Did you know that the iSchool organizes student immersion program trips to startup hubs across the country? Well, now you know and you can totally apply for them.

iSchool Immersion Trips aren’t just for iSchool students. Applications are open to students from all majors, all schools and colleges, and all degree programs. Not sold yet? Here are ten reasons why you should apply to an immersion trip.

1. You get the inside look at cool companies.

Don’t you want to know what’s happening inside of the Google or Twitter headquarters? This is an exclusive opportunity to check out what’s going on within the walls of those big name millennial companies. You’ll get to shake hands with some people behind the brand and experience different startup cultures (spoiler: startups have great snack selections).

2. You get to meet awesome alumni.

No matter where you go, the Orange Family is everywhere. You’ll meet people that started where you are now, and you’ll connect with some employees at these stellar startups that bleed Orange.

3. You travel to new places.

Haven’t you always wanted to visit San Francisco? Chicago? Portland, Oregon? Well, here’s a perfect opportunity to travel to new places. This is also a great opportunity to see a big city from a business perspective.

4. You get to channel the energy you get from this trip towards what you want to do.

There’s something contagious about entrepreneurial ambition. So why not harness that energy and apply it to your passion? This trip will shine a light on your strengths and passions, and will encourage you to pursue those with fervor.

5. You’ll learn how to pitch yourself and what you do.

Trust me, you’ll be introducing yourself a lot loads of different people on these trips. Repetition is the key to mastery. REPETITION IS THE KEY TO MASTERY. You’ll definitely master your personal pitch on this trip.


6. You’ll be a true LinkedIn master.

Every night of these trips, you’ll practice your Linkedin skills by hitting that connect button right after you make an addition to your network. You’ll practice Linkedin etiquette and how to effectively use the platform as a powerful networking tool.

7. You’ll practice the art of the email.

On that same note, you’ll become familiar with sending timely emails with a sincere and professional tone, which is important in the business world and to maintain good connections with people who may help you out in the future.

8. You’ll figure out what you like and don’t like.

You’ll never know whether or not you want to work for a startup if you’ve never visited one. On an immersion trip you’ll get to experience what it’s like in big companies, smaller and faster startups, and even some bootstrapped ventures that are operating out of people’s garages. You’ll be able to decide what you like and don’t like when you’re searching for a career.

9. You’ll learn history, business, and strategy without using a textbook.

A wise man once told me that you learn 98% of your life’s knowledge outside of the classroom. Learn the good stuff away from books or a screen and check out what’s happening in real life at these companies that are changing the world. I mean, that’s why it’s called an immersion trip.

10. You’ll get awesome memories with good people.

Above all, these are adventures with driven people. You’ll have fun with your fellow colleagues, and you’ll have a unique experience under your belt that you will look back on and say, “Hey, I had some key takeaways from that trip that got me where I am today.” That’s what it’s all about.

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