Student FAQs

Are the conferences really cost-free for students to attend?

Yes! The support of participating employers allows us to cover the cost of airfare, lodging, and conference participation for all student attendees.  Each year we select a diverse and impressive class of high-achievers, and all admitted students travel, stay, and attend at our expense. Please note, ground transportation is the responsibility of the attendee.

I have questions about conference or career fair logistics. Whom do I contact?

We will be sending out conference information a few weeks before each conference. If you have any questions, connect with the admissions director of the conference you’re attending. A directory of admissions directors can be found on the Our team page.

Do I have to be “out” to attend?

Students who are not out or who are selectively out are more than welcome at our conferences. Creating a safe, inclusive space and respecting the privacy of all students are our top priorities. If you need assistance making this conference work for you, please let us know when you apply.

I’m an international student or I’m studying abroad. Can I still attend?

Yes, but the scholarship funds allocated for air travel are limited. The student is responsible for their own visa, if required. If additional nights of lodging and meals are required due to length of travel, O4U does not fund these additional costs. 

I’m a DACA student. Can I still attend?

Yes. Each student is responsible for communicating with potential employers about their status and ability to work in the United States. 

What is MOSAIC?

MOSAIC is O4U's career exploration and professional development program focused on enhancing skills and empowerment tools for underrepresented students, particularly those who identify as Black, Latinx, and Native/Indigenous.

MOSAIC provides an integrated program model that includes mentorship with professionals in their fields of interest, curated resources for navigating the workplace, and networking events and panels where students can connect with other Black, Latinx, and Native/Indigenous students and professionals.


The TRANSCEND program piloted in 2023. (formerly known as TRANSFORM) The program is O4Us pre-conference programming for Transgender, Gender Nonconforming, and Non-Binary (TGNCNB) students to meet and connect with each other ahead of the main conference. The programing includes specific events, speakers, mentors, and discussions curated for TGNCNB students.

I heard that O4U has a fund to help cover college application fees. How do I apply?

In July 2023, O4U created a fund of $10,000 USD to cover college application fee expenses for students from underrepresented communities, including those who were previously supported by affirmative action policies and students served by the O4U MOSAIC programming. 

This fund was in response to the Supreme Court rulings against both Harvard and the University of North Carolina eliminating the legal use of race-conscious higher education admissions, and the use of affirmative action to promote diversity, and ensure equal opportunity within the admissions process. For consideration, complete the online application.

What resources does O4U provide for individuals with disabilities?

We are dedicated to fostering an inclusive environment where individuals of all abilities are welcomed, supported, and empowered. We strive to ensure that individuals have the resources they need to maximize their engagement with our programs and offerings. Whether it's through accessibility accommodations, adaptive technologies, or tailored assistance, we will work to create an environment of support for our students, volunteers, and alumni. 

Where can I apply to attend a conference?

You can apply here.

Sponsor FAQs

I’m interested in having my company sponsor a conference. How can I get in touch?

Fill out the sponsorship form, and we’ll be in touch.

I have questions about conference or career fair logistics. Whom do I contact?

We will be sending out conference information a few weeks in advance. If you have any questions, connect with the sponsorship director of the conference you’re attending. A directory of sponsorship directors can be found on the Our team page.

When is payment due?

O4U sponsorship payments are due in full prior to the start of the conference, and are non-refundable.

Community FAQs

How do I share a question or concern?

You can check out our organizational chart here or contact us anonymously with this form.

Do you have any materials about O4U I can share with my network?

Yes! Here are a few things you can share with others about O4U:

O4U Brochure
O4U Overview 1
O4U Overview 2

Where can I review O4U's financial statements and budget on an annual basis?

Our annual audits and financial statements are publicly available here. You can also view our 2023 Annual Report.

Where can I learn more about O4U Strategic goals and progress?

Our strategic planning dashboard is updated regularly and is available to the public at o4u.dataforall.org.

O4U also utilizes the Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Benchmarks* as an internal assessment.

*From Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations Around the World © 2021 Yvonne (Nene) Kegomoditswe Molefi, Julie O’Mara, and Alan Richter. Used with permission. All Rights Reserved.

Why does O4U utilize LGBTQ2+ when referring to those in the O4U community?

LGBTQ2+ is an acronym for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Two-Spirit, and more.

What policies and procedures does O4U currently have in place?

Our main policy documents can be found linked below.

Health and Safety Waiver
Code of Conduct
Release Form
Consent to Record
Guidelines on Organizational Public Statements

Conference Attendee Travel Policies