‘HPU in the City’ Program Provides Students with Career Development Opportunities

Oct 22nd, 2018

‘HPU in the City’ Program Provides Students with Career Development Opportunities

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HPU students met with Harris Walker, an HPU graduate, during their HPU in the City trip to Washington, D.C. Walker shared more about his role at the National Nuclear Security Administration and pathways to success through civil service.


HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 22, 2018 – Two dozen High Point University students traveled to the Big Apple and the nation’s capital during fall break to get a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to work for major organizations such as Bloomberg, Google and the United Nations. The fourth annual HPU in the City program led two groups of students as they learned from industry leaders and grew their professional networks.

The program is co-sponsored by the Offices of Career and Professional Development and Institutional Advancement. HPU in the City provides opportunities for students to explore career opportunities in major metropolitan markets and to learn more about internship programs, as well as corporate and nonprofit culture.

HPU in the City – Washington, D.C.

HPU students who traveled to Washington, D.C. made stops at GlaxoSmithKline Public Policy and Advocacy Team, National Nuclear Security Administration and the congressional offices of Sen. Thom Tillis and Rep. Ted Budd.

HPU student Gabrielle Propst, who plans to attend law school post-graduation, said the trip offered her a great opportunity to learn about different careers in Washington, D.C.

“As a graduating senior, this trip was a great opportunity to meet alumni and parents who are succeeding in our nation’s capital,” said Propst. “Hearing their experiences and gaining valuable connections has given me the confidence to pursue a career here and renewed my drive to get there.”

Paul Calkins Jr. is a strategic communication and Spanish major and said visiting Washington, D.C. was a remarkable experience and eye-opening when they stopped by GSK and met with high-level executives.

“Being able to listen to their journey helped me understand there are steps and opportunities that will present themselves throughout life,” said Calkins. “Hard work, dedication and patience may sound cliché, but it is definitely noticed in the workplace.”

HPU in the City – New York City

The group of students in New York City had opportunities to visit Bloomberg, United Nations, Ralph Lauren, Google and Tumi NYC.

HPU student, Macketta Johns said it was a phenomenal experience to have face-to-face contacts at big-name companies, an opportunity she wouldn’t have experienced without HPU.

“I was told at two different companies they liked how many questions I asked,” said Johns. “I’m grateful HPU has these opportunities, and I can’t wait to pay it forward when I’m settled in my career.”

Morgan Kauffman’s favorite part of the trip was the exposure to global companies’ environments. She was able to experience employee culture in a business environment and see how HPU graduates work in the ‘real-world.’ She and other students networked with HPU alumnus Tyler Yusko, who works at Google.

“It was nice to see HPU alumni thriving in some of these businesses,” said Kauffman. “I would definitely recommend this opportunity to other HPU students.”

Grace Crockett enjoyed networking in the Big Apple. Her favorite stops were Bloomberg and Google.

“It was so inspiring to see how each organization operated and the differences that set each one apart,” said Crockett. “The chance to go to New York City with such a motivating group of students was truly amazing, and I am so grateful to have been able to participate on such an impactful experience.”