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Winter Break Program Centers on Careers

HWS students are getting an up-close look at careers and industries over winter break during several professional networking events held in major U.S. cities. Each year, participating students establish important professional connections, get access to behind-the-scenes perspectives, and even land internships and set the foundation for possible future employment.

Organized by Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development and HWS faculty mentors, several groups of students are traveling all across the country, from Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. to New York City and Boston, in order to meet alums and parents at leading companies and organizations. During the programs, students have the chance to participate in networking sessions, informational talks and one-on-one meetings.

“Each experience is an important opportunity for students to learn about professions directly from alums and parents who have years of professional experience and hold top-level positions,” says Director of the Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development Brandi Ferrara. “Thanks to the generosity of the HWS network, students are exploring their career aspirations and making invaluable connections while getting firsthand perspectives about life after graduation.”

The professional networking experiences for HWS students have taken place during winter break for several years. Each group of students is accompanied by faculty and Careers Services staff to help guide their experience and help synthesize what they’re learning. This year, severe weather conditions across the U.S. have caused some adjustments to itineraries.

On Wednesday, Jan. 8, the annual Day on the Hill experience in Washington, D.C., brought a group of students to several sites at the nation’s capital, including stops at the Pentagon and Capitol Hill. Professor of Political Science Iva Deutchman and Associate Professor of Political Science DeWayne Lucas are the faculty mentors for the program. On Thursday, Jan. 9, the event concluded with the Day on the Hill Networking Reception at the United States Capitol Visitor Center, with guest President Mark D. Gearan.

While students get a closer look at politics and government in Washington, D.C., another group from HWS this week is in Los Angeles where they are learning about the entertainment industry. In the L.A. Experience, students get a behind the scenes look at show business from producers, directors, writers and other industry professionals. Professor of Media and Society Les Friedman is the faculty mentor in L.A. this year.

On Tuesday, Jan. 14, the Colleges are hosting back-to-back science days in Boston, starting with Environmental Studies Day, in which students will learn about jobs in sustainability and green building to oceanography and conservation. On the following day in Boston, students will participate in a Science Day experience, exploring areas of research, health and medicine.

In New York City, on Monday, Jan. 14, students will participant in the annual Advertising / PR Day, which brings participants for a closer look at the marketing and communications industry, featuring an array of alums at a number of firms and agencies.

On Tuesday, Jan. 14, HWS students will get a firsthand look at the legal field during a Law Day experience. HWS pre-law students will meet with several alums who are studying or working in law. Scott Brophy ’78, professor of philosophy and chair of that department, is the faculty coordinator.

In December, a group of HWS students also traveled to New York City for the annual Finance Experience. Building connections with alums and parents working in all facets of the financial industry, students made site visits to JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Bank of America, and a number of other organizations. The trip included a networking reception and holiday party attended by additional alums and parents through the HWS NYC Club. Associate Professor of Economics Jo Beth Mertens and Warren Hamilton, assistant professor of economics and pre-business advisor.

In the photo above, Kenneth Halsband ‘88, producer, executive vice president, and head of physical and post production at Relativity Media, meets with Steve Gemmiti ’14 to view a trailer for a web series Gemmiti is creating for his senior Honors project.