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The 2014 Bay Area Treks

If you haven’t heard yet, registration for the 2014 Bay Area Treks is now open on ZagTrax! During the Thursday and Friday of Spring Break, we visit Silicon Valley and San Francisco companies. Secure your spot by registering on ZagTrax now, and keep reading for more information about the companies we visit on each trek!

Silicon Valley Trek: $35, ($60 for both Silicon Valley and San Francisco)

All Students meet at 10:00 AM at Santa Clara University (in front of the Mission Chapel) 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA on Thursday, March 13. Charter buses will depart to corporate excursion sites promptly at 10:30am. Students have the option of meeting Career Center Staff in San Francisco and riding our charter bus to Santa Clara. If interested in this option, please watch for information in upcoming emails.

Corporate Excursion #1: Google, McAfee, and Fire Eye

Corporate Excursion #2: Google, Stryker Endoscopy, and Chegg

**Excursions will be assigned based on major and class year. You will be notified of your excursion assignment by email during the week of March 3rd.

San Francisco: $35, ($60 for both Silicon Valley and San Francisco)
All Students meet at 12 PM at the San Francisco Downtown Courtyard Marriott, 299 Second Street, San Francisco, CA on Friday, March 14. Excursions will depart by charter bus or on foot promptly at 12:30PM to one of the corporate excursions below.

Corporate Excursion #1: Wells Fargo and Capital Group

Corporate Excursion #2: Weber-Shandwick & Gollin Harris and LinkedIn

Corporate Excursion #3: and Birst

**Excursions will be assigned based on major and class year. You will be notified of your excursion assignment by email during the week of March 3rd.

2011 Silicon Valley & San Francisco Treks

We are excited about the line up for the 2011 Bay Area Treks! Students of all majors and years are invited to join us for the Bay Area Treks.  For more information, contact the GAMP office at or 313-4048.

To Register:

Cost: $35 for one city, $60 for both.   (Scholarships are available) The first 15 students who register for the Trek get 50% off their registration fee!

Silicon Valley, March 10th

Students must meet at the campus of Santa Clara no later than 10:00.  If students wish to meet in San Francisco, they must arrive at the Courtyard Hotel (299 Second Street, 94105)   no later than 8:45 am.  Group stays together and goes to all three sites.

Google (Lunch on Site):



After day of excursions, students will return to Santa Clara campus for a networking social and dinner with alumni from area.

San Francisco, March 11th

Excursions will run from 1:30-3, 3:30-5.  Lunch will be provided prior to excursions at hotel. Please plan on meeting at hotel no later than 11:30 am.

After day of excursions, students will head to networking social and dinner with alumni from area at Bechelli’s Flower Market Café, 698 Brannan St, San Francisco CA.

Have you Googled Google?

We all know that Google is the world’s best search engine, but have you ever considered them as an employer?

Although it may seem odd to run a search engine on the world’s largest search engine, you may be surprise at what you come up with.  For example, did you know that Google has been ranked in the top five as “Best Place to Work” by Forbes Magazine. (4th place in 2010 and 2009 and 1st in 2008 and 2007)  Curious why Google has those outstanding rankings? Among other things like flexible work time (20% of staff time is spent on projects of their choice.)  but the benefits to employees are incredible both on and off campus.

Nervous about applying?  Sure it’s pretty competitive, but Google makes available information on putting together a polished resume or acing the dreaded interview. (Just a tip from me to you…most companies don’t make information available so opening to potential applicants.)  If you are curious on what type of opportunities are open right now, they have that easily accessible too!

Curious to see what a day in the in the life a googler looks like?  Check out a cool video from Google’s YouTube Channel!

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Are you dying to see the Google campus for yourself?  Join us for the 3rd Annual Bay Area Trek March 11 & 12 where Google is a excursion host company.  Our visit to Google will be hosted on March 11th along with visits to McAfee and  Stryker Endoscopy.

The event for single Trek day is $35, to participate in both days the cost is $60.  To register, go to: