From sophomore summer through senior year of high school, OppNet students participate in weekly after-school sessions of career exploration, networking training and professional etiquette. Sessions feature case studies led by executives from a wide array of corporations and organizations, workshops on critical career-building skills, seminars on developing a lifelong professional network, and an intensive college advising program to supplement college guidance in school.
Throughout four years as an undergraduate, they are required to meet academic standards and attend workshops and networking events over breaks. Students hold paid internships over five summers and not only leave the program with a robust resume of work experience, but with an extraordinary early network of influential people across a broad spectrum of industries.
We recruit from many New York City schools and our students reside in four out of five boroughs. Students are selected following a rigorous application process that includes school administration recommendations, written applications and interviews. Once Fellows are admitted, the program begins the summer before their junior year and continues through college:
During the summer before their junior year, students undergo a three-week intensive where they are introduced to the basics of networking, professional etiquette, and career discovery. Students attend fun and interactive field trips, hear from dynamic professionals, and participate in activities centered on personal development and team-building.
Weekly Classroom Career Fluency® Series
Through interactive sessions with executives, students are grounded in law, finance, marketing, PR, fashion, film and TV, technology, engineering, science, medicine, non-profits and politics. They undergo innovative networking training via a curriculum unique to The Opportunity Network, which teaches networking fundamentals for professional success; how to apply networking skills in real-life settings; and how to develop and grow their networks to sustain over the course of their careers. They learn standards of excellence: professional etiquette, workplace norms, proper dress and conduct, internship preparedness, interview skills and resume savvy.
Through overnight college trips, group workshops, and extensive one-on-one counseling, students receive extensive support through the college admissions process during their junior and senior years of high school. Results are dramatically improved applications and 100% matriculation at competitive colleges with substantial financial aid. In the spring of senior year, Fellows complete our College Transition curriculum, a semester’s worth of workshops focusing on the academic, social and practical skills needed to be successful in campus life.
For information on applying to be an OppNet Fellow, click here.