Northwestern Career Advancement NYC Startup Trek

Join NCA on its 2nd Startup Trek to NYC! Students will have the opportunity to visit growing companies and meet with key alumni. The trek is during Spring Break March 26th - March 28th.

The schedule for this year’s trek is not finalized. Last year, students had an opportunity to visit Yext, Cheddar, Compass, Spoon, Next Big Sound and many others. Employer details will be updated on the website as site visits are confirmed.

This trek is intended for undergraduates from all academic disciplines and class years with a demonstrated interest in entrepreneurship and technology.  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. The deposit will be used to cover hotel accommodations for all attendees, transportation around the New York City area and some additional costs.  To learn more, please visit “Expenses/Costs

Don’t miss this opportunity to network with key professionals and position yourself well for a future in technology and start-ups!  We hope to see you there!


Important Dates

February 11 (12:00pm)
Application deadline
February 23 (5:00pm)
Students are notified of selections via email
March 26 - March 28
Career Trek




Expenses & Costs

Each selected student will be expected to pay 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 (printing of materials, etc.).

Each selected attendee is expected to cover his/her own travel to and from New York City.  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 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 trek. If you have any financial concerns related to the $250.00 deposit or travel expenses, please contact Larry Jackson 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 and class years are encouraged to apply. In the application, students must show a demonstrated interest in and an understanding of careers in entrepreneurship and technology. In order to be considered for the trek, students must be on campus during Spring Quarter 2018 and available to travel to New York City and participate in the entire trek from March 26 – March 28, 2018

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 prior to the start of the trek (exact date TBD).
  • Arrange transportation to and from New York City and submit travel plans to Larry Jackson.
  • 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 March 26 through March 28.  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, you can request a roommate. 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?

Students will travel around to locations by the subway 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 New York City MTA MetroCard for use during the trek. Be sure to wear or bring comfortable shoes!

If you require special accommodations, please contact  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 can be answered by contacting Larry Jackson

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 end of February

Still have questions?

Please contact Larry Jackson from Northwestern Career Advancement.