Information for Students

Get Career-Ready!

ITC provides the opportunity to interact with alumni, parents, and friends of Messiah through panel presentations, company site visits, tours, and a networking reception.  Check out memories from past Into the City trips, and see our brochure for a visual program overview.

The Career & Professional Development Center is pleased to announce its Into the City trip for the spring 2024 semester!  We will travel to Philadelphia on April 7th - 9th to connect with alumni and friends of the University who live and work there.  Click here for the trip application, which is due on March 5th.  Students are not required to be vaccinated to participate unless a site requires it.


  • Gain an inside perspective on many organizations
  • Network with notable Messiah alumni
  • Understand what it is like to live and work in the area
  • Discover an array of job and internship prospects

Overview of the Program

Into the City is a dynamic and immersive career development and networking program designed to introduce students to living, working, and connecting in the city.  Our primary aim is to provide students with unique opportunities to engage with alums, parents, and friends of Messiah through various activities, including company site visits and tours, informative presentations and panel discussions, and a networking reception. 
There will be representation from a variety of organizations, both corporate and non-profit.  Regardless of your interest in the alums’ particular titles or employer affiliations, this experience provides valuable information to a wide range of career interests. 

Click HERE to view the Trip Itinerary

Program Objectives
    Receive an orientation to city living, working, and community.
    Broaden awareness of career options aligned with individual strengths and interests.
    Obtain information on essential skills, characteristics, and effective strategies for skill development.
    Gain insight into various industries, hiring practices, workplace cultures, & tips for interested candidates.
    Build career planning confidence and decision-making skills.
    Recognize the importance and process of building meaningful connections within the city.

Who Should Apply?

Applicants are expected to demonstrate the following characteristics to be considered for participation in ITC: 

   Eagerness to explore diverse career opportunities and paths, regardless of major or specific interest area.
   Ability to effectively articulate the fit between personal career goals and objectives of the program.
   Professionalism and strong interpersonal communication skills.
   Capability to positively represent the values of Messiah University.
   Flexible and positive attitude towards new experiences.

The cost to participate in the program is $100.00, cash or check, or $103.00 if paying by credit card (to cover processing fees).  Please note that this fee is non-refundable and covers transportation, overnight accommodations, and some meals. 

Participant Expectations
If we have a large number of applicants, interviews will be conducted with candidates on March 6th and March 7th.

Accepted students must pay by March 15th.  If your payment is not received by this date, you will lose your spot on the trip.

Accepted students must attend an orientation session on Sunday, March 24, from 8 – 9:30 PM.

Accepted students must agree to participate in all aspects of the program as noted in the schedule.

Accepted students must obtain professors' approval and make arrangements to be absent from any classes.