The WFU STEM SLAM is a career networking and exploration event for any student interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers. Students from all academic disciplines are invited and encouraged to attend on February 20th, 2018 at 6 pm at the Wake Downtown Campus.

Why should you attend?

The STEM SLAM will provide a relaxed atmosphere for both organizations and students where students are able to learn about organizations and careers in the STEM industry. It is a great opportunity for students from all academic disciplines to explore careers in the STEM field and broaden their professional network. The event will feature companies from a wide range of STEM-related professions with diverse career opportunities for students of all majors.

What to expect?

STEM SLAM will give you an opportunity to interact with employers in a relaxed and personal setting.

List of events

  • Overviews of each company, their company culture, and hiring trends
  • Networking sessions that will give you more insight into the companies and the individual career paths of each representative
  • Panel discussion with industry leaders

Who will be there?

Companies in the STEM industry are scheduled to participate in the STEM SLAM.  Students from all academic disciplines are welcome to attend.

Previous Companies include:

Merck | PMG Research | RAI | Duke Power | Oracle | Lab Corp IT | Inmar | Old Dominion Freight Line | Packet Forensics | Clinical Ink | RTB | Red Ventures | SQL Sentry | Vigilent Cyber Systems | Volvo Group North America | Worklogix | Workday | Southwest Airlines | FactSet | Charter Medical

How should you prepare?

A prep session will be held in January. Registration for the prep session and STEM SLAM can be found on Handshake beginning in January.

Tips for Success

  1. Research the companies attending the fair (available positions, corporate culture, desired skill sets, on-campus recruiting activity, etc.).
  2. Develop at least two well thought out questions to ask each representative.
  3. Prepare a strong pitch that will be used to introduce yourself.
  4. Print more resumes than you would need to give to each of your target employers.
  5. Draft a thank you note template to later be adapted for each individual employer you met.

Sample Questions

  1. What does (breaking news, new account, policy, etc.) mean for the company?
  2. Are there some specific skills, work experience or educational background that can make me more competitive for the (position name)?
  3. What are the backgrounds of other employees in your company or department?
  4. Can you describe the corporate culture?
  5. What are the primary results a person in this position would be expected to achieve?
  6. What challenges and opportunities are associated with the position?
  7. Does your company have formal training programs or do employees receive on-the-job training? How does the company measure performance?
  8. What do I need to know about the application process?
  9. Would you mind if I follow up with you with additional questions?

Networking Tips

For networking tips please visit the OPCD Learn to Network page.

Information for Employers

Agenda for Wednesday, February 20th

  • Improv Workshop: Begins at 4 p.m. (optional but highly encouraged)
    Join Alan Mueller for an improv workshop designed to help create a fun and relaxing atmosphere for the STEM Slam. During the workshop you will have the opportunity to further develop your 60 second pitch that you’ll need for the Welcome Session.
  • Reception with Employers, Wake Forest University Career Coaches and Faculty
    Join fellow employers for a reception with Wake Forest University Career Coaches and Faculty.  
  • Welcome Session: Begins Promptly at 6 p.m.
    The evening begins at 6 p.m. when all organizations have 60 seconds to share who they are, what they do, company culture, hiring trends, etc.  Please dress casually; as you would for work or in company logo apparel.
  • Casual Networking Experience: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Students and employers will be divided into classrooms for networking. This is an opportunity to have conversations with students and share more information about your company and your individual career paths. During the networking sessions, employers will rotate between the rooms.  Marketing materials are not necessary but you are welcome to bring them.  We hope to build momentum, awareness, and conversations that will continue and be shared throughout the year.

For more information and to register, visit Handshake.