Spring Break in Silicon Valley

What is Spring Break in Silicon Valley (SBinSV)?

Spring Break in Silicon Valley (SBinSV) is designed to give students a firsthand look at the companies, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists, and their way of life (both personal and professional) in San Francisco and California’s Silicon Valley. This program is open to students from all majors, all schools and colleges, and all degree programs.

Visits and Structure

SBinSV will focus on face-to-face interactions on site with representatives of incubators, start-up companies, and educational institutions like Stanford University. Previous SBinSV trips have included visits to LinkedIn, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Evernote, Tesla, Klout, eBay, and Microsoft.

Students typically visit between 20 and 25 companies over the course of the 5-day trip, and have a chance to interact with alumni and do a bit of sightseeing along the way. The exact makeup of the trip visits varies from year to year, and depends on input from participating students.

 

Application and Deadline

The application for SBinSV 2017 opens Friday, October 7, 2016.

The deadline to apply will be midnight on Friday, November 25, 2016.


Applications for SBinSV 2016 are now CLOSED.

 

Attend an InfoSession!

We will be hosting two information sessions in the ICE Box at the iSchool so you can learn more about SBinSV.

  • Tuesday, October 11, 3:30 - 4:30pm
  • Wednesday, October 12, 5:00 - 6:00pm
 

Costs, Credit, and Contact Information

Cost

$550 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.

Credit

This trip must be taken as a credit­-bearing course (3 credits).

Contact

Please direct any questions to Julie Walas Huynh, Director of Alumni & Student Engagemenr: jlwalas@syr.edu

 

Admission Information

Spring Break in Silicon Valley is a competitive program with limited space.

To be considered for admission, you should have, at the time of application, a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. In addition to GPA, we place a strong emphasis on your Experiental 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 Experiental 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.