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Trips & Events
Each year, Columbia Business School student club groups organize study and recruiting trips to key geographic markets for MBA students interested in pursuing employment in those areas. If you are interested in participating, please contact the appropriate student group or our office.
Some of the recent trips planned included:
London – November
Each year, many first year students from the School's European Society and Investment Banking Club participate in London Banking Days, a two day event in which students interested in pursuing opportunities in the EU meet with representatives from the investment banking industry. Featured in last year's event, which included panels in sales and trading, banking, and private wealth management were companies such as: Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, and UBS. Last year's trip also included an evening networking event and a full day of on-site informationals.
Additional treks for Consulting and Private Equity also were held.
Washington, DC – December
During the School’s Annual Career Trek to Washington, DC, students from Columbia’s International Development Club met with representatives from the IFC (International Finance Corporation), IADB (Inter-American Development Bank), Accion, Impact Assets, Ashoka, Dalberg, and the World Bank Group. The students also attended a mixer with Columbia Business School alumni.
West Coast – January
This trip is organized by Columbia's Technology Business Group, and typically includes site visits to leading companies and start-ups such as: eBay, Genentech, Google, Intel, Intuit, Linkedin, SnapFish, WebEx, and Yahoo!; a venture capital panel consisting of representatives from companies like Battery Ventures, Hummer Winblad, SAP Ventures, Apax Partners, etc.; a networking event where students meet with representatives from tech companies like Apple or Cisco Systems, and those that serve them like McKinsey & Company and Savvian. The Trip usually coincides with the Dean's annual Bay Area alumni reception to which students are invited.
Los Angeles – January
The Media Management Association hosts an annual January trip to Southern California. In the past, students visited companies such as Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony, Hulu, CAA, and other firms. The trip included an alumni mixer and a mixer with other MBA students also in LA visiting media companies.
San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle – January
A collaboration between the Technology Business Group, the Private Equity Venture Capital Club, the Green Business Club, and the Career Management Center, this trip consists of several concurrent treks to both leading technology companies and startups such as Google, LinkedIn, Simplee, Twitter, Uber and Yahoo!; green-focused enterprises such as Bloom Energy, SunPower and Tesla Motors; and venture capital firms such as Battery Ventures, Mohr Davidow and SoftTech. The Seattle extension, a smaller trip in duration and scope typically focuses on technology and e-commerce and includes visits to Amazon, Microsoft as well as additional opportunities for either a visit or panel involving local area startups. Both trips to Seattle and the Bay Area include an evening alumni mixer. The California event alternates between San Francisco and Silicon Valley yearly and typically includes a keynote speaker or panel of interest to both students and area alumni.