College Media Crawl
Exposing Students to Career Opportunities at "Home"
Duquesne University offers its students a world-class education and a city brimming with opportunity for those looking to launch a career in the Pittsburgh region following graduation.
Many students investigate first-hand the related options in Pittsburgh, named the No. 1 place for college graduates. And Duquesne University does its part to help match the students with those opportunities.
ImaginePittsburgh.com--an initiative of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development--recent College Media Pittsburgh Crawl, a group of Duquesne students joins others from the local region to meet with top hiring managers, heads of startups and young professionals at a variety of organizations. Students met key contacts they can use throughout the year in print, broadcast and digital stories, and most importantly, for their own job or internship searches.
“All of the places we went to seemed to have something for everyone. whether their strengths lay in sports writing, journalism, communication, or multimedia production. This tour opened my eyes to the career options Pittsburgh can provide,” said Julie Pawlikowski, a Duquesne University graduate student in Journalism and Multimedia Arts, who is pursuing a master’s degree in Media Management.
How about the opportunity students had to visit Pennsylvania’s largest employer, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and its Center for Connected Medicine, to learn about the cutting edge of medicine and technology. Students visited the historic Strip District, which is rapidly morphing into a new hub for technology and robotics, where they visited Deeplocal, an innovation studio where Its multi-disciplinary team is continually raising Pittsburgh’s profile with creative marketing solutions for a client list that includes Google, Nike, Netflix and Old Navy.
Students from the University of Pittsburgh, Chatham University and Point Park University then joined those from Duquesne in visiting the Andy Warhol Museum, the largest museum in the country dedicated to a single artist. Students learned about Pittsburgh’s great outdoors, its food scene, arts and culture, its neighborhoods and more. The tour ended at AlphaLab Gear, a business accelerator that provides early-stage physical products companies with an extensive mentor network and a rich entrepreneurial work environment.
“My favorite part of the day was talking with young professionals already working in their field. This was during lunch at the Andy Warhol Museum and the relaxed atmosphere made it easier to ask questions about resumes, internships, what employers look for and how to begin networking. Hearing from people my age talk about their studies and career path was extremely helpful,” Pawlikowski said.