Wednesday, Feb. 26 marks the day of Fairfield University’s annual Career and Internship Fair. A wide variety of company representatives and employers are expected to gather in the  Leslie C. Quick Jr. Recreation Complex from 12 to 3 p.m. to showcase what jobs are available for Fairfield students in college and beyond. 

The Career and Internship Fair will provide valuable opportunities to students to practice their networking skills with over 100 potential employers and is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. The employers in attendance run the gamut from local institutions, including the University of Bridgeport, to Fortune 500 companies like Amazon. 

According to Deirdre Bennett, the manager of employer engagement at the Fairfield University Career Center, “Participating companies represent various industry sectors, including accounting, finance, marketing, engineering, medical health, consumer products, graduate programs, and non-profit organizations. These employers are seeking Fairfield students from all majors for internship and job opportunities.” There will be an opportunity for essentially every major to participate and find a potential job or internship through the fair.

The Career and Internship Fair annually provides students with a way to guarantee themselves jobs after graduation and find employment while still attending school. “With 98 percent of the Class of 2019 securing full-time employment, enrolling in a graduate or professional school, or participating in a service program within six months of graduation, this fair plays a central role in the University’s student outcomes,” Bennett said.

Students will also have the opportunity to update their LinkedIn photos at the Fair’s LinkedIn Photo Booth.

The Fairfield University Career Center has a “Career Closet” open to all students, where students can borrow professional attire for the fair. The center also provides drop-in meetings with Career Peer Advisors, who can help students with their cover letters, resumes, networking and much more. Drop-in hours run Monday through Thursday, 1-4 p.m., at the Aloysius P. Kelley Center. 

The Career Center recommends that students take time to prepare for the Career and Internship Fair in advance, suggesting that they dress professionally, print out around 10 copies of their resume and identify companies with whom they would like to speak. The Career Center also recommends that students come up with an “elevator pitch” for themselves if a potential employer asks for the student to “tell me about yourself.”

Accompanying this event, the Charles F. Dolan School of Business is also hosting a variety of mock interviews throughout the week with professionals in different business fields. Interviews will be held in DSB 205 and will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.
Mock interviews will also be held for the College of Arts and Sciences as a part of CAS Career Week on Friday, Feb. 28 in Canisius 100. Sign up for these on Life@Fairfield.

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