Explore career opportunities on February 20
UPDATE: Due to a forecasted snowstorm, the Jobs, Internships, and Networking Fair has been postponed to Feb. 27 from 12-2 p.m. The event will still take place in the field house.
The perfect place to prepare for and possibly dive into your future after college is Ursinus’ upcoming Job, Internship, and Networking Fair on February 20. The fair will be held in the Floy Lewis Bakes Center from 12 noon to 2 p.m.
Ursinus will welcome employers who are interested in speaking with students about many different opportunities, ranging from full-time jobs, part-time jobs, summer jobs, and internship opportunities. Michele Poruban of the Career and Post-Graduate Development Center explains that the Job, Internship, and Networking Fair will be a good opportunity for students to network and get valuable experience speaking to professionals and employers.
Employers attending the fair include: Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, Birch Run Financial, City Year, GlaxoSmithKline, Elmwood Park Zoo, Devereux Pennsylvania, NBC Universal, Marine Officer Program Philadelphia and many more.
Poruban adds that one way students can prepare for the fair is by practicing their introductions. Students should include their name, year, education, work and volunteer experience, strengths, accomplishments, knowledge, and interest in particular organizations that will be at the fair.
While it may seem like the fair is geared toward juniors and seniors, students from any class are welcome to attend. Sophomore Shura McCartin wishes she had attended last year.
McCartin said, “I haven’t really looked into anyone going yet or who’s going to be at the fair, but I regretted not going last year just to even get the experience.”
A visit to the Career and Post-Graduate Development Center can also help students prepare. Students can make an appointment to meet with a member of the career office to go over their resume or they can drop in during walk-in hours from 2-3 p.m. each week day.
At the fair, there will be a professional photographer who will be offering free headshots for students that can be used on a LinkedIn profile or other job searching networks.
Along with the professional photographer, many employers at the fair will be Ursinus alumni who will be wearing ribbons on their name tags that specify they are alumni. Poruban hopes that this will allow students to feel more comfortable when approaching a table at the fair and encourages them to be themselves and discuss common interests with the alumni running the tables.
Millie Drury ’21 believes the fair will provide her with opportunities to meet potential employers. “I think it’ll be good to just kind of meet people and see what’s out there,” she said.
Poruban encourages all students to attend and explore the job and internship opportunities available. It will be extremely beneficial to get a head start at a fair like this; it is never too early to begin making those connections.