Washington, D.C.-Area Universities, Startup America Partnership To Host Startup Career Expo

Feb 27, 2012, 12:32 ET from University of Maryland

First-of-its-kind event will match students with the fastest growing startups in the region

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Local Washington, D.C., universities are hosting a career expo on March 5, 2012, at George Washington University for students interested in working at a startup company in the region. The George Washington University, University of Maryland, College Park, Georgetown University and George Mason University are working with the Startup America Partnership to match students with up-and-coming startup businesses in the region.

"Jobs and internships at startups can be incredibly exciting and rewarding, offering opportunities for students to get real-world experience faster and with more responsibility than at a typical big company," said Jim Chung, director of the office of entrepreneurship at George Washington University. 

The career expo requires pre-registration but is free to both startup companies and students of all majors, all skills and all levels. It will be held from 1-4 p.m. at George Washington University's Marvin Center (800 21st St., NW) Continental & Grand Ballrooms (3rd floor).

"Events like this are a win-win for both startups and students," said Dean Chang, director of Mtech Ventures at the University of Maryland, College Park, and member of the Startup Maryland organizing committee. "Startup companies are infused with affordable, energetic, and sorely needed talent, and students learn so much by being thrown onto a small team trying to change the world, an experience that will serve them well no matter what career path they eventually choose."

This is the first event that has been held in the region that is geared toward matching students with regional startups. This event will provide students with networking resources and will expose them to the benefits and challenges associated with startup businesses.

"Acquiring talent is a critical challenge for new startups and growing companies," said Donna Harris, managing director of startup regions for the Startup America Partnership. "Startup DC, Startup Maryland, and Startup Virginia's collaboration with career office leaders at local universities is a model for other regions to follow to help young companies grow, succeed, and ultimately create jobs."

Registration is requested:

Startup Companies interested in participating should register.

George Washington students should register.

University of Maryland students should register.

Other university students should check with their school career office to see if their universities are participating, and if so, how to register. 

Please contact innovate@gwu.edu for further details and questions.



CONTACT: Eric Schurr, +1-301-405-3889, schurr@umd.edu; Jill Sankey, +1-202-994-6466; jpsankey@gwu.edu



SOURCE University of Maryland