Seattle Experience 2024
A faculty-led alternative spring break trip offering real-world insights from and connections to industry, government, and non-profit organizations.
Your degree does not define your potential.
Opportunities abound in today’s complex society, but how does an anthropologist become a data scientist? Can biology help you pursue a career in customer support? What skills does an English major use to become a business leader?
The Seattle Experience is designed to foster curiosity and prime you for possibilities yet unknown.
Submissions for 2024 are now closed.
Please email Professor Jeff Sanders.
All students selected for the Seattle Experience must:
- Be enrolled as a full-time WSU undergraduate student (any campus)
- Be an admitted student in a bachelor’s degree program offered by the College of Arts and Sciences.
- Attend all pre- and post-trip meetings:
- February 28 and March 6; 5:00–7:00 p.m.
- March 27; 5:00–7:00 p.m.
- Be on time for and participate in all of the planned Seattle Experience activities.
The Spring 2024 itinerary is in development. See the Spring 2023 itinerary for an example of the type of activities that are included.
The Seattle Experience is supported by generous alumni donors and there is no cost to participate. Lunch and activity transportation (as needed) will be provided each day. Participants will be responsible for arranging their own transportation, accommodation, and other meals and will receive a stipend of $2,700 in advance of the trip to use for this purpose.
Each cohort will be designed to include a broad scope of academic pursuits and personal experiences.
To apply, you’ll need:
- Your current resume in a Word or PDF format.
- Name and email for two WSU references (faculty or staff members). A third non-WSU reference may also be provided (optional).
The application includes several short-answer questions (each 100 words or less). We recommend you create your responses in advance and then copy-and-paste them in the application. The questions are:
- Why do you want to participate in the Seattle Experience program?
- What are your areas of interest and your career goals or ambitions?
- How do you anticipate this program will help you move forward in your career goals?
- What do you think/feel/question when you hear the word “resilience”?
Built around the theme “Belonging,” the cohort of undergraduate students explored many facets of urban life.
Sunday: Visit the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI)
Monday: The Market and the State of the City
- Meet with leaders of the Pike Place Market Foundation and Friends of the Waterfront
- WSU alumni panel discussion (representatives of government, industry, non-profit)
- Walking tour of Pike Place Market
Tuesday: History, Industry, and Belonging
- Tour Amazon Spheres
- Meet with Amazon recruiters about the hiring processes and opportunities
- Meet with MOHAI curators, archivists, and collections managers
- Town Hall meeting on health and houselessness in Seattle
Wednesday: Legacies of Exclusion and Building Belonging
- Tour Denshō, a digital-born, video oral history project about the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII.
- Meet with City of Seattle government officials
- Evening talk: “Homewaters: A Human and Natural History of Puget Sound”