You're Invited! Networking Event with Illinois Students on a Spring Break Career Trek

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites you to participate in a networking event with sixteen Illinois undergraduates visiting Washington, DC during Illinois’ spring break (March 18-24). The students, enrolled in a career development course offered by the new LAS Life + Career Design Lab, will be spending the week visiting different Washington, DC work environments. They are especially excited to meet DC Illini. 

Please join us on Monday, March 19 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at 201 Bar (201 Massachusetts Ave NE). The event will be an opportunity for the students to network in a small group setting with Illinois alums. Appetizers will be served. There will be one structured networking activity to help the students “warm up” followed by open conversation.  

Please RSVP to course instructor, Melissa Schoeplein,, if you would like to participate in the event. Please include your name, graduation year, Illinois major, and current place of employment when you RSVP. Alums from all Illinois majors and professional sectors are encouraged to participate. 


We hope you can join us! The alumni networking reception during last year’s career trek was a HUGE hit with the students. Thank you for considering!


LAS in DC Networking Reception

Date: Monday, March 19, 2018

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 

Location: 201 Bar (State Room) 201 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002 (A short walk from the Union Station Metro Stop - red line - and street parking available)




Quotes from 2017 LAS in DC students: 

  • Before this trip, whenever I thought about life post-graduation it seemed easy to default to a formulaic mindset. . . Having the opportunity to hear people’s stories to how they got where they are today humanized the process and broke down the formula — obliterated it, actually — because as much as we want to force it, there isn’t a recipe or straight-line path to success.  
  • Meeting with so many notable alumni and especially those that have graduated from LAS made me realize that there are opportunities out there that would really fit well with my LAS degree. Being in DC really inspires you to want to make a change and have an impact on the country you live in, no matter if you are working in the federal government or elsewhere. Seeing and experiencing the atmosphere of working in DC truly helps you to picture yourself living there and what post-graduate life can be like there.  
  •  LAS in DC has been the highlight of my college career thus far and I am profoundly appreciative of the opportunity.