Application and FAQs
The Career Treks program brings students into the workplaces of alumni and friends in order to expose them to potential career paths and broaden their understanding of industries. The program leverages LMU’s well-positioned and successful alumni who are excited to share their insights and personal career stories with students. Participants engage with LMU graduates around specific interests through targeted learning, conversation, and informal networking.
Costs vary by city. Students contribute $40-75 toward the program for Los Angeles-based Treks. The cost for Treks outside Los Angeles is approximately $300.
Scholarships are available. There is a section in the Career Trek application you may complete if you are requesting a scholarship.
Sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are interested in exploring a specific career field aligned with the industry focus of a Trek and have a strong desire to network with alumni are encouraged to apply.
Interested students are highly encouraged to attend an information session prior to applying for a specific Trek. Please see the webpage of the Trek you are interested in for information session details.
To apply students must complete a brief online form and submit a resume and 1-2 minute video. Please see Trek application page for more information.
Preparing for Treks
When will I know when the application for a future Trek is live?
The fall semester Trek application will be live by the beginning of the fall semester, and the spring semester Trek applications will be live by the end of the fall semester. We encourage you to follow us on social media and check this Treks page frequently for updates.
Are scholarships available?
Yes. There is a section in the Career Trek application you may complete if you are requesting a scholarship.
What are the requirements for Trek participants?
- Attend a pre-Trek dinner to review the Trek itinerary, transportation, and trip guidelines
- Attend the entirety of the Career Trek, including traveling with the group to and from the destination city (in some cases students are not required to travel back to Los Angeles with the group if they choose to extend their stay in the destination city or travel elsewhere).
- Polish and refine your resume for inclusion in a resume book that will be distributed to all participating employers.
- Complete an evaluation survey following the completion of the Trek.
Where will I stay during the Trek?
Career and Professional Development will arrange hotel accommodations for Treks taking place outside Los Angeles. Participating students are required to stay in the hotel with the group.
How will I get around the city?
This will vary by city. In cities outside Los Angeles, students will mainly use public transportation in addition to walking. Career and Professional Development will provide specific instructions and guidance for each Trek.
What should I wear?
Students should be prepared to present themselves in a professional manner at all times during the Trek. We recommend business professional attire. Please see the Appropriate Attire section of Career and Professional Development’s website for further guidance. CPD will provide additional guidance to Trek participants.
What is the itinerary for the Trek?
The final itinerary will be shared with participants in the weeks before the Trek.
“I came with the intention to have a different outlook or shift in the direction of what career field to go in and did receive clarity on my future plans”
“This was exactly what I needed. It was a positive personal and professional experience. So many of my uncertainties were silenced. I am better because of this experience.”
“I loved being exposed to different aspects of the industry but more importantly connecting with young alumni”
“I have made some amazing friends from both sides of my career interests. I’m also super motivated to stumble across opportunities and find my way”