My university is hosting a career fair I'd like to attend.
I want to take a couple of hours to go to this and learn about other companies, projects, and talk to representatives of some of the larger tech companies. Google will be there, for example.
However my current employer will also have a booth there, and everyone in upper management is familiar with everyone else's face. There is no way I won't be seen.
I am not an intern. I am pursuing my Masters.
How could I approach my manager about this to avoid any subsequent awkwardness / career ending vibes at my current company the next day?
Update: Thanks for the great suggestions. I ended up mentioning it to my manager the next day, and he even suggested I go so I might send a few more classmates his way. I also learned a lot about how other companies structure their internship programs, as well as what technologies their interns develop in, which I noted down for any future interns I mentor at my current company.