Engaging with Hoyas

As an employer, you have a variety of ways to engage with Georgetown students, including career fairs, information sessions, coffee chats, office hours, and through one-on-one interviews.

The first step to recruiting at Georgetown is to become an approved employer on Handshake. To do so, please log in, set up an account (if you don’t have one already), and request to connect to Georgetown. If you are approved, you can engage with Hoyas in any or all of the following methods.

The Cawley Career Education Center accepts employer event through Handshake.

Looking for more ways to engage? Please see recommended options below. Also, feel free to reach out to our Employer Relations Team (new window).

Career Fairs

Georgetown University offers a variety of career fairs to help you engage with students that meet your needs. The following is a list of upcoming career fairs. All registrations can be done through Handshake and fees vary by fair.

**Note that carer fairs are done for the fall of 2022. The next career fair is the Government, Education, and Non-Profit career fair, taking place on February 17, 2023, in a virtual format. Registration will open in November, 2022.

Click here to learn more about upcoming career fairs (new window).

Employer Information Sessions, Coffee Chats, and Office Hours

Employer events slots are offered during the following timeframes:
Fall 2022: September 6 – November 11.

  • Information sessions are presentations delivered to a group of students. They offer employer the chance to share information about their organization, roles they are hiring for, application processes and deadlines, and much more. It’s a good way for employers whose organization name is established on campus to share a lot of information with many students in a shorter amount of time, usually 45 minutes to an hour. Information sessions can be scheduled for 5 p.m. or 6:30pm p.m., Tuesday through Thursday.
  • Coffee Chats – also known as informational interviews or office hours – are one-on-one or small group appointments in which students choose a 15-30 minute time slot to meet with a representative of an employer. These are opportunities for students to learn more about the firm, to ask questions in a small setting, and to network. This format works well when employers want a schedule to follow, or when gathering enough students for an information session is not guaranteed. Because students are re-learning how to participate in the recruiting process, we are strongly recommending that employers hold coffee chats with students. Employers can use the interview scheduling function in Handshake, or can use a scheduling system of their own to create a coffee chat schedule. Coffee chats can take place between 9:30am and 4:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday.

Any of the above events can take place virtually or in-person. It is up to the employer.

Request information session dates and times for either information sessions or coffee chats on Handshake. There is no fee for virtual information sessions or coffee chats while in-person employer events will encounter a limit to the number of students that may participate as well as a room rental fee.

For coffee chats, office hours, in-person events and tabling requests, please reach out to Bryan Jefferson at brj9@georgetown.edu.

On-Campus Interviewing Program

We welcome employers to interview candidates one-on-one, either in-person or virtually. We encourage employers to interview within the following timeframes:

Fall 2022: September 6 – November 18

Spring 2023: January 17 – Thursday, April 24

You can make interview requests on Handshake. If you have questions, contact Bryan Jefferson at brj9@georgetown.edu.

Email, Social Media, and Newsletters

Georgetown students are active email and newsletter readers. Our most effective methods of communication are these two channels and our social media presence is building. Each week we send out a general newsletter to all undergraduates, and students also have the opportunity to opt-in to specific industry weekly newsletters, including a Business, Finance & Consulting newsletter; Government newsletter; Education & Non-Profit newsletter, Creative Industries newsletter; Health & Science newsletter; Tech newsletter; and Pre-Law newsletter.

If you would like to advertise your opportunities and events to our students, please send the Handshake links for each job or event to Rebecca Cassidy at least 10 days prior to the event date or application closing.

Student Groups & Clubs

Many employers want to connect directly with student groups and clubs. We understand that these organizations offer a targeted audience based on student interest and can be an effective way for employers to market their open positions. However there are a few things about Georgetown student groups and clubs you should keep in mind:

  • Student leaders change each year. Keep in mind that student clubs are only as organized as their student leaders, which change from year to year. Some clubs are very effective some years, while others are effective in other years.
  • Many Georgetown clubs are application-based, meaning that they are exclusive to select students. Connecting with student groups sometimes means that you might be missing out on great student candidates who were not accepted into the club, for whatever reason.
  • Many student clubs were inactive during the pandemic. You may find that some clubs are unresponsive; please understand that they may not have had an opportunity to operate normally over the past 1.5 years, as the vast majority of Georgetown students were not allowed on campus.

Each September, the Cawley Career Education Center will reach out to clubs to ask if we may share their contact information. Some clubs are responsive to our outreach and some are not. And for those who are responsive, not all clubs want to share their contact information. We will share what contact information we can with our employers, but understand that students are students first, and are often inundated with employer requests. We ask that you funnel your opportunities through our channels and we will do our best to match you with the target audience most appropriate for your firm.

Tips for Maximizing Your Reach Across Campus

College students are busy, and Hoyas are no exception. Classes, student clubs, athletics, internships, and part-time jobs fill the days of our students. As such, we recommend the following approaches to make the most of your time and efforts in recruiting Georgetown students.

  • Schedule your events in the first half of the semester. As mid-terms and end-of-semester activities ramp up in the middle and end of each semester, students tend to spend less time on recruiting and more time on academics. This means that September, October, January, February, and early March are the best times to conduct recruiting events in-person.
  • Shorten your application deadlines. You may want to keep your job deadlines open and accept applications on a rolling basis, but students are used to deadlines (think paper and project due dates). As a result, employers tend to see the highest number of applications within the last 48 -72 hours before an application’s deadline. You can always extend or re-post your position if you don’t see the applications you are looking for, but we recommend a deadline of two weeks from the posting date.
  • Schedule events within the application time frame. Hoyas prefer virtual or in-person coffee chats/ one-on-one informational interviews. Schedule some time to talk to students before your job application deadline. Students can then ask questions related to the job posting. Both employers and students tend to find these conversations most productive.
  • It takes three recruiting cycles to brand yourself on campus. Companies new to Georgetown often struggle to compete with large, multi-national companies who have recruited on campus for years. We find new employers to best when they
    • – Focus on recruiting a small number for their first internship/full-time job cycle,
    • – Ask past interns/alumni to help recruit Hoyas for the second round of internships/full-time offers, and
    • – Work with the Cawley Career Center to extend the company’s reach beyond student clubs on campus.
  • Work with the employer relations team to advertise your job opportunities. We have social media channels, well-read newsletters, and peer ambassadors who can help get the word out about your opportunities. Contact us at careercenter@georgetown today!