April 25, 2002
Vol. 21 No. 14

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    First all-University public service job fair to bring over 30 organizations to campus

    By Carrie Golus
    News Office

    The five University career services offices and the University Community Service Center will bring representatives from more than 30 organizations to campus on Saturday, April 27, for the Non-Profit and Public Service Job Fair.

    The fair, which is open to alumni as well as current students, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Ida Noyes Hall.

    While many for-profit institutions have slowed or stopped recruiting––or, in the worst cases, released last year’s recruits from their employment contracts––the non-profit sector remains a bright spot in a difficult economy. Rather than signing up employees when there may not be jobs available, “many of the organizations participating in the non-profit fair use the ėjust-in-time’ method of recruiting,” said Jay Burgin, Associate Director of Recruiting in Career and Placement Services. “In other words, there are opportunities available with many of these organizations.” These opportunities include volunteer, intern, part-time and full-time positions, he added.

    The fair is the first ever University-wide job fair initiative, targeting students in the Law School, Graduate School of Business, Harris School of Public Policy and School of Social Services Administration, as well as undergraduates and graduate students in the divisions. More than 600 students are expected to attend.

    Organizations already registered include ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), AIDSCare, American Judicature Society, AmeriCorps, Anixter Center, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Casa Central, Center for Conflict Resolution, Chicago Commons, Chicago Police Department, Chicago Public Interest Program, ChildServ, Chinese Mutual Aid Association, Citizen Advocacy Center, Grant a Wish Inc., Hephzibah Children’s Association, Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly, The Neighborhood Technology Resource Center, New Phoenix Assistance Center, Office of the Solicitor-U.S. Department of Labor, Ounce of Prevention Fund, Rock Kershaw and Associates, Service Employees International Union Local 880, Teach for America, Urban Options, Visions in Action and YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago.

    More information on the event can be found at http://caps.uchicago.edu/npo/.