Students of Georgetown, Inc. and the Georgetown University Alumni and Student Federal Credit Union collectively hired more than 100 students in a record-breaking fall application season.
Both organizations saw large application pools and competitive acceptance rates. The Corp received a record-breaking 460 applicants, more than any other time in its history. Eighty-four students received job offers Monday night, the largest hiring class since the 43 year-old company was founded. That number translates to an acceptance rate of just over 18 percent.
“We look for people with unique points of view, who are personable and passionate,” The Corp Director of Human Resources Alice Oliveira Soens (SFS ’16) said. “That’s definitely the most important thing — we are looking for really passionate people to help run our company.”
This year’s Corp application featured new questions meant to be more inclusive, according to Soens.
“In the past year, we have been looking at the types of application questions we ask and trying to eliminate questions that might lead to unconscious bias on the part of our [upper management],” Soens said. “We want to give people who have all sorts of life experiences the chance to write an amazing answer to all our questions.”
For new hires such as Nick Zeffiro (SFS ’18), the joy of receiving a job offer from The Corp has been a long time coming.
“I am excited to be a part of such a quintessentially Georgetown organization and to make new friends through it,” Zeffiro, a new hire for Uncommon Grounds, said. “It feels good to be a new hire. After applying both semesters as a freshman and it not clicking and then applying sophomore year and finally getting in, it feels really good.”
GUASFCU received 230 applications and hired 21 new interns — around a nine percent acceptance rate. Last year, around 200 students applied for internships and fewer than 20 were offered positions.
All 230 initial applicants this year received interviews with GUASFCU board members, executives and human resource representatives. GUASFCU Chief Communications Officer Sarah Petuck (COL ’16) said that the guaranteed interview is an important part of getting to know applicants beyond the application.
The 21 interns — 10 sophomores and 11 freshmen — were selected after a second round of interviews with a reduced application pool.
“Each of our new tellers exhibits the qualities and characteristics we look for in our interns; they are passionate, enthusiastic and committed to GUASFCU’s mission of serving the Georgetown community in a tangible, impactful way,” Petuck said.
Petuck said that GUASFCU looked to expand its applicant pool to students from all different interests and backgrounds this year.
“This semester we worked to increase our presence on campus so that students with varying backgrounds and interests were better informed about the work we do,” Petuck said. “We partnered with multiple groups on campus to explain our internship and application process, and look forward to continuing those relationships throughout the year. We feel honored to work among such talented and motivated peers and look forward to all that this new teller class will bring to GUASFCU and the broader Georgetown community.”
Zeffiro said that though the application process was a long one, the stress was worth the new job.
“The application process was tiring, but I had a lot of fun during my interview, and I looked at it as a learning process,” Zeffiro said. “Regardless of whether or not I got the position, I was going to be walking away from the experience with some more practice in the complex art of applying for things.”