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Investment Banking Trek - Chicago

****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 Investment Banking Career Treks to Chicago!

This trek will provide a valuable professional development opportunity for students interested in investment banking. Students will visit several organizations during the trek 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 trek is not finalized yet, but will include many of Chicago’s premiere employers in banking. Last year, students had the opportunity to visit: Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citi, Lazard, Moelis, and Greenhill. More employer details will be shared at the trek orientation.

This trek is intended for undergraduates from all academic disciplines from the Class of 2022 with a GPA of 3.3 and above with a demonstrated interest in investment banking. Applicants must be available during spring break, on Monday, March 30.

Below are the logistics and more information about the trek. 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 one of the Investment Banking Trek Coordinators Jose Santos and Mary Madormo.

important dates

Important Dates for Investment Banking Trek to Chicago

February 14, 2020 (12pm) Application Deadline

February 24, 2020 (5pm)

Students are notified of selection via email
March 10, 2020
4pm-5pm at 620 Lincoln St. 
Career Trek Orientation
March 30, 2020

Trek to Chicago


NCA is no longer accepting applications for this career trek. 


Selected students will be responsible for their own transportation to and from downtown Chicago.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply?

Northwestern undergraduate students from all academic disciplines from the Class of 2022 with a 3.3 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 trek, students must be available during spring break and available to participate in the trek on March 30.

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 per trek.

What are the requirements to participate?

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

Attend the required Trek Orientation on March 10 from 4-5 p.m.

  • Complete a resume review with a Career Advisor in NCA, and submit final resume to trek coordinators by Tuesday, March 10 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.

Can i apply for both the Chicago and New York Treks?

Yes, you may apply for both treks. The application process is handled separately for each, so be sure to apply to both treks if interested.

How will I get around the city?

Public transportation 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 Jose Santos and Mary Madormo 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. Students can also utilize ‘Cats Closet or the Career Development Fund for support in getting professional attire. 'Cats Closet open hour details will be provided closer to the trek.

What will be the itinerary?

This information will be made available to selected participants at orientation and in the weeks leading up to the trek as employers confirm their participation.

Still have questions?

Please contact Jose Santos and Mary Madormo from Northwestern Career Advancement.