Experiential Treks

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What is an Experiential Trek (E-Trek)?

E-Treks are immersive learning experiences that provide students with opportunities to engage and network with professionals while getting more acquainted with the culture of the Bay Area. The treks are open to all undergraduate students on the Oakland campus, and we are expecting all 800 students to participate.

The day will involve student visits to diverse organizations and corporations in the morning. Following these excursions, students will participate in activities that help them to consider what they learned during the visit and reflect upon their own academic and career journey. These activities will challenge you to think critically about your future including seeking co-ops, attending graduate school, selecting a major, and more.

Oakland E Treks

Spring 2024

Students will have the opportunity to visit one Bay Area company to learn more about their organizational structure and meet some of the leadership. The spring 2024 companies include but are not limited to, Tesla, Block, Golden State Warriors, Salesforce, Oakland Zoo, Heirloom Coffee.

Click on the links below to learn more about each Trek and register.

Communication, communities, & connections

ABC7 San Francisco, also known as KGO-TV, is a prominent television station serving the San Francisco Bay Area. Established in 1949, ABC7 has become a trusted source of news, weather, sports, and entertainment for viewers across the region. With a commitment to journalistic integrity and community engagement, ABC7 delivers comprehensive coverage of local, national, and international events, keeping audiences informed and connected.

What to expect on this E-TREK: During this Trek, you will get to explore the layout of the space and hear from select leaders across a range of roles and areas such as business administration, operations, media curation, and more.

Learn more and register for the Spring 2024 E-Trek with ABC 7.

Building, blocks of innovation

Block (Square), Inc. is a financial technology company that provides a range of payment and financial services to businesses and individuals. The company is known for its innovative solutions that make it easier for businesses of all sizes to accept card payments, manage transactions, and access financial tools.

What to expect on this E-TREK: During this Trek, you will hear from select leaders across a range of roles and areas such as business administration, operations, tax analyst, and more.

Learn more and register for the Spring 2024 E-Trek with Block.

The science behind exploration and education

The Chabot Space & Science Center, nestled in the hills of Redwood Regional Park in Oakland, California, traces its roots back to 1883 when it was founded as the Chabot Observatory. Named after Anthony Chabot, a pioneering businessman and philanthropist, the observatory was initially established for astronomical research and public stargazing events. Today, the center features interactive exhibits, immersive planetarium shows, historic observatories, and a wide range of educational programs for visitors of all ages.

What to expect on this E-TREK: During this Trek, you will get to explore Chabot Space & Science Center and hear from select leaders across a range of roles and areas such as science education, business administration, operations, exhibit curators and more.

Learn more and register for the Spring 2024 E-Trek with the Chabot Space & Science Center.

More than just a game

The Bay Area’s beloved Golden State Warriors (GSW) are a professional basketball team that competes in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Home of the first and only unanimously voted MVP, GSW are known for their rich history and success in the league, with numerous NBA championships to their name.

What to expect on the “Chase Center” version of this E-TREK: The Chase Center Trek will travel to San Francisco. You’ll learn about venue management and the business side of operating the Warriors. To be a part of the National Basketball Association takes an entire team of individuals who don’t even make get on the court. A behind the scenes look will expose you to all of the warriors that make this team and game happen.

What to expect on the “Coliseum” version of this E-TREK: The Coliseum Trek will travel to the former arena (also home to the Oakland Athletics). This Trek will explore the Warriors commitment to the community, youth empowerment programs, and more. You’ll also be able to tour the facility of the next WNBA team and learn how basketball teams utilize technology to increase efficiency.

Learn more and register for either the Spring 2024 GSW E-Trek (Chase Center) or the Spring 2024 GSW E-Trek (Coliseum).

The chemistry of coffee

Heirloom Coffee Roasters is the first specialty coffee brand to offer 100% regeneratively sourced coffees including the first ROC™ Certified coffee ever commercially available. Heirloom Roasts in its state-of-the-art coffee roastery in Oakland, CA using a proprietary culinary roasting style to enhance the flavor of their coffees and introduce sweetness in every cup.

What to expect on this E-TREK: During this Trek, you will get to explore the backstage view of Heirloom Coffee Roasters and hear from select leaders across a range of roles and areas such as sustainability, business administration, imports, operations and more.

Learn more and register for the Spring 2024 E-Trek with Heirloom Coffee Roasters.

Humanity + AI = Conscious Innovation

Based in San Francisco, Hu.ma.ne was founded by ex-Apple leaders paving the way in AI for good. With a deep value in building innovative technology that feels familiar, natural, and human, Humane was founded on the principle that we all deserve more from technology. Good AI leverages technology to improve human experience and is born from good intentions.

What to expect on this E-TREK: During this Trek, you will get to explore the layout of the space and hear from select leaders across a range of roles and areas such as engineering, business administration, AI, operations and more.

Learn more and register for the Spring 2024 E-Trek with Hu.ma.ne.

The science behind work & play

The Lawrence Hall of Science is a public science center and educational institution in Berkeley, California, on the University of California, Berkeley campus. It serves as a hub for science education and exploration, inspiring curiosity and fostering a deeper understanding of the natural world through interactive exhibits, educational programs, and outreach initiatives.

What to expect on this E-TREK: During this Trek, you will get to explore the Lawrence Hall of Science and hear from select leaders across a range of roles and areas such as health & science, business administration, operations, exhibit curators and more.

Learn more and register for the Spring 2024 E-Trek with the Lawrence Hall of Science.

There’s an art to making the world beautiful

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is a multidisciplinary museum in Oakland, California. Established in 1969 through the merger of three institutions, OMCA is dedicated to exploring and celebrating the art, history, and natural sciences of California. With a vast collection of over 1.9 million objects, the museum offers a diverse array of exhibitions, educational programs, and community events for visitors of all ages. OMCA’s mission is to inspire Californians to engage with their state’s rich cultural heritage, foster dialogue and understanding, and envision a vibrant future for themselves and their communities.

What to expect on this E-TREK: During this Trek, you will get to explore the layout of the space and hear from select leaders across a range of roles and areas such as business administration, operations, art curation, and more.

Learn more and register for the Spring 2024 E-Trek with the Oakland Museum of California.

Rooted in justice, sports, & society

Oakland Roots is a relatively new soccer club with a strong emphasis on community engagement and social impact. The club aims to bring together the diverse communities of Oakland through the sport of soccer and use the platform of sports to create positive change in the community.

What to expect on this E-TREK: During this Trek, you will get to hear from one of the founders of Oakland Roots and learn more about health and wellness, business, operations, and more.

Learn more and register for the Spring 2024 E-Trek with Oakland Roots.

In the business of conserving wild lives

The Oakland Zoo is a renowned wildlife conservation center and family attraction with over 100 acres managed by the Conservation Society of California. The zoo is home to over 850 native and exotic animals, representing more than 270 species, housed in naturalistic habitats. It’s particularly noted for its excellent elephant exhibit and the expansive California Trail exhibit, which showcases native Californian animals and provides stunning views of the Bay Area.

What to expect on this E-TREK: During this Trek, you will get the opportunity to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes at the zoo and hear from select leaders & administrators across a range of roles and areas such as life sciences, business administration, operations and more.

Learn more and register for the Spring 2024 E-Trek with the Oakland Zoo.

A part of your world bit by bit

Onto Innovation Inc. is a leading provider of process control, inspection, and metrology solutions for advanced semiconductor manufacturing and other high-technology industries. The company’s mission is to enable its customers to achieve advanced levels of performance, productivity, and reliability in their manufacturing processes.

What to expect on this E-TREK: During this Trek, you will get to explore how semiconductor chips are made, programmed and more. You will hear from select leaders across a range of roles and areas such as engineering, business administration, manufacturing and more.

Learn more and register for the Spring 2024 E-Trek with Onto Innovation.

Developing emerging opportunities & innovation

Port Labs drives innovation in their maker space by hosting communities of entrepreneurs, creatives, engineers, designers, and business experts. Professionals from across industries and with all kinds of backgrounds can use Port Labs space in downtown Oakland to ignite their next big idea. Port Labs offers commercial space for use, access to amenities, and the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded great thinkers.

What to expect on this E-TREK: During this Trek, you will get to explore the space Port Labs offers to its members and potentially hear from select leaders across a range of roles and areas such as entrepreneurs, engineers, designers, and business experts

Learn more and register for the Spring 2024 E-Trek with Port Labs.

A force to be reckoned with

Salesforce is a leading customer relationship management (CRM) software company that provides a wide range of cloud-based solutions to help businesses and organizations manage their customer relationships, sales processes, marketing efforts, and more. The company is known for its innovative approach to CRM and its commitment to helping businesses connect with their customers in meaningful ways.

What to expect on this E-TREK: During this Trek, you will get to explore the backstage view of Salesforce and hear from select leaders across a range of roles and areas such as sales leaders, business administration, marketing and more.

Learn more and register for the Spring 2024 E-Trek with Salesforce.

Setting the standard for enterprising systems

SAP, which stands for Systems, Applications, and Products in Data Processing, is a multinational software corporation based in Germany. SAP is best known for its enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, which helps businesses manage various aspects of their operations, including finance, human resources, supply chain, manufacturing, procurement, sales, and customer relationship management (CRM).

What to expect on this E-TREK: During this Trek, you will get to explore SAP’s San Francisco’s location and hear from select leaders across a range of roles and areas such as cloud computing, supply chain management, analytics and business intelligence, and more.

Learn more and register for the Spring 2024 E-Trek with SAP.

Transforming innovation

Tesla, Inc. is an American electric vehicle (EV) and clean energy company known for its pioneering work in sustainable transportation and energy solutions. It was founded with the goal of accelerating the world’s transition to sustainable energy. Tesla’s mission is to make electric vehicles accessible to a broader market while promoting clean energy production and storage.

What to expect on this E-TREK: During this Trek, you will get to explore the backstage view of Tesla and hear from select leaders across a range of roles and areas such as engineering, business administration, operations and more.

Learn more and register for the Spring 2024 E-Trek with Tesla.

Mother Earth supports nail pulling

Urban Machine is on a mission to reclaim the millions of tons of wood waste from construction and demolition by reclaiming it into high volume, locally sourced, premium lumber products. Reclaiming and co-creating locally sourced premium lumber products creates a circular economy, and by doing this, Urban Machine contributes to the preservation of secular forests, reduces logistical costs, and allows for the health benefits of wood in the environments to be reaped.

What to expect on this E-TREK: During this Trek, you will get to explore the full range of what it takes to sustain wood for multi-process use and hear from select leaders across a range of roles and areas such as sustainability, business administration, operations and more.

Learn more and register for the Spring 2024 E-Trek with Urban Machine.

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