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2018 NAS
Career Professionals Conference

(Registration is now closed)

NASPAA’s annual Career Professionals Conference is designed to provide information about career paths for students in public administration and public policy programs, allow for networking among staff and faculty leading career development efforts at NASPAA schools, and learn about programs and best practices offered by NASPAA colleagues around the country.

December 5-7, 2018

Wednesday, December 5, 5-7PM: Welcome Reception
Thursday, December 6, 8:30AM-5:00PM: Conference
Friday, December 7, 8:00AM-1:00PM: Conference
Friday, December 7, 1:30-3:00PM: Social Outing

NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
New York City

Career Development professionals are the primary audience for this conference, but we encourage faculty or staff from NASPAA schools who are interested in delving more deeply into career development, as well as NASPAA member employers who would like to deepen connections with career professionals to attend!

Note: Only NASPAA members can attend this event

Washington Square Hotel
103 Waverly Place, New York, NY 10011
Group Code: 5608 for a rate of $282/night
(Expires on October 24, 2018)

Best Western Bowery Hanbee Hotel
231 Grand Street, New York, NY 10013
Group Code: NYU2018 for rates from $288-$322/night
(Expires on November 5, 2018)

You may also contact the hotel directly at 212 925 1177.
A credit card is required to guarantee each reservation and note an incidental hold of $50 will be authorized on top of room and tax at check in.

Best Practice Proposals:
Is your School doing something cool? Are you proud of a program that you host? Do you want to share some of your successes or lessons learned? Have you been conducting research or creating processes that you think other NASPAA members might benefit from?

Please submit a proposal to host a Best Practice Roundtable session! These small group sessions (each lasting approximately 20 minutes) will provide you with the opportunity to present your program topic to a group of colleagues and answer questions related to your program. If you’d like to learn more about the process before submitting a proposal please contact Shannon Merchant, Director of Career Development at UW-Evans ( or Tom Hernandez, Director of Alumni Relations at NYU Wagner (


Frequently Asked Questions
If I choose not to stay at the conference hotel, what other recommendations do you have for accommodations?
The W Union Square
The Dream Downtown
Hilton Garden Inn – Tribeca
Marriott Courtyard – Soho
Marriott Courtyard – Herald Square 
Marriott Courtyard – Chelsea 

What can I expect as part of the program for the conference?
The NASPAA Career Professionals Conference provides an opportunity to learn about trends and best practices in the career development profession, focused specifically on working with students pursuing public administration and public policy degrees. You can expect a good mix of professional panels, networking opportunities, presentations, and interactive sessions, focusing on various topics including: advising students on their internship and job search, innovative career development programs, employer relations/development, and managing career offices.

What time will the conference start and end so that I can book my travel accordingly?
Wednesday, December 5, 5-7PM: Welcome Reception
Thursday, December 6, 8:30AM-4:30PM: Conference
Friday, December 7, 9:00AM-1:30PM: Conference

Will any meals be provided with the conference registration?
Breakfast, lunch, and coffee/snacks will be provided during the conference.

I want to see some sites while I’m in New York City. Do you have recommendations?
Please visit NYC: The Official Guide, an interactive active website chock full of information and recommendations on museums/galleries, attractions, Broadway, restaurants, events, shopping, sports, nightlife, and more! 


2018 Conference Planning Committee
Stephanie Boomhower, UC San Diego
Denise Burchard, Northern Illinois University
Rachel DuBois, NYU Wagner
Pat Eaton, NYU Wagner
Leigh Anne Elliott, NASPAA
Suzanne Grossman, Baruch College
Tom Hernandez, NYU Wagner
Hannah Rose Hintz, University of Virginia
Allie Hutchinson, The Ohio State University
Linda Kowalcky, Northeastern University
Elaine McBeth, William & Mary
Shannon Merchant, University of Washington
Jill Rockwell, University of Virginia
Emily Sharples, Princeton University
Marny Smith, Baruch College
Natalia Trujilio, The City College of New York
Meagan Van Gelder, University of Nebraska

Contact Leigh Anne Elliott, NASPAA Conference Manager, with any questions: or 202.628.8965 x115





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