Where They’re Headed: Mariah Braxton ’14

Mariah Braxton ’14 will start IBM’s Consulting by Degrees program in July.

Though many Growth and Structure of Cities majors become urban planners and architects, Maryland native Mariah Braxton ’14 knew she wanted to pursue a different career path. After receiving guidance from her thesis advisor and Haverford’s Center for Career and Professional Advising, she finally discovered the right fit: a consulting position at IBM.

Braxton took note of IBM because of its Smarter Cities initiative, which assists urban leaders with infrastructure, human services, and planning and management. “The more I read about Smarter Cities, the more interested I was in working for IBM,” Braxton says, “and consulting in the public sector was a way for me to get involved.” In July, she will begin the company’s two-year Consulting by Degrees program. The program provides entry-level consultants with structured learning and practical experience under the guidance of a mentor.

“I am excited to be surrounded by other people my age who are excited about learning and becoming consultants,” says Braxton. “It will also be nice to be working in a dynamic environment where the problems I will be working on will vary.”

—Sam Fox ’14

“Where They’re Headed” is a blog series reporting on the post-Haverford plans of members of the Class of 2014.