Job fair entices students

Clarion, Pa.- Clarion University Spring Job, Internship, and Summer Job Fair hosted a swarm of interested students on Feb. 17 in the Gemmell Student Complex Multi-Purpose Room. 

According to Clarion University’s website, the job fair provided opportunities for students to network with companies and potential employers. It also serves as a way for students to find full-time jobs, internships, summer jobs, part-time positions and graduate programs. More than 70 organizations attended the annual event. Some continued their annual presence such as the Ligonier Camp.

Steph Walker, a representative from the Ligonier Camp organization, said that this was its “third or fourth year involved with the fair,” and they always enjoy their time meeting Clarion students. Walker also stated that the Ligonier Camp was looking for interns and visit many colleges and fairs throughout the year to find them.

Organizations that attended the fair came to set up early and hold a brunch preparing for the day ahead.  They prepared for a large student turn-out.

Mary McCullough, a recruiter from Penn Highlands Healthcare, said they were “primarily looking for nurses and x-ray technicians with experience and internships.” Their company attends the job fair “in order to get their name out there within Pennsylvania colleges.”

A student makes his way through the spring job fair while organizations provide their resources.
A student makes his way through the spring job fair while organizations provide their resources.

Brett Probert from the Promise Camp and Retreat Center, a Christian camp, said he was “always looking for quality staff members.” It was his first year attending Clarion’s job fair. Many students were in attendance at the event this year, meeting the supply of those companies and businesses who would offer internships, career advice and part-time jobs on Wednesday.

Cole Johnson, a junior history major, said, “The event seemed informative and I’m glad I attended.”

Students from many different majors, from political science and human resources, attended. Junior human resources and business management major Madison Daly stated that she had a “good time” at the fair and “met with two different companies and gave them my résumé.”

Students said the tables were very informative, and representatives from the organizations were eager to speak to them about job and internship opportunities. Alex Elias, a junior social studies education major, said she “enjoyed it, and there were a lot of opportunities to look in to.”

Students were also involved as volunteers organizing the event. Marissa Snyder, a medical technology and biology dual major with a minor in chemistry, played a big part in helping plan the event as she works with the career office. She said the annual spring event attracts many recruiters and offers exciting opportunities for students.

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