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Senior Success: Marli Dabareiner ’14
Senior Success: Marli Dabareiner ’14
Marli Dabareiner '14
“The best thing about being a Yellow Jacket is the opportunities you are provided,” says Randolph-Macon College student
Marli Dabareiner ’14
minor knows this firsthand. She is active in
, has participated in three
, and has
in Italy—all while mapping out a career path.
From Hardy, Virginia, Dabareiner has long aspired to become a lawyer. She chose her majors and minor knowing she will incorporate all three disciplines in her future career.
Dabareiner knows the importance of hands-on training.
During her sophomore year, she interned at the Richmond law firm LeClairRyan. Dabareiner compiled witness information and conducted research for a medical malpractice lawyer at the firm. In 2013 she interned with Alliance Group, Ltd, a Virginia-based lobbying firm. Her supervisor was Assistant Project Manager
Ben Rowe ’10
. Dabareiner worked in tandem with Rowe and the Government Affairs team at Alliance Group.
“Marli worked as part of a project management team with a client base ranging from Fortune 100 companies to state and local government, nonprofits and associations,” explains Rowe, who began his career at Alliance after doing a
internship there. “She helped to prepare issue briefings and client whitepapers and presented them to legislators and staff during the Virginia General Assembly Session. She received in-depth, firsthand experience of the legislative processes in the Virginia General Assembly and got a feel for the day-to-day work that keeps an office running. Marli was a hardworking and driven intern with a passion to learn about the legislative process and political workings of Virginia. Internships give students the opportunity to get a true feel for their future careers ahead of graduation.”
Dabareiner is currently interning in the office of Congressman Eric Cantor, the U.S. Representative for Virginia’s 7th congressional district.
“I am interning in the Richmond District office,” explains Dabareiner, whose duties include answering phones, compiling spreadsheets for constituent tours, and helping with the Congressional Art Competition, a nationwide high school competition that encourages artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Dabareiner recently attended Congressman Cantor’s Congressional Breakfast, where Congressman Paul Ryan also spoke. She greeted people who were there to sign a petition to get Congressman Cantor back on the ballot.
“It was exciting to see the many people who turned out and to talk to them about the Congressman, Virginia government, and the Federal government,” she says. Her three internships have enabled Dabareiner to focus more clearly on her future plans.
“Internships helped me determine what I like doing—and they helped me discover the things I don’t want to do,” she says. “I now know what I really enjoy about the political world—from the legislative side, such as helping with lobbying and trying to get bills passed, to seeing how a Congressman and his office work on a day to day basis. I hope to incorporate the skills I’ve gained in my future career in environmental law or corporate law.”
Throughout her college career, Dabareiner has worked with staff from
, R-MC’s four-year career preparation program.
“Cathy Rollman, director of professional development, has helped me write my résumé, secure internships, and look for employment,” she says. “I’ll be taking a year off to travel after I graduate from R-MC—I’ve always wanted to travel to Ireland, England, Germany, and Greece—and I look forward to staying in touch with
staff as I apply to law schools in 2015.”
A member of Kappa Alpha Theta, the Young Republicans, and the varsity
team, Dabareiner has solid advice for new Yellow Jackets.
“Take advantage of every opportunity that R-MC has to offer,” she says. “Take as many different courses as possible; you never know when something will lead you down a path you hadn’t thought of. Participate in internships, because it will help you solidify your academic path. And study abroad; it’s an absolutely wonderful experience!”
is an intensive four-year program that prepares students for life after college. Located within the
Center for Personal and Professional Development
gives students a competitive advantage in the job market or graduate-school admissions process. Workshops, internships, one-on one advising and a host of other resources ensure that students who graduate from R-MC are lifelong learners who can think critically and adapt to new situations.
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