San Francisco

Bay Area

The future of work?

The global center of technological innovation, the Bay Area is a dynamic, vibrant cultural metropolis juggling rising living costs, climate change, and a population boom. Students joining this program will have the opportunity to experience all the region has to offer by engaging in its explosive ‘innovation community’. Opportunities on this program include Design Thinking Workshops, tours of Stanford and Cal Berkeley, site visits to leading tech companies and emerging start-ups, and numerous cultural attractions and immersions. 

Potential Program Themes

Technological innovation and the future of jobs
University visits
America’s natural beauty

Sample Itinerary

We fly from to San Francisco, arriving in the late afternoon and checking into our centrally-located accommodations. We begin our time with a ‘welcome feast’, experiencing the gastronomic delights created by the diversity (and wealth) within the Bay Area.

During the morning, we depart for an ‘urban hike’ and walking tour to explore some of San Francisco’s iconic landmarks and the history and cultural significance behind them. We begin at the Sutro Baths and hike along the Lands End trail, stopping to visit the US San Francisco Memorial, and continuing on to the Presidio and Golden Gate Park. After a picnic lunch, we head to Fisherman’s Wharf to explore the market, see the sea lions who bask in the sun on the docks, and sample local seafood and snack options. 

After breakfast, we pack our overnight bags and take the BART (Bay Area Regional Transit) to Palo Alto. We start by heading back in time with a visit to the Computer History Museum, where we review the stories and artifacts of the information age, and set the stage for our exploration of the continuing impact of the computing revolution society.

We spend two days day touring leading technology organizations and learning about the changing nature of work in the 21st century. Immersions will be arranged at Facebook, Dropbox, Twitter, Google, AirBnb, and/or General Assembly. Students have the opportunity to learn about the personal journeys of young professionals working at these companies, as well as discuss key issues in the innovation world. 

We return to San Francisco to explore the ‘spillover effects’ of the technology boom within the city, speaking with members of the city’s transportation offices and organizations that serve the homeless. Our explorations focus on the vibrant Mission district, an expansive neighborhood that traditionally was the home of working-class Latin American families, but in recent years has been overrun by the laptop-toting creative set.

We journey north of San Francisco into Marin County, stopping in at small towns along the way before arriving at the Marin Cliffs for a clifftop hike along the ocean. In the afternoon, we’ll explore the cozy towns along Highway One, including Bolinas and Point Reyes, seeking to gain a picture of life so close (yet so far) from the technology bubble, before returning back across the Golden Gate Bridge for a dinner in Berkeley.

Our final full day together is spent exploring the culturally-diverse and exciting Berkeley and Oakland neighborhoods. We tour the campus of Cal Berkeley and interact with students about their studies and experiences at this prestigious university. In the afternoon, we close the program, discussing what roles we might take in both engaging and shaping the future of work.

We head to the airport and board our respective flights back home.

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