DMUworks Digital in San Francisco & Silicon Valley

Key Information

Information

Application Deadline: 07/02/22 at 9:00 am

Opportunity type: Employability trips, Extra-curricular opportunities

Ref: 10006507

Dates

Departure Date: 11/06/22

Return Date: 16/06/22

Costs

£900: the estimated cost for flights, accommodation and transfers (excluding DMU Global funding). Students will also be required to pay for: in-country travel, visits, food and drink, visa/ESTA

Funding

DMU Global Bursary: £400

Booking

Accommodation: Accommodation will be booked by DMU as part of the trip, with students staying in shared rooms in a hotel/hostel

Travel: Flights will be booked by DMU

Contact

General Enquiries: dmuglobal@dmu.ac.uk

Trip Lead: phil.curtis@dmu.ac.uk

Eligibility

All DMU students are eligible to participate on this opportunity, and those with a demonstrable interest in pursuing a career in the digital technology sector are encouraged to apply. There is a maximum of 15 places available, with a minimum of 10 participants required for this opportunity to take place. Students are recommended to check the eligibility criteria before applying.

About

Trip description

The purpose of the trip is to highlight the opportunities available to students in the digital and technology sector. As part of the trip the group will visit a variety of high-profile tech companies in the San Francisco Bay Area such as LinkedIn and Handshake and get valuable insight into the sector and its future.

LinkedIn are the largest and most well-known global professional networking and career development platform. We will be visiting their amazing San Francisco office which opened in 2016 and have a unique opportunity to hear from their employees about what it takes to build a successful career in digital and tech. 

Handshake, also based in Downtown San Francisco is the leading early careers community and platform in the US. Handshake has seen impressive growth with their goal of democratising opportunity and ensuring college students have the support they need to find a great job and kick-off a meaningful career. We will tour their offices, get a feel for what working in tech is like and pick their brains or digital and tech careers, what the future hold for the sector and how to break into the industry.

Further host companies may be added at a later stage.

Students will gain an understanding of both technical and non-technical careers routes available to them and what it takes to be successful in the recruitment process. Students will also get the chance to tour the office and an opportunity to network with tech professionals.


Learning objectives

Participating in a DMU Global opportunity can help you develop a range of employability skills and competencies that enhance your studies. The objectives of this trip are as follows:

  • Gain an understanding of the digital and technology sector, and what opportunities are available to students.
  • Gain an understanding of what it takes to be successful in the recruitment process, and what they should be doing as students to give them an advantage.


Cultural activities


San Francisco is an exciting and vibrant city in the state of California, with many things to do and places to visit. Whilst staying in the city students will have the chance to visit world-famous landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf, as well as an optional trip to the world’s most famous prison, Alcatraz Island. There will also be free time available for students to explore the city at their own pace.

Please note that all cultural visits and activities are subject to COVID-19 regulations in San Francisco.

COVID-19 information

  • Travel to USA is permitted according to the travel rules for England as listed on UK Government website.
  • Students are required to get both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine prior to travel due to the US entry requirements. Only full vaccinated travellers are permitted entry without quarantine.
  • Accurate and up-to-date information about the entry and testing requirements for USA can be found on the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office website. Before boarding a flight to the USA, most passengers – regardless of vaccination status – are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 1 day before travel. In addition, travellers returning to the UK need to take a lateral flow or PCR test within 2 days arriving back in England. Further Information can be found on the UK Government website.
  • For fully vaccinated travellers, the estimated costs for the required COVID-19 tests are £100-120. Students are required to arrange and pay for these tests independently.
  • All students that are offered a place on this DMU Global opportunity will receive further COVID-19 advice and guidance by email and in pre-departure briefing sessions. More details and COVID-19 Travel Information can be found here.