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Foreign Affairs Open House: Virtual Graduate School Fair

Online

About the Virtual Fair:

Foreign Affairs Open House will connect you directly with school representatives all from the comfort of your home, office, smartphone or tablet.

April 22, 2020

10am-1pm, EST

As a graduate school candidate, you have the ability to explore school program information and opportunities. Choose which schools you want to interact with and then engage in one-on-one text-based conversations directly with a representative at those institutions. You can share your background, experience, resume and ask questions. Maximize your time in the event by getting in line to chat with more than one school at a time.

Kicking off the session will be a 30-minute live webinar "Best Practices in Applying" hosted by the Association of Professional Schools in International Affairs (APSIA).

This event is free and all attendees are eligible to claim a free six-month subscription to ForeignAffairs.com.

Who should attend?

  • Undergraduate students seeking advanced degrees

  • Professionals seeking career enrichment or change of vocation

Here are four tips to make the most of your online graduate school fair experience:

1. Do your research.

Login before the event, research the participating schools in advance, prioritize the booths and prepare a quick introduction. Although online graduate fairs are more relaxed than in-person fairs, you still want to make a great first impression.

2. Prepare for the fair and arrive with a positive attitude.

Have your resume (or resumes) ready in advance to upload and share with recruiters. Also, check your social media sites before the event. Given the nature of the internet, recruiters can quickly search for your LinkedIn and Facebook profiles while talking to you. Remember, privacy settings are your friend.

3. Maximize your time.

Don't forget these are timed conversations. In order to utilize your time allocated with each representative, make sure you have spent enough time researching schools, and are also be prepared to answer questions about why you are interested in their programs. Also, since you'll be typing don't forget abbreviations are for texting, not talking to representatives and recruiters.

4. Follow-Up.

Following the live event, keep the conversation going. Make sure to send follow-up and thank you emails after the virtual grad fair to make a lasting impression.

If you are an academic institution who would like to learn more about participating with a booth, please email us at FAAdvertising@cfr.org.