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

Wednesday, February 7, 2024
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: Festival Conference and Student Center
1301 Carrier Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22807

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Registration will be available on Handshake beginning November 1 and will remain available until full.

Employer Guide

The Hospitality & Sport and Recreation Management 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 $25 per person (each organization can bring a up to a max of 4 representatives). Hart School students from both Hospitality Management and Sport & Recreation Management will be present.

  • 10am-1pm: Career Fair
  • 1pm-2pm: Lunch for Employers hosted by Hart School Faculty

Parking details and information on mailing displays will be sent out closer to the fair date.

On-campus interviews can be scheduled with students through Handshake. Interviews are not a formal part of the Career Fair schedule but you are invited to conduct them in JMU’s University Career Center On-Campus Recruiting space located in the Student Success Center. 

Questions about reserving interview rooms? Please reach out to

Fair Registration Instructions

If you already have a Handshake account:

  • Login to our online recruiting platform Handshake.
  • Click on the "Fairs" link (left side of the page).
  • Search for James Madison University in SCHOOLS
  • Choose "Hospitality and Sport & Recreation Management Career and Internship Fair"
  • Click "Register" and complete the form. After your request has been submitted and approved, you'll receive an email confirmation from JMU’s University Career Center.
  • For further information, see the Handshake Events & Career Fairs help page 

If you DO NOT have a Handshake account:

  • You must first register your organization's information on Handshake.
  • Please see the Handshake Getting Started guide for employers.
  • Within 24 hours of registering on Handshake, you will receive a confirmation email.
  • For additional support information, check out the Handshake Employer Help Center. You may also reach out to the JMU Handshake Team at 

If you encounter issues with registering for the fair in Handshake and have questions, contact the University Career Center Employer Services Team at

Please note that we are only able to accept credit card as method of payment. Any payments sent via check will unfortunately be returned.

  • Corporate/For-Profit Organizations that attended Hart Fair in 2022-2023 academic year: $275
  • Corporate/For-Profit fee: $325
  • Local Government/Local Not-for-Profit: $50 registration fee (local defined as Harrisonburg and Rockingham County)
  • Government/Not-for-Profit: $200 registration fee
  • Charitable 501(c)3 Non-Profits: $75 registration fee. Tax ID required*
  • $25 – 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'), two chairs, event publicity, one tablecloth and 2 representatives (each additional attendee is $25.00). Each organization is limited to 1 table only.

  • Registration Opens: Wednesday, November 1, 2023
  • Last Day to Register: Friday, January 26, 2024 or when all spaces have been reserved (whichever comes first)
  • Interview Room Registration Opens: Wednesday, November 1, 2023
  • Cancellation Deadline for 100% refund: January 24, 2024
  • Cancellation Deadline for 50% refund: January 31, 2024
    • No refund will be issued for cancellations received after January 31, 2024 

Please note that payment is due at the time your registration is approved. Your 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.

*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 (

General Registration Questions

You may reach out to the JMU Handshake Team with general questions about registering for the fair at:

Registration Issues Questions

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

Laura Hickerson
Associate Director for Employer Services

General Career and Internship Fair and Recruiting Opportunities Questions

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:

Lauren Wholihan Gardner
Hart School Professional Development & Employer Engagement Coordinator
(540) 568-4250

Invoicing Questions

If you have questions about invoicing, please contact:

Kay Forshey
Administrative Assistant

Questions about Reserving Interview Rooms and Virtual Interview Schedules

If you have questions about reserving interview rooms or creating virtual interview schedules, please contact:

University Career Center Employer Services

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