Northwestern Career Advancement Startups & Technology Trek

August 29 - August 31, 2017

About | Application | Important Dates | Expenses & Costs | FAQs

The Startup and Technology Trek is an opportunity for students to gain exposure to emerging companies and their work within the technology field within the San Francisco Bay area. Students will be able to visit various organizations while learning from and networking with thought leaders and key Northwestern alumni. Previous participating companies have included Facebook, Uber, Lyft, AirBnB, Twitter, Thumbtack and others. The schedule for this year’s trek has not been finalized, but employer details will be updated on the website as site visits are confirmed.

This trek is intended for only undergraduate students from all academic disciplines and class years within Northwestern. Students must demonstrate an interest in entrepreneurship and technology. 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 technology and start-ups! We hope to see you there!

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Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2017 Startups & Technology Career Trek

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Important Dates

April 19 (12:00pm) Application deadline
May 8 (5:00pm) Students are notified of selections via email
Mid - Late May Trek Orientation and Non-Refundable Deposit Due
June 2 Final resume due
August 29 - August 31 Career Trek

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Expenses & Costs

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 Larry Jackson at Northwestern Career Advancement.

Each selected attendee is expected to cover his/her own travel to and from the San Francisco Bay area 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 the San Francisco Bay area. 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 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 2017 and available to travel to San Francisco Bay area and participate in the entire trek from August 29 – August 31, 2017.

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 the San Francisco Bay area, 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 the San Francisco Bay area and submit travel plans to Larry Jackson.
  • Submit your final revised resume to Larry Jackson for inclusion in a Career Trek resume book that will be distributed to all participating employers.
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 August 28 - August 30.  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?

NCA will likely charter a bus for travel but logistics are still being determined. More information will be provided as arrangements are finalized. An NCA staff member will be leading students with a detailed map, agenda, and travel plan. There will also be a lot of walking so please be sure to wear or bring comfortable, business casual shoes!

If you require special accommodations, please contact Larry Jackson 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 mid-August.

Still have questions?

Please contact Larry Jackson from Northwestern Career Advancement.