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Program Overview       Downloadable Informational Sheet      CIE Scholarship Application

The Illinois Wesleyan University Hart Career Center is pleased to announce the 2017 Career Immersion Excursion spring break trip to Washington, DC! Students with an interest in working in DC and in the career areas of government, public policy/advocacy, non-profits, law/healthcare and the intersections between business and government are invited to spend 4 days in the “nation’s capitol” engaging in a unique career development experience.


The Immersion Excursion program is designed to offer students an opportunity get a close-up look at industries, companies and careers and a chance to clarify career goals and aspirations.  DC is home to many successful Titan alumni – during the Excursion, students will have an opportunity to meet many of these alumni through employer site visits, panel sessions, alumni socials and professional networking events.

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Informational Session Slides

The Career Immersion Excursion program is made possible with generous support from the Carswell family, and kind contributions from participating alumni and employers.

Who is eligible to apply? 

Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors (all majors) with an interest in working in Washington, DC, exploring the career fields aligned with the 2017 Career Immersion Excursion (government, public policy/advocacy, non-profits, law/healthcare, and business/government connections) and a strong desire to network with alumni and employers are encouraged to apply.


How many students can go on the Immersion Excursion?

A maximum of 20 students will be chosen from the applicant pool.


What is the application process?

Students need to apply for participation in the Career Immersion Excursion through the Hart Career Center’s Titan CareerLink*** system (#18315).  Submit the following:

1)    a professional resume, and

2)    a cover letter addressing:

  • What are your current professional goals and ambitions?
  • What are some of the experiences you’ve had (academic or extracurricular)? How do you hope to build on these through participation in the DC excursion?
  • Why are you interested in this Immersion Excursion, and what do you hope to gain from the experience?

The application deadline is November 14, 2016. Participants will be notified of selection status on November 21, 2016 and payment/commitment is expected by December 5, 2016 in order to confirm transportation and housing arrangements.


What is the cost to attend the Career Immersion Excursion?

Students are expected to contribute $250 toward the cost of the 2017 Career Immersion Excursion.  This will cover three nights in a hotel, transportation, programs and most meals during the excursion.  Students will be responsible for their transportation to and from O’Hare airport.  A limited number of scholarships will be available for students with demonstrated need. Download the Scholarship Application on the Career Center Website. Deadline for scholarship application is November 14, 2016.


What are the requirements to participate?

Students who are accepted to participate are expected to:

  • Commit to full engagement and professional behavior on the trip
  • Complete a commitment form, required waivers and paperwork as requested
  • Attend all Pre-trip workshops* and complete any trip prerequisite work, including refining a resume for inclusion in an employer resume booklet
  • Make payments on time and respond promptly to emails regarding the experience
  • Complete an evaluation assessment and offer feedback following the excursion


* 4 mandatory Pre-trip workshops will be held on Wednesdays, 11 am-12:30 pm (lunch provided). Dates for 2017 Pre-trip workshops are: January 25, February 8 & 22, and March 8.


What is the program time commitment?

Program participants will meet at O’Hare airport mid-morning on Sunday, March 12th to catch a DC flight. The program begins Sunday evening and will conclude on Wednesday afternoon, March 15th and students will arrive back to Chicago late Wednesday evening.  Students will stay in a DC hotel throughout the trip.  The itinerary will include employer site visits, alumni panels, alumni networking and social events. Student participants are expected to attend all of the scheduled events during the Immersion Excursion.  


What types of employers will be included in the Career Immersion Excursion?

This year the program is focusing on careers in DC and broadly on the areas of government, public policy/advocacy, non-profits, law/healthcare, and business/government connections; site visits will focus on alumni and employers in these categories.  The schedule is still being developed, but a complete itinerary will be shared with accepted students when finalized. At this point, site visits will include:

The F.B.I.               U.S. Senate Office/Capitol Building             The Brookings Institute

Additionally, the trip will feature 4 topic-related panels covering: Health, Education, International Affairs, and Business/Government Connections. Each panel will feature accomplished alumni with vast experiences around these topics working in government, public policy/advocacy, non-profits, legal or business. 

You’ll meet alumni with experience at:

Amida Technology Solutions ----- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Compass Lexecon ----- DC Office of Human Rights

DC Public Schools ----- Federal Student Aid

Global Communities ----- Health Care Service Corporation

Molina Healthcare ----- Nat’l Assn of Home Builders

Nat’l Endowment for the Humanities ----- Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Peace Corps ----- RAND Corporation

State of IL Governor’s Office ----- United Nations War Crimes Tribunal

US Department of Education ----- US Department of Justice  

US Department of State ----- US Department of Veteran’s Affairs

US Executive Office of the President ----- US House of Representatives

US Senate Budget Committee ----- Youth for Understanding

…and more!

What should students wear?

Students will be asked to present themselves in a professional manner throughout the excursion.  Business professional and business casual attire is expected; more details will be provided at the pre-trip workshops. Comfortable walking shoes are essential and appropriate outerwear is suggested.


Who accompanies students during the Excursion?

Staff members from the Hart Career Center, Advancement and Alumni office will be in attendance to lead the program. This program has been a campus collaborative effort and is being developed with input from faculty, students, alumni and IWU staff members.


How will students get around in DC?

Students will be expected to do a great deal of walking between destinations. Public transportation will also be utilized as needed. Staff leaders will have a detailed map, agenda and travel plan.  Students requiring special transportation accommodations should note this in their application letter.


What is the history of the Career Immersion Excursion?

The first IWU Career Immersion Excursion took place during Spring Break, 2016. We visited Chicago and explored career areas of:  marketing, advertising, communications, public relations and entrepreneurship.

Site visits included: Bottleneck Management, FCB, Fruition Partners, Google, Imagination Publishing, Kelly Scott Madison, Starcom MediaVest, Weber Shandwick, and 1871 Entrepreneur Hub.


More questions?

Stop by the Hart Career Center during drop-in hours, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Career Center, or email Laurie Diekhoff at

*** Never used Titan CareerLink?  Here’s how:

Visit Career Center website ( and click on the Titan CareerLink item in the menu.

Log-in using your email address and student ID number

-Under "My Account" select "My Profile" and make sure your Profile is complete
-Under "My Account" select "My Documents" and upload a copy of your resume and cover letter

- Go to the "Job & Internship Search" Tab and Search for "Excursion" in the Keyword box
- Position 18315 / Career Immersion Excursion should come up

- Open the job description & hit the "Apply" button, then on the next screen, select your resume and cover letter and hit "Apply" again to submit your documents and apply for the Excursion. 

Even more questions?  Call the Career Center at 309-556-3071.