Career Trek Frequently Asked Questions

The CoB Career Treks provide opportunities for business students to learn about various industries and career options. Participants will learn from leaders in their chosen field, hear from successful alumni speakers, connect with alumni mentors, and practice their professional skills.

Washington, DC: January 10-13, 2022 (Virtual Career Trek)

New York City (Finance Focus): May 15-20, 2022 (format to be determined)

If a Trek is in person, price will be determined at a later. If a Trek is virtual, it will be free for participating students.

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

The New York City (Finance Focus) is open only to freshmen and sophomores of all CoB majors, however the trek will focus on industry areas that are specifically of interest to 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.

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

  • Online Application
  • 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: ONE recommendation for the NYC Trek application is required and should 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.

Your submission should include a professional resume (please schedule an appointment with the University Career Center to have it reviewed before signing up), 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

Participants are required to attend a minimum of one virtual pre-Career Trek meeting. During 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 experience.

After initial screening by the CoB Office of Professional Development and Engagement, 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.

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 previously.

Contact Samantha Collier, Director, Office of Professional Development and Engagement, at colliesb@jmu.edu or 540-568-7415, or Anna Boley, Assistant Director, Office of Professional Development and Engagement at owensav@jmu.edu or 540-568-3907 

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