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Sanam Rastegar speaks 5 languages — 3 of them fluently.  She also had 3 interesting summer internships at Independent Talent Group Limited in London, Maclaren and Hermès that she believes helped her hone skills that she’s putting to use now in her job as a Senior Associate at McLarty Associates*, a boutique firm specializing in international strategic consulting.  In those internships, Sanam got to try her hand at marketing, merchandising and assisting other full-time employees in important tasks. In effect, Sanam learned the basics of how to succeed at other companies even before she’d graduated from college which she did in 2016 when she got her B.A. in Global Affairs from Yale University. In addition, besides her hard work in the academic and work environments, Sanam also spent all four years in school on the Yale sailing team.  Sanam says that this extra-curricular experience taught her how to be a leader and how to work as a member of a close-knit team. She even planned a sailing regatta that gave her useful skills she put to use to help plan a huge McLarty 20th anniversary party earlier this year. Once she had her degree in hand, Sanam applied for an entry-level associate position at McLarty Associates working for Nelson Cunningham and was hired. Tune into this T4C episode to learn how you can leverage your internships to land the right entry-level job after you graduate. 

* Sanam left McLarty Associates in May 2019.


  • Why you should put in extra hours even when you’re working in an entry-level job (6:04)
  • How to effectively balance distractions when you have to juggle a lot of responsibilities (8:01)
  • Why studying foreign languages is a big benefit if you are international in working in international affairs (9:31)
  • How to properly translate job descriptions in your field of interest (11:00)
  • Why paying your dues as an assistant or associate has hidden benefits even if the work may be tedious (14:20)
  • The hidden benefits of participating in a team sport at college which can help you when you start working in the “real” world (19:15)
  • How an internship can be just as educational as an academic experience (20:02)
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