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  • IBM Briefing Center (map)
  • 600 14th Street Northwest, 2nd Floor
  • Washington, DC, 20005
  • United States

Join AFFIRM at our annual Federal Career IT Day, introducing college students to careers and opportunities in Federal information technology (IT).

This year, students will hear from upper-level IT executives across the federal government.

Students who attend the AFFIRM Federal Career IT Day will be given a leg up on employment opportunities within the Federal workforce. Participants will hear from past attendees, get tips from those who make hiring decisions within their agencies, and learn what the future holds for Federal IT professionals. This is a unique opportunity for students to network with Federal employees and become better prepared for the professional workforce. Lunch will be provided, courtesy of AFFIRM.

Students should remember to bring a copy of their resume as there will be Federal IT professional on-site to review them. 

"This is one of the best career days that I have ever attended."
-Naftali Fink, University of Maryland Baltimore County student



9:00 - 9:30 a.m. - Registration and Continental breakfast

9:30 - 9:35 a.m. - Welcome Address from AFFIRM

9:35 - 9:45 a.m. - Welcome from IBM

  • Dan Chenok, Executive Director, IBM Center for the Business of Government

9:45 - 10:15 a.m. - Plenary Speaker

  • Adrian Gardner, Chief Information Officer, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

10:15 - 11:15 a.m. - Federal IT Panel & Federal Job Descriptions

  • Darryl E. Peek II, Senior IT Executive

  • Renee Macklin, Director of Information Technology Enterprise Services, Department of Commerce (DOC)

  • Ed Mays, Executive Director, Enterprise Data management & Engineering Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

  • Janice Haith, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Department of the Navy (Retired)

  • Moderator: Chris Dorobek, Executive Editor, GovLoop's DorobekINSIDER

11:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch break & Shadowing Sign Up

1:00 - 1:45 p.m. - Benefits of Job Shadowing Panel

  • Notoya Russell, Solution Specialist, InQuisient

  • Debi Kessler-Smith, Management and Program Analyst, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

  • James Maas, Project Management Professional and Information Technology Specialist, U.S. Federal Department

  • Moderator: Carlene Ileto, Executive Director, Products and Services Delivery Management Office, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

1:45 - 2:30 p.m. - Applying for Jobs

  • Deidre Grantham, Management & Program Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

  • Jonelle Isaac, Management & Program Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Coaching & Resume Reviews

The entrance to the building is on 14th Street between the Hamilton and MXDC restaurants. Upon entering the building, walk to the second elevator bay across from the guard's desk and take an elevator to the second floor. 


The Metro Center stop serves the Blue, Orange, Silver, and Red Lines. When exiting Metro Center, take the 13th and G Street exit. At the top of the escalators, turn right then left onto 13th Street. Proceed to F Street and turn right. IBM is one block to the west, located near the corner of 14th and F Streets. 


Parking costs $27 for all day. The parking lot is located on F Street, between 14th and 15th Street and is open between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m..

Job Shadow Day/Scheduled at a Later Date

Shadow days will be arranged between each student and the matched agency IT professional within two weeks of the career workshop. Students may do shadow days with multiple agencies. Scheduling of the shadow day is flexible to allow students, who may be in classes or undergoing exams, to avoid disrupting their schedules and to allow the agency IT professional to identify particularly interesting days for shadowing.

Please note: attendees must bring a government-issued ID to the Federal Career IT Workshop and the scheduled job shadow day. Student IDs will not be sufficient. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • U.S. passport or foreign government-issued passport

  • U.S. passport card

  • U.S. military ID (active duty or retired military and their dependents, and DoD civilians)

  • Permanent resident card

  • Driver's licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent) for the sole purpose of identification

Attendance in Career Day is subject to agency approval.

To view the NASA keynote presentation from last year's Career Day, click here