Non-Academic Career Explorations Trip to Washington D.C.

March 12, 2017 - 12:00pm to March 16, 2017 - 3:00pm
Where: Washington D.C.
Competencies: Career Development Personal Development
Contact Name: Alyssa Lopez
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The Graduate School and the Cornell BEST Program have partnered to organize a Non-Academic Career Explorations trip to Washington D.C. for doctoral students and candidates. Participants will travel to D.C. via a charter bus on March 12 and return to Ithaca on March 15. Double room lodging will be provided to all those selected to participate in this trip.

The focal point of this trip is a collaboration between Cornell and Georgetown Universities to host a two-day non-academic career explorations symposium on March 13 & 14. Day 1 of the symposium will take place from 12-3:00pm and will focus on explorations of careers in government. Day 2 of the symposium will take place from 3-7:00pm and will include alumni panels and a networking reception. Alumni secured for these panel discussions represent a range of disciplines and non-academic employment sectors.

On the mornings of March 13 and 14, participants will have the opportunity to schedule informational interviews with professionals in non-academic careers of interest to them. The following are examples of networks to tap into to set up informational interviews.

  • Alumni from your graduate field
  • Connections of faculty members in your professional fields of interest
  • Connections established via LinkedIn and other professional networks

Participants are required to commit to travel and participation in all symposium activity and are expected to schedule at least two informational interviews. Although applicants from all graduate fields will be considered, priority consideration will be given to advanced Ph.D. students and candidates from the humanities, social sciences, and the STEM fields affiliated with the Cornell BEST Program.

Because space is limited for this trip, please do not submit an application unless you can make yourself available to travel to Washington D.C. from March 12-15 and fully participate in the program. 

Should you have any questions, please contact Associate Dean Sara Xayarath Hernandez at or 255-5417 or Cornell BEST Program Director Susi Varvayanis at or 253-4304.

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