The University of Southern Mississippi’s Mississippi Defense Initiative is sponsoring a Career Fair at the OCEANS 2023 Conference.

Students, young professionals, those looking for their next position, military personnel transitioning to the workplace, veterans, and current National Guard and Reserve members are encouraged to use this opportunity to find your perfect career.


STEP 1 | Review & select hiring exhibitors to meet.

Take a look at the participating organizations (see highlights) and let us know which ones you would like to have a scheduled visit with between 1:30 and 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 27, in the Exhibit Hall of the Mississippi Coast Convention Center. Prior to the Career Fair, you will receive a confirmation email with further information for the day.


STEP 2 | Register for access to the Conference.

A free “Exhibit Hall Only” option is available for the day of the Career Fair, as well as the option to pay to attend the full conference.

Not able to attend the OCEANS 2023 Career Fair but would like to provide your information to a participating exhibitor? Email your resume and the names of the organizations with which you want it shared to

If your company would like to participate in the Career Fair and you do not yet have an exhibit booth, learn more here. Registered exhibitors who want to be highlighted in the Career Fair should provide their company information here by September 15.

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  1. Participating exhibitors – Provide a short description of the types of jobs and career paths they have availableWe will continue adding participating exhibitors, as they join the program, so check back.


  1. Jobseekers - Review and select which companies they would like to visit individually during the Career Fair. Meetings with those companies at their exhibit booth will be arranged on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline to sign up is September 15th Meetings will be subject to remaining availability after this date. Students also have the option to tour in a group setting to learn more about future opportunities. Complete the Career Fair preferences form to reserve your times with companies of your choice. NOTE: You must be a registered Conference Participant (however, a free “Exhibit Hall Only” option is available for this day) to access the Career Fair. Conference Registration


  1. Meetings at the OCEANS 2023 Career Fair – All Career Fair participants will be provided a schedule of their arranged meetings in the Exhibit Hall. Jobseekers are encouraged to bring copies of their resume for each meeting, including contact information.


  1. Interview room - Will be available on Thursday, September 28, at the convention center should a company wish to conduct a one-on-one interview.


  1. Interested in this meeting but not able to attend? The Career Fair registration will include an option for those seeking jobs but unable to attend in person. Email your resumes and contact information (also indicate the companies of interest) and the information will be shared with identified companies.


Reserve your spot to visit with Career Fair exhibitors hiring today