Morehead State University’s Career and Internship Fair is an opportunity for students to make connections and start gaining hands-on experience to launch their careers.
Eagles can gain an advantage in reaching their career goals through attending the Spring Career and Internship Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, at the Adron Doran University Center (ADUC) ballroom.
At MSU’s career fair, you can connect with more than 100 employers and graduate programs, all while learning about full-time and part-time jobs, internships, co-ops and summer jobs.
“MSU makes it a priority to ensure our students engage in high-quality experiential opportunities as part of their learning experience because employers expect graduates to have hands-on experience in addition to the learning occurring in the classroom,” said Megan Boone, director of MSU’s Office of Career Services. “The career fair is the signature event that connects students to employers and graduate programs to land internships and co-ops, as well as full-time jobs.”
Boone said it’s vital for underclassmen – even freshmen – to make attending a career fair a priority as the event is a great way to gain information and advice to differentiate yourself from the competition.
Katie Smith, a senior marketing major, has taken advantage of the Career and Internship Fair throughout her college career.
“I got my internship from the career fair and interned with Sherwin-Williams, a paint company. After the fair, I was interviewed and worked in Lexington, Kentucky. I am now interviewing for a full-time management trainee position with Sherwin Williams as a result of that internship,” Smith said.
Students do a bit of preparation to make the most of their time at the Career and Internship Fair:
Dress the part - Make sure to dress professionally as potential employers will immediately take you more seriously when you make a strong first impression. If you need a suit or business jacket, feel free to visit the Suit Bank in the MSU’s Office of Career Services. If you find something that you like and that fits, you can have it without charge.
Bring copies of your resume - Also, have an introduction prepared that will serve as what Boone calls your “30-second commercial.”
Research the companies and schools that will be in attendance and be prepared with questions to ask them - A representative with Cintas Corporations said, “Come to the Career Fair prepared by researching the companies. When you walk up to the table, maintain eye contact and initiate the conversation. It always impresses me and allows us to have a meaningful conversation when students know about Cintas.”
Expand your network - It is never too early to explore industries and start building your network. You could be that student who walks out of the Career and Internship Fair with an offer to interview for a fantastic opportunity that you did not know existed. Many MSU graduates return to campus to recruit talent and are eager to assist current students in achieving career goals. “There are so many advantages to attending the fair from making your name known to employers and graduate schools in your field to getting comfortable interacting in a professional setting,” Boone said.
Students who attend the Career and Internship Fair will also have the unique opportunity to receive a free professional headshot that they can use on their LinkedIn page and other social media accounts.
“We want to ensure MSU students have the resources necessary to build a professional presence online and in person,” Boone said.
Representatives at the fair genuinely want to recruit MSU students for jobs, internships and graduate schools.
“I enjoy attending MSU’s career fairs because of the opportunity to meet people face to face versus meeting their resume. As a recruiter, I value seeing, speaking to and experiencing the candidate,” said Marcus Hundley, a 2009 MSU psychology graduate who attended career fairs as a student and now works as a general hiring manager at Verizon Cellular Sales. “I always find qualified interns and employees that are ready to start their careers at the career fair.”
MSU students and alumni from all majors are encouraged to attend and the event is free and open to the public. Make sure you download the free Career Fair Plus app that is available on both Google Play and Apple and find out who you can meet at the fair.
Thanks to MSU’s Office of Career Services, Morehead State University students have access to numerous resources geared toward their success:
2 to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 5
Bert Combs Building, Room 302
Fall In Love With Your Major
1 to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 12
Bert Combs Building, Room 302
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 19 and 20
ADUC, Second Floor
Internship Basic Workshop
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 10
Camden-Carroll Library, Room 201
Education Career Fair
3:30 to 6 p.m.
Tuesday, March 24
Kroger Field, Lexington
Etiquette Networking Dinner
4:30 to 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 14
ADUC, Ballroom C
For more information about MSU Career Services, call 606-783-2233 or visit http://www.moreheadstate.edu/career