Career Treks

What is a Career Trek?

This is your ticket to career exploration in another city. Most students participate in Career Treks to learn about career paths, experience work environments firsthand, expand their networks and explore a new city or region. You’ll be meeting IU Alumni across industries in the city you visit.

Spring Break: Washington, D.C

This unique, immersive experience provides a behind-the-scenes view into working and living in Washington, D.C. Students will network with organizations and IU alumni in various fields.

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Summer Break: New York City

Learn about career paths and experience work environments firsthand. By joining this career trek, you will be able to expand your network while exploring New York City.

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Information Sessions

Think you want to attend a career trek, but you’re not sure what it’s all about? Look at the Events Calendar to see upcoming information sessions.

Washington, D.C Details

Priority Deadline: Dec. 6, 2019

Career treks are first come, first serve for College of Arts + Sciences students. Students not in the College of Arts + Sciences may still apply and will be notified after Dec. 6 if they have been accepted to attend. Financial assistance is only available to students in the College of Arts + Sciences.

What does it cost?
  • The $500 program fee, which is billed to your Bursar, will be posted to your account the month after you officially sign up. After March 1, you will only be reimbursed $250 if you decided to withdraw from the program.
  • The program fee includes:
    • 3 nights at the Pod Hotel DC
    • 6 meals
    • Transportation to/from all program events
  • You are responsible for transportation — driving, flying, or taking the train — to Washington, D.C. You are responsible for any remaining meals, souvenirs, or other optional or incidental expenses.We estimate the additional incidental cost is about $125, plus the cost of transportation to D.C.Financial assistance may be available to students through their affiliated academic units. Please contact for information about potential opportunities. The Walter Center cannot guarantee financial assistance will be provided for any student.
What Does this Trip Include?
  • The Career Trek to Washington, D.C includes:
    • Site visits from a variety of different industries
    • Panel events and discussions with IU Alumni and industry experts
    • Networking with D.C based alumni in multiple industries
    • Opportunities to visit some of D.C’s historic and cultural sites
    • A 3-night stay in downtown Washington, D.C.
Which organizations are participating in the program?
  • The Walter Center is currently inviting DC-area alumni and organizations to participate in the 2020 Career Trek, so we’re still forming the lineup. Last year, organizations like the Washington Post, The New York Times, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, The Central Intelligence Agency, various non-profits, graduate programs, and many other organizations participated.