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Students Flock to Annual Public Service Career Showcase

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By Heather Engelking*

The Eighth Annual Public Service Career Showcase at the University of Central Florida was held Nov. 12, 2009. The event provided opportunities for students of all majors to learn about careers in the public sector.

Representatives from nonprofits, government offices and agencies related to health, human and social services shared information about career paths within their fields and recruited students for internship, volunteer and paid positions. There was a 60 percent increase in student attendance at this year's showcase compared to last year's.

The showcase was hosted jointly by UCF's College of Health and Public Affairs and Career Services office and the following student organizations: Organization for Public Administration (OPA), Master of Public Administration Student Association (MPASA), National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA), Health Services Administration Student Association (HSASA) and the Bachelor of Social Work Student Association (BSWSA). 

Both participating students and employers appreciated the opportunity to network and remarked on the need for events focused on careers in the public sector.

Mark your calendars as the next Public Service Career Showcase is scheduled for Nov. 4, 2010!

*Assistant Director of Employer Relations, UCF Career Services

Below is a list of organizations with representatives at this year's showcase:
Apopka Family Learning Center
Central Intelligence Agency
Devereux Florida
Easter Seals of Volusia/Flagler
Florida Department of Transportation
Lighthouse Central Florida
Mental Health Association of Central Florida
Orlando Science Center
Social Security Administration
U.S. Pretrial Services
Boys & Girls clubs of Central Florida
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Kids Hope United
Central Florida Chapter of American Society for Public Administration
UCF Victims Services
Adult Literacy League
Early Learning Coalition of Orange County
Volusia County Schools
American Lung Association
Heart of Florida United Way
U.S. Department of Commerce, NOAA Fisheries Service, Office of Law Enforcement
Center for Independent Living
Children's Home Society of Florida
Catholic Charities of Central Florida, Inc
Orange County Sheriff's Office
Share the Care, Inc
Florida City & County Management Association
Brevard Public Schools
Seeds of Hope, Inc
HCR Manor Care
Florida Hospital
U.S. Food & Drug Administration
Orange County Public Schools
Rescue Outreach Mission
U.S. Census Bureau

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