Interested in finding out more about an industry or a particular company? Career Advancement frequently leads career exploration field trips known as treks in which groups of 10-15 students visit industry-specific organizations. Students have the opportunity to build their professional networks, interact face-to-face with employers and recruiters, and learn more about a career path that interests them. Refer to the Career Advancement trek application page for information on application procedures and upcoming treks.

For treks outside of the Chicago area, Career Advancement pays for the cost of students' housing and on-the-ground transportation. However, students are responsible for the cost of their meals. Generally, students are also responsible for their travel to and from the trek destination, but Career Advancement has funds available to help qualified students defray the cost of travel expenses. Please visit the trek travel assistance page for more details.

The funds that Career Advancement spends on students during a trek is considered taxable income by the IRS.  You should consult a tax adviser if you have any questions about reporting this income on your tax return.

The following is a sample of some of the 2013-2014 treks.    

  • Beijing and Shanghai: Winter Break 2013
  • Houston (Energy): Winter Break 2013
  • New York (Business): Winter Break 2013
  • San Francisco (Entrepreneurship): Winter Break 2013
  • Boston (UCIB-Consulting): College Break Day 2014
  • Connecticut (UCIB-Financial Markets): College Break Day 2014
  • Lake County (Municipal Government): College Break Day 2014
  • Austin (Entrepreneurship): College Break Day 2014
  • Seoul (Business/Finance/Consulting): Spring Break 2014
  • Washington D.C. (Health Policy): Spring Break 2014
  • New York City (Law; Medical School; Journalism/Arts/Media; Entrepreneurship): Spring Break 2014
  • New York City and Washington D.C. (Nonprofits, Public Policy, NGOs):  Spring Break 2014

To learn more about how to apply to these treks, click here:

Please visit the Career Advancement trek story archive to learn more about previous students' experiences on treks!

Students interested in short-term opportunities to interact with practitioners in spcific industries should also consider the Alumni Board of Governors and Graduate Student externship programs.

More information is also available for employers interested in hosting treks.