Immersion Programs

Villanova on The Hill

Villanova on The Hill

Villanova on The Hill offers students a weeklong immersive experience that explores all aspects of the policymaking and political ecosystem of Washington DC, and how individuals from a variety of backgrounds, and in a broad range of professions, make it work.  The theme is Finding Common Ground:  Moving from Policy Gridlock to Discovering Policy Solutions.

Guided by a team of highly-placed alumni, including members of the Villanova Public Policy Society, students visit and interview Villanova alumni and friends who are influential lawmakers, public policy advocates, lobbyists, think tank analysts, media professionals and federal agency representatives. Each day of the program will allow students to explore a different aspect of the Washington DC ecosystem, with a focus on effective problem-solving.

Students prepare extensively for each visit by researching the people and organizations involved, prepping their cohort members and introducing the organization to the full group. Throughout the week, a counselor from Villanova’s Career Center coaches students on how to present themselves and maximize their contacts for career or internship opportunities. 

A special highlight of the week—and an important networking opportunity for the students—is a reception that unites the Villanova DC community of alumni, parents and friends for an evening with University President Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 CLAS, and Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 

By the end of the week, students will have a clear grasp on how to forge a path toward a meaningful career in Washington DC, combined with a network of Villanova alumni contacts. They will also be armed with a powerful framework and specific skills on how to craft policy solutions.

The 2019 Program will run October 13-18 in Washington, DC.

The 2019 application deadline has passed, but open slots may still be available. To inquire about open slots for the 2019 program, please contact Maggie Songer at margaret.songer@villanova.edu.
Applications for the 2020 Villanova on the Hill program will open in March 2020. 

Villanova in The Valley

Villanova in The Valley

The Villanova in The Valley student immersion program is a weeklong experience that exposes students to Silicon Valley and San Francisco, the center of global innovation and entrepreneurship.  Throughout the week, students meet and learn from professionals, including numerous Villanova alumni, with a variety of skills and backgrounds who collaborate together to bring ideas from concept to reality.

Students prepare extensively for each visit by researching the people and organizations involved, prepping fellow cohort members and introducing the organization to the full group. Throughout the week, a counselor from Villanova’s Career Center coaches students on how to present themselves and maximize their contacts for career or internship opportunities. 

Over a six day period, participants develop a deep understanding of the ecosystem through company visits, networking events, and educational tours. Participants hear first-hand from investors, entrepreneurs, startups, large companies, and innovators to learn what makes the ecosystem tick; the associated opportunities and challenges; and how to start a career in Silicon Valley/San Francisco. The experience provides students with connections to recent Villanova graduates working in Silicon Valley and unparalleled access to founders and C-level executives at industry-leading organizations.

Villanova on Set

Villanova on Set

Villanova on Set is a weeklong immersive experience designed to expose Villanova students to the various facets of the Hollywood television and film industry. Throughout the week, students meet and learn from professionals, including numerous Villanova alumni, with a variety of skills and backgrounds who collaborate together to create art and content viewed and recognized around the world. 

Students prepare extensively for each visit by researching the people and organizations involved, prepping fellow cohort members and introducing the organization to the full group. Throughout the week, a counselor from Villanova’s Career Center coaches students on how to present themselves and maximize their contacts for career or internship opportunities. 

Members of the Villanova on Set cohort gain an understanding of the culture and geography of Los Angeles, the creative and production processes, the importance of networking, the essentials of business and media management, and develop strong relationships with VIllanova alumni contacts working in the industry.

 

Are you a student interested in participating in one of our three Immersion Programs? 

 

Application periods:

Villanova on The Hill: The 2019 application deadline has passed, but open slots may still be available. To inquire about open slots for the 2019 program, please contact Maggie Songer at margaret.songer@villanova.edu.
Applications for the 2020 Villanova on the Hill program will open in March 2020. 

Villanova in The Valley: Applications will open in September 2019

Villanova on Set: Applications will open in December 2019