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Job and interview fair bringing students and employers to Norfolk

Eight top universities will bring students to Norfolk on Nov. 5 to participate in an interview day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and career fair from 10 am to 2 pm at the Marriott Waterside downtown.

Hire Virginia is a state-wide recruiting partnership designed to engage Virginia-based university students with employers in the Hampton Roads area.

Participating schools include students from:

  • University of Virginia
  • Virginia Tech
  • Old Dominion University
  • VCU College of Engineering
  • Norfolk State University
  • Radford University
  • College of William & Mary
  • James Madison University

“The goal of the program is to retain our top talent in Virginia,” said David Lapinski, who serves as the director of employer relations at the UVA Career Center, which runs Hire Virginia. “We’ve had tremendous support from our higher education partners and anticipate a strong showing for area employers. It’s our first Hire Virginia, and we currently have 38 unique employers for the career fair and 12 employers for the interview portion of the event. We’d love to add some additional biotech companies to the career fair.”

Companies slated to be at the Hire Virginia fair include BAE Systems, Cox Communications, GEICO, Suffolk Economic Development, ADP, Clark Nexsen, The City of Norfolk, Virginia Beach Economic Development, Hampton Economic Development, Opportunity Inc., Re-Invent Hampton Roads, and Wilbanks Smith & Thomas Asset Management.

Registration for employers to participate in the career fair is open until October 22. For information about student or employer registration, contact Lapinski at 

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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