Annual career and internship fair hosts employers

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Over 80 employers convened in the Student Center Gym last week as Point Park held its annual career and internship fair. The event, which is hosted by the Career Development staff, serves as a meeting point for both students and employers alike. According to Cheryl Guyer, the internship coordinator for Career Development, 252 students attended the fair. The employers at the job fair ranged from a myriad of different professions.

“The Career Development Center always sets a high standard for the career fair,” Guyer said. “We want to connect as many students to employers as possible.”

Normally, the fair is organized by Career Development’s director Angela Scaramucci. This year, Guyer organized the fair due to Scaramucci being on maternity leave.

“The ability to network with employers that you are familiar with, and ones that you might not be, is what is great about the career fair,” senior PR & Advertising student Nicholas Poprocky said. “It gives students the opportunity to discover so many doors that could potentially open up as a career path once they graduate.”

Employers were greeted to a breakfast at 10:00 a.m. before heading to set up their tables. After tables were manned by the employers, students made their way to the fifth floor to begin the hunt for careers. Students were able to meet with many high-profile employers. Companies like BNY Melon, KDKA, Entercom Media, and Stage AE are just a few of the highlight employers for the fair.

“I was pleasantly surprised at how well the fair went and with the responses we got. We had a great response from employers as they left,” Guyer said.

Accompanied by all the off-campus opportunities, Point Park also had some tables at the fair. Jessica Hobson, the Cooperative Education Specialist for Career Development, headed a table for Point Park students interested in the program. The Campus Activities Board (CAB) also hosted a table, encouraging students to apply for their executive board positions for next semester.

“We have multiple positions open for a lot of different opportunities. The board has a lot of potential to boost your resume and gain hands-on experience,” Emilee Fails said, the Vice President of Marketing for CAB. “The fair was a great opportunity to meet various employers, not just us.”

Joining Point Park in the fair was 45 students from other schools. These schools included Westminster College, Thiel College, the University of Pittsburgh, Seton Lasalle, and various other schools.

“Those students from other schools were more than we usually get. In terms of students from Point Park, we had about the same as last year, if not a little more,”Guyer said.

As for employers, Guyer said that those that came were productive with engaging with students and trying to create a relationship with students early. Most had either internships or entry level positions open for anyone trying to get their start somewhere.

“We greatly appreciate everyone who came and we hope all who attended got a great experience out of it,” Guyer said.

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