For Students: Policy & Government Fair


The 2017 Policy & Government Career Fair

"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."
                                                                                                                ~John F. Kennedy

Fair Information

When: Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 | 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Where: Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall, University of Pennsylvania, 3417 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Who: The fair is open to students and alumni of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as current students of Haverford College, Swarthmore College and Bryn Mawr College.

Check Handshake for a list of registered organizations.




Career Fair Plus App Information

The app will be populated with attending employers in September 2017.




REGISTERED ORGANIZATIONS | 2017

American Association for Cancer Research
Atlantic County Government
Clean Water Action
Congressional Leadership Fund
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Corporation for National and Community Service
Council on Foreign Relations (The)
DC Child and Family Services Agency
DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Houston Police Department
IDinsight
IES Internships
Institute of World Politics (The)
Mathematica Policy Research
National Labor Relations Board
New Jersey Courts
New York City Department Of Correction
Peace Corps (Post-Graduation Service Opportunity)
PFM
Philadelphia International Airport
Playworks
Public Leadership Education Network
U.S. Department of State
U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
University of Pennsylvania - Center for Undergraduate Research & Fellowships
University of Pennsylvania - Middle East Center
University of Pennsylvania - Penn in Washington
University of Pennsylvania - Penn Police Department
US Food and Drug Administration (FDA/CTP)
Work for Progress


Tips for the Career Fair

1. Dress appropriately. This event is business casual.

2. Do your homework before you go. Research the companies attending by browsing through Handshake.

3. When you get to the Sheraton, decide which companies you will see first. Before you approach a table, think about the research you've done for a minute:

  • What do you already know about the employer?
  • Think of questions that you can ask to help you understand what the organization is seeking and to learn of their hiring timelines and processes.
  • Be prepared to give a brief summary of the type of work you are seeking.
  • Be prepared to say a little bit about yourself (interests, projects, research, goals, etc.)

4. Approach recruiters! Don't be nervous, the recruiters are here to speak with you. Be sociable and professional.

5. Be prepared to initiate conversation, by asking questions or saying something that gives the person an invitation to talk. The idea is to converse with employers, not to just have a question & answer session. Your conversation should last for about a minute and a half.

6. Introduce yourself and thank the employer for attending. Shake hands and make eye contact.

7. Be aware of others waiting. If you determine that you are not particularly interested in working for this organization, thank the recruiter for his/her time and walk on. If you are very interested, say something like, "I'd like to speak with you further, but I see that you have others waiting. May I come back later to see if you have more time?"

8. Be discreet in talking about employers. Even if you know the recruiter keep in mind that they represent the employer now. All conversations should be on a professional level.

9. Provide the employer with your resume. Bring plenty of copies.

10. Some organizations will bring promotional gift items. Don't take more than you can carry inconspicuously and don't take take one if you haven't spoken with the recruiter.

11. Take the recruiter's business card for future reference.

12. If you want to pursue a job with a recruiter, make sure you know what to do next (ie. fill out an application form, send a letter of recommendation, etc.)

13. After the event, jot down some information about your conversation with each representative to whom you spoke.  This will help you in in the future when contacting this person or others in the organization. Sending thank you notes (by email is fine) is recommended for those companies with opportunities you are especially interested in pursuing. Try to trigger the representative's memory of you by stating something that you had discussed with him or her.