During the 2015-16 winter break, hundreds of Hobart and William Smith students will venture across the country to connect with alums, parents and friends of the Colleges and explore the careers they plan to pursue after graduation.
In coordination with faculty, staff and the HWS Career Network, the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education has organized six “career treks” to provide more than 100 participating students with firsthand opportunities to learn about industries and organizations in Los Angeles, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Boston. Each trip includes networking with alums on-site.
“The programs are a great opportunity for students to learn about various fields and companies and see what’s possible through their interests and education,” says Director of the Salisbury Center Brandi Ferrara. “It’s also a great chance to cultivate professional contacts and understand the process of networking.”
Through “Career Treks,” students establish important professional connections, get access to behind-the-scenes perspectives and even land internships and set the foundation for possible future employment.
This year’s programs include: Behind the Scenes (Los Angeles); Day on the Hill (Washington, D.C.); Environmental Studies Day (Boston); and NYC Non-Profit Experience, Finance Experience, and Advertising Day (each held in New York City).
The Salisbury Center has also helped nearly 200 students connect with HWS Career Network volunteers for winter break job shadowing opportunities. Last year, more than 150 students shadowed alums and parents, exploring a wealth of professions in hands-on settings from ESPN in Connecticut, to the FBI Boston branch, to the U.N. Foundation in Washington, D.C.
During the shadowing experience last year at The Nature Conservancy in Arlington, Va., Hannah Mills ’16 met with Caroline Spruill ’12, the corporate engagement communications specialist, as well as members from different departments within the organization, including scientists and members of the International Government Affairs team and the Corporate Engagement team.
Mills, who studied irrigation systems and hydropower during her semester abroad in Argentina, also met with a senior policy adviser whose focus is in Latin America and specifically in hydropower, and reflected after the opportunity: “I was able to discuss, in depth, my experience with the water systems of South America and share with him my reaction to dams, such as Itaipu Dam in Brazil, that I visited during my time abroad. It was a very valuable experience to be able to converse, with great confidence, with leaders in the environmental field due to the education I have received while studying at HWS.”
Discover more about the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Career Network, whose approximately 3,000 volunteer members help ensure the success of HWS students seeking internships, jobs and mentorship.
In the above photo, “60 Minutes” correspondent and HWS Trustee Bill Whitaker ’73, L.H.D. ’97 gives students a tour of CBS Studios. Whitaker discussed his transition from “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” to “60 Minutes.”