Hill to Hill is a program for Stonehill students interested in a career in government, politics, non-profits, and other organizations in Boston, Massachusetts, 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.

Externships in Spring 2021

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the externships in Boston, New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. will not be traveling. The Career Development Center and Office of Advancement will be collaborate to offer a robust Alumni Speaker Series during the spring semester, facilitated over Zoom, to allow all students to network with alumni of various backgrounds, explore work cultures in different cities, and learn how career pathways are unique to each individual. Supportive programming will be delivered with regard to developing strong questions for networking conversations, writing your personal pitch, and effective follow-up. Stay tuned for more details!

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 Handshake.

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.

 

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.