2009 NASW Internship Fair

NASW student members looking for great internships, or news and science organizations looking for top-flight interns, should plan to attend the 2009 NASW Internship Fair. The fair will be held Saturday, Feb. 14, from noon to 4 p.m. at the 2009 AAAS meeting in Chicago at the Fairmont Hotel, Gold Room, second floor.

Recruiters, please contact fair coordinator Jenny Cutraro at jenny@nasw.org to reserve a table. Students and directors of science writing programs, please note your COMPLETE AND PAID applications for NASW membership at either the regular membership level or student level MUST be received by Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009, to be eligible to participate in the fair. Visit http://www.nasw.org/join/ for information on joining NASW.

At the beginning of the Fair, recruiters will give brief (five minutes) presentations about their organizations and internship opportunities and answer any general questions from students attending the Fair. Subsequent to the presentations, students will sign up to meet with recruiters of their choice. Student meetings with recruiters are limited to 5 minutes.

Students: Please keep in mind that the Fair is intended to be an opportunity for NASW student members to learn about an organization's internship program and introduce themselves to recruiters to make a quick first impression. Meetings with recruiters are limited to five minutes each. Typically, recruiters may identify prospective interns at the Fair, but follow-up interviews and screening are certainties. Sign up will be on the day of the Fair only, and you must be a member or a student member of NASW to participate. Please be prepared. Make sure you have proof of NASW membership and 20 copies of your resume, a list of references, and clips to share with recruiters. Because of time constraints, you may not be able to meet with all recruiters, but you may leave a resume with each and follow up at your discretion during or after the AAAS meeting. Please be prepared — the internship fair is a long day; you may wish to bring drinks and snacks with you.

Internship coordinators: The initial presentation about your organization is intended to eliminate the need to repeat that information to each prospective intern you interview. It will be helpful for everyone if recruiters have informational handouts about their organizations' internship opportunities. Please bring 50 copies. Recruiting organizations are encouraged to consider having two people work the Fair to facilitate the volume of students seeking internships. NASW volunteers will be on hand to help recruiters and students as much as possible. Contact Jenny Cutraro at jenny@nasw.org to reserve your table.