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Sophomore Career Connections

Sophomore Career Connections: 

Linking the Liberal Arts to the World of Work

January 17-19, 2020

Click here to view the Sophomore Career Connections 2020 Program Book, which contains a detailed schedule of events and mentor bios!

Vassar’s Sophomore Career Connections is designed to introduce second-year students to the vast array of career options available to liberal arts graduates. Drawing on the expertise of one of Vassar’s very best career resources—our alumnae/i and parent mentors—we hope to help students complement their liberal arts education with industry-specific knowledge, tap into the extensive Vassar network, and focus on their professional development in a safe space. Making these connections will serve sophomores well as they begin to consider not only summer internship options, but life beyond Vassar.

Sophomores will have the opportunity to meet with alumnae/i and parents mentors, attend industry-based career panels, participate in networking events, listen to a keynote address from one of our Vassar alumnae/i, and more.

2019 SCC Mentors Share Their Experiences:


Sophomore Career Connections is made possible by collaboration between the Career Development Office and the Office of Alumnae/i Affairs and Development, as well as by the generosity of Carol Ostrow ‘77 and Michael Graff

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Sophomore Career Connections about?

Why should I attend?

Sophomore year is a time of big decisions -- major selection, off-campus study options, and internship planning. This program is designed to assist you in thinking about these topics while utilizing our best resources: Vassar alumnae/i and parents and our Career Development Office staff.

What if I do not know what I want to do?

No worries, you are in good company! Most attendees of this program are not certain about their career path. This program is designed to let you explore areas of interest.

Who is attending?

Up to 250 sophomores, 75 alumnae/i and parent mentors, and assorted Vassar administrators and staff members.

Timing, getting and staying here

Do I need to register to attend?

Yes, advance registration is required.

When and where does the program take place?

All events are on Vassar's campus and take place from Friday, January 17 through Sunday, January 19, 2020.

When can I return to campus?

Anytime after 9:00 a.m. on Friday, January 17. Sorry, no early arrivals prior to that date. Please note, the first meal provided will be dinner on Friday.

Do I need to check in with the Office of Residential Life to gain access to my room?

We will submit forms to the Office of Residential Life to clear you for early arrival.

Are there any costs to attend?

The Sophomore Career Connections program has an attendance fee of $100. This fee covers the cost of your meals and lodging for Friday night through Sunday morning. We do not want cost to prohibit any student's ability to participate in this event. Generous scholarships are available for any student who receives financial aid at Vassar. Simply complete the registration form and a member of our staff will be in touch regarding scholarship opportunities. 

If I will already be on campus for winter break employment or athletics, do I still need to pay a registration fee?
Yes. Registration fees help primarily with food costs for the weekend, which exceed $100 per person.

What about the weekend itself?

What should I do first?

Please stop by the registration tables to check-in so you can pick up your name tag and program. 

How do I find out which alumnae/i are attending?

Bios for all alumnae/i participants can be found in the program that you will receive when you check-in. The program is generally available online a few days in advance of the event itself, and it will be posted here prior to the event.

What should I bring with me to the events?

Bring your name tag, a notebook, pen/pencil, water bottle, your Sophomore Career Connections program, and questions for the panelists.

How should I dress for the Sophomore Career Connections program?

Event attire is business casual -- looking relaxed, yet neat and pulled together. Jeans, wrinkled or ripped clothing, attire that is overly revealing, and sneakers will appear less professional. If you have questions or concerns regarding attire, please feel free to schedule an appointment with or contact Aimee Cunningham, Assistant Director of Career Development, at

Here are some basic guidelines to follow:

Footwear: Dress shoes/boots.
Tops: Collared shirts, blouses, or sweaters.
Pants: Khaki, corduroy, twill, wool, or cotton.
Skirts and dresses: Approximately knee length or longer.
Accessories: Belt and socks match.

After the weekend

How can I contact alumnae/i I met at the Sophomore Career Connections program?

All alumnae/i have been asked to update their contact information in the Alumnae/i Directory. Students can gain access to this directory by clicking here. Alumnae/i LinkedIn profiles can also be accessed in the Sophomore Career Connections Program booklet.

Should I send thank-you notes?

If you connected personally with someone, it is an appropriate and thoughtful gesture to send a hand-written or electronic thank-you note, and then continue to stay in touch with them.