‘HPU in the City’ Program Fills Fall Break with Career Development Opportunities

HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 31, 2017 – From HBO Headquarters in New York City to the National Nuclear Security Administration in Washington, D.C., fall break provided a robust week of career development for High Point University students.

The third annual HPU in the City event took students to these two cities where they had the rare opportunity to meet with top executives and recruiters, take behind-the-scenes tours and network with successful alumni.

New York locations included HBO, Bloomberg, HMG+ Hospitality Management, Ralph Lauren’s flagship headquarters and Tom James Co. Students traveled next to Washington, D.C., where they visited PhRMA, the National Nuclear Security Administration and the congressional offices of Senator Thom Tillis and Congressman Ted Budd. They met with deputies from the Office of the President at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, toured the United States Capitol and the White House, and attended Senate and Congressional hearings.

“These opportunities are once in a lifetime,” said sophomore Kasey Curd. “HPU’s main focus is not only helping you start a career, but being able to communicate well, network and feel more comfortable with any company you are thinking about working for. HPU sets you up for life in every aspect. Going on HPU in the City was a huge reflection of that and so important for my future career goals. I highly recommend going on the trip to any major.”

The students were accompanied on the trip by HPU’s Office of Career and Professional Development staff, who are ranked one of the nation’s Top 20 Best Career Services in the nation by the Princeton Review and continuously work to prepare students for life after college throughout every step of their four-year journey. The trip was also organized by the Office of Institutional Advancement, who work with families and alumni to help gain access to these industry-leading organizations.

“High Point University is undoubtedly committed to preparing students for life after college,” said freshman Emily Burns. “By giving us these opportunities and pushing us out of our comfort zones, whether it be teaching us to strike up a conversation with a stranger at a networking event, showing us how to act in a business, or traveling through the airport alone, HPU is requiring that we grow as individuals and prepare for the ‘real world.’

“I don’t know any other university where, as a freshman, I would’ve been able to be considered for a trip like this,” Burns added. “The fact that High Point looks at all aspects of a person and teaches them how to mold and grow those in order to exceed with trips such as HPU in the City proves that we are light years ahead of other schools in terms of career exploration and personal development.”

For more information about the program or to bring HPU in the City to your organization, visit http://www.highpoint.edu/careerinternships/hpu-in-the-city/.

HPU students visited several Washington, D.C. locations, including PhRMA, where 1991 HPU graduate Ken McKay works as vice president for state government affairs.

HPU students and staff are pictured on the Speaker’s Balcony at the United States Capitol.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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