Background: There are several National MBA Career Fairs held in the fall of each academic year. These Career Fairs are typically hosted by diversity associations and linked to conferences. They are attended by the Fortune 1000 MBA recruiters and top MBA students/alumni seeking work. For students seeking work at national organizations that do not actively recruit at Willamette, attending these career fairs is the one way to have the opportunity to meet the recruiters face-to-face, and be pulled into the hiring process. NOTE: All of these events are open to all MBA students from all backgrounds.
Eligible Career Fairs:
AscendNAAMBA Conference (National Association of Asian MBAs) |2017 dates TBD | Location TBD
NAWMBA Conference (National Association of Women MBAs) |October 19-21, 2017 | Lombard, IL
NBMBAA Conference (National Black MBA Association) |September 26-30, 2017 | Philadelphia, PA
NSHMBA Conference (National Society of Hispanic MBAs) |September 26-30, 2017 | Philadelphia, PA
Net Impact Conference (Social and Environmental Change) |October 27-28, 2017 | Atlanta, GA
Reaching Out LGBT MBA Conference (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) |October 12-14, 2017| Boston, MA
General Description: The National MBA Career Fair Scholarship provides a $500 scholarship per student for up to 25 full-time second-year MBA students who achieved a first year MBA GPA of 3.0 or higher, actively participated in the career management programs including securing an internship, demonstrated leadership in /student associations and showed initiative in the internship search.
Scholarship recipients must meet the following minimum eligibility criteria:
- Completed the first year core curriculum with a minimum GPA of 3.0
- Maintained good standing within the academic regulations of the Atkinson School and the codes of conduct of the Atkinson School and Willamette University
- Demonstrated leadership in professional/student associations
- Actively participated in career management programs
- Showed initiative in the internship search and secured an internship
- Registered for one of the qualifying 2016 National Career Fairs listed above
- Completed and submitted the National Career Fair Scholarship Application to Beth Ursin, Career Management Director, starting immediately, with a first deadline of July 9, 2017. Applications will be reviewed after July 25th and on a rolling basis after that time and awarded based on quality of application and available funds.
- Completion of the scholarship interview if selected to interview.
Selection: Selection is competitive among applicants who meet the minimum eligibility criteria listed above and who present their qualifications in a complete and professional manner in the application and interview. Applications will be reviewed by a committee consisting of administrative staff and faculty. Interviews may be required.
Reimbursement: Student participant pays his/her own way. Within two weeks of completing travel, student submits original receipts (including airline boarding passes if submitting airline receipts) and reimbursement form filled out (typed) completely to Mudd 111. Reimbursable expenses for up to $500 include conference registration, travel (airline, taxi or transport/ground services) and lodging. Reimubursements DO NOT cover food, rental vehicle or gas.
Upon return from the National Career Fair, the scholarship recipient will provide Career Management with an essay describing activities participated in and learning experiences which may be used for promotion of the scholarship for the following year. The recipient may also be asked to represent the Willamette MBA program if no AGSM staff is in attendance.
In addition to registering for the conference, students are encouraged to become a member of the association sponsoring the event to be eligible to post their resume and apply for jobs through the conference website. This should be done no later than 2 weeks prior to the conference.