Networking & Job Shadowing

At Hartwick we offer a number of programs that support students in getting pre-internship experience and advanced networking opportunities.

These off-campus programs, both co-curricular and academic, provide you the opportunity to network with alumni and other professionals and test the waters through job shadowing, informational interviewing, site tours and short-term internships, often known as externships.

T.A.S.T.E.: Take A Student to Eat program connects individual students with alumni and parents in a geographic location or a career field of interest. Students connect with alumni for job shadowing, informational interviewing, and mentoring. Also, lunch!

The Link Experiences: Whether you are a first-year student, sophomore, junior, or senior, we know how important it is for  you to connect with professionals. Our award-winning job shadowing and networking programs have been connecting Hartwick students with successful alumni and parents in career fields that match their interests for 25 years. You pick the career, Hartwick alumni and parents show you what it’s like. Link Experiences are both thematic, such as our HealthLink program, and geographically based, such as our MetroLink program in Boston and New York City. Programs often take place over breaks.

Past MetroLink job shadow placements include:

  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Bronx County Supreme Court.
  • Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.
  • Cambridge Mayor’s Office, The
  • Cambridge Police Department, The
  • Capital One
  • Carnegie Hall
  • Citi Global
  • Citi Global and GuardHill Financial Corp.
  • Department of Industrial Accidents
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Elizabeth Gillett, Ltd.
  • Environmental Protection Agency, The
  • Germaine Lawrence and Archbishop Molloy High School
  • Greenough Communications
  • Katherine Tegen Books
  • Key Bank
  • Lenox Hill Hospital
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Lighthouse International.
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • MIT SEA Grant Program
  • Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The
  • Museum of Modern Art, The
  • Needham Public Schools
  • Pegasystems
  • Reebok International
  • Rothstein Kass, Deloitte Boston, Anchin Block & Anchin, LLP
  • St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital.
  • Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
  • Westchester County Department of Health
  • Westchester County Dept. of Public Health

Regional partners regularly host students for job shadow experiences:

  • Bank of Cooperstown
  • Bassett Medical Center
  • Catholic Charities
  • Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care
  • Clark Sports Center
  • CNY Radio Group
  • Community Veterinary Center
  • Fly Creek Cider Mill
  • Freeman’s Journal, The
  • Hartwick College
  • Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home
  • Main View Gallery
  • National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum
  • NBT Bank
  • Oneonta City Schools
  • Oneonta Eye & Laser Center
  • Opportunities for Otsego
  • Otesgo County Department of Social Services
  • Otsego County Treasurer’s Office
  • Southside Chiropractic
  • Upstate History Alliance

At Hartwick students don’t need to create their own internship, because our externships are part of the course.

Faculty partner with Career Services to place students in these five- to fifteen-day  externships that give students exposure to a career path and a professional setting in which to begin exploring and testing skills.

J Term courses that include an externship are:

Experience New York: The Liberal Arts in Practice: a course exploring corporate social responsibility through immersion experiences with for-profit organizations. This course is designed to be a business introduction for non-business majors.

It Takes a City: In this experiential education course, students examine their own values as they relate to community engagement and early career exploration. Through hands-on experiences, externships, and reflection, students will gain an understanding of community needs, the work of local organizations, and will explore ways they can contribute to these organizations. This course is inspired in part by a recent survey, in which 80 percent of Hartwick alumni responded that they believe their work “makes the world a better place.”

Exploring Public History: In this history course studies tackle these questions: whose past should be preserved, and how should historians reach audiences with their stories? History comes off the page and out of the classroom in this internship-centered introduction to public history. Students explore venues where the past is documented and interpreted for public audiences, from archives, libraries, and museums to community agencies, businesses, schools, and state and national parks. Their practical, hands-on experiences working in archives, museums, and other venues of public history is combined with debates about the goals of public history, and the challenges of maintaining historical integrity while appealing to different constituencies – especially in the case of controversial subjects.

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