Industry Immersion

Industry Immersion

Industry Immersion strengthens relationships between students, alumni and industry professionals, by giving motivated students an opportunity to explore industry and leading job markets and engage with high-powered C&IS alumni and leaders.

Elevate yourself personally and professionally through first-hand experience of company cultures and creating new contacts in the industry.

Industry Immersion


Students of all majors and classifications are eligible to apply, but trip itineraries focus on industries related to C&IS majors. Students must be in academic good standing when applying for admission to an Industry Immersion trip. Applicants who show promise on their application will be invited to an interview. 


  • Attend pre-program orientation(s)
  • Agree and sign the behavior expectations form(s)
  • Have access to professional attire (business casual for most trips)

Upcoming Trips


  • Nashville, TN – Wednesday, October 25 – Friday, October 27 [Fall Break]
  • Atlanta, GA – Wednesday, October 25 – Friday, October 27 [Fall Break]
  • Birmingham, AL – Friday, November 3
  • New York, NY – Sunday, December 17 – Thursday, December 21


  • State of Texas (Virtual) – Friday, March 1
  • Los Angeles, CA – Sunday, March 10 – Thursday, March 14
  • Chicago, IL – Tuesday, March 12 – Saturday, March 16
  • Huntsville, AL – Friday, April 12
  • Dallas, TX – Sunday, May 5 – Thursday, May 9


  • Join industry networking opportunities
  • Strengthen professional brands and profiles
  • Recognize different work cultures
  • Polish relationship building skills
  • Pinpoint professional goals
Reese Phifer

​Industry Immersion equipped me with the confidence and knowledge to effectively market myself to potential employers. The program has afforded me a wealth of opportunities, but most importantly it has grown my professional network and helped me establish valuable relationships within the industry.

Emma Adcock


Engage in orientation and complete assigned industry research and trade readings. Orientation covers trip expectations, safety, networking strategy, communication guidelines and how to prepare to meet an employer.


Delve into the companies from the trip’s itinerary, including work culture and tips for pursuing a job. Daily schedules during each trip are intensive and motivating.


Stay in-touch with connections you make during your Industry Immersion trip. Ask questions, seek feedback and apply to open positions.

Gorgas Library

Industry Immersion gave me the tools I needed to become a confident young professional. I learned how to maximize my network, tips on nailing a meeting or interview, and had the opportunity to explore my chosen career path. This past summer, I interned with an agency in Birmingham that I connected with through Industry Immersion. I’m excited to help engage other students in this amazing opportunity right here on campus. Take the time to elevate the skills and resources you already have because you definitely won’t regret it!

Sarah Fields

$100 virtual (ex. online Texas)

$200 in-person day trip (ex. Birmingham)

$1,350 in-person overnight (ex. Atlanta)

$1,850 4-day overnight (ex. New York)

Costs Covered

  • Housing for the duration of the organized trip
  • Transportation to and from scheduled meetings
  • Tours and appointments
  • Assigned faculty and staff coordinators
  • Trip planning and itinerary building
  • Workshops provided before the trip and during the trip

On day trips and overnight day trips, transportation is provided by university personnel, which is factored into the trip fee. For other trips,​ the trip fee does not include flight/transportation to or from the trip destination or meals during the trip.

Not Covered

  • Any recreation outside the itinerary
  • Transportation outside the itinerary
  • Transportation to and from the airport
  • Meals, except for corporate-sponsored catering during industry meetings
  • All flight expenses (including baggage fees)

Transportation is provided for day trips to Huntsville, Birmingham, Nashville and Atlanta.


Once you’ve been accepted on a trip, all payments are online. The payment link will be in your acceptance email.


Scholarships are available for each trip and may cover either a portion of the trip fee or the full cost. Scholarships consider financial need and students coming from a household with a low EFC score (Expected Family Contribution).

Students are recommended to have at least a 3.0 grade point average to apply for a trip scholarship.

Reese Phifer

Industry Immersion is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Through it, I have traveled to several major market cities to meet industry leaders and C&IS alumni, giving me insight into the industry and helping me grow my professional network. It has also provided me the opportunity to serve in the professional development of fellow students. In this role, I help future participants prepare to take advantage of networking opportunities and develop personal brands.

Michael Johnson



Applications for Industry Immersion Student Executive and Student Director positions may be found on the C&IS Student Engagement Portal hereApplications for 2024 – 2025 will open in early Spring 2024.


Have questions? Reach out to us.