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STEM Recruiting & Talent Acquisition

Need access to top talent for hard-to-fill science, engineering and R&D positions?

Finding that perfect candidate who checks all the boxes for STEM education, talent and experience can be difficult at best, especially when the position is greatly specialized or the research is highly innovative.

ORAU can provide a distinct advantage for your business in finding the right candidates. We have 70+ years of experience designing, recruiting and managing fellowship and internship programs for federal agencies and private sector customers, as well as engaging with universities that attract top STEM talent through our 120+ member university consortium. ORAU’s University Consortium provides value to private industry and government agencies wishing to engage specialized scientific, engineering and R&D candidates for short-term projects or contributions to the longer-range mission of the organization. ORAU’s workforce solutions experts also provide full-range talent acquisition and recruitment management for your staffing needs.

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Talent acquisition ROI

ORAU is an expert in attracting top talent using a wide range of recruitment resources. We can partner with or become your talent acquisition team and improve your recruiting metrics. What can we provide?

  • Continuous candidate engagement (including social media)
  • Digital marketing capabilities
  • Zintellect recruitment and applicant tracking system
  • Reduced time to fill and cost per hire
  • Greater retention rates
  • Quality of hires (with attention to diversity and inclusion)
  • Open positions vs. positions filled ratio improvement
  • Increased application completion rate

Let ORAU manage the candidate experience for you and improve your overall recruitment efforts.

Our Experts

Dawn King

Dawn King, M.S.

Expertise: Human resources, talent acquisition, recruitment, teambuilding, business development, networking, coaching, employee engagement, training and development, performance management, leadership development, and employee retention

King has more than 15 years of Human Resources professional experience with a Master's of Science focused in Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, from the University of Tennessee. She has a demonstrated history of working with both the private and government administration industry and is highly skilled in accessing the human capital needs of an organization and implementing an effective recruitment strategy to fulfill these needs.

Michelle Goodson

Michelle Goodson, M.S.

Expertise: Goodson leads a recruitment and human resources team that supports the EPA National Student Services contract. Goodson is a member of numerous teams that oversee project management, talent management and retention and process improvements.

She is an expert on full-cycle recruitment, metrics, and application development and is a Senior Certified Professional of the Society for Human Resource Management. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Business Administration.

Amanda Hurley

Amanda Hurley

ExpertiseHurley is an ORAU project manager, recruiter and subject matter expert for recruiting trends and technology. Previously, she worked for, where she recruited top talent and developed retention strategies for companies across the United States. Hurley has a background in recruitment, marketing, sales and organizational communication. As an ORAU project manager, she recruits for and manages the relationship with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Research and Development Office.

Contact us

For more information about ORAU’s Workforce Solutions, contact us at 865.576.3424 or