Students Network, Explore Industries on College Break Day Treks

Career Advancement treks, which are offered throughout the academic year and during student break times, offer students unique career exploration opportunities in cities around the world. Treks allow groups of up to twenty students to travel to organizations in a specific industry, learn more about possible career paths, and meet with successful professionals and potential employers directly at their place of work. Five treks to various destinations throughout the United States took place during College Break Day weekend. Read below to learn more about students’ experiences!

UChicago Careers in Law Trek to Chicago, IL

  • Dirksen Federal Building | Alumni Host: Manish Shah (JD’98)
  • Sidley Austin

“The Trek offered a comprehensive overview of the legal profession and illustrated each different, unique career route within the realm of law. I felt privileged to meet these wonderful legal professionals, who took the time to really explain and answer everyone’s questions, and not only to share the positive things about their profession but also the challenges they face on the daily basis.” - Ella Markina (AM’14)

Business/Consulting Trek to Detroit, MI

  • D:hive Detroit
  • Boston Consulting Group
  • Chrysler
  •  Google
  • “I learned a lot about consulting and the car industry, which present very interesting future careers for me. I really appreciate the planning work and effort done by Career Advancement to make this trek possible.” – Anthony Gokianluy (AB’15)

UChicago Careers in Business: Financial Markets Trek to Greenwich, CT

  • First Reserve Corporation
  • Strategic Value Partners
  • Greenwich Associates
  • AQR Capital Management | Alumni Host: John Liew (AB’89, MBA’94, PhD’95)

“I sincerely say that this trek was phenomenal. I found it to be very informative and useful. I have a very limited background in the world of hedge funds and private equity and learned a great deal about these respective areas.” -Harrison Yu (AB’15)

Healthcare and Biotechnology Trek to Madison, WI

  • UChicago Careers in Health Professions
  • Epic
  • Exact Sciences
  • Cell Line Genetics
  • Promega

“The Madison Trek exposed me to many different aspects of science and technology companies, including not only the scientific parts, but also the business side of things. Hearing the alumni speak about how they applied what they learned at the University of Chicago to their jobs was very insightful. It was nice to know that the ‘theoretical’ side of things actually proves to be a powerful tool in companies that are new and innovative.” -Carmel Nichols (AB’13)

UChicago Careers in Business Trek to Minneapolis, MN

  • CarVal
  • Piper Jaffray
  • Target
  • Accenture

Visiting Minneapolis was a fruitful decision. Being a large and busy hub of corporate America, this city had a lot to offer particularly for students interested in business. I appreciated being able to speak to professionals in the field apart from simply touring the offices, and all the panels were efficiently organized.” - Neha Premjee (AB’13)