In addition to providing facilities for formal interviews during the AHA annual meeting, the Job Center hosted a new event this year: the Career Fair. Giving students and job candidates an opportunity to network and discover the vast possibilities open to those with history training, the fair provided a lively, energizing Saturday afternoon at the meeting.
Mentors came from over 25 organizations and specialties, including National Library of Medicine, Georgetown University, US Department of State, Morgan State University, Northern Virginia Community College, University of Texas at Austin, NEH and Department of Education, National Council on Public History, St. Albans School, RAND Corporation, Bedford/St. Martin’s, Compass Lexecon, Naval History and Heritage Command, US Army Center of Military History, Smithsonian and National Museum of American History, and DC Public Schools. They gave advice and provided information to many attendees, reporting that they were “all talked out” after a busy four hours.
For our first Career Fair, this was a tremendous success. We’d love to hear feedback from those who attended the fair; sound off in the comments below and let us know about your experience. We hope to hold our second annual Career Fair next year in New York City, and would also appreciate any suggestions to make it even better.