MIT Hosts Inaugural Federal Agency Career Fair

By Nina Kohen, Career Assistant, Global Education and Career Development Center

The first MIT Federal Agency Career Fair (FACF) took place on October 22nd. MIT was selected to host the fair by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Over 30 organizations participated in the event which attracted approximately 375 students. In addition to MIT, students from Wellesley College, Tufts University and Harvard University were invited to attend. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) sponsored the fair as a part of their “Call to Serve” initiative. The initiative is the result of collaboration between The Partnership for Public Service and the Office of Personnel Management, the goal of which is to educate a new generation about the importance of a strong civil service.

The overall success of the FACF can be attributed to the collaboration of the Global Education and Career Development Center (GECDC) with various groups both on and off campus. These groups included: the MIT Public Service Center, Graduate students from the MIT Science Policy Initiative as well as staff from the Career Development Center at Wellesley College.

To supplement the FACF, complementary workshops were organized. These included two well-attended workshops during the day of the fair given by Dave Herman from the OPM entitled “How to Find and Apply for Federal Jobs” as well as a lively lecture given on October 21st featuring Tobin Smith, Associate Director of Federal Relations at the Association of American Universities (AAU) and former Federal Relations Representative for MIT. Smith’s presentation was titled, “Public Service: Not Just for Politicians and Bureaucrats Anymore”. The morning of October 22nd yet another presentation was organized, this one discussing the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships. This particular workshop drew graduate students from both MIT and Harvard and was presented by a previous fellowship recipient.

Thanks to all who helped and supported our team achieve such success with this event. We look forward to our next career fair which will be held in April 2009.