Meet the Staff

Our Director

Cathy Doederlein

Cathy Doederlein
Director, Career Services

M.A., Communication
B.A., Communication

Cathy has worked at NIU since 2011. She also holds bachelor's and master's degrees in communication from NIU. She loves helping students find their career paths, saying, "When a student has that 'aha!' moment about their potential career, it's very rewarding."

Internships and External Relations

Caroline Kosmel

Caroline Kosmel

Student Relations Specialist

Caroline joined Career Services in 2001. She likes to travel and explore new places, even thinking she might work as a flight attendant someday. Now, she helps students explore potential careers. Her primary role is internship administration.

Jan Wylde

Jan Wylde

Employer Relations Specialist

Jan works with employers to help them post jobs/internships and set up interviews with students. She joined Career Services in 2006 and encourages students to finish their degrees: "A bachelor's degree opens up a whole new level of opportunities for you."

Diane Hart

Diane Hart

Employer Relations Specialist

B.S., Business Management, Emphasis in Human Resources

Diane joined Career Services in 1999. She coordinates the all-majors internship fair, as well as the intern of the month and intern of the year scholarship programs. She advises students that "it's never too early to begin developing soft skills like communication."

Career Advising and Career Education

Brian Pillsbury

Brian Pillsbury

Assistant Director

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology
B.A., Psychology

Brian collaborates with students to help them reach their career ambitions. Having joined Career Services in 2000, he manages office operations and conducts outreach efforts. He is "energized by helping people discover and develop their untapped potential."

Edward Heard

Edward Heard

Assistant Director (Career Advisor)

Psy.D., Clinical Psychology
Th.M., Theology
B.S., Journalism

Edward began working at NIU in 2004. He focuses on promoting student success and performs strategic outreach to diverse campus communities. He advises students to be flexible as their path evolves: "It's natural to redefine your goals. Be prepared for change."

Teri Schmidgall

Teri Schmidgall

Career Advisor

M.A., Community Counseling
B.A., History and Secondary Education

Teri joined Career Services in 2007. She helps students plan their life and career goals. She encourages students to be open to the unexpected: "Your career path won't be a straight line. There will be detours and obstacles; think of them as opportunities."

Contact Us

Career Services
220 Campus Life Building

Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

If you're a current student, you can schedule an appointment via Navigate. If you're alumni or faculty/staff, please complete this form and we will get back to you promptly.

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