Career Trek to Silicon Valley and San Francisco

We are now accepting applications for the 4th Annual Thayer School Career Trek to Silicon Valley and San Francisco.  The Career Trek will consist of visits to eight organizations over a three day period.   The purpose of each site visit will be to hear about the technologies being developed, learn about potential job and internship opportunities, and interact with engineers (mostly Thayer alumni).  You will also have an opportunity to network with additional Dartmouth and Thayer alumni through evening programs.

When:

December 8 - 10, 2014

Where:

Silicon Valley and San Francisco area.  Tentative schedule includes:

Bloom Energy- http://www.bloomenergy.com/
Cordis - http://www.cordis.com/
Coursera - https://www.coursera.org/
Motiv Power Systems - http://motivps.com/
Otherlab - https://otherlab.com/
Tesla Motors - http://www.teslamotors.com/

More to come…

Who:

The focus of the Career Trek is to expose students to engineering roles in a variety of organizations, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, in a breadth of industries.  The Trek is open to all Thayer School students and undergraduate Engineering Sciences majors.  A brief application will be required (see below) for use in selecting student participants.  Limit 14 students. 

Funding:

Hotel rooms (double occupancy), meals, and transportation to site visits will be provided.

Your Costs:

Your flight to and from San Francisco, transportation between the airport and hotel, and a $200 registration fee.

Note: Limited financial assistance will be available based on need.  If you will require financial assistance in order to participate, please indicate this on your application.

Application Form: click here!

Deadline to Apply: September 30, 2014

See photos past treks here. Please contact Sarah Streit  or Jennifer St. Laurence with questions.

Quotes from past student participants:

This trek was my first real opportunity to talk to alumni in the field, see how they work, and hear about how they’ve taken what they learned at Thayer and applied it to their real life projects. The trek also gave me a taste of what it’s like to work in the Bay Area; it is not only a hub for so many exciting new technologies, but also the home of a very active and involved Dartmouth community. The alumni dinner was particularly empowering and inspiring. I went away from it with a much better idea of what I want to do and whom I could turn to for advice and guidance.

I appreciated that we visited some small, 20 person startups and were able to compare them to large, multinational and government organizations while seeing everything in between. The experience helped me see more clearly what careers I saw myself fitting into.

It (the trek) prompted me to consider those fields that are not part of my education and explore the opportunity to integrate a mechanical engineering project with biotech, for example.