Atlanta University Center Federal Career Fair: A Successful Collaborative Endeavor

The career fair offered students a chance to hear from AUC alumni currently employed with the federal government.

In support of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the Atlanta Federal Executive Board (AFEB) joined with the Atlanta University Center (AUC) Consortium for the first AUC Federal Career Fair on Thursday, October 27 at the Robert W. Woodruff Library Exhibition Hall.  The event was a huge success with about 200 attendees.  Of which, about 140 were students from the AUC schools – Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, Spelman College, and Morris Brown College. Twenty-three federal agencies were represented with an inordinate amount of job openings and internships. 

Agencies’ representatives were engaged, energized, and actively recruiting for jobs and internships.  Participating agencies included:  Air Force Civilian Service, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Central Intelligence Agency, Consolidated Nuclear Security, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Federal Reserve Board, National Highway Traffic & Safety Administration, Peace Corps, Social Security Administration – Civil Rights & Equal Opportunity (Atlanta Region), U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Atlanta District), U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, U.S. Geological Survey – South Atlantic Water Science Center, and U.S. Secret Service,

While recruitment was the focus of the event, the fair also featured a panel of federal employees who are AUC alumni.  The AUC Alumni Panel spoke to students about their federal career journey, benefits of federal employment, and helpful tips for gaining federal jobs and internships.  They engaged in a candid discussion with students in the Q&A session where a number of thoughtful questions were asked about federal employment, the hiring process, and why try federal employment. 

Another component of the event was a speaker from the Partnership of Public Service in Washington, D.C. giving a presentation on navigating and provided helpful tips on how to apply for federal jobs and internships, as well as promoting the Future Leaders in Public Service Internship Program. 

The inaugural Federal Career Fair showcased the best of public service, those who serve, and what we can accomplish together, through interagency and cross-sector collaboration and partnerships.

For more details about this and future career fairs, please contact Christina Williams at

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