CONNECT: Washington, D.C.

April 6-8, 2020

Spend spring break making connections at employer treks! Washington, D.C. CONNECT is designed for students in any academic year and major. Expand your network, learn about careers in DC , polish professional development skills, and gain insights into working and living in the DC area!

Students will attend the Washington, D.C. Employer Treks as a cohort. Transportation from Binghamton to DC, as well as hotel stays, are free for students who are accepted to attend! 

Attend a mandatory information session (time/dates below) to learn more about this program and how to apply! Space is limited. 

Mandatory Information Session

You must attend ONE information session Feb. 7-13 (in-person OR complete our online session) to be eligible to apply to DC CONNECT.

View information session details below. 

  • Mandatory Information Sessions

    You must attend any one of the following information sessions OR complete our online information session in order to be eligible to apply to DC CONNECT.

    In-Person Info Sessions

    • Monday, Feb. 10. - 6pm (UU 120)
    • Tuesday, Feb. 11 - 6pm (UU 120)
    • Wednesday, Feb. 12 - 6pm (UU 120)
    • Thursday, Feb. 13 - 1:15 pm (UUW 324)

    Online/Virtual Information Session

    Students are welcome to complete our online virtual information session to be eligible to attend Washington, DC CONNECT.

    Deadline to complete the online information session is Friday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m.

    COMPLETE ONLINE INFORMATION SESSION HERE

    Online information session instructions:

    1. Click the link above to access the online information session
    2. Login to Panopto using your PODS credentials.
    3. Watch the video and answer all questions embedded in the video. **You must receive a score of 100% on the quizzes to be eligible to apply for DC CONNECT. You can retake the quizzes for any answers you got incorrect. 

    Please contact cityconnect@binghamton.edu with any questions.

    ***All students interested in attending the DC CONNECT Employer Treks must attend an information session listed above even if you have previously attended Employer Site Visits in NYC, Boston, Washington, D.C. or Silicon Valley.

  • How to Apply for Washington, D.C. CONNECT

    You must update your hireBING profile prior to applying for this program.

    Apply to attend the 2020 Washington DC Employer Treks in hireBING. Attend a mandatory information session to be eligible to apply. Information on how to apply to these programs will be shared in the info sessions. 

    Note: You will be alerted if you do not meet all qualifications, however your application will still be received. 

  • Washington, D.C. CONNECT 2020 Student Agreement

    FOR ACCEPTED STUDENTS ONLY:

    1. Download the mandatory Washington, D.C. CONNECT 2020 Student agreement form here: Mandatory DC CONNECT 2020 Student Agreemt 

    2. Accepted students should print, complete and return the form to the Fleishman Center in UU-132 by March 9, 2020.

    If you have any questions about the student agreement, please contact cityconnect@binghamton.edu.  

  • Timeline
    • Immediately: Update resume and your hireBING account. 

    • Washington, DC CONNECT Registration Opens: Sunday, Feb 16 at 5 pm
    • Registration Closes: Sunday, Feb 25 at  5 p.m.
    • Acceptance Email Sent: Feb 26
    • Washington, DC Cancellation Deadline: March 9 at 5 p.m.
    • ACCEPTED STUDENTS ONLY:
      Complete Mandatory DC CONNECT Student Agreement
       Return your completed form to the Fleishman Center in UU-132 by March 9, 2020.
  • Tentative Schedule of Washington, D.C. Treks

    Transportation to and from Washington, DC will be provided.

    Sunday, April 5, 2020
    10:00 am - Depart Binghamton for Washington DC

    Monday, April 6, 2020
    9-10:30 am - United Nations Foundation
    12-2 pm - U.S. Department of State
    3:30 - 5:00 pm - SiriusXM/Pandora

    Tuesday, April 7, 2020
    9-11 am - Accenture
    12-1:30 pm - American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
    2:30 - 4:00 pm - Families USA
    5:30 - 7:30 pm - Networking Night with Alumni

    Wednesday, April 8, 2020
    9-11 am - Booz Allen Hamilton
    12:00 pm - Depart Washington DC for Binghamton

  • Do's and Don'ts During Your Employer Treks  

    DO'S

    • Take notes
    • Display enthusiasm and appreciation
    • Write down names of the professionals
    • Dress professionally - Suits Only
    • Bring your resume and portfolio - you may or may not hand it out but best to be prepared
    • Research the firm you are attending
    • Prepare well thought out questions
    • Give yourself enough travel time (buses, trains are unreliable)
    • Arrive 30 minutes prior to the visit
    • Meet the group in the lobby
    • Bring your photo ID
    • Write down the address and cross streets
    • Stand out and make the most of these opportunities
    • Ask for contact information if the opportunity arises, we do not provide contact information unless the hosts states you can get it from us
    • Give yourself at least an hour between visits to travel to the next one
    • Leave the visit with the entire group
    • IMPORTANT - Check your hireBING profile to make sure it is accurate. Your hireBING profile will shift and it may not be accurate. You can manually change it.
    • Use professional etiquette at all times

    DON'TS

    • Wait until the end to ask a question
    • Wait until the end to engage with professionals
    • Be late
    • Be distracting in any manner (play on your phone, fall sleep, etc.)
    • Go up to the visit without a staff member​
    • Ask for a job and or internship - unless they discuss open positions during the visit
    • You may ask the type of skills and or qualifications they look for in a candidate, or what makes someone successful at this company
    • Stay longer than the allotted time. Professionals need to get back to work and we do not want to overstay our welcome 

For more information, please email cityconnect@binghamton.edu.