Through Cornell’s participation in a regional career development organization, students have the opportunity to travel to company headquarters and gain first-hand experience in career fields, network with top professionals, and explore job opportunities through Cornell’s involvement with the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers.
Cornell joins 16 other schools in the group, which helps coordinate career services offerings on campuses. As part of the association, Autumn Moser, a career development associate in the College of Arts & Sciences, works to help secure hosts for site visits and market these opportunities to students. Moser helped to plan an upcoming event at Yelp headquarters in January, which will include “a tour of the office and its amenities, a Q & A panel with Yelp executives, and a presentation about how their organization makes money and how their sales team is the backbone of the organization,” Moser said.
Moser says that Road Trips to the Real World is an important opportunity for students to visit offices and understand corporate cultures. “It’s a unique opportunity for them to actually be on the site, which doesn't happen very often unless you're going for an interview, doing a shadowing, or an internship experience,” she said. “So this is something that our office wanted to be able to offer to students.”
Moser is optimistic about students taking advantage of the road trips, “We’ve always been a part of this organization, but we hadn't pushed them a lot prior to me joining the committee,” she said. “Last year we only had one participant, and this year we are already up to seven. I'm excited to see more students utilize it, t’s truly such a unique opportunity.”
Registration for the events are first-come first-served and the maximum number of participants vary based on the company. Visits require a participation fee of $10 and events are available at multiple cities up and down the East Coast. Visit EACE’s website for more information.