Swarthmore Students Stand Out at DC Career Expo

by Paul Shortell '13
Paul Shortell at EXPO
Paul Shortell '13 attends the Government and Nonprofit Career Expo in D.C. and writes about his experience.

Swarthmore students made a strong appearance at this year's Government and Non-Profit Career Expo in Washington, DC. Hosted by Georgetown University, the career fair introduced students from a handful of top colleges to recruiters from seventy DC-area employers. New York University, University of Virginia, University of Richmond and the College of William & Mary were also represented at the Expo.

Despite the dreary weather, more than seventy employers and hundreds of undergraduates were in attendance at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center. The fair is a top recruiting event for several government agencies, including the Department of State, Congressional Budget Office and Central Intelligence Agency. A wide array of non-profit, consulting, education and science jobs were also offered by organizations like ICF International, the Southern Teacher's Agency, and the National Institutes of Health. In addition to entry-level positions for college graduates, many employers offered exciting internship opportunities for sophomores or juniors seeking professional experience.

Students utilized a wide range of Career Services programs leading up to the fair. Before attending the Expo, students learned the nuts and bolts of working a career fair through an informative workshop entitled Conquering a Career Fair.  Many also stopped by for a résumé review or interview tips with our Career Peer Advisors. And, as always, we provide the formal attire and portfolios that keep students looking polished and professional.

Whether career fair veterans or beginners, students were enthusiastic about their experience at the Expo. Meeting one-on-one with recruiters, a number of job-seeking seniors secured interviews with prospective employers. For others, the Expo provided an invaluable opportunity to discover new opportunities and practice networking in a professional environment. Akure Imes '14 reflected, "I was delighted to find many internships and job opportunities in tutoring, teaching and education policy." She is sure that she will attend the fair again next spring.

The Government and Non-Profit Career Expo is just one of several events offered for Swarthmore students like Akure interested in DC-area jobs and internships. Just the week before, seniors interviewed with high-profile employers at the DC Metrolink event. The Washington, DC area is a top destination for Swarthmore alums pursuing a variety of career paths. It also is a perennial home for current students working with organizations over the summer. In recent years, Swarthmore students have interned at organizations including the Center for Policy and Budget Priorities, the Smithsonian Museum and the National Security Network.

Interested in attending a career fair or finding a DC-area job? Stop into Career Services to meet with our staff and find out more about exciting upcoming opportunities! Our next stop: the Philadelphia-area Non-Profit Career Fair at Villanova University!