Career Center M30

NYC Site Visit Trip

Students meet around a conference table at Discovery Communications.

Winter Break: January 7-9, 2014

The annual NYC Site Visit Trip is open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students interested in pursuing a career in marketing, advertising, public relations, journalism, television, film, or a related field.

Designed for career exploration and networking, the trip offers students exposure to select career paths, industry trends, and organizational cultures as well as access to AU alumni living and working in NYC.

The trip is co-sponsored by the Career Center, Kogod Center for Career Development, and Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

Site Visits

Students may visit up to three organizations per day on January 8 and 9. A total of 21 or more sites will be confirmed and announced in late November. 

Previous site visits have included Arcadia Creative, Associated Press, CBS News, Food Network, FOX News, Google, Ketchum, Live Nation, MWW Group, Ogilvy, Sony Pictures, and Steve Madden among others.

Site visit hosts share their expertise and advice, and announce job or internship opportunities when available. The key to securing a position as a result of the trip is to network and stay in touch with the alumni and employers whom you meet.

Evening Events

Participants will gather for an evening kickoff in NYC on Tuesday, January 7 and a student-alumni networking reception on Wednesday, January 8.

Application Process

A total of 85 students can participate. Preference will be given to those who demonstrate the highest level of career focus and professionalism through the application process.

To apply, log into AU CareerWeb or Kogod CareerSource between October 24-29 and search for position 80492 (2014 NYC Site Visit Trip). Submit your resume, unofficial transcript, and statement of purpose that in 300 words or less addresses why you want to attend the trip, what you hope to gain from the trip, and your expectations for how the trip will impact your career development. Then complete this short questionnaire through SurveyMonkey.

Applications will be accepted beginning Thursday, October 24 at 12:00 a.m. and ending Tuesday, October 29 at 11:59 p.m. Only complete applications (resume, unofficial transcript, statement of purpose, and online questionnaire) will be considered. Students must also be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Students will be notified of their application status by Friday, November 8. Confirmed participants will be asked to pay a $100 registration fee that covers their participation in the NYC kickoff and student-alumni networking reception as well as inclusion in a resume book given to alumni and employers. Financial assistance will be available for students who find the registration fee cost-prohibitive.

Additional Expenses

In addition to the registration fee, students are responsible for their own transportation, accommodations, meals (with some exceptions), and other incidentals. Confirmed participants will receive a travel guide and can coordinate with each other to minimize costs by sharing a hotel room, for example.

Waiting List Policy

In the likely event of a waiting list, students will be notified as space becomes available.

Cancellation Policy

Confirmed participants who need to cancel must notify the Career Center in writing. If you e-mail Bridget O'Connell to cancel by Monday, December 2, you will receive a partial refund of $50. If you cancel after December 2, you will not receive a refund.

Site Visit Selection Process

Confirmed participants will receive descriptions of each site visit on Monday, November 18. Then students will complete an online questionnaire, ranking each site visit in their order of preference.

Career Center and Kogod Center for Career Development staff will match students with the site visits that align most closely with their career interests. Staff will take into consideration students’ statements of purpose, completed questionnaires, resumes, class standing, and academic performance. Staff will notify students of their assigned site visits by Friday, December 6.

Other Key Dates

  • Friday, December 6: deadline to submit approved resume for inclusion in resume book intended for alumni and employers.
  • Wednesday, December 11: mandatory orientation for all confirmed participants from noon-1:00 p.m. (location TBD). Lunch will be provided.

What to Expect

NYC Site Visit

Get a behind-the-scenes look at previous trips.

2012 Student Diary


Contact Cait Domagal in the Career Center at 202-885-6007 or

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