Our Career Trek Program (TREK) offers a unique opportunity for students to explore the world of work beyond New York City. 

Career Treks typically involve an overnight stay in another city. You pay for your transportation to the city, and we cover the rest. While there, students have the opportunity to visit and engage with local alumni, employers, and organizations to learn more about the landscape of work in that city. Typically, you can expect to interact with 4+ employers during your career trek. 

Treks will consist of between 20-30 students selected from the applicant pool and involve several employer interactions each day. This program is a great way to learn more about the top organizations that recruit in a new location.

Financial assistance is available for students currently on financial aid. CCE will verify financial aid status after you submit your application. 

Boston Career Trek Features

The Career Trek Program (TREK) is an opportunity to shadow and observe a career professional/alumnus in an industry of interest and explore a potential career path.  Program features include the following:

  • Pre-program training, which includes tips on making the most of the experience, professional dress and etiquette, and networking and career goal setting.
  • Career Trek experience for a two-day overnight trip during spring break, during which you go on several employer site visits, connect with local alumni and have the chance to explore the Boston area.
  • End-of-program reflection session during which you meet to discuss the experience and next steps of career-mapping.

Program Benefits

By participating in the Boston Career Trek, you will:

  • Strengthen your understanding of the professional landscape and employment options in Boston.
  • Connect with alumni and employer representatives in the Boston-area.
  • Develop your awareness of how to succeed in the world of work.
  • Create contacts that can assist in any future internship or job searches in Boston. 

**Financial assistance is available for students currently on financial aid. If you are on financial aid, you may indicate this on the application.

Eligibility

  • You must be a full-time undergraduate student currently enrolled in both the fall and spring semesters in Columbia College, the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, or the School of General Studies
  • Students who are on a leave of absence or who have withdrawn from Columbia University are not eligible

*By submitting an application, you authorize the Center for Career Education to conduct academic and disciplinary checks to confirm program eligibility. Certain University policy violations may disqualify you from consideration for the program

Application Process & Timeline

Application Process:

The TREK application is posted in LionSHARE. You will be able to apply starting December 1, 2019. Under the jobs tab using the label function, search “TREK- Career Trek Program” to locate the posting. Applications are due by January 26, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. 

The following documents must be submitted through LionSHARE:

  • Resume
  • Transcript (can be unofficial): this is your current semester course schedule, which you can access by logging into Student Services Online, clicking on “My Schedule” and copying and pasting your course schedule into a Word Document. The schedule should show your full name, your school, your current courses, and your enrollment status.
  • Answers to three separate essay questions in a PDF or a Word Document

TIMELINE:

  • December & January  — On-campus TREK Information Sessions
  • Early January  - TREK application available on LionSHARE and on CCE’s website
  • End of January  - Application deadline for TREK
  • Mid February — Offers made to candidates selected for the program
  • Beginning of March - Pre-program training (participants required to attend the session)
  • Middle of March (Spring Break) - Career Trek Program takes place
  • End of March — Reflection Session

FAQs

Who is eligible to participate in this program?

TREK is open to students from only Columbia College, the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, or the School of General Studies.

HOW WOULD I BE SELECTED FOR THE PROGRAM?

We will conduct a thorough screening of applicants and work as a committee to select students who are the best fit for the program and who we think will get the most out of the career trek experience.  Acceptance to the program is based on three criteria: (1) the potential value of participating in TREK based on your interest and past experiences as described in your application; (2) the quality of your application within the context of the whole applicant pool; (3) the availability of employer in your industries of interest.

ARE THERE COSTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM?

You will be responsible for your transportation to and from the Career Trek location and any personal spending you do while there. These expenses will not be reimbursed. Financial assistance is available for students currently on financial aid; CCE will verify financial aid status after you submit your application. 

Once the trek begins, all costs will be covered, including meals, transportation around the city, and lodging. 

WHAT RESOURCES WILL I BE PROVIDED TO BE BEST PREPARED FOR THE Career Trek?

You will have the opportunity to attend an information session in December and January to learn more about what the career trek consists of and why/how you can use an opportunity like this to start thinking about your career.  Once selected as a participant, you will receive:

  • A pre-professional workshop prior to the career trek consisting of tips on making the most of the trek experience, professional dress and etiquette, and networking and career goal setting
  • A guide to making the most of your career trek experience with resources compiled from CCE
  • A session at the completion of your career trek to unpack your experience and to help you think about and articulate the next steps in your career development