DMUworks: Employment in the Digital and Technology Sectors – Silicon Valley

Opportunity type:

Ref: 10003684


First and second year undergraduate students are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum number of places available is 15 and the minimum number of students required for this trip to go ahead will be 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one extra-curricular trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


The opportunity will be based on visiting digital and tech companies in the Silicon Valley area, so that students receive an insight into what working in the sector is like, learn about career opportunities and emerging sector trends, network and build professional contacts and engage in a digital related mini-project or activity set by the company. As a sub-purpose it is hoped that the trip highlights career opportunities in the digital and tech sector for non-traditionally ‘techy’ people.

The visits are not designed to merely be a tour of the offices, but a chance to network with employees and get a real snap shot of the tech industry in Silicon Valley. The visits will open up students eyes to the possibility of forging a career in this area, and have the opportunity to engage in a hands-on, interactive mini-project or activity whilst at the company offices.

We have some exciting company visits already confirmed! We will be visiting the amazing San Francisco headquarters of LinkedIn, the largest and most famous global professional networking platform. LinkedIn consistently ranks as one of the best places in the world to work.

We will be heading further into Silicon Valley to visit one of the largest technology companies in the world Cisco Systems, at their global headquarters in San Jose.

Back in San Francisco we will spend some time with a digital and tech company called Handshake. Handshake is the largest online careers employability community for students and recent graduates.

Other exciting employer visits are still being planned!

Cultural activities

With spare time available for a wide range of cultural activities students will have the opportunity to  walk or bike across the Golden Gate Bridge: The world’s most photographed bridge, the Golden Gate is one of the Seven Engineering Wonders of the World. In addition, students are encouraged to take a tour of Alcatraz Island and explore the fascinating history of the country’s most infamous prison.

Travel and accommodation

Accommodation and travel  will be booked by DMU for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the US immigration requirements.

All students will require an ESTA or some kind of visa to travel to the USA. Further information will be provided to all accepted students regarding the type of visa required and how to apply. If you have any specific questions about this please email for advice. Please note that you are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Please be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Saturday 13 June 2020
  • Return date: Thursday 18 June 2020
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £850-900
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, activity costs, cultural activities,  food & drink, visa (if applicable)
  • DMU Global bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Monday 17 February 2020 9am