Who is eligible to apply?
Wake Forest undergraduate students from all majors are welcome to apply. Please be sure to adequately explain why you are interested in the trek in your cover letter, especially if your major is not or does not seem directly related to the industry or theme of the trek. *This pilot program is not currently being offered to MA, MSA, MBA, Graduate Arts and Sciences, or Divinity students.
How many students can go on the treks?
A maximum of 45 Wake Forest students will be chosen from the applicant pool. There are 15 spots available for each city: San Francisco, Chicago and Washington D.C. In each city, Wake Forest students will be joined by 15 students from University of Chicago and 15 students from Stanford University.
How do I apply and what should I include?
Go HERE to apply. Your application must include your resume and a cover letter that includes:
1) An explanation of why you would like to attend the trek
2) What you hope to get out of it
3) What experiences or interests you would bring to the group as a whole
4) How you will use the trek experience to further your professional development upon return
5) What your experience is with the relevant industry
How much does it cost?
In addition to a refundable $100 deposit, each student will be responsible for their own transportation to their trek city, transportation from the airport to the hotel and back to the airport (if applicable) and dinner on the evening of Sunday, December 16th. The actual cost will vary depending on your originating location, trek city and whether or not you will need to fly or can drive to your trek city. The cost of the hotel, all meals on Monday, December 17th and Tuesday, December 18th and transportation during the trek will be covered by the host university and participating employers.
If the cost of airfare will be a financial hardship, please contact Lori Sykes at email@example.com to inquire about scholarship availability.
Can I apply for more than one trek?
Yes. Please submit separate applications for each trek you are interested in. However, please keep in mind the importance of the cover letter in your application where you explain why you are interested in going on a particular trek.
What are the requirements to participate?
Students who are chosen to participate in one of the treks will be required to complete the following tasks:
1) Put down a $100 refundable deposit; these funds will only be kept if you incur unplanned expenses during the trek or do not show up for the trek. Deposit, waiver and emergency contact info must be turned in by the due date.
2) Attend a Career Exploration Trek workshop prior to the trek. Times TBD.
3) Meet with a career counselor for either a 15-minute or 45-minute appointment prior to the trek.
4) Complete a reflection piece and survey following the trek.
Who will be evaluating the application materials and choosing the students?
Staff of the Office of Personal and Career Development will be evaluating all Wake Forest applicants. Chicago and Stanford Career staff will evaluate their own students. Applications will be evaluated on completeness, thoughtfulness and relevancy.
When will I be notified if I was chosen to participate?
Students will be notified, via email, on Friday, November 9.
Which employers will I visit?
Please visit the webpage for each city to learn more about each trek. Employer names and descriptions will be added as they are confirmed. Visit the Chicago, San Francisco and Washington D.C. pages.
What should I wear?
Students should be prepared to present themselves in a professional manner at all times during the trek. During the orientation meeting on Sunday, December 16 students are welcome to dress casually. However, during December 17 and 18 students should dress accordingly: San Francisco and Chicago Arts Trek students may dress in business casual attire (this means NO JEANS), as it will be appropriate for the industries. Chicago Consumer Products and Washington D.C. Trek students should dress professionally.
Where will I stay during the trek?
Students will be housed in area hotels on the nights of Sunday, December 16 and Monday, December 17. Students in San Francisco will stay in a hotel in Palo Alto. Chicago trek students will stay in downtown Chicago. Washington D.C. trek students will stay in Arlington, VA. You will be given more specific hotel information if you are chosen to participate in a trek. Each student will be sharing his/her hotel room with one other student of the same sex; each student will have his/her own bed.
Can I request a roommate?
Yes. If you know someone else attending the trek, you may request to room with him/her in the hotel. Only M/M and F/F roommates will be allowed. If you do not request a roommate, one will be assigned.
How will I get around in the city I am visiting?
Each trek will have a chartered bus take students to and from the hotel to the employers and the reception. One exception is the second day in Washington D.C. where students may instead use the subway system. If you will require special accommodations, please be sure your site director knows in advance.
What will be the itinerary in each city?
Please visit each site page for more information about which employers you will be visiting. These pages will be updated as employers confirm their participation. The exact itinerary will be shared at the orientation meeting in each city upon arrival on Sunday, December 16.
Still have a question? Please contact Lori Sykes at firstname.lastname@example.org.