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Washington, D.C. Technology Road Trip: Changing the way we do Politics, Policy & Public Service

April 4, 2018, midnight - April 6, 2018, 11:59 p.m.

Location: Washginton, D.C.

Pack your bag. Update your resume. The iSchool's D.C. Road Trip is BACK!

The decisions made daily in D.C. govern the world we live in and impact the way we live in it. It's time that the iSchoolers, take a closer look. Join us this April as we present: D.C. Road Trip 2018.

The D.C. Road Trip is a two-night, two-day plunge into the world where the public sector meets technology. We’ll visit eight (yes, EIGHT) potential employers, explore D.C., and host an alumni party in your honor.

This Road Trip will provide our students the perfect opportunity to not only see but also experience the intersection of the policies and procedures that may govern the futures of your information technology careers. We'll take a closer look at the technology that allows D.C. to run on new information from hour to hour.

Not only will this experience allow you to build your resume, it also gives you a chance to network with your peers, our alumni, and possible future employers. Don't miss out! Explore with us. Envision the Possibilities. It's an iSchool Road Trip!

Register for the D.C. Road Trip

Tentative Itinerary

This is an example schedule only. The exact schedule will be provided with confirmation of trip attendance and will be updated here as visits are confirmed.

Wednesday, April 4

6:00 p.m.Students/Bus departure from College Place Bus Stop, Syracuse University

Thursday, April 5

12:00 a.m.Arrive to hotel in D.C. area
7:00 a.m.Wake-up call and breakfast
9:00 a.m.Visit 1: (TBD)
11:15 a.m.Visit 2: (TBD)
1:30 p.m.Visit 3: (TBD)
3:45 p.m.Visit 4: (TBD)
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.Alumni & Networking Night
9:30 p.m.Debrief at the hotel
10:15 p.m.Lights out!

Friday, April 6

7:00 a.m.Wake-up call and breakfast
9:00 a.m.Visit 5: (TBD)
11:15 a.m.Visit 6: (TBD)
1:30 p.m.Visit 7:(TBD)
3:45 p.m.Visit 8: (TBD)
6:00 p.m.Depart D.C.
7:00 p.m.Stop for dinner
12:00 a.m.Arrive home to Syracuse

Considering joining us? You should know:

Who: The D.C. Road Trip is open to all undergraduate iSchool majors with a valid U.S. Government issued I.D. (we are visiting some places with serious security clearance). Road Trip participants are chosen through an application process and applications are due by March 17th at midnight. We will select 50 students for the trip.

What: The D.C. Road Trip-a two-night, two-day plunge into the world where the public sector meets technology. We'll visit 8 potential employers, explore DC a bit and host an alumni party in your honor.

When: April 4-6, 2018. Roundtrip transportation, overnight accommodations, events and visits, and all meals are included in the cost of the trip.

Cost to you: Generous alumni have underwritten this trip and therefore accepted students will pay a heavily discounted amount of $80 to cover the entire cost of the trip. 

All students, regardless of financial need are invited to attend the Road Trip. The final cost of the Road Trip will be confirmed with trip attendance notification. If the price of the trip proves to provide financial hardship, please contact Julie Walas at for financial consulting and assistance.

Important Dates and Details

  • March 1: Registration Opens
  • March 17 at 11:59 p.m.: Application Deadline
  • March 20, morning: Notification of acceptance
  • March 28 at 4:00 p.m.: Payment due
  • April 4-6: Trip dates

Applying to the Road Trip

Students must apply between Thursday, March 1 and Saturday, March 17 at 11:59 p.m. Admitted applicants will be notified by Tuesday, March 20 to provide enough time to rearrange work and class schedules. There is room for approximately 50 students on this trip.

Other details

Official trip explanation letters can be provided for students to give to professors, however these letters do not guarantee an excused absence. All students should discuss their absence with professors in advance.

Road Trip site visits are not finalized. Sites that may be visited include, but are not limited to television networks, broadcasting corporations, digital agencies, content creators and content distributors. Just know – we’re working really hard to ensure that each visit will be awesome, as interesting to as many students as possible, and to overall provide an exciting and enriching experience for everyone.

Register for the D.C. Road Trip

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