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

Wednesday, October 27, 2021
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

We will be hosting our Fall 2021 Hart School Career Fair using a virtual format through Handshake. This decision was made with the safety of our students and employer partners in mind.

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Virtual Career Fair Platform

We will be using Handshake’s new virtual career fair platform. We will be continually sharing further resources and training materials with registered attendees to help you and your team adapt successfully to this new format. We appreciate your patience as we learn this new and exciting way to offer virtual career fairs together. 

Using the Virtual Handshake Platform

Handshake's Virtual Career Fair platform allows you to create connections with students much in the same way as a traditional in-person Career Fair!

  • Video, audio, and chat communication with students
  • Virtual group meetings (info sessions) with up to fifty students at a time
  • Virtual 1:1 meetings with students (scheduled in advance or after a group session)
  • Build your organization’s brand with Hospitality and Sport & Recreation Management students by sharing your organization’s story and values with them ahead of time

We encourage you to read Handshake’s guide for creating your fair schedule as soon as possible, please also continue to check your email as we will be sharing further resources as they emerge to help your team adapt to this new virtual format. We appreciate your patience, as we are all learning this exciting new way to offer virtual career fairs together.

Please note now that all employer representatives who would like to participate in the fair are required to have their own Handshake account; we recommend securing this detail as early as possible to avoid any logistical issues surrounding the approval of your team members’ new accounts. Review Handshake’s guide on creating employer representative accounts for more details, as members of your company already in Handshake will need to approve any new account requests from your teammates. 


While the virtual fair facilitates informal 1:1 meeting times with students, JMU does offer on-campus interviewing and virtual interviewing options if you would like to schedule more formal follow up interviews with candidates you met during the fair. Feel free to reach out to for more information on scheduling formal interviews following your fair participation. 

 Registration and Fees

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

  • $200 – For-Profit Organizations
  • $50 – Charitable Non-Profits*/Government Agencies

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

This registration fees include participation to this virtual career fair and publicity to Hart School students.

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 Management / Sport & Recreation Management Virtual Career Fair"
  • Our office will review your registration request within 3 business days.
  • 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.

If you DO NOT have a Handshake account:

  • You must first register your organization's information on Handshake.
  • Please go to 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 Carolyn Smith:

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

 Dates and Deadlines

  • Registration Opens: Thursday, August 5, 2021*
  • Registration Closes: Friday, October 22, 2021 or when all slots fill (whatever occurs first).
  • Cancellation Deadline for 100% refund: September 20, 2021
  • Cancellation Deadline for 50% refund:  October 8, 2021
  • Cancellations received after October 8, 2021 will not be refunded and will not be credited toward future fairs.

*Please submit payment within 15 days of completing the registration process. 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:

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

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:

Jake Abruzzo
Hart School Professional Development & Employer Engagement Assistant (and Career Fair Planner)
(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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