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Student Career TREKs

What is it?

The College of Engineering and Applied Science is proud to support the Student Career TREK program. Career TREKs connect current students with prominent UW alumni and provide opportunities to see business and industry in action. TREKs include company site visits, networking with UW alumni, and travel to various locations in the U.S. to learn about engineering and applied science work and career opportunities from an insider’s perspective - that of UW graduates and professionals in the work world. Each TREK spans three or four days, depending upon location and city-of-departure. The traveling group generally consists of several CEAS students, a UW Foundation representative, and CEAS faculty/staff members for an overall group of no more than 14. Small groups allow for more direct conversations at site meetings and alumni dinners, easier access into company buildings for tours, and modes of transportation.



As each TREK is arranged, a “Call for Applications” is sent via email to all students in the CEAS and to faculty/staff to announce in classes/programs. Students generally have two weeks to complete an application essay and follow the directions put forth in the “Call” announcement. Applications received before the deadline are reviewed by a TREK selection committee and selected students are notified Students at a construction sitewithin a couple days of the committee meeting. Selected students are required to attend a pre-TREK meeting to meet fellow TREKker’s and learn as much about the TREK as is available at the time of the meeting. All participants are fully expected to maintain professional behavior while on the trip and to dress in business-casual attire. Although the trip is FREE to students, a $250 deposit (check/money order/cash) is required at the time of the meeting to show overall commitment to the travel experience; and, students should plan to bring some personal pocket-money for their own needs or when open time occurs. Deposits are fully refunded once students show-up the day of travel. For more information, email Ann Jones at


Past TREKs

(2) San Jose/Silicon Valley, Calif.: Site visits to Twitter, AutoDesk, NASA, J. Lohr Vineyard & Winery, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Google, Safeway, Computer Science Museum; and breakfast/lunch/dinner with alums from Electa, and Apple
(2) Houston, Texas: Site visits to Hess, BP, Halliburton, Baker Hughes, ExxonMobil; and reception/dinner with alums from BP, Marathon, and Noble Energy


Upcoming TREK

The September 2017 TREK group will go to Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla., to learn about a variety of industries, including visits with Devon Energy, Chesapeake Energy, Baker Hughes-GE, Williams Students at Twitter headquartersCompanies, and UW alums from Continental Resources. It is likely another TREK will be organized for January 2018, prior to classes beginning Jan. 22.


What Students Are Saying About Student Career TREK

“There are some amazing people who came from our university. We only saw a handful of graduates, but the few we saw held employment in many large and successful companies. I got so much value out of the short conversations with alumni. The time these people gave and the willingness they had to help was invaluable to me." - Jacob Streett, senior computer science major

"I found the trip to be very beneficial because it provided me with insight into the oil industry. I also learned about the applications of my field and the proposed applications of Artificial Intelligence in the oil industry. I am really glad that I got to interact with UW alumni and gained insight of the work atmosphere in general. It served as a great opportunity to build networks and improve on my networking skills." - Aisha Balogun, freshman computer engineering major

"At the end of this, I couldn't be more grateful for the opportunity I had to really get a look into a world I had previously not considered. I thoroughly enjoyed the amount of time the alumni were willing to give us undergraduates. I couldn't have asked for better hosts, or been surrounded by better classmates and chaperones. This was an excellent trip." - Megan Richter, senior mechanical engineering major

"As a future alumnus, this experience was great because it allowed me to see successful and influential UW alumni. It is an elite crowd that remain in contact with the university and maintaining that alumni relationship gives people the opportunity to stay connected within the UW community. I think there is lots of value in that relationship and it is inspiring to meet these people who have been very successful in many different ways." - William (Sandy) Duncan, M.S. student in chemical engineering with minors in math and computer science
Contact Us

College of Engineering and Applied Science Dean's Office EERB 401

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-4253


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