Fairfield University’s Academic & Career Development Center and College of Arts and Sciences offer professional development trips to MSG, NBC and more.
This past October, Fairfield University provided students with the exciting opportunity to travel and engage in a variety of professional development programs across Connecticut and in New York City. With a focus on career advancement, internship building, and networking, Fairfield students met and worked with a wide variety of alumni and industry professionals.
"Stags in the City" Program
On Oct. 11, the Academic & Career Development Center's (ACDC) “Stags in the City” program offered its first of three professional development trips during which students visited the Epsilon headquarters in New York City to meet with Fairfield alumna Patricia Masi ’17 and learn about the global marketing company’s career and internship opportunities. Students participated in a panel discussion with the company’s newest hires, who provided insight into their application and interview experiences and offered tips on establishing a healthy work/life balance and finding affordable housing in the city. The afternoon concluded with a networking lunch, a question and answer session, and the opportunity to participate in a case study.
“As a Fairfield alum, it’s always great to connect with Fairfield students and hear about what they are interested in,” Masi said. “I was in their shoes this time last year, so it was easy to relate to their questions and offer career advice I could have benefited from a year ago.”
A week later, ACDC partnered with the Business Council of Fairfield County to organize a second trip, this time to Stamford, where students learned about opportunities for local employment at corporations like Americares, Tradition Energy, and Indeed.com. Then on Oct. 25, it was back to New York City for a visit to Madison Square Garden (MSG), “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” for a panel discussion and question and answer session with six employees, including Fairfield alumna, Quinn McKean ’14, who described many of the diverse areas of MSG’s business from ticket sales to human resources.
Students Network at NBC
In addition to ACDC, Fairfield’s College of Arts and Sciences was also eager to offer students an exciting opportunity for career advancement in the Big Apple. On Oct. 12, undergraduates from the University’s Digital Journalism; Communication; and Film, Television, and Media programs spent the day at NBC Studios in New York City where they participated in NBC’s Emerge program, an educational initiative designed to inspire college journalists. Throughout the day, students heard from a variety of NBC reporters and on-air personalities including journalist Lester Holt, the host of NBC’s Nightly News, who emphasized the critical importance of good journalism during this time in history, and Savannah Sellers, host of NBC’s twice daily Snapchat show Stay Tuned, who addressed the importance of social media.
Following a studio tour and a panel discussion with a group of Fairfield alumni who are currently employed by the media giant, students were also given the unique opportunity to have a portfolio of their work critiqued by NBC reporters.
“After sharing my portfolio with the NBC professionals, I was not only encouraged to pursue my ‘niche’ of arts and entertainment writing, but was told to hold onto my drive of becoming a journalist,” said digital journalism major Alicia Phaneuf ’19. “Talking to people who actually went on the journey from college student to NBC reporter provided me with a new sense of excited optimism.”