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TechTrek Chicago 2019

May 12, 2019, 9 a.m. - May 17, 2019, noon

Location: Chicago, IL

Join us May 12–17, 2019 for TechTrek Chicago!

Chicago is unlike any city you’ve explored before! The city’s culture is strongly focused in community building and social responsibility in comparison with the hustle of Silicon Valley and the bustle of New York City.

It is home to promising startups like GrubHub, Peapod,, Groupon, Uptake, MATTER, and Basecamp, as well as more established firms like Walgreens and Boeing. Chicago (and its surrounding cities) also host offices for Salesforce, Google, Yelp, Uber, Linkedin, CareerBuilder, Orbitz, Redbox, Motorola, and many more.

This immersion trip introduces students to what it’s like to live and work in Chicago. Learn more about this emerging tech hub by applying to TechTrek Chicago right now.

This program is open to students from all majors, all schools and colleges, and all degree programs. Students must enroll for three undergraduate or graduate credits.

The application for TechTrek Chicago has closed.

Admissions Information

TechTrek Chicago is a competitive program with limited space.

To be considered for admission, you should have, at the time of application, the following:

  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • An advising transcript (unofficial is fine)
  • An up-to-date resume
  • An Experiential Learning statement of 500 words or less, describing what attending TechTrek Chicago would mean to you.
  • A short video describing what you 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.

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). This trip must be taken as a credit­-bearing course (3 credits). Graduate students MUST register for the 3-credit IDS 660 Immersion Experience course to participate. Standard tuition fees, per credit, will apply. 


Please direct any questions to Julie Walas, Director of Alumni & Student Engagement at

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