Tech Trek is a program designed to provide students the chance to learn about and explore the Tech industry and culture in the Bay Area of California. 


The trip blends on-site company visits, product demonstrations, panels with alumni, and alumni networking opportunities. Students that participate in Tech Trek will gain a deeper understanding of what it takes to be a new graduate in technology, a clear understanding of how to engage with these companies for job and internship opportunities and the beginnings of a network to industry professionals and mentors.

Tech Trek will take place prior to the start of the 2022 fall semester and is scheduled for Monday, August 22 through Friday, August 26, 2022.

Tech Trek is a partnership between the RISD Alumni Association, the Alumni in Tech Affinity Group, the Club of San Francisco, and the Career Center.

Key Details

Deadline to apply?

March 31, 2022 

Who can apply?

Rising Sophomores, Rising Juniors, Rising Seniors, Rising 2nd and 3rd year graduate students. 

Students who are graduating in June 2022 are not eligible to apply.  


Tech Trek is scheduled prior to the start of the Fall 2022 semester -  Monday, August 22 through Friday, August 26, 2022


Tech Trek will take place in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, CA


Selected students are required to pay a non-refundable $100 program deposit fee to hold their space to participate.

All program expenses will be provided for students, including: hotel accommodations, travel to and from Tech Trek sites, and daily meals. Students are responsible for any and all additional expenses including: personal items, toiletries, additional meals/food outside of those provided and anything done outside of program schedule, ie. entry fees to museums, sightseeing tours, clubs, entertainment etc.

Some additional financial assistance is available for students who might not otherwise be able to participate.

Application Guidelines

See The Guidelines

Info Session Recording

Watch the recording below to learn more about the Tech Trek experience!



Contact Susan Andersen at the RISD Career Center, or Kate Sawicki in Institutional Advancement,, if you have any questions about the guidelines, or the application process and requirements.