Career Advising

Your career services staff serves as a resource to students and alumni, assisting them with overall job search strategy and applications, and linking them to top employers locally and internationally.

  • Stephanie Boomhower

    Stephanie Boomhower

    Director
    sboomhower@ucsd.edu

    Coaching Sector: U.S. public, U.S. government affairs

    Stephanie joined the GPS Career Services team in June 2014. Since 1997, she has worked with graduate students on career development and how to navigate through the internship and career-search process, from developing a search plan to negotiating salaries. Her collaborative coaching style focuses on helping students develop a career plan by working to focus on what they want to achieve in their career and developing the skills required to seek out employment opportunities. Stephanie holds a master’s degree in college student personnel and a bachelor’s in psychology with a minor in architecture from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She also has a certificate in human resource management through UC San Diego Extension. Stephanie spent the majority of her childhood living in Asia and various cities throughout the United States.

  • Danica Castro

    Danica Castro

    Program Coordinator
    d1castro@ucsd.edu

    Danica joined the GPS Career Services team in September 2020. She received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Brigham Young University-Idaho specializing in public relations and events marketing. Throughout her undergraduate experience, she worked with numerous campus organizations as an event planner and marketing manager. 

    Danica will oversee events, programs and workshops hosted by the GPS Career Services team.

  • Meagan Trudeau

    Meagan Trudeau

    Career Coach
    mtrudeau@ucsd.edu

    Coaching Sector: Private

    Meagan joined the GPS Career Services team in July 2018. Meagan is a passionate student-focused professional with five years of experience in the education sector. She is a career coach dedicated to educating students on career development in preparation for successful transitions into their desired fields. Her coaching style is goal-oriented and strengths-based to ensure that students are pursuing fulfilling careers.

    Meagan received a master’s degree in higher education leadership from the University of San Diego and studied global perspectives on education in the United Arab Emirates. She earned dual bachelor’s degree in educational sciences and psychology with a minor in leadership studies from the University of Rhode Island.

  • Jessica Wilson

    Jessica Wilson

    Career Coach
    jdwilson@ucsd.edu

    Coaching Sector: Non-profits, multilaterals and think tanks

    Jessica joined the GPS Career Services team in 2020. She came with four years of experience in higher education, as a recruiter for the Peace Corps at California State University, Long Beach, and, prior to that, as a university professor and Peace Corps Volunteer in Bijie, Guizhou, China. Jessica is passionate about supporting and maximizing student success. Her coaching style is individualized and holistic, assisting students in identifying both long- and short-term career objectives and opportunities and in creating a roadmap for success.

    Jessica holds a master’s degree in Global Affairs (with an emphasis on Peacebuilding) from New York University, and she interned at the UN Secretariat’s Office on Sexual Violence in Conflict and consulted for a non-profit in Timor Leste. She served as a U.S.- China Friendship Volunteer from 2013-2015 and speaks conversational Mandarin Chinese. She received her bachelor’s degree in Musical Theatre from California State University, Fullerton.

Student Interns

In addition to the career services staff, student interns complete the team. They are an integral part, keeping the electronic job board up-to-date, assisting in event coordination, and aiding visitor and student reception. You may contact an intern via email or at (858) 534-7589.