Sophomore Career Connections:

Linking the Liberal Arts to the World of Work

A collaborative event hosted by the Center for Career Education and the Office of Advancement.

The 11th annual program will be held on January 17–19, 2025 in person.
Student registration will open in Fall 2024. Questions?

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 alums 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 hear from an inspirational keynote speaker, meet with mentors, attend industry-based career panels, participate in networking events, and more.

2024 Keynote Address Complexity and Curiosity as Building Blocks for a Better World

Friday, January 12 at 5 p.m. in Skinner Hall—Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall.

Headshot of Ilyse Hogue

Ilyse Hogue ’91

Keynote Speaker

Senior Fellow at New America and the former President and CEO of NARAL Pro-Choice America


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 alums and parents and our Center for Career Education staff. Not sure what you want to do yet, career-wise? 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 multiple areas of interest.



As SCC celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, more than 250 students got the inside scoop on 18 industry sectors, learning from 100+ alum and parent mentors.

This photo was taken in January 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Poughkeepsie and mentors were able to come to the Vassar campus to talk to students about their career paths. But this year’s virtual Sophomore Career Connections event succeeded in connecting more than 250 students with 81 alumni and parents.

More than 250 students took part in this year’s Sophomore Career Connections, a virtual event hosted by the Career Development Office.