Inaugural Career Immersion Spring Break Trip Heading to Chicago
Nov. 17, 2015
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan University students of any major can get a closer
look at entrepreneurship, marketing and public relations during the University’s inaugural
Career Immersion Excursion trip to Chicago over spring break in mid-March 2016.
Up to 20 students will be selected for the four-day experience designed to offer sophomores
and juniors with the opportunity to visit nearly a dozen Chicago employers, network
with alumni and other professionals, and clarify career goals and aspirations.
Students will visit Google’s Chicago office; Foote, Cone & Belding, one of the largest
global advertising agency networks; Bottleneck Management, recently named as a Top
25 Multi-Concept Restaurant Group; Weber Shandwick, a leading global public relations
firm; Fruition Partners, a global technology-enabled services firm focused on elevating
service management to the cloud; and several other marketing, advertising and PR firms.
Laurie Diekhoff, associate director for career engagement at the Hart Career Center, said she is particularly excited about the opportunities for students to participate
in case studies or other hands-on activities, to hear personal stories of career paths
from alumni, and to attend small group dinners for students hosted by alumni in the
“Chicago is home to many successful Titans,” said Diekhoff. “We are thrilled to have
the chance to introduce some of our current students to these talented alumni through
site visits, professional networking events and social gatherings. All of the alums
we have contacted are excited to get involved and have been very generous sharing
their time and resources.”
Diekhoff said the program is made possible by the generous support of the family of
Cathy Carswell, an IWU Trustee and 1965 graduate of the University, and the contributions
of many participating alumni and employers. Alumni Chris Bisaillon ’93, co-owner of
Bottleneck Management; Chad Maxwell ’02, senior vice president at Starcom MediaVest
Group; Marc Talluto ’94, CEO of Fruition Partners; and Joni Williams ’82, president
at Kelly Scott Madison, have taken leadership roles in making the program a success
and are providing meals during the students’ visits to their organizations.
Students who are selected for the program are expected to contribute $200 each toward
the trip costs, which includes hotel accommodations, all other meals, programs and
transportation throughout the event. A limited number of scholarships are available
for students with demonstrated need. Deadline for application using Titan CareerLink is Dec. 1.