HPU Students Network and Explore Career Opportunities Through ‘HPU in the City’

Nov 18th, 2019

HPU Students Network and Explore Career Opportunities Through ‘HPU in the City’

HPU in the City students networked with HPU alumni and families at a private reception in Times Square.

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Pictured from left to right are Douglas Mathis, Jeremy Thompson, Dr. Doug Hall, assistant director of HPU’s Office of Career and Professional Development, Katy Parisi, Rachel Johnson, Teja Tops, Hailee Haas and Erica Burroughs, senior director of family engagement and annual giving.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 18, 2019 – High Point University students traveled to two major cities during their fall breaks to get a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to hold a full-time job at major companies and organizations like the New York Stock Exchange, the NBA, Rep. Ted Budd’s office and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The fifth annual HPU in the City program led three groups of students in New York City and Washington, D.C. 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.

On the first day in Washington, D.C., students met with administrators at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. They learned about all aspects of the nonprofit partnership agency from operational funding to legal and investigative procedures. Students toured the National Nuclear Security Administration and learned what it’s like working and living in a major metropolitan area and the opportunities available through civil service.

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High Point University students traveled to Washington, D.C. for this year’s HPU in the City trip over fall break. Students visited Rep. Ted Budd’s office.

On the second day of their trip, students then met with representatives at The Washington Center, an independent nonprofit organization serving hundreds of universities in the United States and other countries. The HPU in the City group learned about opportunities for placements, academic enrichment and housing available to current HPU students interested in interning in the nation’s capital.

“I want to thank HPU for supporting us and giving us guidance on the HPU in the City trip to Washington, D.C.,” said Douglas Mathis, an HPU junior. “It was an amazing experience, and I am grateful to have participated. I was very excited to have visited The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, and I am looking forward to applying for an internship there during the summer.” 

Students concluded their Washington, D.C. trip with a visit to the congressional office of Rep. Ted Budd. They learned about internship and employment opportunities on Capitol Hill, along with hearing about the day-to-day responsibilities of a congressional representative.


HPU in the City – New York City

The HPU in the City New York City and HPU in the City New York Sports students who visited the Big Apple had opportunities to visit and tour the NBA, the New York Stock Exchange, ESPN, BSE Global, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Madison Square Garden and Bloomberg. They were hosted by various HPU families and alumni.

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HPU in the City students toured and networked with officials at the New York Stock Exchange.

On the first day, the New York City group visited the New York Stock Exchange where they watched the ringing of the opening bell from the floor and met with event planning staff and market makers.

“I feel so fortunate that I was able to learn a great amount through this experience,” said Erin Burke, an HPU senior. “HPU in the City NYC is pointing me in the right direction to begin my post-graduate school search.” 

Students from New York Sports visited the NBA where they learned about the associate program from HPU alumni. The students listened to NBA panelists in digital communications, global partnerships, marketing and fan engagement, social responsibility and player programming and basketball operations.

“The HPU in the City trip opened up a lot of opportunities for me. From meeting people at each company to learning how they operate and what positions exist, the trip provided insight on different types of working environments and helped me better determine my desired career path,” said Molly Casper, an HPU junior. “The best part was some of the panelists were HPU alumni, which gives you a connection right away to someone that could potentially help you find your direction.”

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Students with the HPU in the City New York Sports group toured the NBA and listened to a panel discussion with various NBA professionals.

Both HPU groups toured Madison Square Garden Arena and met with staff to learn about the Student Association Program and entry-level hiring processes at various venues.

The second day of the trip led the New York City group to Bloomberg for a building tour and review of internship and initial hiring opportunities. The trip concluded at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York for an operations and security overview.

The New York City Sports group spent the day at ESPN and BSE Global, which operates Barclays Center and the New York Nets, learning about specialized opportunities in the sport management and communication industry.