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October 24

Government Partners: Management Consulting & Government Contractors

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
University Career Services SUB I, Room 3400

Roughly 10%—15 million—of the nation's workforce work under contracts with the government.  Want to get your foot in the door?  Come learn about jobs with private companies that produce goods or services for government agencies.

KSJ & Associates

October 24

Fellowships and Scholarships as a Pathway to Government Careers

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
University Career Services SUB I, Room 3400

This session provides an overview of nationally competitive fellowship and scholarship awards that offer elite pathways into federal government and public service careers.  Some fellowship and scholarship programs lead directly to employment in government agencies, offices, or laboratories.   For example, alumni of the Rangel and Pickering Fellowships join the U.S. Foreign Service.  Alumni of the Payne Fellowship join USAID, and Presidential Management Fellows receive two-year assignments in the federal government according to their qualifications and skills.  Other programs offer preferential access to government careers for program alumni, provide a point of entry through service requirements, or help alumni develop professional profiles and networks that prepare them to enter government and/or public service careers.  For example, alumni of the Boren Awards programs (for international study and language training) serve for one year in the federal government following graduation – which affords an opportunity to gain experience, access, and connections.  Participants in the DOD SMART program (for STEM students) receive paid summer internships in DOD laboratories.  And participants in the ACLS Public Fellows program (for humanities and social science PhDs) work in government, NGO, and non-profit offices as a pathway into high level public service careers.  Opportunities are also available at the state and local levels.  The Virginia Governor's Fellows Program offers state government experience, while "urban fellows" programs such as those in Washington D.C. and New York City offer experience in municipal government.  Finally, fellowships such as the Bosch Fellowship, Alfa Fellowship, Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship, EMDAP and EMGIP awards offer opportunities to gain international experience in government and public sector affairs.


October 27

Showcase Grad Studies

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Johnson Center, Lower Level, Dewberry Hall

Please check back for more information.

October 28


9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Dewberry Hall

a University/Industry Forum on "Harnessing the Power of Social Media"


Preeminent leaders in communication share insights on social media and digital communication as a global phenomena and opportunity for today's graduates featuring a keynote address by

Aaron Sherinian
Vice President of Communication and Public Relations
The United Nations Foundation

and a panel discussion with

Andrew Bleeker, global digital practice director, Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Angie Goff, WRC-TV-4 news anchor, reporter and GMU alumna

Lauren Green, social media manager, Northrop Grumman Corporation

Jill Moss, new media development Democracy Fellow, USAID

Lindsey Spindle, chief communications & brand officer, Share our Strength

Followed by a Speed Mentoring Session with VIP Guests
Mason students will have a chance to directly network as special guests move table to table.

Free to all Mason students, faculty, and staff.  Registration is strongly encouraged for the speed mentoring event.  To register, contact Brittany Sanders at bsander7@gmu.edu.


October 28

Defense Security Service (U.S. Department of Defense)

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
University Career Services SUB I, Room 3400

Come to learn about career opportunities, student internships and obtaining security clearances.

On behalf of the Department of Defense and other U.S. Government Departments and Agencies, the Defense Security Service supports national security and the warfighter through our security oversight and education missions.  DSS oversees the protection of U.S. and foreign classified information and technologies in the hands of industry under the National Industrial Security Program (NISP) and serves as the functional manager for the DoD security professional development program.  We provide security education, training, and professional development services as the functional manager for the DoD security professional development program, and for other U.S. Government personnel and contractor employees, and representatives of foreign governments, as required.


October 30

Science Career Night

4:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Research Hall First Floor (Panel in Room 163)

Title:  Science Career Night (Open to All Majors)
Event Type: 
Networking workshop, Nontraditional Science Career Panel, and Science Employer and Alumni Networking Event
Available during Networking session
Business Professional
yes encouraged to bring one
Panelists and Employers: 

 Detailed Agenda/Timeline:       

·4:30 – 5:00 Registration (Sign in at entrance of Research Hall)

·5:00-5:45 Student Networking Workshop (Room 163 – will cover proper etiquette techniques for networking, particularly when food is present)

·6:00-7:00 Nontraditional Science Careers Panel (Room 163 – Panelist TBD)

·7:00-8:30 Science Employer and Alumni Networking Reception (Research Hall 1st Floor – food will be available)

Register 1 or 2 ways:  1. cos.gmu.edu/scn or 2.  go to Hiremason – Events tab – Career Fairs – Register at 2014 Science Career Night