Treks - Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most common questions about treks. If your question is not listed here, please contact Erwin Paderanga at erwinp@uchicago.edu for more information.

How long do treks last?

Most treks last two to three days. Students will usually arrive in the trek destination the night before the first day of the trek and depart on the day the trek concludes.

What happens during a trek?

Each individual trek’s itinerary will vary. However, some common activities include::

  • Q&A sessions with host organization employees
  • Presentations from recruiters on applying for job and internship openings
  • Networking receptions with alumni working in the area

Employers will receive a resume book for all trek participants.

How can students apply for treks?

For most treks, students will need to submit a resume and cover letter through UChicago Handshake. Please visit the trek application page for more information.

Who accompanies students during treks?

Career Advancement staff members serve as trek leaders to accompany participating students.

How many employers will students visit on a trek?

The number of site visits per trek varies, but most treks visit six to nine different employers.

How long does each employer visit last?

Employer site visits usually last between one and two hours.

When do treks take place?

Most treks happen during University break periods. These include:

  • Summer Break (September)
  • Winter Break (December)
  • College Break weekend (February)
  • Spring Break (March)

In addition, smaller treks in the Chicagoland area take place throughout the academic year.

Where do treks take place?

Treks take place throughout the United States and around the world. The specific destinations change each year. Please visit the trek application page to view a list of upcoming treks.

Who is eligible to attend treks?

All undergraduate students are eligible to attend most treks. However, some treks may be restricted to certain types of students. Please check the listing for your desired trek to see if there are eligibility restrictions.

What trek costs does Career Advancement cover? What costs are students responsible for?

For most treks, Career Advancement will pay for:

  • Housing
  • Ground transportation in the trek city

Students are usually responsible for any meals not provided by an employer or alumni reception and their transportation to and from the trek destination, including transportation between the airport and the hotel. However, for treks outside of the Chicago area, students with demonstrated need are eligible to apply for Career Advancement to cover the cost of their travel to and from the trek destination. Please visit this page to learn more about trek travel assistance.

Career Advancement may cover more or fewer expenses for each individual trek. Please consult the listing for your desired trek to see which expenses will be covered by Career Advancement.

How should students dress during treks?

Students are required to wear business professional attire. Students should also plan to wear sensible shoes that will allow them to walk comfortably.

Can students arrive early in the trek destination or stay later?

Students are welcome to arrive early or stay later, but Career Advancement only pays for housing and transportation during the trek dates. Career Advancement also cannot guarantee that students will be able to stay in the same hotel outside of the trek dates.

If students have family or friends in the trek destination, can they stay with them instead of the trek group?

This will vary for each individual trek. Students will sometimes be able to stay with family or friends, but other times this could interfere with trek logistics. Students should consult their trek leader to see if they can stay with family or friends.

Are there any special requirements for international treks?

To participate in an international trek, students must have a passport that will remain valid at least six months beyond the date of the trek. Depending on their nationality and the trek destination, students may also be required to purchase a visa. Students are responsible for determining their own visa needs for each trek and ensuring that they obtain their visa in a timely manner before the trek operates.

Do students have any post-trek responsibilities?

All trek participants are required to complete a one to two page reflection and a survey on their experience. Career Advancement may also request to use your name, photo, and trek reflection to promote the program. Students are also expected to follow up with trek site visit hosts and send thank you letters or emails.