Washington, DC

The Office of Personal and Career Development is pleased to announce a Career Exploration Trek to Washington, D.C.! Students from all academic disciplines and class years are invited to immerse themselves in the vibrant world of our nation’s capital, while learning about some of the world’s most dynamic industries.

  • Visual Arts Trek
  • Performing Arts Trek
  • Consulting Trek
  • Government and Politics Trek

This trip will be a valuable learning experience. Career Treks offer students opportunities to learn about companies, industries and careers in a personal setting. Students travel to key locations across the country to engage with industry professionals, expand their networks, and increase their awareness of career possibilities.


Past site visits included:

  • AEI
  • Brookings Institution
  • Berkeley Research Group
  • Optimity Advisors
  • Navigant
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Capitol Hill

Application Details

Complete applications through Handshake by the September 11 deadline. Students must apply separately for each trek. See application links below. Selected participants will be notified on Friday, September 16th. Please check the OPCD website for updates. Treks have a limit of 15 students per industry.

To apply, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your Handshake account.
  2. On the black toolbar, click on Employers and in the Employer Name field, type in Wake Forest University, then slick Search. Select Office Of Personal and Career Development.
  3. Click on “Jobs” below the Office of Personal and Career Development title and introduction paragraph. You will see a results page to the right of the Wake Forest University Office of Personal and Career Development name.
  4. Click on the trek that you are interested in; then read the description and application information.
  5. When you are ready to submit your resume and one-page reflection statement, upload these documents into your Handshake account, search for the Handshake trek posting, and apply.

Reflection Statement

Your application must include your resume and a reflection statement that includes an explanation of the following:

1) Why you would like to attend the trek
2) What you hope to get out of the experience
3) What perspectives or interests you will bring to the group as a whole
4) How you will use the trek experience to further your professional development upon return
5) What your experience is with the relevant industry

Important Note

Students must provide their own accommodations, transportation to and from Washington, D.C., travel costs throughout the city and meals.

Limited financial aid is available for this trip. Visit the Grants for Students page for more information.

Grants for Students