Student Professional Development Center

bridges to NYC & LA Transition Strategies

The Elon University Student Professional Development Center is excited to announce the 2nd year of the bridges program. bridges is a 9-week program that runs from early June through early August for May graduates interested in launching their careers in Los Angeles or New York City. This program includes:

• Apartment-style housing in Los Angeles or New York City for the duration of the program
• Participate in a week-long intensive seminar series focused on job search strategies, personal finance skills,  relocation information and alumni and professional networking
• Connect with alumni mentors who can ease the personal and professional transition to life in the city
• Have weekly scheduled and on-request individual career advising services with an on-site Career Advisor to assist them with their job search

Learn more about bridges to NYC/LA. Check out the YouTube video.

Recent graduates participating in bridges also qualify for an academic internship that could lead to full-time employment. There will also be an on-site career advisor available the entire 9 weeks to assist with the job and internship search and activities that will help students acclimate to the city and become part of a new community. 

bridges is open to all majors and recent graduates of Elon’s undergraduate programs. Elon will be accepting 8 students for bridges in NYC and 8 students for bridges in LA. Financial Aid and scholarship money CANNOT be used for bridges.

Applications for Bridges 2015 are being accepted beginning February 1, 2015. 
Fill out the online application for the bridges NYC program
Fill out the online application for the bridges LA program


Seminar Schedule NYC


Course Syllabus NYC

Seminar Schedule LA


Course Syllabus LA

bridges Blog NYC

bridges Blog LA

For more information about bridges to LA/NYC please contact bridges@elon.edu

Course Information

bridges participants will attend a week-long,  1-credit seminar series aimed to equip them with the skills they need to be successful post-graduation. This intensive seminar series includes workshops on alumni/professional networking, the job search, personal finance, and relocation information.

Employment and Internships

Once accepted, participants will have individual conferences with a career advisor to work together in creating a job search plan and enhancing resumes and cover letters. We do NOT place participants but aid in the process and help identify contacts and resources.

By participating in the program and one-credit seminar, participants meet federal criteria to qualify for internships, should they choose to do so. Career advisors will assist participants with their internship search as well as their employment search. These Internships may lead to full-time employment.

Before arriving in New York and Los Angeles, participants attend orientation sessions on the home campus, where they receive information on job search, internships, housing, transportation and academics. Once acquainted with the program, students begin searching for and applying to jobs and internships. For some, the process continues when they arrive in New York and Los Angeles. Others will begin right away.

Potential employment and internships sites that have worked with previous Elon students in NYC include:

• "NBC Nightly News"
• Food Network
• McGraw-Hill
• Nautica
• Ella Moss
• Hearst Corporation
• MTV Networks
• Fox Sports en Espanol
• Clear Channel Radio
• Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation
• “60 Minutes”
• The Knot
• Alvin Ailey Theatre
• Comical Radio
• Abrams Media

Potential employment and internship sites who have worked with Elon students in LA include:

• FremantleMedia
• Inside Edition
• "Conan"
• "The Ellen DeGeneres Show"
• Evolution Entertainment
• The Weinstein Company
• Hollywood Life Magazine
• E! Entertainment
• Screen Gems
• Disney
• Ronnie Yeskel Casting
• Los Angeles Film Festival
• Warner Music Group
• "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"
• Paramount
• Lionsgate
• "The Mentalist"
• A&E Television


Housing in NYC

All bridges participants in NYC will be required to live in housing contracted by the University at The New School. The New School’s 20th Street Residence Hall is located in the historic Chelsea district on the lower West side of Manhattan at 300 W. 20th St. and 8th Ave. The following is information about the housing:

• Shared baths in each suite
• Electric stove top, microwave, and refrigerator
• No meal plan is available for summer residents
• Long lofted bunks and twins, desk, chair, dresser and wardrobe in each room
• Internet access in each room
• Central air conditioning
• Laundry facilities
• Reading room, art studio, exercise room and TV lounge
• Card swipe access to building and rooms
• 24-hour security
• Resident Adviser on-site


Participants will be given the opportunity to select their roommates in April. Participants should let the program coordinator know if they have any special needs.


Participants are allowed to have visitors, but their stay must be limited to two nights and must be permitted by all the roommates in a suite. We ask that students not have repeat visitors. If participants' parents are planning to visit, we can recommend hotels close to The New School.

Housing in LA

All bridges participants in Los Angeles will be required to live in apartments contracted by the university with The Oakwood – Toluca Hills Corporate Housing. Oakwood is a residential, temporary housing facility located just outside the gates of Universal Studios in Burbank. All rooms are fully furnished, have wireless broadband and an onsite health club.  These facilities have several meeting and banquet rooms and a theater screening room. The facility also features a grocery store, an Enterprise Rent-a-Car desk that honors the special arrangements with Elon University students and recent graduate and a bus service operates from the facility.


Participants will be given the opportunity to select their roommates in April. There are four participants per apartment. Participants should let the program coordinator know if they have any special needs.


Participants are allowed to have visitors, but their stay must be limited to two nights and must be permitted by all the roommates in an apartment. We ask that participants not to repeat visitors. If students' parents are planning to visit, we can recommend several hotels that are close to our facility.


Travel to NYC

There are many ways to travel to New York City. Please check http://www.gonyc.about.com  for a comprehensive list of the best ways to get to the city.

The New School has a convenient unloading area right in front of the dorm. There are many parking garages in the neighborhood for parents to leave their vehicles after drop off.


NYC has great public transportation. Here is the link for NYC Metro fare information http://www.mta.info/metrocard/mcgtreng.htm

Road Trips

bridges participants are free to leave NYC at any time, but we ask that they inform the faculty or staff member in writing, so their whereabouts are known.

Travel to LA

If participants are making their flight plans for the summer, keep the following in mind:

The Bob Hope Airport in Burbank is 15 minutes away from the housing at Oakwood, and someone involved with the Elon in LA program will pick students up upon their arrival in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is 50 minutes away, and we do not offer transportation from there to Oakwood. Cab rides cost $50-70 and Super Shuttle costs $40.

If participants are planning on driving to LA, please consult AAA to get some suggested routes and hotel accommodations. We do NOT recommend that students travel alone. On average, the trip can be made four days from North Carolina.

Participants can also ship their cars to LA through one of many companies, and the price ranges from $600 to $900 from Greensboro.  Here are two suggested companies:



We do recommend that participants have access to a vehicle in Los Angeles. Most of our participants rent cars through our special deal with Enterprise Rent-a-Car. They can make reservations starting in April. The deal allows adults younger than 25 to rent cars for the program at a reduced rate. The average charge for a compact car is $600 to $800, not including insurance. Participants should check with their insurance agent to make sure long-term car rentals are covered by their agreement.

Public transportation is limited in LA. Here is the link for the Metro LA: http://www.metro.net/

Road Trips

Participants are free to leave LA at any time, but we ask that they inform the program coordinator in writing so that their whereabouts are known. They will have projects on some weekends, so they must be flexible with their weekend plans.


The cost of the program is $4,750. This includes:

• Housing at The New School in NYC, which includes a fully furnished two or three bedroom suite with a full kitchen or housing at Oakwood, which includes a fully furnished two-bedroom apartment with a full kitchen
• 1 credit hour of summer tuition
• One-on-one internship coordination
• Programming fees, such as tours, museums, theater, office visits, networking events, mentee opportunities and more

NOT included in the program cost is money for entertainment, food or transportation. Travel to and from NYC is also the responsibility of the participants.