Three February career fairs: internship, nonprofit & startup opportunities abound

The benefit of a liberal arts education is in its power to prepare students for any number of career paths and experiences. The best way to explore them, of course, is to meet as many people as possible – an opportunity afforded through our extensive calendar of career fairs throughout the year.

In February, three upcoming fairs will help you do just that:

Career FairPrior to 2013, the Summer Internship and Nonprofit Fairs were held separately. However, with an eye on student and employer needs the two fairs were merged, with an educational mission in mind.

“One of the most powerful outcomes of the combined fair is that students who may not have been aware of possible career paths in the nonprofit world had an opportunity for exposure, and to meet with employers,” says Abbey Racelis, assistant director of the arts, nonprofit and public sector.

Logistically, employers also appreciate the opportunity to meet students across disciplines at one time, and to expose those earlier in the academic careers to fields they may not have considered.

“Much like students who can now achieve more during a single fair, employers reported that the combined fair led to up to three times more student meetings, an achievement of efficiency that benefits all parties involved. A student may arrive seeking to land an internship, and discover an interest in the nonprofit world,” Racelis said.

At the Startup Fair, those interested in how an organization is launched into the market from the ground up will have the chance to engage successful entrepreneurs firsthand. Startup opportunities can span professional areas of expertise, from technology and marketing to those aligned with business-specific needs. "A visit to the fair can be a fascinating window into an increasingly high-profile segment of the marketplace," said fair coordinator Satomi Chudasama, assistant director of engineering/liberal arts.

Last year, there was a record increase in both employer participation and student attendance at the spring fairs. "Our staff is working hard to reach out to employers across all industries to represent a broad range of fields of interest to our students," said director Beverly Hamilton Chandler. "We look forward to another success in 2014, and encourage students to come and explore potential summer experiences and career paths with an array of interesting organizations."

Employers interested in registering for the fairs can visit the career fair page of our website or call to speak with a member of our employer relations team at 609-258-3325.

Students are encouraged to research organizations of interest in advance. The final line-up of employers will be available in TigerTracks the week before each fair. Remember that professional or business casual attire is recommended. Also check out the list of career fair tips on our website as you get ready. See you at the fairs!

By, Eva Kubu