On Friday, March 15th, 2013 students from Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs hosted the 2nd Annual Career Forum. In collaboration with CitySMARTS, the graduate student-led organization affiliated with the Policy School, students were joined with over 30 sector leaders in various fields of public policy to leverage their professional networks.
With a great turnout, the Career Forum began in the early evening with a panel discussion consisting of representatives from public, private, and nonprofit sectors that provided students with an overview of employment in their respective sectors, valuable and insightful information driven from student questions, as well as “tips and tricks” for landing employment.
Students continued their discussions at affinity roundtables organized by policy fields with two or three sector leaders at each table. Sample policy clusters include: Economic Development, Housing & Community Development, Transportation Policy, Sustainability, Grassroots & Nonprofit, and Management & Public Administration.
To conclude the event, alumni from the Policy School joined current students and sector leaders for a reception hour. Students were able to put their networking skills to the test by approaching sector leaders to discuss internship opportunities in their organization. This hour has proven to be an effective piece of the Career Forum—last year’s students were able to establish connections that led to internships and even employment after graduation, and we are hoping this year’s group will have equal success.
The Career Forum was held from 4pm-7pm in the Cabral Center Ballroom at the John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute on Northeastern University campus. Other participants include Northeastern University faculty and staff as well as affiliated organizations such as The Dukakis Center for Urban & Regional Policy and World Class Cities Partnership.