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Sophomore Accelerator

for students serious about getting a head start in their career


Sophomore year is the ideal time to go through a career program in order to identify some career fields, learn how to: write a resume, interview,  network, and figure out the internship search.  Junior year can sometimes be too late because either you may want to go abroad, or in some industries you have to start interviewing in the fall for summer internships.  Now as sophomores you have two different options to achieve this . 


EY Sophomore Accelerator

The on-campus option

Thanks to funding from Ernst & Young we are once again offering this 8 week on-campus comprehensive Career Development module (not for credit). The Sophomore Accelerator (formerly known as EY Bootcamp) is taken in a classroom setting with a set weekly meeting time. 

The topics and learning outcomes include: Resumes/cover letters/interviewing/conducting networking meetings/self assessment. 

Additionally it features employers/alumni, and  expert speakers on using social media and how to dress for success.

Classes next fall will meet every Wednesday from 3-5 PM beginning September 24th, and ending November 12.  Most classes will only meet for 90 minutes with a couple of exceptions when we have guests.

Next fall's class if full.  If anyone withdraws we will open it up.  Please email if you want to be on a waitlist.  We will offer it again in the spring.  Applications will open in November, look for this in This Week in CSOM.


Modern Guild

The on line versionModernGuild is a leading online accelerator designed to help students get ahead in their career planning. Through the program, ModernGuild offers a unique 1-on-1 coaching experience to help students build real-world skills, develop networking strategies and position themselves to land top internships. Simply put, ModernGuild is your personal career trainer, making sure you see results quickly and opening doors as you begin charting your future.

Interested students should start by signing up for the program, which starts with a consultation with a personal career mentor, at no charge. This offer expires on Sep 19 so sign up soon at

The program begins with a career assessment and a consultation with a ModernGuild career trainer, which provide clear advantages for students hungry to succeed. As an added bonus, CSOM has agreed to pay the all costs for all students receiving financial aid. Just click financial aid and CSOM will verify your status to confirm.

Students who find the experience valuable can continue with the program and unlock all the advantages. If you’re not ready to get in prime shape for your internship hunt, then you’re free to opt out at no cost.


What are the benefits of ModernGuild?

ModernGuild provides unparalleled access to career exploration exercises, industry experts and professional skill-building opportunities, all designed to help you get ahead.

Upon completion of ModernGuild’s program, you’ll have developed the following:

  • A Polished Recruiting Toolkit: Resume, Cover Letter, Elevator Pitch, and Thank You Note
  • Informational Interview Tactics and Networking Mastery
  • Interview Skills and Confidence
  • A Unique Value Proposition for Yourself
  • A Personalized Next Steps Action Plan


How much does it cost? What if I can’t afford it?

Through subsidies, CSOM students can enroll in the program, typically valued at $999, for only $500. As an added bonus, students receiving financial aid are invited to participate in the program for FREE. On your application, just click the check box that says “Financial Aid,” and CSOM will verify your status.

Do I get credit?

This is a non-credit accelerator, focused on amplifying the skills students need in order to help bolster their career opportunities.

How much time will ModernGuild’s online program take?

Over the 5-week period, students typically put 2-3 hours worth of work a week, which includes exercises and live interactions.

When is the best time to enroll in the program?

Students who complete the program ahead of the recruiting cycle, which begins during the second half of this semester, are at a clear advantage.

Can I talk to CSOM students who have gone through the ModernGuild program?

Absolutely, and in fact, we recommend it. ModernGuild’s CSOM ambassadors are happy to answer questions about the program’s benefits and how it has grown their opportunities for success.


To find out more about the ModernGuild Accelerator, contact any of the following ambassadors:


  • Taylor Zografakis, CSOM '16,, Lead Ambassador (Immersion, Acceleration)

·         Phil Backus, CSOM '16, (Immersion)

·         George Yang, CSOM '16, (Immersion)

  • Rafael Gomes Nogueira, CSOM '15, (Acceleration)
  • Joe Costa, CSOM '15, (Immersion, Acceleration)


Still have questions?

Contact Amy Donegan, at, or stop by to talk to her during her drop in hours, M-T-Th, 1-3, or Wednesday during Dean's coffee. You can also call Ambreen Sayed, ModernGuild's Director of Student Life, at 917-860-7059 or to learn more.






Speakers participatng in the on-campus E&Y Sophomore Accelerator include:  (this is the on-campus version)

Develop your professional image for College and Beyond
Margaret Batting, President and Founder of Margaret Batting Image Communications

Using social media in your internship search
Lindsey Pollak, Ambassador for LinkedIn, Spokesperson for The Hartford and the author of Getting from College to Career



Margaret Batting
Margaret is president and founder of Margaret Batting Image Communications. She is a corporate image expert with over 15 years of Fortune 500 management experience specializing in professional image development and non-verbal communication.

Lindsey Pollak
Lindsey is a LinkedIn ambassador, a spokesperson for The Hartford and the author of Getting from College to Career. A corporate consultant, bestselling author, and keynote speaker, Lindsey provides actionable, cutting-edge career advice to help today’s students secure jobs and build careers in the 21st century workplace. Topics range from personal branding to job hunting to the professional use of social media.