Agriculture Students attend NAFEO Conference

Seventeen seniors from the School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences traveled to Atlanta, Georgia on February 15-16, to attend the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education Career Development Conference.

The annual conference is sponsored in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The conference featured mock interviews as well as various career workshops, including seminars on resume writing, cover letters, and professional dress etiquette. The purpose of the conference was to assist college seniors as they prepare to transition into their professional careers.

“It’s a conference to have open forum for the students to learn how to network, socialize and acquire the necessary skill-set needed to get to the next level of professionalism,” said Michael Trusclair, USDA 1890 Program Liaison.

Students had the opportunity to learn about internships and job opportunities with the USDA and what federal agencies are looking for in applicants. Typically, students are able to submit resumes for internships and permanent positions at this conference; however, due to the recent freeze on federal hiring, applications were not accepted.

Students who attended the fall 2016 conference, have been offered internships.

“Out of the 13 students who attended the NAFEO conference fall of 2016, six of them have been offered internships for summer 2017,” said Trusclair.

For more information about future career seminars, contact Michael Trusclair at 202-596-0478 or [email protected].


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