Government & Policy Fair Today!

TODAY from 11am – 3pm, Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall

Have you considered a career in policy, politics, government, or public service? If so, you should attend the Policy and Government Career Fair to speak to representatives from the U.S. State Department, the FBI, Peace Corps, U.S. Courts, Americorps, American Enterprise Institute, Teach for America, the Federal Reserve Bank of NY and over 20 more organizations who are recruiting for jobs and internships in a variety of fields (see below for the full list of organizations)!

The fair is open to undergraduate and graduate students in all schools.

Continue reading “Government & Policy Fair Today!”

Day in the Life: Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth and Family Services

What is it really like working in a state-wide nonprofit network?  Maggie Potter addressed this on Tuesday, March 13th. Get insights into this field in preparation for  the Philadelphia Nonprofit & Government Career Fair at St. Joseph’s University on Tuesday, March 20th. Post your questions to our Facebook page or send us a tweet  to @PennCareerServ or @PennCareerDay.   Maggie will answer them directly. Read more about Maggie below and check out her insights on our Storify page where her tweets are available.

Maggie Potter graduated from Williams College with a Bachelor in Psychology in 2004. Following several years of working and soul searching, including a stint abroad in Nepal and a year as an Americorps VISTA in Boston, she landed at Penn for a dual Masters degree in Social Work and Social Policy. She graduated in 2011 and now works at the Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth and Family Services, a statewide membership association of nonprofits. She works closely with non-profit leaders, public officials at the state and local level, and foundations to advocate for better policies and practices for children and families involved with the foster care, juvenile justice and behavioral health systems. In her free time she enjoys traveling the world, reading, baking and doing yoga.

Government & Policy Career Fair Today!

Head on over to Bodek Lounge in Houston Hall today between 11:00am – 3:00pm for our annual Government & Policy Career Fair!

Please note: The fair is open to students and alumni of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as current students of Haverford College, Swarthmore College and Bryn Mawyr College.

Registered for today’s fair are:

Consulting, Politics & Policy

  • Acumen, LLC
  • American Enterprise Institute
  • Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
  • Maximus
  • MDRC
  • Fels Public Policy Internship program
  • U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG)


  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
  • Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • Internal Revenue Service


  • City Year Greater Philadelphia
  • Education Pioneers
  • MATCH Charter Public School
  • Teach for America
  • Urban Teacher Center


  • Clean Water Action
  • Environment America
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission


  • General Dynamics Information Technology
  • U.S. Marine Corps Office Selection Station

Health & Human Services

  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency


  • Department of State
  • Peace Corps

Law, Intelligence & Regulation

  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission


  • Marine Corps Officer Selection Station


Exploring Careers? Check the Obituaries…

One exercise I have seen suggested in career counseling books and workshops is that to learn what really matters to you, you should try writing your own epitaph.  The idea is that you can see what you want to be remembered for, and as a result become more focused in your career exploration and job search.

I know it sounds creepy, perhaps this blog might have been better timed in a month for Halloween, when talk of the dead and the undead is more socially acceptable. But I will venture forth in sharing a Sunday ritual I have had for years (not eating eye-of-newt, I promise):  I sit down in the morning and pore through the Sunday New York Times Obituaries.   As a career counselor, I have always found the profiles of people in their long career spans to be very compelling.  I can’t think of a better place to learn about the variety of careers available, nor to really illustrate the varying roles of fate, of ambition, of goals achieved and how unanticipated experiences have changed the course of people’s lives. When you read obituaries you also see how a personality, for example a style of leadership or capacity for empathy, can play a huge role in the nature of someone’s achievements.

While reading the obit articles can be sad because the lives described are at their ends, it is also thrilling to be reminded how much people can accomplish for society in how many ways.  If you are currently exploring your options, this is an unconventional, but inspiring approach to learn about the world of work.  These are some of the people profiled this week:

Entertainment/Communications Careers

Founding Force of the Big East Conference

Gavitt harnessed the burgeoning power of televised sports coverage with his nascent league to produce a powerful conference.

Man Who Shaped Miniature Golf

Mr. Lomma and his brother Alphonse are widely credited with having shaped the game’s familiar postwar incarnation

Painter and a Creator of Pop Art

Mr. Hamilton, whose sly, trenchant take on consumer culture and advertising made him a pioneering figure in Pop Art, was known for his cover design of the Beatles’ “White Album.”

Political Careers

Leader in Gay Rights Fight

Mr. Evans helped form and lead the movement that coalesced after gay people and their supporters protested a 1969 police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a Greenwich Village gay bar.

Antiwar Leader in 1960s

Mr. Oglesby led Students for a Democratic Society as it publicly opposed the Vietnam War, and his speech “Let Us Shape the Future” is considered a landmark of American political rhetoric.

Charles Percy, Former Ill. Senator

Mr. Percy was a moderate Republican who clashed with President Richard M. Nixon over the Watergate scandal.

Education Careers

Man Who Fought Standardized Tests

Dr. Perrone’s ideas on flexible teaching methods led to a loose network of public alternative schools in New York, Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia.

Cultural Musicologist

Christopher Small, a New Zealand-born writer and musicologist who argued that music is above all an active ritual involving those who play and listen to it

Judge and a Scholar

Mr. Asch, a judge with a Ph.D. in sociology, wrote scholarly works about civil liberties and made notable decisions about landlord-tenant law and gay employment.

Hi Tech Careers

Early Chronicler of Video Games

Mr. Kunkel helped start the first published gaming column in 1978, and later the first video game magazine.

Pioneer of E-Books

Mr. Hart began the digital library Project Gutenberg after a July 4 fireworks display, when he typed up the Declaration of Independence and made it available for download.

Builder of Cargo Container

Mr. Tantlinger is credited with creating, in the 1950s, the first commercially viable modern shipping container, which changed the way nations do business.

And, for the thrillseekers…

Daring Italian Mountaineer

Mr. Bonatti was a member of the Italian team that conquered K2 in northern Pakistan

Air and Land Daredevil

Ms. Skelton was a three-time national aerobatic women’s flight champion when she turned to race-car driving, then went on to exceed 300 m.p.h. in a jet-powered car.

What do you want to be remembered for?  I’ll close with a quote from my colleague John Tuton: “…our society focuses so much on the outward trappings of success like salary and possessions when folks are alive, but I’ve never seen a dollar sign on a tombstone.”

Policy & Government Career Fair is TODAY!

Attention Penn Students!

Current Penn students and alumni are welcome to come to Bodek Lounge in Houston Hall between 11am and 3pm today to speak with recruiters from a wide variety of government agencies and policy organizations! There are MANY oppertunities available in a wide range of fields – all majors and class years welcome!

Dress sharp and bring plenty of resumes!

Employers attending today’s fair are listed below by industry:


  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
  • Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Social Security Administration
  • U.S. Treasury Department – Office of Inspector General


  • Environment America
  • Green Corps
  • Student Conservation Association


  • Defense Contract Management Agency – Philadelphia
  • Defense Logistics Agency Troops Support
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Health & Human Services

  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Excalibur Medical Imaging, PA
  • U.S. Army Medical Department

Intelligence/Law Enforcement

  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • U.S. Army Intelligence Information  Warfare Directorate
  • U.S. Secret Service

International Diplomacy

  • Peace Corps
  • USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance
  • U.S. Department of State

Legal /Human Rights

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of PA
  • Merit Systems Protection Board
  • National Labor Relations Board


  • Naval Inventory Control Point
  • Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division

Policy, Politics & Consulting

  • Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
  • Maximus
  • Penn in Washington Program
  • U.S. Public Interest Research  Group


  • Office of Personnel Management
  • Department of Labor

Be prepared by checking out our Career Fair tips video!

This career fair is open to eligible, current Penn students and alumni only, as well as current students of Haverford College, Swarthmore College and Bryn Mawyr College by special arrangement with their respective Career Services office.