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NMSU hosts Taking the Pentagon to the People event

This past weekend, the Taking the Pentagon to the People event allowed students, faculty and community members to learn about potential DoD career opportunities. New Mexico State University, along with the DoD’s Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, hosted the two-day event at the Corbett Center Student Union March 27-28.

New Mexico State University hosted the Taking the Pentagon to the People event in the Corbett Center Student Union March 27-28, 2024. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense)

The event is designed to expose students to various opportunities in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, business and education, among others. 

The DoD program seeks to hire people for internships and jobs in their chosen career fields, and also serves to inform attendees of the benefits of working for the DoD. The event immediately connects students and alumni with DoD recruiters, leaders and executives, who can help push them in the right direction.  

Nationwide speakers discussed these opportunities with participants through mock interviews, a presidential roundtable, elevator pitches and information tables. University leaders also spoke during the presidential roundtable to bring ideas, changes and opportunities to the table.

This event featured 35 DoD recruiters and 11 local recruiters, including representatives from the White Sands Detachment of Naval Surface Warfare, Doña Ana Community College Workforce Development and Career Readiness, and the El Paso Community College career services team.

According to Kellye McGrew, an event coordinator with PCI Productions who was present at the event, TTPTTP introduces new career ideas to locals by allowing students and faculty members to learn more about future job opportunities with DoD. “I love doing this event for the benefit it has for the students,” McGrew said. “Students can walk away with knowledge that they didn’t have before.”  

As attendees were advised to bring their resumes to the event, many students got on-the-spot interviews with recruiters. Students also made connections for future employment after graduation.  

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