Experiential Learning

Peak to Peak: The Pacific Northwest

Attend a Peak to Peak InfoSession!

We're holding two information sessions so that you can meet the organizers, ask questions, and learn more about Peak to Peak!

  • Monday, March 27 at 4:00 pm, The ICE Box
  • Wednesday, March 29 at 4:30 pm, The ICE Box

Explore the Pacific Northwest with Peak to Peak!

Peak to Peak is a sister program to the iSchool’s well-known Spring Break in Silicon Valley and Entretech NYC set in the Pacific Northwest.

Peak to Peak will give you a firsthand look at the companies, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists, and their way of life (both personal and professional) in Seattle and Portland. This program is open to students from all majors, all schools and colleges, and all degree programs.

Peak to Peak is a 3-credit experience that includes a week-long travel program where students study technology and interact with innovative firms and alumni to understand how their best practices may be applied elsewhere.

Possible visits include:

  • Starbucks
  • Nike
  • Intel
  • Amazon
  • Microsoft
  • Boeing
  • Smarsh

Course Description

The Peak to Peak 2017 cohort will travel to an innovative ecosystem and spend 5 days meeting with information-based organizations. Daily visits will provide the cohort with a well-rounded vision of the innovative ecosystem and its cultural context.

Accordingly, students will be required to study the subject ecosystem and its companies prior to the trip, will need to record their observations during the trip, and provide a reflection piece upon their return. Students will be required to synthesize their observations by reporting back best practices to a local Syracuse firm.

This course involves travel and significant dedication. Students will be required to travel to the subject ecosystem and will be actively participating in activities from 7:00 am until 10:00 pm for the entirety of the trip. In addition to the approximate 100 contact hours during the trip itself, there are four required pre-meetings, one required local company visit, several writing assignments and a final presentation required.

Important dates for course participation

  • Online Pre-Classes (all take place from 8:00-9:45 pm EST)
    • August 1
    • August 3
    • August 8
    • August 10
  • Travel Dates: August 13-19
  • ALL Post-work Due: October 1

Admission Information

Peak to Peak is a competitive program with limited space.

To be considered for admission, you should have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale at the time of application. In addition to GPA, we place a strong emphasis on your Experiential Learning statement to be submitted as part of this application. We are also asking for applicants to submit a short video describing what they envision as the ideal company or organization to visit on this trip. These details are all contained in the application.

Students who participate in this program are expected to not only represent themselves well but also act as strong ambassadors for Syracuse University. In order for this opportunity to be made available to future students, current students must work to ensure that we are invited back to the companies who host us during this event.

Admissions decisions are based on a full review of the application file, including the transcript, resume, the Experiential Learning statement, short video, and any disciplinary records. Once admitted to the program, you must remain a student in good standing (academic and judicial) to stay eligible to participate in this program.

Application and Deadline

The applicaiton period for the 2017 Peak to Peak Immersion is currently closed.

Costs, Credit, and Contact Information


$750 per student. All interested students should apply, regardless of their ability to pay. The iSchool will work to make this program accessible to all who want to attend.


This trip must be taken as a credit-bearing course (3 credits). Credits apply to Fall 2017 semester.

Have questions?

You're encouraged to attend a Peak to Peak information session in the ICEBox.

You can also direct any questions to Julie Walas Huynh, Director of Alumni & Student Engagement at jlwalas@syr.edu