Overview of the Program
Into the City: Washington DC is an intensive career development and networking program intended to expose Messiah students to living, working, and connecting in the city. To accomplish this objective, students will have the opportunity to engage with alumni, parents and friends of Messiah through activities such as company site visits and tours, presentations and panel discussions, and a networking reception.
There will be representation from a variety of organizations, both corporate and non-profit. Regardless of your interest in the alums’ particular titles or employer affiliations, this experience offers transferable information that’s critical for a variety of career interests. We view this as an exploration and networking opportunity intended to provide insight and wisdom into your career planning and decision-making.
a) Receive an orientation to city living, working, and community.
b) Expand awareness of career options as they pertain to personal strengths and interests.
c) Gain information on generally desired skills, characteristics, and experiences of successful job candidates along with strategies for developing them.
d) Get exposed to a variety of industries and an introduction to different hiring practices, workplace cultures, and tips for interested candidates.
e) Build confidence regarding career planning and decision-making.
f) Understand the importance and process of building meaningful connections in the city.
Who Should Apply?
Applicants are expected to demonstrate the following characteristics to be considered for participation in ITC:
a) Eagerness for exposure to a variety of career opportunities and paths, along with a desire to learn from the transferable advice, regardless of major or specific interest area.
b) Clear articulation of fit between personal career goals and objectives for the trip.
c) Professionalism and strong interpersonal communication skills.
d) Ability to positively represent the values and commitments of Messiah College.
e) Flexible and positive attitude!
The cost per student to participate in the program is $70.00 (non-refundable). This includes transportation to and from DC, overnight accommodations, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Monday, and breakfast and lunch on Tuesday. Students should bring along additional spending money for public transportation and the meals not provided by the college during the trip (Sunday lunch and dinner, and also any food bought while traveling home on Tuesday). Students who are in need of financial assistance may email Abby Book at firstname.lastname@example.org
Screening interviews will be conducted with candidates on March 10th
. Interview signup
Accepted students must pay the full $70.00 to the Career and Professional Development Center by March 13
. Checks can be made out to “Messiah College Career and Professional Development Center.”
Accepted students must attend an orientation session on Sunday, March 22nd from 8 – 9:30 PM in Boyer 131.
Accepted students must agree to participate in all aspects of the program as noted in the schedule.
Accepted students must obtain approval from professors and make arrangements in advance to be absent from any classes on Monday, March 30th and Tuesday, March 31st.