Frequently Asked Questions – click on any question to see the answer
Who is eligible to participate?
Student Veteran Career Conferences (physical or virtual) are open to currently enrolled or recently graduated (within last 12 months) student veterans and military students (Active Duty, ROTC, Guard or Reserve).
Is there a cost for students to participate?
No – there is no cost for students to participate in either the physical or virtual conferences. Students do incur any transportation/lodging costs to get to a physical event.
What info will I need to provide to register?
When you register for a physical or virtual event you will be asked to provide the following information:
- Basics: name, school mailing address, permanent mailing address, email, phone number, college/university name, degree program, anticipated graduation date
- A current resume
- Service, branch and grade/rank
- Indicate whether you are seeking an internship or job
- LinkedIn profile URL
- Open to relocate (yes/no) and, if yes, to which region(s) (check from list)
- Self-identify if you meet one of the “protected veteran” categories for federal contract compliance tracking (optional question but highly recommended as many of our employers are federal contractors)
When and where are the physical events being held?
2017 is our first year, so we are conducting physical events in 2 of the 7 regions we have selected. In 2018 we will conduct 7 regional physical events.
The 2 regions for 2017 are:
Region 5 (Aug 29-30, 2017) for students attending schools in Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. The event will be held in Dallas, TX.
Region 2 (Sep 11-12, 2017) for students in Delaware, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC, and West Virginia. The event will be held in Arlington, VA / metro Washington, DC.
Is there any money available to cover my travel expenses to get to a physical career fair?
Student veterans who are part of an established Student Veterans of America chapter can have the chapter apply for a Chapter Grant. The chapter can then, at its discretion, use an awarded grant to issue travel stipends to student veterans who need assistance covering plane/train/mileage costs, lodging, meals and other miscellaneous travel expenses.
Chapters are encouraged to apply for these grants well in advance (2 months) of a physical career fair, to allow time for SVA to process the application and to allow students to book planes/trains as early as possible to get the lowest fares and stretch the grant dollars further.
What are my options if there is no physical event in my region or if I am not available to attend the event in my region?
We provide a virtual option where you can register and submit a resume for consideration. All registrations & resumes must be received by Oct 13th. Employers are reviewing these resumes continuously throughout September and October, so the earlier you submit a resume, the more consideration you will receive. Employers will individually reach out to any student/grad whose degree, military skills and geographic preferences meet an open need. Please note that most decisions regarding internships and 2018 university hires are made by mid-November, so we strongly encourage you to quickly respond to any employer calls/emails you receive.
Is the virtual event an actual online event?
No. It is a time period where we are registering students and collecting resumes through an Eventbrite link. Once registration is complete and you submit a resume, that information is provided to all the employers who are participating in this virtual option.
How do I register for an event? Is the process different for physical and virtual events?
The links for students to register for either physical or virtual events are found on the “registration” page. There are separate registration links for each physical event and the virtual event.
How likely am I to get an internship or job if I attend a physical or virtual event?
No career fair or resume database can guarantee you an internship or job.
Every employer participating in this event has a different set of needs. Where there is a match between their needs and your degree + military skills + geographic specifications, it is likely you will receive at least an exploratory call/email. We encourage you to respond to those calls/emails as quickly as you can to show your interest in learning more about the role(s) for which the recruiter thinks you are a match.