From Stonehill to Beacon Hill to Capitol Hill

Hill to Hill is a program for Stonehill students interested in a career in government, politics, non-profits, and other organizations in Boston, MA or Washington, D.C.

All participants will conduct a minimum of five informational interviews and/or job shadows in the Boston area prior to spring break. Participants will travel to Washington, D.C. during spring break and conduct a minimum of five additional informational interviews and network with Stonehill alumni living in the D.C. area during that week. The informational interviews and job shadows will be arranged by the student in advance of departure to D.C.

“The most important thing that Hill to Hill offered me was the opportunity to develop the confidence to continue networking once it was over after having had the chance to do "guided networking" with help from Career Services and the support of the other students participating. It also provided me the confidence to actually make that big career move down to DC after graduating.”
 
Samantha Smith ‘14
Research Assistant at Pew Research Center, Washington D.C.

Timeline

November - Students interested in applying must submit a resume and cover letter detailing why you would like to participate in the Hill to Hill program and what types of organizations/careers you are interested in exploring. The documents are to be uploaded into Career Connection.

November and December - Applications are reviewed and all applicants will receive an interview. Final selections are announced and the first meeting is held just prior to winter break.

Winter Break - Participants begin to identify and schedule informational interviews or job shadows with at least five connections in the Beacon Hill area. Participants will also begin identifying contacts in D.C.

January and February - Participants conduct informational interviews in the Beacon Hill area and secure interviews during the D.C. week. Meetings for the group will be scheduled as needed to monitor progress.

Spring Break - Participants find their own transportation to (and from) Washington, D.C. and should arrive on the Sunday of Spring Break. From Monday to Friday, participants are required to have scheduled at least five informational interviews/job shadows. Additionally, we will have several planned group networking and sightseeing events during the week. The trip concludes Friday.

Housing

Students live either with an alumnus who has agreed to open his/her home, or alternate housing provided by Stonehill. Participants must be willing to share a room.

Cost

Students are expected to finance their own transportation to and from Boston, MA and Washington, D.C., transportation while in D.C., and purchasing their own meals when they are not provided by alumni or hosts. During the week most meals are provided during company site visits and networking dinners. We recommend students bring about $100 spending money to pick up meals when they are not provided and for general spending money.

Application Deadline

Thursday, November 20 

"I found that the informational interviews were very helpful and informative for me.  I really liked hearing from different people about what they did and it helped me see what interested me and what didn't.  They helped me decide what I wanted to pursue after graduation.  Also, some of the people I interviewed were super helpful in giving me more contacts to reach out to afterwards for another informational interview and for opportunities they might know of, which is how I found an internship in DC that led to my job now.  The only bad part I would say is that not every interview will lead to other opportunities or it might be awkward and you might not learn anything knew.  However, I thought even just doing the interviews was always good practice!"

- Melissa Beaumont ‘13, Staff Assistant at U.S. House of Representatives

"I had a great experience with the informational interviews. They are useful for many reasons: they prepare you to talk to people and work on your networking skills, and they also give you great insight into the day to day experiences of the job and stories of the paths people took to land the job. Even if you realize that a certain job is not for you, you still spoke with a stranger, made a contact, and gained confidence in your abilities to network."

- Lindsey Beauregard ‘13, Legislative Aide at Massachusetts State Senate