Northwestern Career Advancement Government, Law & Policy

September 5 - September 7, 2017

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Northwestern Career Advancement is pleased to announce the 2017 Government, Law, and Policy Career Trek to Washington, D.C.!

This trip will provide a valuable learning experience in terms of both career exploration and professional development for students interested in Government, Law, and Policy fields. Students will visit several organizations during the trip and have an opportunity to network with Northwestern alumni, top professionals, and recent graduates to learn more about each organization and develop contacts, while conveying their own interest in these areas.

The schedule for this year’s trek is not finalized, but will include many of D.C.’s premiere organizations in Government, Law, and Policy. Last year, students had an opportunity to visit the White House, Capitol Hill, and Brookings Institution – with more to come for 2017! More employer details will be updated on the website as site visits are confirmed.

Students will also have an opportunity to network with DC-based Northwestern alumni working in Law, Government, or Policy at an alumni reception sponsored by the Northwestern Alumni Association.

This trek is intended for undergraduates from all academic disciplines and class years with a demonstrated interest in Law, Government, or Policy. Applicants must be on-campus during Spring Quarter (2017).

Don’t miss this opportunity to network with key professionals and position yourself well for a future in Government, Law, and Policy!

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Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2017 Government, Law, and Policy Career Trek

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Important Dates

April 19 (12:00pm) Application Deadline
May 8 (5:00pm) Students Are Notified of Application Decisions via email
Late May Trek Orientation and Non-Refundable Deposit Due
September 4 Fly in to DC
September 5-September 7 Career Trek

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Financial assistance may be available to students who currently receive financial aid from Northwestern or have financial need. Participants will have an opportunity to request available funding once selected. If you have questions about financial assistance, please contact Lynn Page at Northwestern Career Advancement.

Each selected attendee is expected to cover his/her own travel to and from DC. In addition, each attendee should expect to cover all meals during the trek.

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply?

Northwestern undergraduate students (rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors) from all academic disciplines and class years are encouraged to apply. In the application, students must demonstrate an interest and understanding of careers in government, law, or policy. In order to be considered for the trek, students must be on campus during Spring Quarter 2017 and available to travel to DC and participate in the entire trek from September 5-September 7.

How many students will be selected for the trek?

A maximum of 20 students will be selected to attend.

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 DC, and some additional costs. The deposit is due by the date of the Career Trek Orientation in late May (exact date TBD).
  • Attend the required Trek Orientation in late May.
  • Arrange transportation to and from DC and submit travel plans to Lynn Page.
  • Submit final resume to Lynn Page by August 26 for inclusion in a Career Trek resume book that will be distributed to all participating employers.
  • Complete a reflection essay about your experience and 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?

Northwestern Career Advancement will arrange hotel accommodations for all participants for the nights of September 4- September 6. We ask that students arrive on Monday evening to prepare for an early-morning start on Tuesday. More information on the specific hotel and location will be made available this summer. 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?

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 Metrorail and a lot of walking! There will be two University staff members leading students with a detailed map, agenda, and travel plan. Northwestern Career Advancement staff will provide each participant with a DC Metro Card for use during the trek. Be sure to wear or bring comfortable shoes!

If you require special accommodations, please contact Lynn Page 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 by August 31.

Still have questions?

Please contact Lynn Page from Northwestern Career Advancement.