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Recruiting at JMU

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Campus-Wide Career Fair 

Tuesday, February 18 and Wednesday, February 19

Location: JMU Festival Conference & Student Center - Ballroom



The Career Fair is a 2-day event, but each organization is invited to register for one day. Both days are open to all majors/industries, and the fair is held each fall and spring.

  • 9-11am: Arrive at JMU's Ballroom, check in, and set up booth
  • 11am-3pm: Career Fair


Formal interviews are not part of the Career Fair schedule. To learn more about On-Campus Interviewing and other ways of connecting with JMU students during the academic year, check out our Interview JMU Students page.


Join in the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #jmucareerfair or send questions to @jmucap.


Deadlines for Spring 2020

  • Registration Opens: November 1, 2019
  • Registration Closes: February 11, 2020 or when all spaces fill (whichever occurs first)
  • Cancellation Deadline for 100% refund: January 21, 2020
  • Cancellation Deadline for 50% refund: February 4, 2020
  • No refund will be issued for cancellations received after February 4, 2020
  • If the event is canceled by James Madison University due to unforeseen circumstances, a full refund will be issued.
  • Please note that payment is due at the time your registration is approved.


  • Please note that we are only able to accept credit card as method of payment. Any payments sent via check will unfortunately be returned.
  • All registration fees include table (8 foot by 2 foot), event publicity, and 2 representatives. Each organization is limited to 1 table only.
  • $400: Corporate/For-Profit Organizations
  • $200: Government Agencies & Non-Profit Organizations (This will be verified through the email address provided during registration.)
  • $100: 501(c)(3) Charitable Non-Profit Organizations (To verify status, your tax ID will be needed as you provide your contact information.)
  • $15: Additional Attendees
  • $15: requested proximity to electricity
  • Proceeds from the career fair are used in part to fund the Unpaid Internship Scholarship Program.


  • Log in to our online recruiting platform Handshake.
  • Navigate to the ‘Fairs’ tab on the left and search ‘JMU Campus-Wide Career Fair.’
  • Consult the Handshake Help Center’s How to Register for a Career Fair instructions for further information.
  • Our office will review your registration request within 3 business days.
  • While third party recruiters are welcome to attend the fair, we require they only recruit for their own positions, rather than attending the fair with the intent to staff external positions.

Mailing Displays

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

Career Fair c/o Bob Davis
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 5:00 p.m.

Travel & Parking

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

Parking for attending organization representatives will be offered in the East Campus Parking Deck: 649 University Blvd, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Please refer to the JMU Campus Map to better orient yourself prior to your travels.

Unloading and parking:

  • Pull into the Festival cul-de-sac and unload all materials for the fair onto the sidewalk. Staff will ask you which organization you represent and bring your materials inside to your assigned table.
  • Exit the cul-de-sac as soon as possible out of consideration for other recruiters. You can check in when you return from parking your car.
  • Drive around the cul-de-sac and turn right onto Carrier Drive toward the East Campus Parking Deck.
  • Enter the East Campus Parking Deck through the Commuter Entrance and proceed to park anywhere in levels 2-4.
  • When you return to Festival after parking your vehicle, proceed to the registration table (straight ahead through the entrance) to check in.
  • Parking deck physical address for GPS: 649 University Blvd, Harrisonburg, VA 22801


Hotels & Lodging

Inclement Weather Policy

Please refer to this policy if the university is impacted by inclement weather on your scheduled day of attendance at the JMU Career & Internship Fair:

  • Fall & Spring Fairs:
    • If the university opens by 10am, the Fair will run as scheduled that day.
    • In the event that the university closes when the Fair has already begun but is less than 2 hours into the event, the rest of the event on that day will be cancelled and all employer fees for that day will be refunded. If the university closes when the Fair has already occurred for 2 hours, the rest of the event on that day will be cancelled and there will be a 50% refund offered for that day.
  • Spring Fair Only:
    • If the university opens at 11am or later, the event on that date will be postponed to our inclement weather Fair date, February 27, 2020.
    • If the university is closed on one or both Fair dates, the event on the day(s) impacted will be postponed to our inclement weather Fair date, February 27, 2020

*We encourage you to monitor the JMU cancellation/delay information prior to and on the day of your scheduled visit by going to http://www.jmu.edu  or calling 540-433-5300.

*We will also be sure to send you an email directly if the university does implement a delay and/or closing once we are made aware of the university’s plan. In the event that the fair is postponed you will receive additional communication regarding the logistics for attending on our inclement weather date.  

If you do not show up on the date of your scheduled visit and the Fair runs as scheduled (either on the original dates or inclement weather date), refunds will not be offered.

Recruiting and Majors at JMU

Learn more about the majors at JMU as you plan your visit.

To learn more about other recruiting options at JMU, visit the Employers page of our website.


We want this program to be welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all of our participants. Check out Festival Center accessibility information (including accessible parking and entrance, universal restroom, baby changing stations, and more), and let us know of any considerations (e.g., disability, accessibility, wellness, cultural, etc.) you want us to be aware of, by contacting Danielle Brooks Ritchie, On-Campus Recruiting Coordinator, at brook3de@jmu.edu


Danielle Brooks Ritchie: brook3de@jmu.edu 

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