Sophomore Surge: Part 1!


By Christina Faulkner, Career Advisor, G ’16


Sophomores! Congrats on making it through your first year! Although you might be thinking graduation is far away, you’ve seen how fast the first year went. These next three years will fly by too and you might wonder, where’d all that time go? When you get to that point and cross the stage with degree in hand or pose with family in front of the big S, you’ll feel much more at ease if you’ve got a job or grad school waiting or know you’ve set yourself up well for post-graduate success.

*Hint to non-sophomores – you can do all of these things too. 😉

Here is a quick and easy list of things you can start doing NOW to prepare yourself for that day:


Volunteering can be one of the best ways to add experience to your repertoire or get your foot in the door. Find organizations that have values that align with yours or do something related to your career interests. Experience does not need to be paid to be valuable to a future employer. Check out for opportunities or the Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public and Community Service.

Internships and Co-ops

Internships are great ways to gain experience and to better understand if a career or field might be a good fit for you. Internships can be for-credit, not-for-credit, paid or unpaid. You can complete an internship during the semester or over winter or summer breaks.

Part-Time Jobs

Develop customer service, IT, management, or many other skills here on campus or in the Syracuse area. Part-time jobs show you can prioritize and manage your time well.

Club/Organization Involvement (especially leadership positions)

Check out the list of Student Orgs to see the huge selection of ways to get involved on campus. Executive board or chair positions give you leadership experience and being a member shows interests outside of schoolwork.

Professional Associations

Students often receive discounted prices for association memberships, and you can sometimes attend conferences for free if you volunteer. Professional associations give you access to important people in your field as well as learning and scholarship opportunities. Some are listed on our website.

Undergraduate Research

Ask your professors about research you might be able to help out with. This experience can be extremely helpful if you’re interested in grad school, but looks great on a resume either way.

Enjoy your sophomore year and check back in a month for part two of the sophomore surge!


DC Immersion Experience – An awesome Spring Break complete with Orange Fever

By: Kathryn Banzer, Class of 2014

Instead of packing my bags and hopping on a plane to a Caribbean destination this Spring Break, I had the terrific opportunity of exploring the best places and meeting the finest Syracuse alumni in Washington, DC. Courtesy of The Paul Greenberg House in Washington, DC, Alumni Relations, and Syracuse University Career Services, 19 other students and I enjoyed a jam-packed, yet mind-expanding five days in our nation’s capital.

There is everything and more to love about DC. The city is so young and vibrant, yet cultured and well-established. During our trip, we were treated to the best of the best. The weather was warm and sunny and the beautiful cherry blossoms were just about in full-bloom, creating picturesque scenery. We stayed in the grand Omni Shoreham Hotel and feasted on DC’s most delicious cuisine, including Georgetown Cupcakes and Armand’s Pizza. Our itinerary included trips to the Cato Institute, Capitol Hill, and the Peace Corps. We met with prominent alumni at Google, the FBI training facilities, and the National Zoo. Additionally, Young Alumni Dinners provided the chance to speak with recent graduates who are up-and-coming in their careers. For me, meeting the alumni and other professionals was the most beneficial part of the experience. Not only was it an opportunity to network, but also there was a chance to ask questions.

Another aspect to adore about DC is the Syracuse pride. Although it is Hoya territory, the color orange bleeds true. There is not only SU paraphernalia on the desks of our alumni, but also a very delightful smile appears on their faces at the mere mention of the Orange. It is contagious!

I would like to extend a big thanks to everyone who made this experience so incredible, especially Tracy Tillapaugh, Ellen King, Mike Cahill and Ann Donahue Yockey.

The experience was phenomenal. I gained a tremendous amount of insight on the life and culture in Washington, DC as well as ideas for my future career path. After this trip, two things are for certain: I have never been more proud to be an Orange woman and I will be moving to DC as soon as I graduate.