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Hart School Career & Internship Fair
For Hospitality Management and Sport & Recreation Management Majors

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Location: JMU Festival Conference & Student Center - Ballroom
1301 Carrier Drive, Harrisonburg, Virginia

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The Hart School Career & Internship Fair is a 1-day event. The registration fee covers your lunch and allows each organization to bring up to two representatives. If you’d like to bring more than two company reps, you may do so for an additional $15 per person. Hart School students from both Hospitality Management and Sport & Recreation management will be present.

  • 8:30 am – 10:00 am: Arrive at JMU's Ballroom, check in, and set up booth
  • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm: Career & Internship Fair
  • 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Employer Lunch with Hart School Faculty 
  • 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Networking Event with Hart School students

Interview Rooms


Interviews are not a formal part of the Career Fair schedule but you are invited to conduct them in JMU’s Career & Academic Planning On-Campus Recruiting space (most employers will conduct interviews the afternoon following the fair or the day after the fair). In order to conduct interviews on-campus, please log in to our online recruiting platform Handshake and click Interviews on the left bar, then ‘Request Interview Schedule.’ From there, you may follow Handshake’s Help Center Post an Interview Schedule instructions.

Questions about reserving interview rooms? Please contactCareer and Academic Planning Employer Services at



  • Employer registration Opens: Monday, October 22, 2018
  • Interview Room Registration Opens: Thursday, November 1, 2018
  • Registration Closes: When all spaces have been reserved.
  • Cancellation Deadline for 100% refund: Tuesday, December 18, 2018
  • Cancellation Deadline for 50% refund:  Friday, January 4, 2019
  • No refund will be issued for cancellations received after Friday, January 4, 2019

If the event is canceled by James Madison University due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances, a full refund will be issued.

Please submit payment within 15 days of completing the registration process* Please note that we are only able to accept credit card as method of payment. Any payments sent via check will unfortunately be returned. If you have questions regarding your invoice, please contact Kay Forshey (

*Registration is not confirmed until payment has been received. If payment is not received, your spot will be given to another company on the waitlist.


  • $250 – For-Profit Organizations
  • $50 – Charitable Non-Profits*/Government Agencies
  • $15 – Additional Attendees**

*To verify non-profit status, your tax ID will be requested when you register.

**All registration fees include lunch, one table (8' x 2'), event publicity, and 2 representatives (each additional attendee is $15.00). Each organization is limited to 1 table only.

Fair Registration Instructions

If you already DO have a Handshake account, please:

If you DO NOT have a Handshake account

You may also reach out to the JMU Handshake Team at


If you encounter issues with registering for the fair in Handshakeand have questions? Contact Jennifer Rupert: 

Jennifer Rupert
Liaison to the Hart School of Hospitality, Sport & Recreation Management
(540) 568-5290

After the Fair: Employer Luncheon and Networking Event

Employer Luncheon

Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Location: Festival Highlands Room  

About the Luncheon: We invite you to attend the Employer Lunch with Hart School Faculty after the fair! This will allow you to connect with faculty, learn more about their academic departments, and discover new ways in which to engage with JMU students. 

Networking Event

Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Location: Festival Ballroom B/C  

About the Networking Event: Taking place after lunch with our Hart School faculty, this is a great opportunity to have an informal conversation with HM and SRM students outside the time restrictions of the Career Fair setting. Tell students to meet you at the Networking Event to continue a conversation you began earlier in the day! Light desserts and hors d'oeuvres will be served, and feel free to stay for just part of the event. 

*Feel free to leave your materials and displays in the Festival Ballroom while you’re eating lunch and attending the Networking Event. We have reserved the Ballroom until 5pm so you have time to enjoy the day’s events before needing to pack-up.

Mailing Materials and Displays

Need to send your display in advance? Ship it to:

Hart School Career Fair c/o Bob Davis
JMU Events & Conferences
1301 Carrier Drive
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Please send your packages no earlier than one week prior to the fair.


 Need to ship display items back after the fair? See below for instructions and reminders:

  • It is the responsibility of each employer to arrange for his/her own pick up of displays.
  • Please call in your shipment to your carrier at least  two hours prior to pick-up.
  • Pick-ups should be arranged for 5:00 p.m. same day at the latest. Please tell express delivery services to pick up displays at the main entrance to the Festival Conference Center.
  • After arranging shipment please bring your materials to the registration desk for storage.
  • Please note that JMU is not responsible for any displays remaining after 3:00 p.m.
Travel, Parking & Accommodations

The event will be held in the Festival Conference & Student Center at 1301 Carrier Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.  

JMU Campus Map  

Unloading Fair Materials:

  • Pull into the Festival Conference & Student Center circle located at 1301 Carrier Drive and unload all materials for the Fair onto the sidewalk. Staff and volunteers will ask you which organization you represent and bring your materials inside to your assigned table.
  • Exit the circle as soon as possible out of consideration for other recruiters. You can check-in when you return from parking your car. 

Designated Parking Location
: D-1 Parking Lot
GPS Address of D1 Parking Lot: 2000 Alumni Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22807

  • Drive around the Festival Conference & Student Center circle and make a left onto Carrier Drive. 
  • Turn LEFT into the Leeolou Alumni Center into the D-1 gravel parking lot.
  • If there are no more spaces in D-1 Lot, you may park across the street in D2 Lot, across from the Bioscience building on Carrier Drive.
  • Parking anywhere other than D-1 or D2 may result in a parking citation.
  • After parking your car, proceed into the Festival Conference & Student Center (enter through the lower level and go upstairs to the registration table to check in (Employer check-in is located in the upstairs lobby in front of the Grand Ballroom).

Hotel Accomodations:

Reserved Block of Rooms for Hart School Employers:

  • If a hotel stay will be part of your visit, we have reserved a block of rooms for Hart School Career Fair attendees at the Hotel Madison.
  • After Jan. 22 you can still stay at Hotel Madison at a discounted rate!
    • Click "Reserve Now," select your dates of stay, then click "Reserve Now" again.
    • Click the "Have a Promo or Corp Code" box, and add the discount code "JMU."
    • Select your room type and enter your payment details.
  • View our list of other local accommodations.
Inclement Weather Policy

Winter Weather Plan 

Delayed Opening: 9am, 10am or 11am

If JMU should have a delayed opening (till 9am, 10am or 11am) then we are still planning to have the Career & Internship Fair. If the University opens at 10am or 11am please be patient with us as all of our student attendees will be arriving at roughly the same time as all of you. It may be a bit chaotic in the first 30 minutes or so as we check in both employers and students, so please bear with us! Updated information on the status of JMU closing for winter weather can be found on the JMU homepage:   

Delayed Opening: 12pm (noon) OR JMU Cancellation

If JMU should have a delayed opening at 12 noon (or should JMU decide to close altogether), we will have no choice but to cancel the fair (you will receive an email from me confirming this). If this should happen, please mark your calendars for our inclement weather make-up date, FEBRUARY 21, 2018. You will receive additional information regarding the logistics for attending this make-up event. Updated information on the status of JMU closing for winter weather can be found on the JMU homepage: .



If you encounter issues with registering for the fair in Handshake and have questions, please contact: 

Jennifer Rupert
Liaison to the Hart School of Hospitality, Sport & Recreation Management
(540) 568-5290

 If you have general questions about the Hart School Career and Internship Fair or want to discuss recruiting opportunities with Hart School students, please contact:

Jen Nelson
Hart School Experiential Learning Coordinator and Career Fair Planner
(540) 568-4250

If you have questions about invoicing, please contact:
Kay Forshey
Administrative Assistant

Questions about reserving interview rooms:

Career and Academic Planning Employer Services

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