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 are also conducting a number of virtual events in the fall and in late winter (Jan/Feb 2018). You are strongly encouraged to attend any virtual event that is open to your degree field.
When are the virtual events occurring and which should I attend?
We are hosting 6 virtual events in Fall 2017. All events run from 5 – 8 pm Eastern. Dates for late winter (Jan/Feb 2018) events will be announced in late November, 2017.
- Sep 18: Main event (all degrees welcome)
- Sep 25: Finance degrees
- Sep 28: Computer Science degrees
- Oct 30: Engineering degrees
- Nov 1: Health care & science degrees
- Nov 2: Business degrees
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 is a separate registration process for physical and virtual events. However, once you register for your first virtual event, your info is saved and makes registering for other virtual events much quicker.