department of Art + Art History ('23)

John Sotham and I have been collaborating on my professional development since Fall 2020. I was struggling with my résumé, LinkedIn and Handshake profiles, and internship search strategy. It’s rare to seek advice from others and actually receive their time and dedication. John took his time to help me with every challenge I faced, no matter how small. His attention to detail is invaluable. I now feel confident presenting myself to potential employers. Thank you, John and CTD, for all of your help.

Raquel Batista, Department of Communication ('22)

Through various appointments covering resumes, cover letters, and personal statement reviews, I have learned so much when it comes to crafting a letter or statement that stands out to recruiters and graduate admissions committees. I made sure to make an appointment with Ashley Rizzotto every time, as her guidance and insight provided me with so much confidence despite taking such a major step in my career. Before meeting with her, I had never written a personal statement or submitted a cover letter. With her help, she provided an outside point of view to the work that I had done so far and her perspective was very helpful in the creation and editing process. Most importantly, her guidance has gifted me with the knowledge to continue to apply for scholarships, internships, jobs, and more.

Emily Chavez, Department of Communication ('21)

As a result of Ashley Rizzotto’s unwavering support and guidance, as well as the services provided by the FIU Career and Talent Development Department, I have landed an internship with Area Stage Company this semester as a production assistant. My experience has been so insightful and every lesson in the internship will be beneficial to me in the development of my career in theater and the arts. None of this would be possible without the keen insight of this department and its advisors. I found myself to feel more inspired, optimistic, and assured after every meeting with Ashley and the department, since she is very knowledgeable in any and all aspects of the arts, cover letters, and resumes. As a result, I feel more confident and prepared to continue to pursue other opportunities in theater, considering that any job in the arts is highly selective and competitive in nature.

That being said, I highly recommend any FIU student to schedule an appointment with the FIU Career and Talent Development Department. Especially if you are interested in theater and the arts like myself, the services and advisors are well equipped to help you take the next step in your future – no matter how daunting it may seem at first.

Emily Chavez, Department of Communication ('21)

Within my last semester, Handshake has provided me opportunities to look for jobs and stay connected with peers and mentors. By making an appointment through the Career and Talent Development Center, I was able to get professional critiques on improving my resume and cover letter and how to do a proper interview.

Christina Dunn, Department of Communication ('20)

Recently, my COM3110 Business & Professional Communications class invited the CARTA Career Team to give a presentation in our remote class.  We were their first presentation since the program began and we very pleased with how useful and informative our session was.   Ashley and John led the presentation and provided more than just a dry PowerPoint.   They were engaging with me, the students, and readily adapted to the questions and “flow” of the class.  They made our entire class a productive lesson and useful instruction about student career related development, important career fair information, strategic job search tips, discussed the important services they offer, and gave us some resume and writing tips.  The class presentations was tailored to our individual class curriculum and they were able to answer my student’s questions.    

CARTA faculty should enthusiastically take advantage of this useful, informative, and productive service and make it part of their class.  We hope to have John & Ashley back again soon for another session to discuss important career related services offered to students at FIU.    

Brian Siress, CARTA Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor

Ashley Rizzotto helped me with my resume, and…she made me realize that I have done so much during my time here as a student that can be reflected on my resume. It was a mind blowing and made me realize that I need to give myself more credit. Ashley made me feel very confident by the end of our session. I never really had someone see my potential in anything except for Ashley. I am grateful to have this type of resource available to me.

Cynthia Candelaria, School of Music ('21)

I’ve been speaking to Ashley Rizzotto and she’s been so helpful throughout the whole process. I’ve been trying to tradition fully into being a photographer so she’s been helping me with updating my resume and cover letter, as well as giving me advice with internships and possible part time jobs. I like how she takes notes as I’m talking it really makes me feel like she wants to help me and she’s actively listening as well by remembering the companies I mention. She’s really kind and I’m definitely going to keep coming to her for help as I further in my career. Thank you Ashley if you read this!

Maydiuly Baldriche, Department of Art + Art History ('22)
I recently met with John Sotham for a resume and cover letter review and it was super helpful.
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Loved how the career counselors automatically checked my resume and helped me improve it!

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I had a good experience with Handshake while looking for a job related to my major in early 2020. The firm responded to me through Handshake… The feedback given on my resume before I sent my application was very useful.

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It’s easier to target the jobs you are looking for and not run into scams or jobs that don’t apply to you.

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[Handshake is] very straightforward and easy to use.
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I love the number of opportunities gathered on one platform!

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FACULTY + STAFF

INVITE A NEW EMPLOYER

We value the relationships that faculty and staff have built with employers in the community and around the globe. To maximize opportunities for students, alumni and employers, and to facilitate the dissemination of job opportunities, we ask that you welcome new employers to Handshake to post employment opportunities, sign up for career fairs and provide workshops.

INVITE A NEW EMPLOYER TO HANDSHAKE

CARTA’S CAREER CONCIERGE REFERRAL

If you already have a VIP employer and want to ensure that they continue to receive a personalized experience, our Career Concierge is here to help.

Our customizable high-touch approach is sensitive to specific needs and requests. We are happy to assist you with any request, large or small!

VIP CARTA CAREER CONCIERGE

FAQs

Our students’ professional success is a shared goal, and Handshake is FIU’s platform to connect students and alumni with employers.

Handshake can also link employers with FIU as a whole to meet employers’ recruiting needs company-wide, and it provides opportunities to engage our students through professional development workshops, virtual and on-campus interviews (post-COVID-19), and visits to targeted departments on campus.

Learn more

When you welcome an employer to Handshake, that employer will start by creating an account. Within 48-72 business hours, their account will be approved, or FIU’s Career and Talent Development team will provide detailed feedback on how to gain approval. Once approved, employers are able to post jobs and internships and register for events with Career and Talent Development and the CARTA Career Team.

Once an employer posts a position on Handshake, you can email your students a link to the job post. You can also reach out to your CARTA career liaisons, John Sotham and Ashley Rizzotto, who can help amplify the job posting to all or targeted groups of CARTA students and alumni on Handshake.

The more students actively use Handshake, the more applicants employers will receive. You can assist employers by promoting Handshake to your students: Remind students to activate their Handshake account, upload their resume for approval, and complete their profile prior to their internship/job search.

You can reach out to your CARTA career liaisons, John Sotham and Ashley Rizzotto, to verify if the employer is active and connected with FIU on Handshake and if they have any pending or active job posts. We can confirm the number of applicants once the job is closed.

Students who present professional resumes to employers are more likely to successfully secure internships and employment and best represent the quality of FIU talent, thus attracting more employers.

CARTA’s career specialists, Ashley Rizzotto and John Sotham, review resumes that are submitted through Handshake from all CARTA majors (undergraduate, graduate, and alumni). Within 2-3 business days of submission, students will receive notification whether or not their resume is approved.  If it is not approved, students will receive details regarding which areas to address and a recommendation to seek resume assistance by scheduling an appointment with a career specialist. We highly recommend that students get their resumes approved early in the internship/job search process because not having an approved resume can delay a student’s ability to apply for a position.

HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?

CONTACT THE CARTA CAREER TEAM

HOW CAN WE IMPROVE?

We are constantly striving to bring the most useful career resources to CARTA students, faculty, staff, and employers. Our job is to make the CARTA Careers initiative and Handshake work for you.

Not finding what you need?
Please let us know how we can better tailor our program to your needs and let us know what we missed.

Love something we are doing and want us to keep it up?
Let us know what is working for you!

Thank you for your time. We appreciate it!

LEAVE US FEEDBACK

INVITE US TO YOUR NEXT CLASS!

Faculty and staff can request workshops led by CARTA’s career liaisons, Ashley Rizzotto and John Sotham, or FIU’s Career and Talent Development Department for classes and student organizations. Choose from a multitude of topics or customize a workshop to assist students in their career journey. Our career team is here to support you!

We offer many different types of career workshops including, but not limited to:

  • Introduction to Handshake
  • Career Readiness
  • Cover Letter Writing
  • Resume Writing
  • CV Writing
  • Portfolio Production
  • Brand Yourself
  • Job Search Strategies
  • Researching Employers on LinkedIn
  • Networking Skills/Elevator Pitch
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Salary Negotiation
  • Prepare for a Career Fair/EXPO or Conference
  • Considering Graduate School
  • OR Customize a workshop to match your needs!
REQUEST A WORKSHOP

MORE FACULTY + STAFF CAREER RESOURCES

CLASSROOM TOOLS

  • Go to Settings
  • Click the “App” tab.
  • Scroll to the “Redirect Tool” (it’s a big blue arrow going in a circle)
  • Click “+Add App”
  • Change the name from “Redirect Tool” to “Handshake”
  • Paste the Handshake web address: fiu.joinhandshake.com/login?ref=app-domain (retain https://)
  • Make sure all of the boxes are checked.
  • Click “Add App”
  • Make sure the App is enabled.
  • Click the save button and refresh the page.
  • Voila!

Dean Schriner and the CARTA Career Team request all faculty to include the following Handshake verbiage in their course syllabi:

Handshake

Handshake is FIU’s portal to employment opportunities. Each student is required to activate their Handshake account by the end of the semester. Visit CARTA’s career website to activate your account, schedule a career advising appointment, search for jobs, and more.

*Note to faculty:

Students can submit proof of completion to the faculty as a screenshot, or faculty can submit a list of students to our career specialists, John Sotham and Ashley Rizzotto, who can confirm that each student completed the requirements.

Faculty can also choose to require sophomore, junior, and transfer students to have an approved resume on Handshake and can require junior and senior students to have 100% completed Handshake profiles.

Dean Schriner and the CARTA Career Team request all faculty teaching capstone and/or professional practice courses to include the following post-graduate course verbiage in their course syllabi:

SDS 4320 | Career Development Post-Graduate Course

FIU offers all of its graduates a free, 1-credit, 5-week online career preparation course that is designed to help you refine your career goals and personal portfolio, prepare for graduate school, and connect with career coaches and employers. This self-paced course has both general and discipline- specific pathways from which you can choose.  Seniors in their last semester at FIU can register for the course before graduation.

Learn more and enroll now

CAREER TRAINING & HANDSHAKE ACCESS

Ashley Rizzotto and John Sotham conducted Handshake tutorials for CARTA faculty and staff during the week of December 1-4, 2020. Missed it or need a refresher?

Watch the Zoom recording

All CARTA faculty and staff play an important role in the professional success of our students. In Career Partners Training you will learn how to maximize your impact on the future of our students.

Career Partners is a 2-hour training to equip FIU faculty and staff with the necessary tools to have meaningful conversations with students about their career development and planning.  The Career Partners training covers Handshake, best practices for engaging employers, career developmental theories, assessment tools and NACE guidelines.

Learn more + register

As a CARTA faculty or staff member, you can access Handshake by requesting a student account.  This will allow you to view your students’ profiles and resumes and help your students find jobs and internships, including those posted by your employer partners.

Request a Handshake student account

We all want to help students achieve professional success, however, occasionally, assisting students in their job searches can result in unanticipated illegal or unethical actions.

Learn more

HOW CAN WE IMPROVE?

We are constantly striving to bring the most useful career resources to CARTA students, faculty, staff, and employers.

Not finding what you need?
Please share your suggestions for ways we can improve our offerings.

Love something we are doing and want us to keep it up?
Let us know what is working for you!

Thank you for your time. We appreciate it!

LEAVE US FEEDBACK

General questions: CARTA Career Team

Additional career resources: FIU Career and Talent Development