Government, Law & Policy Trek
****Due to current university travel restrictions, the Summer 2020 career treks have been cancelled. We hope to resume the NCA trek program in 2021.****
Northwestern Career Advancement is pleased to announce the 2020 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 Capitol Hill, The Obama Foundation, Urban Institute, and the U.S. State Department – with more to come for 2020! 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 Government, Law or Policy at an alumni reception sponsored by the Northwestern Alumni Association.
This trek is intended for full-time degree seeking Northwestern undergraduate students (rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors) in one of the following schools/colleges: Bienen, McCormick, Medill, School of Communication, SESP or Weinberg with a demonstrated interest in advertising & marketing. Applicants must be on-campus during Spring quarter (2020).
Don’t miss this opportunity to network with key professionals and position yourself well for a future in Government, Law, and Policy!
Important Dates for Summer Government, Law, and Policy Trek to DC
|Students are notified of selection via email|
|TBD||Trek Orientation and Non-Refundable Deposit Due|
|TBD||Arrive in Washington, DC|
Applications are not being accepted at this time.
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.
Applications are not being accepted at this time.
Financial assistance may be available to students who currently receive financial aid from Northwestern or have financial need. NCA encourages all students to apply, and participants will have an opportunity to request available funding once selected. If you have questions about financial assistance, please contact Laura Myers at Northwestern Career Advancement.
Each selected student will be expected to pay a non-refundable $300.00 deposit. This deposit will be used to cover the cost of hotel rooms for the duration of the trek, transportation around the Los Angeles area, and some additional costs (printing of materials, etc.).
Each selected attendee is expected to cover travel to and from Los Angeles. 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 Los Angeles area. Students can expect to pay between $20 and $40 each day for food/meals.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to apply?
Full-time degree seeking Northwestern undergraduate students (rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors) in one of the following schools/colleges: Bienen, McCormick, Medill, School of Communication, SESP or Weinberg.
In the application, students must show a demonstrated interest in and an understanding of careers in the film, television, and entertainment industry. In order to be considered for the trek, students must be on campus during Spring Quarter 2020 and available to travel to DC and participate in the entire trek in September 2020.
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.
How will the applicants be evaluated?
Applicants will be evaluated based on completeness of application materials, thoughtfulness of application essays and resume, and relevance of applicant background and career goals.
What are the requirements to participate?
Students who are selected to participate in the trek will be required to complete the following:
- Pay a $300.00 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 bio (includes academic discipline, career interests, why attending the trek) that will be distributed to all participating employers to Lynn Page for inclusion in a Students Profile Packet
- Complete a feedback survey following the trek.
Where will I stay during the trek?
- Northwestern Career Advancement will arrange hotel accommodations for all participants for the nights of TBD.
- More information on the specific hotel and location will be made available this summer.
- 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/them in the hotel. 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, but expect to dress in business casual attire. Students can also utilize ‘CatsCloset for support in getting business casual attire.
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 in August.
Still have questions?
Please contact Laura Myers from Northwestern Career Advancement.