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While you are at JMU, you’ll have many opportunities to apply the concepts you’re learning in the classroom to real-world scenarios. Our office offers you a wide range of activities that promote interdisciplinary learning, career exploration, leadership, cultural awareness, professional etiquette and networking skills. Through our programs, you can build your business acumen by collaborating with employers, alumni and community partners outside of the traditional academic setting.
Programs and Events

It’s important to make a great first impression when networking with industry professionals. For this reason, we require business attire for:

  • Guest Speakers
  • Site Visits
  • Class Presentations
  • Conference attendance
  • Career Fairs

Internship and practicum opportunities can provide valuable work experience.

The Hart School Career Fairs provide an opportunity each fall and spring for students to network directly with employers.

Steps for Career Success
Freshman Year
  • Explore majors
  • Complete self assessments
  • Attend department workshops
  • Build rapport with faculty
  • Establish excellent GPA
  • Join a student organization
  • Consider study abroad program
  • Practice professional etiquette
Sophomore Year
  • Identify skills and values
  • Attend career related events
  • Apply for internship/externship
  • Build resume and references
  • Research employers
  • Consider a minor or technical skill
  • Activate Handshake account
  • Gain career related experience
Junior Year
  • Apply for an internship
  • Practice mock interviews
  • Develop job search strategy
  • Develop technical skills
  • Attend externship fair
  • Brand online presence (LinkedIn)
  • Seek leadership roles
 Senior Year
  • Apply for full-time employment
  • Use on-campus recruiting
  • Follow up on job leads
  • Connect with Alumni Relations
  • Negotiate salary
Sport and Recreation Management

Professional Development Contact
Jen Nelson
Jen Nelson
Professional Development and Employer Engagement Coordinator

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