The Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education is now accepting applications for the 2016 winter break experiences, “Career Treks,” which provide participating students with firsthand insights and opportunities for students to explore and learn about careers in Los Angeles, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Boston. Each trip includes networking with alums on-site. Applications are available in the Salisbury Center office or via the career guidance GPS site, and are due for all programs by 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30.
“The programs are a great opportunity for students not only to learn about various fields and organizations, but to also further their network of professional contacts,” says Director of the Salisbury Center Brandi Ferrara.
Through “Career Treks,” various experiential programs are offered, ranging from the financial and nonprofit industries to the fields of advertising and science, among others. Each year, students establish important professional connections, get access to behind-the-scenes perspectives and even land internships and set the foundation for possible future employment.
Students must find their own transportation to each program destination. For the overnight programs, blocks in designated hotels have been reserved for HWS students. For prices, refer to the application specific to each program. To prepare students to engage professionally, some of the programs require orientation and professionalism sessions and/or professional networking events prior to winter break.
The experience programs are as follows:
“Behind the Scenes” (Los Angeles) January 4-6: The LA event is designed for students who want to learn more about the worlds of media and entertainment. Assistant Professor of Media and Society Lisa Patti, Professor of Media and Society Les Friedman and Professor of English Grant Holly will guide students in Los Angeles for three event-filled days that will include site visits and speakers from the following areas: network television, motion pictures, commercials, agents and lawyers, independent productions, screenwriting and directing. Programming for “Behind the Scenes” will also include an evening networking reception attended by alums who work in Los Angeles.
“NYC Non-Profit Experiences” (New York City) January 5: The program will include site visits to non-profit organizations that work to create meaningful change in the areas of human rights, civil liberties, international development, peace building, public policy and public health worldwide. During past trips, students visited the United Nations, American Civil Liberties Union, Ford Foundation, The Doe Fund, Alzheimer’s Association, and others.
“NYC Arts Experience” (New York City) January 7: The New York City Arts Experience program is an exciting event for students who want to learn more about a career in the art world. The program may include site visits to Sotheby’s, DC Moore Gallery, Christie’s, and PPOW Gallery.
“Day on the Hill” (Washington, D.C.) January 11-13: Day on the Hill is an exciting event for students who want to learn more about the world of politics and government. All majors are welcome. Associate Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean of Faculty DeWayne Lucas, and Professor of Political Science Iva Deutchman will guide students in Washington, D.C. The three-day excursion could include speakers from the following areas: Council on Foundations, The Washington Post, Central Intelligence Agency, CODEPINK and EMILY’s List, Ripon Society, The Heritage Foundation, The Majority Foundation, and a tour of the Secret Service headquarters by a member of the Secret Service, congressional members and staff.
“Finance Experience” (New York City) January 12-14: The NYC Finance Experience is an exciting program for students who want to learn more about the financial industry. Students will be guided through New York City to sites such as J.P. Morgan, Bloomberg, NASDAQ, Credit Suisse, DeWitt Stern, Colliers International, and other financial institutions. This trip includes an evening networking reception which is attended by additional alums and parents.
“Environmental Studies Day” (Boston) January 14: The Environmental Studies Day is a program for students who want to learn more about careers in environmental studies, energy, and policy. Ferrara will guide students through Boston for a day filled with speakers from a variety of areas. Previous speakers have included: Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Conservation Law Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, and more. The program includes networking with alums who have careers in the environmental studies, energy and policy sectors.
“Advertising Day” (New York City) January 15: The NYC Advertising / PR Day is an opportunity for students who want to learn about the marketing and advertising industry. During past trips, students have visited Universal McCann, Ruder Finn, Rosetta, Innovation Interactive, ABC News, and B Productions. Participants will also have the chance to engage with an array of alums at different sites, including a mix of different-sized agencies.
“Pre-Law Day” (New York City) January 15: The Pre-Law Day is day for students who want to learn more about careers in law. Students will hear from an array of alums at various sites, including a mix of private law and public law.