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APPAM Career and PhD Program Fair

APPAM is excited to host the second annual Career and PhD Program Fair this fall to connect employers and schools to students and seasoned professionals in the fields of public policy, management, and administration. This event is an opportunity for APPAM student members, recent graduates, and professional job seekers to connect with organizations for informal informational discussions about careers that typically attract public policy graduates. The fair is also an opportunity for PhD programs to host an informational table to talk about their program offerings with interested students. The fair will be held in conjunction with our Annual Fall Research Conference in National Harbor, Maryland this year.

November 22, 1:00-3:00PM | Gaylord National Harbor | Maryland

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Employer Sign Ups

APPAM is excited to welcome local and national employers to join our second annual Career & PhD Program Fair this November!

When: Friday, November 22, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, US Eastern Time
Where: Gaylord National Harbor, Maryland - Potomac Ballroom CD
Cost:

  • Exhibitors – Complimentary
  • APPAM Institutional Members – $150 
  • Non-Members – $250

Are you a government agency that needs funding assistance? Contact soliver@appam.org.

Included:

  • One six-foot table with two chairs
  • Standard conference wireless internet (not suitable for streaming)
  • Three complimentary APPAM Career Connection job postings
  • Two complimentary fair staff registrations (event access only)

Why should my organization participate?
APPAM will host 1,000+ student members at our Annual Fall Research Conference, all of whom have the opportunity to participate in the Career and PhD Program Fair. This diverse group of student members are from top undergraduate, master’s, and PhD programs around the country studying policy, public management, public affairs, economics, health policy, political science, education policy, and data science. Many APPAM student members are on the job market and ready to begin their post-graduate careers. Additionally, the 50+ diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) travel fellowship recipients will be on hand to meet with potential employers, as well as local students and recent graduates from area schools. 

35% of conference registrants signed up for the 2023 Career & PhD Program Fair and we're expecting even more this November! Out of the nearly 900 fair registrants, 89% were current or soon-to-be public policy professionals on the job market.

How do I participate?
Any college, university, institution, or organization that has an interest in hiring policy research professionals is welcome to reserve a table at the Career and PhD Program Fair for a small fee. Participants do not need to be APPAM institutional members, but institutional members receive a table discount. Participating employers are not required to be hiring or recruiting for a specific position. Representatives will be expected to speak to APPAM members about possible careers and provide information about working in the field in general and in their organization specifically. This is a great opportunity for brand recognition and to engage with graduate students and experienced job seekers!

Please note that if you choose to have both a Career and a PhD Program table, you must have separate staff for both tables as the tables will not be next to each other.

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PhD Program Sign Ups

APPAM is excited to welcome back PhD programs! Space is limited so tables will be reserved on a first come, first served basis. The fair is open to any policy PhD program that is interested in sharing details of their program with conference attendees.

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When: Friday, November 22, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, US Eastern Time
Where: Gaylord National Harbor, Maryland - Potomac Ballroom CD
Cost:

  • Exhibitors – Complimentary
  • APPAM Institutional Members – $150 
  • Non-Members – $250

Are you a small program that needs funding assistance? Contact soliver@appam.org.

Included:

  • One six-foot table with two chairs
  • Standard conference wireless internet (not suitable for streaming)
  • Two fair staff registrations (event access only)

How do I participate?
Any college, university, or institution that offers a relevant policy degree is welcome to reserve a table at the table at the Career and PhD Program Fair for a small fee. Participants do not need to be APPAM institutional members, but institutional members receive a table discount. Representatives will be expected to speak to APPAM members about possible degrees and provide information about their school's program. This is a great opportunity for brand recognition and to engage with potential PhD students!

Please note that if you choose to have both a Career and a PhD Program table, you must have separate staff for both tables as the tables will not be next to each other.

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Attendees

Last year, APPAM welcomed over 50 employers & PhD programs - check out the 2023 organizations here and check back later this summer for the 2024 participating organizations!

Interested in a PhD: Meet with PhD Program representatives to learn about the differences between programs, what being a PhD student is like, what courses a particular program offers, and what kinds of benefits and services are offered to students. 

Entering the job market soon: Meet with potential employers from both Atlanta and all around the country to learn about how to prepare for the job market, what to expect from the interview & hiring process, typical hiring timelines, job opportunities & requirements, and much more. 

Undergraduate or Masters student: Please join us for an Undergraduate and Masters Student Seminar immediately following the fair. This two-hour seminar will feature panel and breakout group discussions with policy professionals. Check back in early summer for more information!

Registration & Cost: The APPAM Career & PhD Program Fair is free to attend. However, you must be registered for the conference. Conference registration will open in late July. 

Attendee sign ups will begin in late July

Questions?

Please see the FAQ below or email Samantha Oliver Thomason, soliver@appam.org.
 

Career & PhD Program Fair Questions

Questions & Answers

Q: I already take part in the PhD Fair, can I take part as an employer too?

A:

Yes. But please note that if you choose to have both a Career and a PhD Program table, you must have separate staff for both tables as the tables will not be next to each other.

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Q: Who should take part in the career fair?

A:

Any national or local organizations who hire bachelor, masters, or PhD graduates, as well as experienced professionals, in the fields of policy, data science, public affairs, economics, statistical analysis, and other relevant public policy research fields.

 

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Q: Is private interview space available?

A:

APPAM Institutional Members can utilize complimentary meeting space, to conduct private meetings or interviews. The boardroom space is available on a first come, first served basis and the form will be available in the spring.

Onsite meeting space is not available to non-member institutions. Learn more about institutional membership benefits, such as discount fair table & sponsorship rates, complimentary meeting & affiliate reception space, and much more, here.

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Q: I’m not attending the rest of the conference. Do I need to pay to register?

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Full conference registration is not required for table staff. APPAM will offer two complimentary fair-only access passes to the Career and PhD Fair tables.

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Q: I’d like to attend the rest of the conference. Are there other ways I can meet with attendees throughout the three-day conference?

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Yes! The APPAM exhibit hall is open all day Thursday and Friday, as well as Saturday morning. There's daily refreshments, a poster reception, and a poster luncheon, as well as the headshot lounge, inside of the hall. Exhibitors receive complimentary fair table space as well!

Additionally, there are various special event and branding opportunities available here.

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Q: Why should I participate as an employer?

A:

APPAM will host 1,000 student members at our Annual Fall Research Conference, all of whom have the opportunity to participate in the Career and PhD Program Fair. This diverse group of student members are from top undergraduate, master’s, and PhD programs around the country studying policy, public management, public affairs, economics, health policy, political science, and data science. Many APPAM student members are on the job market and ready to begin their post-graduate careers. Additionally, the 50 diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) travel fellowship recipients will be on hand to meet with potential employers, as well as local students and recent graduates from area schools. 

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Q: Why should I participate as a PhD program?

A:

This diverse group of student members are from top undergraduate and master's programs. Many APPAM student members are looking to pursue their PhD and are on the search for the right program. Additionally, the 50 diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) travel fellowship recipients will be on hand to meet with potential graduate schools and PhD programs, as well as local students and recent graduates from area schools.

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Q: How do I sign up?

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Employers & PhD programs must complete the forms at the links above. You will be sent an invoice & more details shortly after.

Students and job seekers can sign up during the conference registration process - opening in late July. This is a complimentary conference event.

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