Students have one thing in mind besides internships: jobs


Students came to the Spring Internship Fair with one thing on their minds: a job.

Career Services hosted the fair in the Convocation Center Wednesday. There were 63 employers present, and all majors were welcomed.

Employers ranged from laboratories, branches from the military, health services, financial businesses, department stores, family service agencies, an amusement park and small companies, among others.

Students were advised to do research on potential employers and their companies before they came. Students also were advised to bring at least 15 to 20 resumes to hand out, said Mary Myers, associate director for campus and employer relations for Career Services.

“Students should have a 30-second speech prepared for employers,” Myers said. “They should practice with an employer that they don’t want a job with.”

Students entered and placed one résumé at the check-in desk. Myers said this is mainly for

Career Services to review what majors attended and to send these students a survey for an evaluation.

Before students walked inside the arena, they filled out a name tag, and they had the opportunity to talk to a counselor or a member from Career Services for advice. A PowerPoint presentation played as students entered that offered advice on how to speak to employers.

Students dressed in suits walked with their résumés in hand as they searched for the right employer for their major.

Rapheal Jones, freshman business administration major, said this was his first experience with the fair. He said he was a little nervous before stepping into the arena, but he is happy to know he is starting his career search early.

“I want to try to get a head start to find a job over the summer,” Jones said.

Katie Prendergast, senior nutrition and dietetics major, said she was a little disappointed that there was not much offered for her major, but she still went to find an internship opportunity for the summer.

“I am about to graduate, so I am getting my résumé out there and keeping my options open,” Prendergast said.