2017 Internship Fair Highlights
By: Kamala Burks
SOMERS - With 47 employers and more than 200 students in attendance, this year’s Internship Fair was a huge success. It is the first of three career-recruitment events on campus for the 2017-2018 academic school year. Oliver Johnson, employer relations and engagement coordinator in the Advising and Career Center noted that the fair, now in its fourth year has more than doubled in size “We look out for student needs, and try to bring in several different employers that are congruous with the different academic programs that UW-Parkside has to offer,” Johnson said.
Omar Jasso, business program manager from Foxconn, was in attendance promoting the massive new LCD panel manufacturing plant scheduled to be built in Mt. Pleasant, just minutes from the UW-Parkside campus. Although it is expected to be complete in 2020, the company is now searching for employees to begin in 2018. Foxconn is seeking candidates to be recruited in all fields and all types of positions. Jasso said he was pleased with the number of interested students with whom he connected.
There were all types of employers for students to choose from. Jaymee Ebbers, new media coordinator from the Milwaukee Admirals, explained how they were searching for campus ambassadors to promote events during the upcoming season. Ebbers said that she has attended several internship fairs and was impressed with the turnout and interest she received from UW-Parkside students.
UW-Parkside senior and communication major DJena Kelly-Perry said she was there to look around, and to see what internship opportunities she might find. “I’ve been looking into Jockey, and I was really interested in the FBI after speaking with them,” she said. “They’re hiring recent college graduates.” Kelly-Perry plans to attend graduate school for media and marketing. “I’m just looking for the best internship and program for me,” she said.
The FBI representative, who asked to remain anonymous, was there to make more students aware of the FBI Honors Internship Program, along with the different opportunities within the bureau. The internship program runs for 10 intensive weeks during the summer, and is only available to current students. Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome. This opportunity gives students a chance to explore career options with the FBI after graduation.
Tory Johnson, a nursing major came dressed to impress. Like other students, Johnson was there to explore the different internships that might be available. He was amazed to see and speak with major health-care systems. When asked what he sees himself doing after college, Johnson said: “I see myself working in a hospital. I actually plan to own my own hospital someday.”
The Internship Fair also gives students a chance to showcase their talents while exploring the different opportunities within their field. Employers have the chance to recruit amazing talent to join their teams.