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About GW Career Quest:

Career Quest offers GW students an exclusive opportunity to gain an up-close and personal experience with leading organizations in major cities, including New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta and now Austin! 

The program provides students with an opportunity to:

  • hone their informational interviewing and networking skills with employers
  • learn how an organization works and about their job and internship opportunities
  • hear from employers about their professional journeys and the  pathways they followed to career success
  • connect with GW alumni in major metropolitan areas
  • explore and experience the culture and pulse of exciting cities

GW Career Quest is sponsored by the Center for Career Services and the Career Services Council, and supported by a generous gift from Board of Trustees Emeritus Mark R. Shenkman, MBA '67, and his wife Rosalind.

Summer Break 2020 Career Quest: Austin

Austin (All Industries trek): The trek will take place the week of August 24th, 2020, with specific dates TBD.

Employers will be announced soon!

Application Process

Students must submit an application and supporting documents (unofficial transcript, resume, and optional financial need form) through myGW . Select applicants will also need to complete an interview. Application submissions accepted beginning at 12:00PM EST on Monday, January 27th and close at 9:00AM EST on Monday, February 10th.

A committee consisting of members of the Center for Career Services will review applications and select participants. Selection criteria include:

  • Eligibility: You must be a full-time undergraduate student or a graduate student. Part-time undergraduate students, exchange students, and full time GW employees* are ineligible for this program
  • Academic standing (participation is contingent on upon maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5)
  • Disciplinary standing (the selection process will contain a review of non-academic disciplinary conduct records as maintained by the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities)  
  • Demonstration of your academic and professional goals
  • Quality of writing and interview responses

*Note: GW faculty & staff who are taking classes or are enrolled in a degree program at GW - your primary designation in Banner must be listed as  "student" in order to be eligible to submit an application. 

Submit an application

Important Program Information

  • Participants are required to attend all mandatory meetings prior to departure as well as submit a program evaluation and blog post.
  • The Career Quest  program covers lodging, breakfast, and lunch during the site visits.
  • Students cover their own transportation to and from the CQ city and all dinners. In cities where public transportation is the primary means of getting around, students will be required to cover this cost. If you believe you may need financial assistance for travel to and from the CQ city, please apply for aid by completing the Financial Need form when submitting your application.

Past Career Quest site visits in New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco:

Buzzfeed | Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media | FacebookHulu | iHeart Media | Spotify | Kiva | Bustle | LA Dodgers | eMarketer | Lionsgate | Milken Institute | NBAThe New York Times | Pacific Council on International Policy | Pop Sugar | Thumbtack | Millimam | Airbnb | U.S. Bank | GAP, Inc. | Genentech | Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative |

GW Career Quest program contact information:

  • If you are interested in the Austin trek, please contact [email protected]
  • For general inquiries about Career Quest, please contact the Employer Relations team at [email protected]

Check out what students are saying about Career Quest!

Winter Break 2020 - Atlanta

Winter Break 2020 - Los Angeles

Fall Break 2019 - NYC

Summer Break 2019 - Boston

Winter Break 2019 - San Francisco

Fall Break 2018 - New York City

Summer Break 2018 - Seattle

Spring Break 2017 - New York City

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Media, Public Relations, & Communications Group

Winter Break 2017 - San Francisco

Fall Break 2016 - New York City


GW students share their Career Quest experiences

Students Get Inside Look at Bay Area Companies through Career Quest

GW students learned about corporate culture on the West Coast after visiting com

Career Quest Students Share NY Experiences

Networking trek offers inside access to Hulu, the American Red Cross, Citigroup,

Students Take Strides toward Success with GW Career Quest

Read the GW Today feature on GW Career Quest NYC - Spring 2015!

A Networking Newbie’s Manifesto: Lessons from the 2015 GW Career Quest

Read this great blog post that Max Grossman, ESIA BA '17, wrote describing his experiences and what he gained from participating in GW Career Quest NYC 2015