Students Take on Silicon Valley in STEM, Entrepreneurship Treks

A total of 37 students took a journey through Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area with UChicago Careers in Entrepreneurship and UChicago Careers in STEM to explore the diverse opportunities available in the tech industry. The treks visited employers that ran the gamut from small start-ups to established tech firms with more than 50,000 employees. Contrary to popular belief, opportunities in the San Francisco tech industry aren't limited to strictly technical roles: there are also a wide variety of non-technical opportunities for students with strong analytical, communication, and problem-solving skills. Trek site visit hosts encouraged students to take advantage of their rotational programs to get experience in a wide breadth of their company's operations.

Site Visit Hosts

  • 3Q Digital
  • Affirm
  • Agile MD
  • AirBnB
  • Box
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • True Ventures
  • Twitter
  • Uber
  • Yelp

The UCISTEM trip was an amazing opportunity to meet with alumni and pick their brains about career paths to innovative tech companies. Two important things that I will take with me from the trip is to build lasting relationships with your classmates and take the opportunity to explore your interests outside of class. The most important thing, however, I received on the trip was advice about how to do a good job regardless of what it might be in." -Javon Brown, AB '17

The UCIE trek to San Francisco this winter break truly opened my eyes to the possibilities and opportunities in the technology and entrepreneurship space. As an English major with a limited technical background, I had always felt discouraged from exploring companies in this field. However, being able to physically visit tech giants at their offices and speak with people in such a variety of roles within them made me realize how many different talents are needed for a technology company, or any type of company, to succeed and grow." -Sophia Chen, AB '15