TechTrek - Silicon Valley Tech Trip

TechTrek is a program designed to provide students the chance to learn about and explore the Tech industry, various design jobs in tech, startups, and design culture on the West Coast.

(Image Credit: Alvaro Domingue)  


The trip blends on-site company visits, fireside chats, lunch & learn sessions and alumni networking opportunities. Students that participate in TechTrek will gain a deeper understanding of what it takes to be a new graduate designer 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.

TechTrek will take place during the RISD Spring Break and is scheduled for Sunday, March 22 through Thursday, March 26, 2020.

TechTrek 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?

November 6th

Who can apply?

Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, 1st, 2nd and 3rd year graduate students


TechTrek is scheduled during the RISD Spring Break week - Sunday, March 22 - Thursday, March 26, 2020


TechTrek will take place in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, CA



*Important note: Students who are selected to participate in TechTrek will receive a $500 scholarship to help cover the cost of attending. Some additional financial assistance is available for students who might not otherwise be able to participate. 

Application Guidelines

Read the detailed application guidelines for instructions on how to apply.

Application Guidelines


Students with questions may reach out to Susan Andersen at