Career Tours
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Building awareness.

Career Tours is a unique and engaging opportunity for high school students to go together on field trips and visit a variety of work sites. Students hear firsthand from the professionals who do these jobs every day, learn about possibilities they have not considered, and get guidance on their next steps.



We believe that all students should have an opportunity to think about life after high school in a fun, inspiring way.  Seeing a variety of industries, roles, educational levels, and definitions of  “success” helps students have a larger perspective on life as they think about their future.



Monday july 9 - Thursday july 12: depart Arlington

monday July 30 - Thursday August 2: depart Annandale

4 days

eight site visits

Each group will visit different professionals at various educational levels, hearing career path stories and getting advice.



1 workshop

putting the pieces of "career" (work + LIfe) together

To wrap everything up, we will have a workshop to discuss the different roles we've seen, the various definitions of success, and students will have the opportunity to think about their strengths and definitions of success. Location: GW's Graduate Education Center in Alexandria.


0 stress

yeah, we know camps are supposed to be fun

One of the things the 2017 participants were worried about before coming was that it was going to be boring or stressful. Our days are not long and we are received by cool people, find good food, and have fun on the road. 


What hosts say:

"Having the opportunity to participate in such a positive program with the chance to directly impact bright young kids was fun, fulfilling and simple.  The program was very well-organized and it's clear that the students appreciate the outcomes!"

- Ash Shabudin, Capital One

"It was a joy being part of the Career Tours 2017 and talk about my career as a diplomat. The participants were eager to learn and asked thoughtful questions. It was clear that they were interested in learning more before making one of their first big life choices."

- Sandra Jensen Landi, DANISH DIPLOMAT



"A great opportunity to for students to hear first hand about different jobs from the people who do them and see them in action."

Susan, Washington Lee parent


"Each night my son has come home full of stories about what he learned on the career tours. Thank you for coordinating this opportunity!"

Elizabeth, Hayfield parent 


"This summer I had the opportunity to go on career tours with a group of other students. We had up close access to a judge, US Marshals, and a communications director. What I appreciated about this experience is that it opened my eyes to things that I had not previously considered; such as what's important to me, work environment, and character. I recommend these trips to other students." 

Mauricio, 10th grade, Annandale High School




"The experience was very informational and specific. It helps you understand that life comes and nothing is set in stone. Your major or the university you attend is not an end-all-be-all to your success. I also appreciated that we were treated like adults and equals as opposed to students."

Melisa, 11th grade, Yorktown High School