CAREER TREKS: 2017-2018
Frequently Asked Questions
What do students typically do on a Career Trek?

The CoB Career Treks provide opportunities for business students to learn about various industries and career options. Participants will visit companies in small and large groups, hear from successful alumni speakers, participate in networking events with various alumni groups, and practice their professional skills. 

What are the locations and dates for the 2017-2018 Career Treks?

Washington, DC: January 2-5, 2018

Baltimore, MD: January 3-5, 2018

Silicon Valley, CA: March 4-9, 2018

Wall Street, NY: May 6-11, 2018

What is the cost for the 2017-2018 Career Treks?

Washington, DC estimated cost:

  • $130 (includes hotel and transportation to company visits)
  • $40 for students who wish to commute (Please note commuters MUST meet the group each morning at 7 am at the hotel, located in Arlington (Ballston), VA, to travel with the group.)

The program fee covers lodging and transportation once in the DC area, as well as some dinners and some lunches. Participants will need to bring some money to cover meals that are not part of a JMU-sponsored activity, as well as nightly parking if they choose to bring their own vehicle. Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the hotel at the start and end of the Career Trek. 

Baltimore, MD estimated cost:

  • $100 (includes hotel and transportation to company visits)
  • $30 for students who wish to commute.  (Please note commuters MUST meet the group each morning at 7 am at the hotel, located in downtown Baltimore, MD, to travel with the group.)

The program fee covers lodging and transportation once in the Baltimore area, as well as most dinners and some lunches. Participants will need to bring some money to cover meals that are not part of a JMU-sponsored activity, as well as nightly parking if they choose to bring their own vehicle. Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the hotel at the start and end of the Career Trek. 

Silicon Valley, CA estimated cost: $500-$600

Roundtrip transportation from Washington, DC, lodging in California, and transportation in California is included. Some meals are included, but participants will need to bring money to cover meals that are not part of a JMU-sponsored activity. 

Wall Street, NY estimated cost:  TBA

The program fee covers lodging and transportation once in the NYC area, as well as most dinners and some lunches. Participants will need to bring some money to cover meals that are not part of a JMU-sponsored activity, as well as nightly parking if they choose to bring their own vehicle. Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the hotel at the start and end of the Career Trek.

*Financial assistance is available for students who express need after receiving an invitation to participate in any of the Career Treks
Who is eligible to apply for a Career Trek?

JMU College of Business students who are in good standing with the university are eligible to apply for a Career Trek.

The Wall Street, NY Career Trek is open only to freshmen, sophomores and juniors of all CoB majors, however the trek will focus on industry areas that are specifically of interest to Accounting, Economics, Finance, and Quantitative Finance majors. 

Previous participants may apply; however, preference will be given to students who have never attended a CoB Career Trek (formerly known as Experiential Learning Tour).

How do I apply?

Applications will be available online prior to the Career Trek and will include:

  • Online Application Form
  • Resume Submission: All applicants are required to submit a resume. Please email your resume (PDF or WORD file) to: cobundergradprograms@jmu.edu by the application deadline.
  • Recommendations: TWO recommendations are required; at least one MUST come from a JMU faculty member (recommendation form link provided in online application)

Certain Career Treks will include an interview with a committee of CoB faculty, staff and prior participants.

Career Trek Application Deadlines:

Washington, DC: January 2-5, 2018: Friday, November 10, 2017 at 11:59 pm

Baltimore, MD: January 3-5, 2018: Friday, November 10, 2017 at 11:59 pm

Silicon Valley, CA: Friday, November 24, 2017 at 11:59 pm

Wall Street, NY: Friday, January 12, 2018 at 11:59 pm

How do I get to the Career Trek location?

Students attending the Washington, DC Metro Area, Baltimore and Wall Street, NY Career Treks will be responsible for making their own travel arrangements. Students participating in the Silicon Valley, CA Career Trek will meet in Washington, DC and fly to California together. 

What is the College of Business looking for in an applicant?

Your application should include a professional resume (please schedule an appointment with Career & Academic Planning to have it reviewed before applying), and you should demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Strong interest in exploring career options & knowledge of industries of interest
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Willingness to work hard
  • Good interpersonal skills
What does the College of Business expect from Career Trek participants?

Participants are required to attend a minimum of one pre-Career Trek meeting on campus. On the Career Trek, participants must be prepared to ask questions and show interest in the presentations and career fields. All participants will be expected to:

  • Act and dress professionally
  • Attend ALL scheduled events and be ON TIME to all sessions
  • Research the organizations to be visited ahead of time

Students who do not meet these expectations will be asked to leave the tour at their own expense.

Who selects the Career Trek participants?

After initial screening by the CoB Office of Experiential Learning, the most qualified applicants will be selected. For some of the Career Treks, applicants will be invited to interview with the selection committee, comprising CoB faculty and staff and previous Career Trek participants.

I attended a Career Trek (or Experiential Learning Tour) last year. May I apply to go again this year?

Yes. We are excited that you had such a rewarding experience. However, preference will be given to students who haven’t been on a Career Trek (formerly called Experiential Learning Tour) previously.

I would like to participate in a Career Trek, but I have limited financial resources. Is there any assistance available?

We do not want financial hardship to stand in the way of any student taking advantage of this rich opportunity. If you have been invited to participate in a Career Trek and would like to request a fee waiver, please send a written request indicating the reasons you’ll need financial assistance to Associate Dean Molly Brown at brownmg@jmu.edu. Please include your name and the words “Career Trek Fee Waiver” in the subject line of your message. Your request will be kept confidential.

Additional Questions?

Contact Samantha Collier, Director, Office of Experiential Learning, at colliesb@jmu.edu or 540-568-7415, or Kelly Gooch, Asssistant Director, Office of Experiential Learning at goochke@jmu.edu or 540-568-3907 or visit Samantha in Room 205M, Showker Hall, or Kelly in Room 646, Showker Hall.

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