Hampden-Sydney offers students unique pathways to pursue their passions beyond the Hill. Students have the extraordinary opportunity to broaden their horizons, gain invaluable experiences, explore diverse cultures, and become the Hampden-Sydney man they aspire to be. The first step in this journey is taken as students enter the gates and find their place within the brotherhood.
The brotherhood bond is one of the defining features of the College, benefiting both current students and alumni in their present and future endeavors. A significant way students foster this bond is by getting involved on campus. First-year students are encouraged to step out of their comfort zones, and many upper-classmen serve as mentors, helping new students find their passions. This was the case in 2022 for economics and business major Elliot Williams ’25 when he met Jack Hilbert ’22, who currently works on the corporate client banking team at J.P. Morgan in New York City.
“Jack went above and beyond to support me in my interests,” Elliot said. “Thanks to his encouragement, I became involved in TigerFund and Phi Beta Lambda, ultimately serving as the analyst for TigerFund and the president of Phi Beta Lambda.”
Over the years, Elliot established a friendship with Hilbert, which led Elliot to reach out in the spring of 2023 seeking a referral for a 2024 internship. Hilbert, who wanted the best for Elliot, informed him about the Advancing Hispanic & Latinos Fellowship Program internship at J.P. Morgan in New York City and encouraged him to apply. Excited about this opportunity being available only to sophomores, Elliot wasted no time in submitting his application. After a series of rigorous interviews, he received an offer to become a Corporate Client Banking Fellow.
Like many students on campus, Elliot utilized the resources of the Ferguson Career Center throughout this opportunity. Upon being offered the internship, the Director of the Ferguson Career Center Stephanie Joynes informed Elliot about the Compass Program. The program offers students the chance to participate in a companion course that deepens their internship experience by providing opportunity for critical self-reflection as well as offering additional financial assistance to increase internship accessibility to all students. This summer alone, Compass provided $75,000 in funding to students participating in both an internship and the companion course.