Students

WHY ATTEND?

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  1. Get a Job! With a 9 to 1 student/company ratio this event attracts the companies that are most committed to hiring student veterans for co-ops, internships, and full-time roles.
  2. Get Insider Access to Recruiters: On campus, recruiters are simply looking for students. At the U-Vets Conference, every company is specifically there to hire undergraduates who also have military experience.
  3. Explore Grad School: This year, you’ll also have a chance to network with veterans and admissions representatives at the nation’s top MBA and graduate schools.
  4. Network with 100’s of Students Like You: 150+ undergraduate student veterans and cadets who are studying at the nation’s elite universities attend this event. Meet them here!
  5. Generous Travel Scholarships: Deloitte is providing thousands of dollars of travel scholarships to help you get to Chicago!

RECRUITING COMPANIES

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SUCCESS STORIES

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Many of the students who have attended this conference have been hired by the sponsor firms as co-ops, interns, and full-time hires! Here are a few recent examples.

Click their photos to learn more about them and see where they are working now.

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Sales & Trading Analyst Intern

Cole Johnson

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Consultant

Molly Marahol

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Engineering Co-op

Eric Stout

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Consutlant

Morris Bradley

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Eligibility

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Military service

Must possess at least one of the following designations:

  • Active duty enlisted veteran (any branch)
  • National Guard, Air Guard, or Reserve member (current or former)
  • Current ROTC Cadet or Midshipman
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Eligible College & University

See list of eligible schools

You must be enrolled at a 4-year college or university that meets one of the following ranking criteria based on the latest US News & World Report rankings:

• Top ranked National Universities
• Top ranked National Liberal Arts Colleges
• Top ranked Regional Colleges or Universities

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Class Standing

•You must be a sophomore, junior, or senior to attend.

APPROVED COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIIES

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Participation in this event is available to students who are enrolled at the following 4-year colleges and universities. We utilize the common university rankings to set this criteria based on the type of school that you attend (National University, Liberal Arts College, etc.)

Top 125
National University

  • American University
  • Auburn University
  • Baylor University
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • Brigham Young (Provo)
  • Brown University
  • Cal Tech
  • Carnegie Mellon
  • Case Western Reserve
  • Clark (Massachusetts)
  • Clemson University
  • College of William and Mary
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • DePaul University
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • Florida State University
  • Fordham University
  • Georgetown University
  • Georgia Tech (Atlanta)
  • GWU (DC)
  • Harvard University
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Indiana University
  • Iowa State University
  • Johns Hopkins
  • Lehigh University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Marquette University
  • Miami of Ohio
  • Michigan State University
  • Michigan Technological University
  • MIT (Cambridge)
  • New York University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Northeastern University
  • Northwestern University
  • Ohio State University
  • Penn State —University Park
  • Pepperdine University
  • Princeton University
  • Purdue — West Lafayette
  • Rice University
  • RPI (New York)
  • Rutgers University
  • SMU (Dallas)
  • Seton Hall
  • Stanford University
  • St. Louis University
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • SUNY Binghamton
  • SUNY Stony Brook
  • Syracuse University
  • Texas A&M —College Station
  • Texas Christian University
  • Tufts University
  • UC- Los Angeles
  • UC—Berkeley
  • UC—Davis
  • UC—Irvine
  • UC—San Diego
  • UC—Santa Barbara
  • UC-Santa Cruz
  • UNC-Chapel Hill
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Buffalo-SUNY
  • University of California-Riverside
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Colorado-Boulder
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Denver
  • University of Florida
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Maryland—College Park
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Rochester
  • University of San Diego
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of Southern California
  • University of St. Thomas (MN)
  • University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  • University of Texas – Austin
  • University of Vermont
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Washington
  • University of Wisconsin (Madison)
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Virginia Tech
  • Wake Forest University
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Yale University
  • Yeshiva University
  • University of the Pacific
  • Clarkson University
  • Duquesne University
  • Temple University
  • University of Utah
  • Catholic University
  • Drexel University
  • University of Tulsa
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Top 126-199
National University

  • Arizona State University -Temple
  • Ball State University
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Colorado State University
  • East Carolina University
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • George Mason University
  • Hofstra University
  • Howard University
  • Illinois State University
  • IUPUI
  • Kansas State University
  • Louisiana State University – Baton Rouge
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • New School
  • Ohio University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Oregon State University
  • San Diego State University
  • Southern Illinois University
  • St. John Fisher College
  • St. John’s University
  • St. Mary’s University (MN)
  • SUNY-Albany
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Birmingham-Alabama
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Idaho
  • University of Illinois – Chicago
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Louisville
  • University of Maine
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of North Dakota
  • University of Rhode Island
  • University of South Dakota
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Texas – Dallas
  • University of Wyoming
  • Virginia Commonweath University
  • Washington State University
  • West Virginia University
  • Western Michigan University
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TOP 50
LIBERAL ARTS College

  • Amherst College
  • Bard College
  • Barnard College
  • Bates College
  • Bowdoin College
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Bucknell University
  • Carleton College
  • Centre College
  • Claremont McKenna
  • Colby College
  • Colgate University
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Colorado College
  • Connecticut College
  • Davidson College
  • Dickinson College
  • Franklin & Marshall
  • Gettysburg College
  • Grinnell College
  • Hamilton College
  • Harvey Mudd College
  • Haverford College
  • Kenyon College
  • Lafayette College
  • Macalester College
  • Middlebury College
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Oberlin College
  • Occidental College
  • Pitzer College
  • Pomona College
  • Scripps College
  • University of the South
  • Skidmore College
  • Smith College
  • Soka University
  • Swarthmore College
  • Trinity College
  • Union College
  • University of Richmond
  • Vassar College
  • Washington & Lee
  • Wellesley College
  • Wesleyan University
  • Whitman College
  • Williams College
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TOP
REGIONAL SCHOOLS

  • Belmont University
  • Bradley University
  • Butler University
  • College of New Jersey
  • College of Charleston
  • Creighton University
  • Drake University
  • Elon University
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Fairfield University
  • Gonzaga University
  • Hampton University
  • James Madison University
  • John Carroll University
  • Loyola Marymount (CA)
  • Loyola University Maryland
  • Loyola (New Orleans)
  • Providence College
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Rollins College
  • Samford University
  • Santa Clara University
  • Seattle University
  • The Citadel
  • Truman State University
  • Trinity University
  • Valparaiso University
  • Villanova University
  • Xavier University
VIEW FULL LIST

Military
Colleges

  • The Citadel
  • Norwich University
  • Virginia Military Institute

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

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Day 1 Agenda

Friday, Oct 20, 2017 - Navy Pier

4:00 PM

Check-In & Registration

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Stop by to pick up your conference registration packet and the badges that you’ll need to access the event on both Friday and Saturday!

Navy Pier Ballroom Lobby
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5:00 PM

Pre-Conference Networking Reception

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Network with other students, recruiters from the sponsor companies and veteran employees of those same firms overlooking downtown Chicago’s incredible waterfront!

Lakeview Terrace (adjacent to the Navy Pier Ballroom)
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Day 2 Agenda

Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 - Holiday Inn Mart Plaza Conference Center

7:00AM

Check-In & Networking Breakfast

7:00AM - 12:00PM

Check-in and grab some breakfast before the day kicks off!

14th Floor Lobby
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7:45 AM

Breakfast

7:45 AM - 8:45 AM

Breakfast

Wolf Point
Open

9:00 AM

Speed Networking Session

9:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Break into groups of 10 students, buy major. Every 9 minutes, over the course of 2.5 hours recruiters from each of the sponsor companies will rotate to each table to introduce themselves, their firm, and give you an overview of the career opportunities available to candidates with your major.

Wolf Point
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12:00 PM

Lunch

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Grab a quick lunch and get ready for the expo!

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12:30 PM

Career Expo

12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Are you tired of long, painful career fairs where the recruiters most likely don’t understand your military experience and how it can create value for them? Here’s the good news – at this event you’ll get essentially limitless facetime with campus and military recruiters who are specifically seeking to hiring undergraduates with military experience! Lunch and a small grad school expo will be hosted as well!

Wolf Point Ballroom
Open

2:00 PM

Grad School Expo

2:00 PM - 3:30PM

Network with military veteran students, alumni, and military admissions officers representing many of the nations top-ranked graduate programs. Even if youre not ready for grad school now, its not too early to start building relationships with them.

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2:00 PM

Onsite Interviews and/or Coffee Chars

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

While you are in town, take the opportunity to interview or have coffee chats with some of the participating firms undergraduate recruiting teams.

North Point (15th Floor) & Various Rooms on the 14th Floor
Invite Only

Fees & Discounts

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GUARANTEED INVITE-ONLY*
Pre-Conference Job Board .
Pre-Conference Resume Review Service .
Open Bar Networking Reception (ID required for alcohol) .
“Speed Dating” company info sessions (firms ‘pitch’ students on their roles) .
Saturday breakfast & lunch w/ recruiters .
Veteran-led industry panels .
Career Expo .
Company-led ‘MBA Career” breakout sessions (by industry/function)  .
8 to 1 Student/Company Ratio  .
Onsite interviews (Scheduled by Companies) .
STUDENT REGISTRATION FEE $45 per Student

TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS

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Available to all students who meet the requirements.
Voucher Values based on mileage.

Individual Travel Scholarships Individual Travel Scholarships Group Travel Scholarships Partial Registration Refund
Value
200-299 miles from Chicago: $25
300-399 miles from Chicago: $50
400-549 miles from Chicago: $75
550-999 miles from Chicago: $100
1000+ miles from Chicago: $150pp
Up to $300 per group $20 per person
Terms & Conditions (must meet all to qualify) Must attend a University at least 200 driving miles from Chicago

Must register for the event by 9.30.17

Must complete the resume review process*

  1. At least 10 students from a single school must register by 9.30.17
  2. All students must complete resume review process*
  3. Must provide van rental receipt to event staff for reimbursement
  1. Must attend a university less than 150 driving miles from Chicago
  2. Must register for the event by 9.30.17
  3. Must complete the resume review process*
 Distribution All scholarships will be distributed as personal checks on Saturday, October 21st from 7:00 – 10:00 am CST at the registration desk. Scholarships not collected during these times will be forfeited.

RESUME REVIEW PROCESS

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The quality of your resume often generates your first impression with campus recruiting teams. In order to help set students up for success at the UndergradU-Vets Conference, we have hired a professional resume writer to assist attendees with crafting and editing their resumes ahead of the event.

Our reviewer is both a former Undergraduate Career Services coach at the University of Michigan Ann-Arbor and Campus Recruiter at Toyota and is an expert in this area of recruiting. Students who work with her, are eligible for travel scholarships or partial registration refunds.

The resume review process consists of 2 simple steps:

  1. Must email your resume to the professional reviewer resume (at) undergraduvets.com by 10.1.17
  2. Must upload a final version of your resume to your online profile by 10.7.17

FAQ

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What are the eligibility requirements to participate in the conference?

Note: You must meet all requirements to register:

  • You must have served as an NCO, or enlisted member in a uniformed military service on Active Duty, in the National Guard, a Reservist, or a currently enrolled ROTC cadet
  • Be a sophomore, junior, or senior
  • Enrolled at a Top ranked National University, Top ranked National Liberal Arts College, or a Top ranked regional College or University (according to US News & World Report rankings)

I am not a military veteran, but I am completing my bachelor’s degree program at a college or university that is on your eligibility list. May I participate in your conference?

No. You must be a military veteran to attend.

I am a veteran and I am an alumnus of a college or university on your eligibility list. I’m looking for a new job/transitioning from active duty, may I register for this event.

This year’s event is only for students, but send us a note on the contact page and we’ll see how we can help.

Some of these companies recruit on my campus already, what is the advantage of still attending this event?

Most employers have very small centralized campus teams that are charged with national recruiting. Due to their limited capacity each year, companies prioritize recruiting at a handful of “core” schools that possess both established alumni networks and are places where they’ve historically had hiring success.  Rather than send central teams to these “core schools,” alumni from each school represent their employers and identify and “pre-select” students for follow on interviews. These alums may or may not understand how your military experience sets you apart from your peers on campus. As a result, you get “lumped into” the bigger pool of students rather than standing out.
At the Undergraduvets Career Conference, these sponsors first and foremost are coming not just to recruit undergrads from top schools, but those who have served in the military. Rather than being managed by alumni, this event is managed by a customized blend of campus, diversity, and military recruiters who understand how your unique background is a competitive advantage when compared to your classmates. They will then funnel you into a customized recruiting process than transcends campus recruiting and gives you visibility and consideration to different roles.

Why is there a registration fee?

Simply put, if there was no cost to participate, there would be no value to the event. With that being said, we make the individual rate extremely reasonable and even offer travel scholarships. Plus this is not your typical trade show in that several meals and beverages are offered at networking functions.

I am a military veteran, but I am completing my bachelor’s degree program at a college or university that is not on your eligibility list. May I participate in your conference?

While we applaud your commitment to pursuing a degree, you are not eligible to participate in our conference.  Our corporate partners have very specific talent acquisition strategies and many leading employers place a priority on hiring candidates with top-ranked degrees.  Our conference is designed to connect these companies with the kinds of candidates who meet their standards and needs.  We use the rankings to draw our “line in the sand” so to speak.

I am an ROTC student at a school on your “eligibility” list (or a Service Academy student). May I register for the conference?

ROTC cadets who are undecided on whether they will contract for Active Duty or the National Guard/Reserve are encouraged to attend to explore civilian career opportunities in order to determine if a Guard/Reserve path makes sense for them. Additionally, ROTC cadets who already committed to the National Guard/Reserve path are absolutely encouraged to attend as this event will help in evaluating various industries and job opportunities and lay the foundation for your civilian career.

This Conference is in Chicago, but it says it’s a National Conference. Are the Sponsors hiring for roles across the country?

The short answer is ‘yes.’ All of these firms are national (and international) organization and they are recruiting candidates for roles throughout the US. So, if you’re a student in California or Virginia this conference will be just as valuable for you as it will be to veterans who are down the street at Vanderbilt.

I am not a military veteran, but I worked for the military and/or for another federal agency (CIA, FBI, DOD (non-military), DIA, ATF, NOAA, etc…) as a civilian or contractor and spent time working in a combat zone. May I participate in the conference?

While we appreciate your service, you are not eligible to participate in this conference.

I am a veteran, but I served in a non-US military service. Am I eligible to participate in your conference?

Absolutely, as long as you are a sophomore, junior, or senior at a qualifying college university, you are more than welcome at our conference.

Top 8 Reasons to Register Today!

  1. The Best Companies in the World Are Coming to Recruit YOU! Google, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, Ernst & Young, PwC, Credit Suisse, Bank of America, Danaher, Accenture, EMC, Liberty Mutual, JP Morgan, Wells Fargo…these are some of the most elite firms in the world and they are coming to Nashville on a Saturday (their day off) to recruit the 150 most talented student veterans in the US.
  2. Unlike on campus, the Recruiters Will Actually Understand & Value Your Experience! This event is staffed by the campus, diversity, and military recruiters who actually understand and value both your military experience and academic credentials. In fact, the companies are so excited about this event that their recruiting teams are giving up a Saturday, which is normally their time off, to meet, coach and recruit you.
  3. You Will Get Exclusive ‘Insider Access’ To the Sponsors’ Internships & Jobs across the US: By registering, you get special access and visibility to the sponsors’ undergraduate internships and full-time jobs as a “military/diversity” candidate instead of getting lumped into the broader “campus pool.”
  4. Learn about different industries and careers from a variety recruiters & veterans: Sponsors are hosting breakout sessions where their recruiters and veteran employees will talk about their industries (financial services, consulting, tech, multinational conglomerate) and the types of roles that firms in their industries hire undergraduates for (marketing, sales, HR, Investment banking, asset management, sales and trading, IT, accounting, programming, finance, research, etc.).
  5. Attend Masterclasses in resume writing and behavioral interviewing – that are specifically tailored to your military work history: In other words, you’ll get coaching on how to translate your military experience into language that civilian recruiters will understand (both on your resume and during behavioral interviews).
  6. Unmatched Networking Opportunities: From open bar networking sessions with recruiters and veteran employees to breakfast and lunch with the sponsors’ to a trade show with a 10:1 Company/Student ratio – you get amazing opportunities to connect with recruiters who are looking for you!
  7. On-site Interviews + Exclusive Access to a Pre & Post-Conference Job Board! Knock
  8. Proven results! We’ve run a very similar event for companies veterans enrolled at the top-ranked MBA programs for 8 years. Last year’s event alone resulted in 550+ interviews and 100+ job offers and that is extremely impressive considering that there were only 32 companies and 320 students at the event.

Are you affiliated with Student Veterans of America (SVA)?

SVA is a great organization that is involved in a host of programing for student veterans, but the Undergraduvets Career Conference is not affiliated with it. It is however, affiliated with the MBA Veterans Network, a professional networking organization for military veteran students and alumni of the Top-40 ranked MBA programs. MBA Veterans has hosted a similar career conference for its members annually since 2008 that is also focused on helping talented veterans and elite companies connect.

These companies don’t recruit on my campus. Will they really consider me for internships and jobs?

Absolutely. While they recruit on campus at their “core” schools, they are opening roles to all 150 attendees at this event. Because we participation is designed for veteran sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are enrolled at the top-ranked colleges and universities and meet certain GPA requirements, the sponsors are viewing the “collective” talent pool as being equivalent to that of their top core schools. As a result, everyone gets the same kind of consideration. It’s the way that they view candidates at our MBA Veterans Career Conference (where registration is exclusive for veterans at the Top-40 ranked MBA programs).

FUTURE DATES

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4th Annual UndergraduVets & Cadets Career Conference

Location: Chicago, IL

October 12-13 2018

CONTACT

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