Silicon Valley Student Trip
The Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE) is thrilled to launch its annual student trip to Silicon Valley. This trip will take up to 20 students from Berklee Online; Berklee's campus in Valencia, Spain; Boston Conservatory at Berklee; and Berklee College of Music to the hub of startup culture, technological development, and venture capital. Students will spend five days visiting top tech companies such as Facebook, Spotify, and Twitter; touring incubators and innovation labs such as Stanford and the Y Combinator; and meeting venture capitalists and entrepreneurs on Sand Hill Road.
Daily activities and speakers will illustrate the parallels between the startup mentality and the creative process, and explore transferable creative skills such as inspiration, improvisation, listening, and collaboration. The trip will strengthen the bridge between Berklee and Silicon Valley, and expand students’ visions of what types of careers are possible with a Berklee degree. See photos and student reactions from a previous trip here.
Students will leave the trip with increased exposure to the types of professional opportunities within the tech sector and concrete ways that creatives can market their highly valuable skills outside of the creative industries.
- The trip runs January 12–17, 2020.
- Check out a sample itinerary from a previous trip.
- The trip is based out of Palo Alto, California.
- The total student contribution is the $600 trip fee (this does not include airfare), plus most lunches and dinners.
- The trip fee includes six nights of hotel accommodations (breakfast provided), ground transportation, and limited lunches and dinners.
- Students may book their own airfare to and from San Francisco. They must arrive no later than the evening of Sunday, January 12, 2020, and may not depart before the evening of Friday, January 17, 2020 (late-night/red-eye flights are fine), or Saturday morning, January 18, 2020.
- A sliding scale discount is available based on student need. Once accepted, students can apply for aid.
- To apply for the trip, students must complete the application in its entirety no later than 11:59 p.m., Sunday, October 27, 2019.
- Applications will be evaluated based on the responses to the application questions, faculty references, and an in-person group orientation/interview session for those students selected as finalists. Finalist applicants must make sure they are able to attend one of the required group orientation/interview sessions. The session dates are as follows (the location and remote link will be provided to finalists in advance):
- Monday, November 4, 2019, 1:00 p.m. EST
- Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. EST
- Thursday, November 7, 2019, 11:00 am EST
- Applicants will be informed of final decisions by Friday, November 22, 2019, and must confirm their participation and provide any additional information no later than Monday, December 2, 2019, in order to reserve their slot.
- Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at their institution at the time of their application and remain in good standing each semester leading up to the program. The office reserves the right to revoke admission to the program if a student is placed on academic or disciplinary probation after being accepted, but before the start of the program. Students in this situation will be responsible for any nonrefundable fees related to the program.
- All student fees must be paid by Friday, December 20, 2019, in order for students to participate in the program.