Future Fest Student Registration

View the full agenda below and register for each event!

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The Life Design Lab is proud to announce the fourth annual Future Fest, Hopkins’ premiere experience exhibition, life design exploration & employer recruitment festival. Our aim is to foster authentic and resourceful connections between students, employers and the entire Hopkins community so we all may explore what is possible and discover the next steps to a life well lived.

What to expect at Future Fest 2023

As the Hopkins community settles into the Fall Semester, the Life Design Lab will be hosting the fourth annual Future Fest, the Life Design Lab’s premiere exhibition. Future Fest will feature an array of events and experiences that help our students: 

  1. Explore who they are, what curiosities they have, and different career paths 
  1. Discover key Life Design Lab and Campus Partner experiential programming to prototype a life
  1. Connect with other students, alumni, and employers to take action in designing a post Hopkins life

Future Fest is much more than a traditional career fair or career services event. At Johns Hopkins University, we firmly believe that our entire community can benefit from lived experiences and human connection. Designing your life is an ongoing process, and this annual experience aims to encourage exploration, uncover opportunities, and bridge connections so that our community of students feel confident designing a fulfilling life.​ Through that process, and as a part of Future Fest, our campus partners, alumni and employers all can benefit in their own life design and organizational objectives by being part of those experiences and making valuable connections with our students. Learn more about how Future Fest can support your needs.

Future Fest is Johns Hopkins University’s kickoff to integrative learning and life design. Each September, we provide our students with a full slate of events that help them understand what is available to support and inform their life design. Whether it be cultivating relationships with alumni, employers and campus partners, or understanding the available experiences and opportunities available, Future Fest will ensure our Blue Jays are making the most of their time at JHU.

Future Fest is the first and most visible opportunity for our valued employer partners to get in front of the student population at Johns Hopkins. Yes, we offer opportunities for recruiters to engage with our students in a traditional career fair setting; however, there are additional opportunities to have deeper, more meaningful connections with our student population throughout the two-plus week experience.

With over a dozen events and experiences, there is plenty of opportunity for our broader community of Blue Jays to reach back and make meaningful connections with our students. If you are a Hopkins alumnus or alumnae, do not hesitate to reach out to get involved. Reach out to Jess Harlee for information.

Our students are fortunate to have a wealth of resources and support systems in place here at JHU. We strive to center our campus partners as part of Future Fest. If you are interested in joining us to help kick off the integrative learning and life design experience for this upcoming year, do not be shy. Reach out to Jess Harlee for information.

When and Where is Future Fest 2023

Future Fest will be held from September 8-23, 2023 spread across the beautiful Homewood campus, primarily in the:  

  • Imagine Center for Integrative Learning and Life Design
  • Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center 
  • Glass Pavilion 
  • FastForward U

While a few events will be held exclusively online, almost every aspect of Future Fest will be made available hybrid through Zoom.  

Future Fest will be held from September 8-23, 2023.

Future Fest Agenda (September 8- 23)

You can register for any of the events in Handshake! Take a look at the full list of events and their descriptions below.

I am unsure of where to start my professional journey or “what I want to be when I grow up”.

Location: Imagine Center and Zoom

Are you in need of help creating a resume, getting your resume spruced up, or understanding how to work the room of the career fair? We have you covered! The LDL will be hosting workshops and practice sessions in the Imagine Center leading up to the In-Person Career Fair on Friday to ensure you can excel.

Location: Imagine Center

Where are you headed? This workshop will give you tools to chart your future course and explore paths you’d like your Hopkins future-self to take. College is not just about classes and studying but exploring how your values and vision of who you are can be used as a starting point for moving forward with intention. Ice cream and giveaways will be provided.

We’ll also explore how the Future Fest series can support you in your academic and career/internship curiosities. Go Hop!

Location: FastForward U

This workshop, in person at the Fast Forward U space, offers an opportunity for students to explore the relationship between how values can inform and shed light on the work students do, using a design thinking framework. How can a recognition and unpacking of purpose support students in their process of linking their academic exploration and journey with the work that they are interested in exploring in their industries of interest? Lastly, this workshop will help students recognize the distinction between “finding one’s passion” toward exploring a life that takes into unpacking fulfillment as a life-long and step-by-step process.

Location: Imagine Center and Zoom

Are you in need of understanding how to work the room of the career fair? Visit the Imagine Center to hear tips on how best to navigate a career fair and practice visiting booths like you will during the in person fair.

Location: Glass Pavilion, Homewood Campus

Ever wonder what you can do with your major? The scope is likely much larger than you imagine. Employers across industries rely on graduates with varied backgrounds and skill sets to achieve their mission. Industry Mixer, in person at the Glass Pavilion on the Homewood Campus, is a fun and interactive way to learn to talk with alumni and employers through a skills-based lens, painting a clearer picture of all you can bring to a professional role. Food provided!

Ever wonder what you can do with your major? The scope is likely much larger than you imagine. Employers across industries rely on graduates with varied backgrounds and skill sets to achieve their mission. Industry Mixer, in person at the Glass Pavilion on the Homewood Campus, is a fun and interactive way to learn to talk with alumni and employers through a skills-based lens, painting a clearer picture of all you can bring to a professional role. Food provided!

Location: Bloomberg, Homewood Campus

Looking to explore your public health path? Join admissions representatives from the following institutions for an information session to learn more about public health and how their graduate programs may align and engage your personal goals!

  • Columbia University – Mailman School of Public Health
  • Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Yale School of Public Health
  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Questions? Email laurenblack@jhu.edu

Location: Online and Imagine Center

Our career journeys are filled with so many unknowns. The What I Wish I Would Have Known series will help you gain confidence, build your network, and leverage your authentic identities through round-table discussions.

I want exposure to key people who will help me prototype a future life.

Location: Hodson Hall, Homewood

Join us to meet with WSE alumni leaders about navigating through career paths & hear about real-world experiences from a small alumni panel.

Location: Virtual

Calling all Pre-Health students! Join the Life Design Lab in connecting with medical professionals to learn tips about navigating the healthcare pathway including: getting into medical school, excelling during medical school, and mapping a plan for residency.

Location: Levering Hall, Homewood

Networking event for students interested in connecting with CLE alumni and employers from a variety of fields, including engineering, consulting, healthcare, finance, tech, and more. CLE Connect prioritizes meaningful over transactional connections.

Location: Recreation Center, Homewood Campus

The Student Organization Showcase is an interactive and engaging way for employers and student groups to connect with each other. Student organizations across campus with varying missions will be able to showcase to employers what their vision is for the year and what skills they are developing through their involvement. Each organization will create a “vision board” on a poster that we will print for them, and then present it to employers in a “reverse career fair” fashion. After dinner and presentations, student orgs and employers will have the chance to network and have open discussions with each other. This new format will allow for more collaboration and intentional engagement between orgs and employers.

Location: Summit Auditorium, Imagine Center

PechaKucha is a global storytelling platform that celebrates people, passion, and creative thought. Presenters share ideas and personal stories in order to connect with others visually, concisely, and memorably. These presentations combine technology with social engagement by asking storytellers to capture their story in 20 slides, described to us for about 20 seconds per slide.

Storytellers will be matched with LDL staff for assistance in crafting a story using the PechaKucha format: 20 slides/20 seconds per slide. 6-minute presentations will be given by JHU alum and students who will have a chance to meet each other and work together on their presentations before the in-person event at the Summit Auditorium in the Imagine Center.

Location: Imagine Center

Discover the power of connection as we invite you to explore opportunities with accomplished Black alumni who will candidly share their journey to success. Uncover the secrets to your future success through discussions on authenticity, overcoming failures, making tough decisions, navigating challenging relationships, fostering valuable connections, and achieving financial prosperity. Don’t miss this chance to gain insights that can shape your path to success!

Location: Imagine Center

Artificial Intelligence: Where are the opportunities, and what are the threats over the next decade or two? This speaker event, hosted in person at the Imagine Center Summit Room, offers an opportunity for students to learn from alumni and industry professionals about the future of AI, and how that will impact their job search and the work of tech professionals in the future.

Experience a free one-day Exploratory Trek where JHU Homewood students will be introduced to academic resources, professional connections, and a cultural experience in Washington, DC. This unique experience offers networking with students, staff, and professionals, informative presentations, a visit to Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, and lunch. The goal is to offer insights into your academic and career pathways while facilitating meaningful engagement and building connections while exploring Hopkins beyond Homewood.

All students will board at the Homewood Campus to begin the trek to DC.

I want to understand the resources that will help enhance my professional journey.

Location: Around Campus 1-3pm; Imagine Center 3-5pm

All students are invited to participate in the Kick-Off by visiting tables around campus staffed by Life Design Educators and finishing at the Imagine Center to celebrate with food and music.

When visiting the various tables around campus, students will be able to create their Future Fest schedules and meet Life Design Educators. Afterward, all will be invited to visit the Imagine Center and continue the fun while meeting with campus partners!

Location: Imagine Center and Zoom

Are you in need of sprucing up your resume? We have you covered! Visit the Imagine Center to work through creating a VMOCK account, adding your summer experience to your resume, and uploading your most recent version to VMOCK.

Location: Summit Auditorium/MPR, Imagine Center

Looking for a way to fund your summer internships? The Summer Experience Expo is a place for you to come learn about the Summer Scholarship for un(der)paid internships offered through the Life Design Lab. Find some internship inspiration from the Summer 2023 Life Design Summer Experience Practicum cohort as they highlight their experiences. Breakfast Provided

Location: Imagine Center

The YTTI Kick Off will be the initial meetup for all 23-24 YTTI cohorts ONLY. The session will be informational about logistics for the upcoming year, as well as an opportunity for cohort members to begin to design their searches and select their values and non-negotiable when looking for internships. The event will include food for the cohort as well.

Location: Imagine Center

Calling all changemakers, idea builders, and systems navigators!

Meet and collaborate with JHU’s most passionate students, faculty, and changemakers who care about important social issues that matter to you. Join the Life Design Lab to illuminate our most pressing social issues and actions on a global stage.

Map the System is a global competition out of the University of Oxford that challenges participants to gain a deeper understanding of complex issues using a systems-thinking approach


Student Events & Experiences

Registration for all events, including the in person and virtual career fairs is now open! Register above for any and all events that algin with your interests.

Career Expo Registration

In Person Career Fair: September 15th from 11-3pm

The In Person Career fair will take place in the Ralph O’Connor Recreation Center on Homewood Campus and provide employers the chance to meet with students one on one or in small groups to help them explore the organization.  

Virtual Career Fair: September 19th from 12-4pm

The Virtual Career Fair will take place on Handshake where employers be able to connect with students in small groups for 30-minute sessions.  

Student Organization Showcase: September 14th from 6-8pm

The Student Organization Showcase is a chance for the employers to connect with student leaders in the Ralph O’Connor Rec Center to learn about the vision of their organization and ways they are looking to engage with employers this academic year. 

On-Campus Recruitment 

We will be hosting on campus recruiting opportunities on Monday, September 18th which you can express interest in during the registration for either fair. There is limited availability and will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. 


  For-Profit Govt, Nonprofit, Start-up 
In Person Fair $750 $250 
Virtual Fair $450 $150 
Student Organization Showcase $0 $0 
Early Bird (June 1-30) $50 discount $50 discount 

Networking, Mentorship and Roundtables

Any Johns Hopkins alumni that wish to give back to the undergraduate and graduate communities by sharing their experience, expertise and knowledge of particular industries and identities are strongly encouraged to reach out and let us know. We will be hosting alumni at the during events:

  • WSE Career Night
  • CLE Connect
  • Pre-Health Alumni Panel
  • PechaKucha Story Slam
  • What’s the Tea on Your Future with Black Alumni