“MHC in DC” connected students and alumnae.

Alumnae and students at an "MHC in DC" event. Photo by Jenny Watermill.

By Kristin Balboni

Beyond internships, students and alumnae made important connections in the nation’s capital this summer.

The Career Development Center—in partnership with The Mount Holyoke Club of Greater Washington, DC, the Alumnae Association, and the Weissman Center for Leadership—held two networking events for students and alumnae in Washington, DC.

As part of The Lynk experience, “MHC in DC” connected current students with distinguished alumnae to support highly competitive summer internships in the Washington, DC, area. This first-of-its-kind program helped DC-bound students prepare for and successfully navigate their summer with location-specific support from the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Career Development Center.

The opening MHC in DC event in June featured Hilary Bland ’92, associate partner at the Talent and Change Center of Competence at IBM Global Business Services. She spoke to a packed audience of students and alumnae about best practices for successful networking. Afterward, attendees were given time to socialize and put her advice into practice.

A closing ceremony and networking reception were held in July, where another full house of students and alumnae—ranging from the classes of 1960 to 2015 and representing fields as diverse as government, finance, and education—gathered to hear two student presentations and to celebrate student internship successes over the summer. Students Jillian Duclos FP’17 and Libby Kao ’17 spoke about their internships and how these connect with their Mount Holyoke College experiences and personal goals.

“The MHC in DC program provided students with a powerful link to alumnae from the Mount Holyoke Club of Greater Washington, DC,” said Liz Lierman, director of the Career Development Center. “We’re excited about how enthusiastically this was received by students and alumnae alike, and we look forward to exploring other ways we can support students in making connections between their academic life and their future careers.”

Kao called MHC in DC “an indispensable part of my summer internship experience.”

“It was unforgettable and truly unique,” she said. “For the first time, I caught a glimpse of—and [experienced] immersed, well-rounded, enjoyable, and eye-opening involvement with—that famous ‘MHC connection’ that people have been raving about since I chose this college.”

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