Each year Dartmouth Engineering students are invited to participate in Industry Career Treks, visiting innovative and forward-thinking companies in large US cities.
Visits are designed to be experiential; students are invited to engage with engineers, alumni, physical spaces, and products. Most visits consist of a presentation or panel discussion, in addition to a tour where students get to experience a variety of company cultures – from start-ups to fortune 500 companies.
Another highlight of these treks is our networking night, where local engineering alumni are invited to mix and mingle with students. Making these connections has led many students to finding internship and job opportunities in the future.
Current students can expect invitations from Thayer Career Services to apply for treks well in advance of each event.
"The trek was my first real opportunity to talk to alumni. It allowed me to see how my time at Thayer would translate to the outside world, and how working in a real-life engineering firm is actually like. I also got the opportunity to make a few personal connections."
"I got a good flavor for work-life in the Bay Area and it is an exciting place. I think the contacts that I made can help with the growth of my career not only in helping me find a job, but also for advice."
[The] trek was my first introduction into the corporate world, which is very important for me to prepare for a career outside of academia. It also prompted me to consider those fields that are not part of my education and explore the opportunity of how one can integrate a mechanical engineering project with a biotech, per say.
I learned that each company has an exclusive culture of its own, instituted by client's need as well as its financial status. Major corporations like Apple seems to have a relatively structured and more restricted environment, where [you] must work as a team and may not take an individual project/idea and garner company support for it. With smaller startup companies, it is the opposite which provides an opportunity for young engineers to challenge themselves and make a significant contribution to a major innovation