The Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education added the Non-Profits Day Experience program to its robust lineup of experiential education programs this year, creating a new opportunity for students to make important connections in the non-profit sector through the vast network of HWS alums. The inaugural day-long trip brought 15 students to New York City, where they met with alumni, alumnae and friends of the Colleges from five different non-profit groups.
“Given the students’ interest in the non-profit sector, it was a natural addition to the lineup of programming,” says Brandi Ferrara, director of the Salisbury Center. “It’s important for students not just to learn about the good work that happens through the organizations, but also to learn about the array of career opportunities available.”
Following the Non-Profits Day, every sophomore, junior and senior who participated – 13 of the 15 students – landed full-time positions or internships during this past summer. Among those who landed positions are Cody Rivera ’16, who interned with the Doe Fund, an organization that assists homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals reach permanent self-sufficiency; and Alexandrina Nikolova ’16, who was a finalist for the prestigious Ford Foundation summer internship program.
“This was a phenomenal experience, full of opportunity and inspiration for Hobart and William Smith students to build meaningful careers toward impacting global progress, change, and equality,” says Assistant Director of Employer Development Ami Cammarota Ford ’00, thanking all those who made the trip possible. “HWS is truly a unique, transformative place in which the community demonstrates a genuine commitment toward leading each other toward worlds of experience and building lives of consequence.”
The Non-Profits Day began with a visit to the National September 11th Memorial and Museum where the group met with Amy Dreher ’93, manager of institutional assets and initiatives at the museum. Students learned about the work done to memorialize the victims of Sept. 11, and their families, as well as opportunities to contribute to national and international relations and development. At the end of the visit, students laid purple and orange roses in honor of the three Hobart victims who lost their lives in the attacks: Andrew Golkin ’93, Scott Rohner ’01, and Michael Simon ’83, P’11, P’13.
The group then embarked on a special HWS visit to the United Nations. Guided by Principal Legal Officer Jay Pozenel ’82 and Cristina Milano from the Office of Human Resources Management, the students were given a tour of the Secretariat Building and also met with staff and current interns in the Young Professionals Programme to learn about ways to prepare and compete for careers at the U.N. Veronica Mann ’17, who was on the trip, says she initially went on the program to visit the U.N., but ended up finding every site visit equally as beneficial.
“Attending the Non-Profits Day gave me the chance to get a better look at the different careers in the non-profit sector,” Mann says. “The trip absolutely met my expectations, as it was another example of the great resources Career Services has to offer and of the alum network that is so eager to help HWS students.”
The students also took a tour the Ford Foundation, where they met with Program Analyst Tanya Khokhar ’06 and Talent Acquisition Specialist Kamilah Duggins. While there, the group learned about the various philanthropic efforts the Foundation sponsors in international development, peacekeeping and social impact.
The trip included a visit to the American Civil Liberties Union where students met with Rachel Fishman ’90, deputy director of development at the American Civil Liberties Union, and Pearl Jones, human resources manager. George McDonald L.H.D.’10 also led a lengthy stopover at the Doe Fund offices in the Harlem Center for Opportunity with several members of his staff, including: Director of Human Resources Kenise Etwaru, Director of External Affairs Alexander Horwitz, and Director of Programs Nadia Sadloski.
“It was a fabulous trip and was a great way to connect not only with alums, but also with like-minded peers,” says Namboowa Bakiika ’15, who attending the trip and studied global health at HWS. “I would say this is one of the best and most valuable networking opportunities I have experienced. It proved to be a great way to gain insight and learn about how to break into the nonprofit sector.”
The Non-Profits program joins a long list of experiential education offerings organized by Career Services each winter and spring break. This year, more than 150 students participated in the programs, traveling to Washington, D.C. for the Day on the Hill Program, and to New York City for the Finance Experience trip, Fashion Day, the Behind the Scenes entertainment and media trip, and Advertising/Public Relations Day.
Like the Non-Profit Experience trip, each of these trips opened up a number of employment and internship opportunities for students. Emma Barnes ’15 was recently hired by MEC Global through a connection made on the Advertising Day trip, while Kelly Mauch ’17 interned with Partnership for Public Service and Dominique Miller ’15 is working for the Feminist Majority Foundation through connections made on the Day on the Hill Program, to name a few.
HWS students stand in front of the famous Sphere Within Sphere sculpture at the U.N. while in New York City.