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2018 Retail Road Trip: New York City

Oct. 10, 2018, 8 p.m. - Oct. 12, 2018, 11 p.m.

Location: New York City

Application is now open!

Apply to the 2018 Retail Road Trip

Applications are due Tuesday, Sept. 25 at noon.

Pack your bag. Update your resume. The iSchool is taking a Road Trip!

New York City is synonymous with fashion and retail. It is, after all, the city that kicks off the global calendar of Fashion Week. Most of the big-name retail offices operate out of the NYC market.

Whether it's large department stores, major distribution centers, or small SoHo boutiques: NYC is where retail happens. As traditional brick and mortar retail shifts to meet the changing ecommerce landscape, it’s tech that helps retail companies continue to be successful.

Brought back by popular demand—the iSchool presents the 2018 Retail Roadtrip. Join us!

Retail Road Trip Itinerary

Itinerary coming soon!

Considering joining us? You should know:

Who: The Retail Roadtrip is open to all undergraduate iSchool majors. Students must apply by September 25 at noon. We will select 50 students for the trip.

What: The Retail Roadtrip is a two-night, two-day plunge into the Tech+Retail world of NYC! We’ll visit 8 potential employers, explore NYC a bit and host an alumni party in your honor.

When: October 10-12. Roundtrip transportation, all meals, events and visits, and two nights in the hotel is included in the cost of the trip.

Why YOU should definitely apply: If you're still skeptical, check out the blog recap from our 2014 Retail Road Trip!

Cost to you: Generous alumni have underwritten this trip and therefore accepted students will pay a heavily discounted amount of $125 to cover the entire cost of the trip. Accepted Road Trip students can  email Julie Walas ( to request financial assistance.

Important Dates and Details

  • September 11 at noon: Registration opens
  • September 25 at noon: Application deadline
  • September 28: Notification of acceptance
  • October 3: Payment due date
  • October 10-12: The Retail Road Trip!

Applying to the Road Trip

Students must apply between Tuesday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 25 at noon. Admitted applicants will be notified by Friday, September 28 to provide enough time to rearrange work and class schedules. There is room for approximately 50 students on this trip.


Retail Road Trip Details

Trip explaination letters

Official trip explanation letters can be provided for students to give to professors. We encourage all students to discuss their absence with professors upon acceptance to the Road Trip and to consult the academic plans on the syllabus laid out for each class.

Site visits

Road Trip site visits are not finalized. Sites that may be visited include, but are not limited to: Macy*s & Bloomingdales, L’Oréal Distribution Center, Amazon and others. Just know – we’re working really hard to ensure that each visit will be awesome.

Trip cost

This trip has been underwritten by the Ivor Foundation and therefore accepted students will pay a heavily discounted amount of $125 to cover the entire cost of the trip. Full payment is due by October 10th. The trip cost covers all meals, roundtrip charter bus transportation, 2-night overnight accommodations, all visits and the alumni reception. Some additional spending money may be needed to cover snacks and other purchases throughout.

Financial assistance

All students, regardless of financial need are invited to attend the Road Trip. Upon program acceptance, if the price of the trip proves to provide financial hardship, please contact Julie Walas at for financial consulting and assistance.

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