Northwestern Career Advancement Investment Banking Trek

***Chicago Investment Banking Trek will be announced mid-March.  The trek will be held in early June.  Students can apply to both NY & Chicago treks, but will only be selected to attend 1 trek.  If your preference is Chicago, we encourage you to apply to that trek.

New York Trek

Northwestern Career Advancement is pleased to announce the 2018 Investment Banking Career Treks to New York City!

This trip will provide a valuable professional development opportunity for students interested in investment banking. Students will visit several organizations during the trip and will network with Northwestern alumni, top professionals, and recent graduates to learn more about each organization and develop contacts, while conveying their own interest in this area.

The schedule for this year’s treks are not finalized, but will include many of New York’s premiere employers in banking. Last year, students had an opportunity to visit Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Barclays, Moelis, Evercore - with more to come in 2018! More employer details will be updated on the website as site visits are confirmed.

These treks are intended for undergraduates from all academic disciplines from the Class of 2020 with a GPA of 3.4 and above with a demonstrated interest in investment banking. Applicants must be available during spring break and must be able to attend all visits from March 26-28.

Below are the logistics and more information about each of the treks. Don’t miss this opportunity to network with key professionals and position yourself well for a future in investment banking!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Investment Banking Trek Coordinator, Tory Key.


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Important Dates

February 2 (12pm) Application Deadline
February 9 (5:00pm) Students are notified of selection via email
Late February Career Trek Orientation
March 26 - 28, 2018 Trek to New York City

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Expenses & Costs

Selected students will be responsible for their own transportation to and from New York City.  In addition, selected students will be responsible for a non-refundable $250.00 deposit. This deposit will be used to cover the cost of hotel rooms for the duration of the trek, transportation around New York City, and some additional costs. Each attendee should expect to cover all meals during the trek as well.

Travel costs will vary by student depending on originating location and whether students plan to drive or fly to New York City. Students can expect to pay between $30 and $50 each day for food/meals.

Financial concerns should NOT prevent any student from applying to the Investment Banking Trek. If you have any financial concerns related to the $250.00 deposit or travel expenses, please contact Tory Key at Northwestern Career Advancement.  Financial assistance may be available to students who currently receive financial aid from Northwestern.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply?

Northwestern undergraduate students from all academic disciplines from the Class of 2020 with a 3.4 GPA above are encouraged to apply. In the application, students must show a demonstrated interest in investment banking and an understanding of careers in finance. In order to be considered for the treks, students must be available during spring break and available to participate in the entire trek from March 26 - 28, 2018 in New York City.

How many students will be selected for the trek?

We are looking for any qualified student to attend, with a maximum number of 25 attendees.

What are the requirements to participate?

Students who are selected to participate in the trek will be required to complete the following:

  • Pay a $250.00 non-refundable deposit; these funds will be used to cover hotel accommodations for all participants, transportation around New York City, and some additional costs. The deposit is due by the date of the Career Trek Orientation in late February.
  • Attend the required Trek Orientation.
  • Arrange transportation to and from New York City and submit travel plans to Tory Key.
  • Complete 1 resume review with a Career Advisor in NCA, and submit final resume to Tory Key for inclusion in a Career Trek resume book that will be distributed to all participating employers.
  • Complete a feedback survey following the trek.
How will the applicants be evaluated?

Applicants will be evaluated based on completeness of application materials, thoughtfulness of application essay and resume, and relevance of applicant background and career goals.

Where will I stay during the trek? (New York Trek Only)
  • Northwestern Career Advancement will arrange hotel accommodations for all participants for the nights March 25 - March 27. We ask that students arrive on Sunday evening to prepare for an early-morning start on Monday.
  • More information on the specific hotel and location will be made available to selected students. Each student will be sharing his/her hotel room with one other student of the same gender; each student will have his/her own bed.
  • All trek participants are required to stay in the hotel arranged by NCA.
Can I request a roommate for the Trek to NY?

Yes. If you know someone else attending the trek, you may request to room with him/her in the hotel. Only male/male and female/female roommates will be allowed. All requests will be accepted once students are selected for the trek. If you do not request a roommate, one will be assigned.

How will I get around the city?

The Subway and a lot of walking! There will be two University staff members leading students with a detailed map, agenda, and travel plan.  Be sure to wear or bring comfortable shoes!

If you require special accommodations, please contact Tory Key from Northwestern Career Advancement.

What should I wear?

Students should be prepared to present themselves in a professional manner at all times during the trek. More information about dress and professional behavior will be covered during the Career Trek Orientation.

What will be the itinerary in the city?

This information will be made available to selected participants as employers confirm their participation. The final itinerary will be shared with participants at least two weeks before the trek.

Still have questions?

Please contact Tory Key from Northwestern Career Advancement.