Ten o’clock marked the start of the Western PA Collegiate Job & Internship Fair last Wednesday, Oct. 12 at the Monroeville Convention Center, where students and alumni from all over the state gathered to meet informally with employers and learn of their internship and employment opportunities.
Dozens of Clarion University’s own students attened thd fair, including students from the Department of Communication, business, marketing and computer science.
One hundred and seventy employers attended the conference in hopes of recruiting prospective employees or interns soon to be graduated. Companies from Dollar Bank, Giant Eagle, Mylan Inc., PA Liquor Control Board, U.S. Peace Corps to Walmart were present, each looking for students majoring in array of areas, such as accounting, liberal arts, criminal justice, health care and many more.
Senior communication major and December 2016 graduate, Brandan Brooks, sought to network and establish hopeful relationships with prospective employers at the WestPACS Job Fair.
“Because graduation is quickly approaching for me, I knew I really needed to use this opportunity to be serious and start making connections with companies,” said Brooks.
For other majors and class standings, they used the job fair as a chance to get more comfortable in the professional setting and learn of fututre opportunities.
“I’m not graduating until May, but I’m looking for an internship over Christmas break that will hopefully lead to a full-time position at a company,” said Nina Jonnet, a senior communication major with a minor in marketing.
“That’s what’s so great about this job fair, there are companies who are also looking for interns,” said Jonnet.
Clarion University’s Career and Development Center is a member of WestPACS, with Assistant Director of Career Services, Erin Lewis, acting as a liason between Clarion students and employers.
As students from a wide variety of state universities wandered through the convention center from employer booth to booth, workshops were also being held for people to sit in on if interested.
The WestPACS job and internship fair is also held in the spring.