Bethany Jenkins Joins as Director of Career Development
The King's College and the Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to announce Bethany Jenkins as the Director of Career Development.
The King’s College and the Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to announce Bethany Jenkins as the Director of Career Development. Jenkins brings with her extensive experience in different sectors and a knowledge of professional skills necessary to compete for top positions.
Career Development at The King’s College offers practical career development tools to students. Career Development also maintains an active professional network that students at The King’s College can draw on as they pursue internships and jobs in and outside of New York City.
Dr. Mark Hijleh, Vice President of Academic Affairs, said, “I am extremely delighted that Ms. Jenkins will be joining the Academic Affairs team at The King’s College as Director of Career Development. Bethany brings an incredible mix of educational and professional experiences in law, government, business and finance, media and vocational ministry to the College that will be of enormous benefit to our students and add significantly to King’s contributions to New York City.”
Jenkins graduated from Baylor University before completing graduate work at George Washington University and Columbia Law School. Jenkins has over 14 years of professional experience spent in government, law, and business and with faith-based non-profits. In Washington D.C. she served for U.S. Congressman Joe Scarborough, U.S. Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn, and the U.S. Department of State.
Over the past decade Jenkins has worked in roles in New York City, including The New York Stock Exchange as a Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President. While in law school, Jenkins clerked for Federal Judge Nina Gershon and then worked at a private firm in New York and London. She has also worked with faith-based non-profits such as Redeemer Presbyterian Church and The Gospel Coalition. Jenkins also founded The Park Forum in 2009, which promotes Bible engagement in the urban church.
“Part of the mission of The King’s College is to prepare students for careers in strategic institutions, and it is an honor for me to join the team in fulfilling this mission under the leadership and vision of President Thornbury,” said Jenkins.
In recent years, the College has seen graduates fulfilling the mission one position at a time. Within six months of graduation, 83.6% of 2013 graduates accepted employment. In addition to jobs, current students continue to secure internship opportunities at key institutions in the New York metro area. Nearly 80% of all students complete an internship during their undergraduate career at King’s.
For example, when Goldman Sachs interviewed interns for the summer, only 1 in 50 applicants was hired including King’s student Nick Willeke. Similarly, Jonathan Lile was among the five percent of applicants hired as a summer analyst for UBS Financial Services in their Global Asset Management division.
Jenkins wrote of her vision for the department, “Career Development at King’s is unique because the school sits in the heart of New York City, where a robust understanding of vocation and calling has the potential to shape our culture. With a deep understanding of work as cultivation and service that is grounded in a thoroughly biblical worldview, King’s students are equipped to contribute to the common good and the flourishing of humanity.”