Employers Welcome at Public Interest Technology Graduate Fair

August 31, 2023

Employers that engage with technology can connect with CUNY talent at October fair.

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Are you part of an organization that is looking for talent to help you think through the benefits and challenges of the technology your organization creates or uses? If so, the CUNY Graduate Center’s Public Interest Technology Career Fair on Tuesday, October 17, is a terrific opportunity to connect with diverse, qualified professionals in a broad and growing economic sector. The fair will bring together a wide range of employers with highly skilled CUNY graduate students.

Public Interest Technology (PIT) is an umbrella term used to describe organizations — companies, not-for-profits, NGOs, government agencies, civic and cultural heritage organizations — that plan, develop, implement and/or evaluate technology designed to serve a public good. It can also describe individual jobs within larger organizations that are oriented toward leveraging the advances or mitigating potential harms in technologies, data collection and analysis, and the use of artificial intelligence (AI).

Public interest technology work is inherently people- and community-oriented and operates in the best interests of the people and communities it is designed to serve.

Hiring public interest technology talent could help your organization:

  • Produce technologies that streamline welfare application systems, food stamp application systems, or head start benefit reporting software;
  • Audit the algorithms and/or platforms you’re currently using or implement new ones to assist in deliverables;
  • Execute data science or mapping projects around issues that impact the people you are serving, such as food insecurity or environmental conservation and planning;
  • Discover new ways of evaluating the impact of your programming, assist in communicating your impact to a wider audience, or lead user-driven research to improve your practices.
  • Develop ethics guidelines for technology and data use in the communities, organizations, and workplaces that you manage support and collaborate with.

The fair will bring together a wide range of employers for a day full of dynamic discussion. Participating employers will have the opportunity to network with potential candidates, promote their mission, and discuss internship and employment opportunities. Additionally, the Graduate Center will provide a catered lunch for all employers.

This is an exceptional opportunity to shape the future of the public interest technology sector and gain access to outstanding talent.

Employers can reserve spots via the Handshake platform. Please email the Graduate Center’s Center for Career Planning and Professional Development with any questions and/or for assistance with Handshake.

Support for this event was provided by the Public Interest Technology University Network Challenge Fund, a fiscally sponsored project of New Venture Fund. The Public Interest Technology University Network’s challenge as well as career fair grants are funded through the support of the Ford Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, and Mastercard Impact Fund with support from Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, Schmidt Futures, and The Siegel Family Endowment.

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