On Friday, November 1, over 250 students from Johns Hopkins University Washington D.C. Center came together for the first-ever D.C. Connect. Students from Carey Business School, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and Advanced Academic Programs interacted with over 40 employers from government, non-profit, technology, consulting, and finance sectors. The excitement was palpable and despite the cold weather outside, the atmosphere the event was warm, welcoming, and full of deep conversations.
Some employers held special information sessions for interested students, which allowed them to talk in a relaxed setting about opportunities and more detailed company information. Companies that held information sessions included Beacon Global Strategies, MassMutual Capitol District, Environmental Defense Fund, and Gartner.
Many Carey students that I spoke with enjoyed the event and found it very helpful in their job search and career progression, and even asked for more events like this. They found D.C. Connect to be just the right size: not too overwhelming, but also plenty of opportunities and a wide variety of companies to talk to.
D.C. Connect was unique in the sense that all three schools were able to work together to maximize and share their resources with all of their students. As a result of this collaboration, Carey and SAIS have started to talk about the possibility of holding joint happy hours to allow students from other schools connect even more. This is definitely an exciting time to be a Carey student and I personally hope that this new relationship can continue to grow even more! I created a video about D.C. Connect, which includes some thoughts about the fair from Carey students, as well as some tips for students that are looking to attend career fairs in the future.