Internship and Career Fair Features Over 100 Employers

News Story: January 28, 2007

The annual Sacred Heart University Internship and Career Fair, scheduled for Thursday, February 22 at the William H. Pitt Health andRecreationCenter, will provide students a chance to discuss employment opportunities face-to-face with more than 100 employers, from familiar main-stay companies to a handful of new participants representing growing employment fields.

From Fortune 500 companies to non-profits, the fair will feature a broad spectrum of interests with representatives from financial services and planning, accounting, marketing, insurance, human resources, technology, graphic design, arts and entertainment, the military, and other employment sectors.

First-time participants include Six Flags New England amusement park, American Golfer —a publisher of golf-related books and materials—insurance specialist Shoff Darby Companies Inc. and a couple of federal organizations in the areas of Transportation Security Administration and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Among the repeat participants are Pitney Bowes, Cox Radio, Yale-NewHavenHospital, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Cintas, the Peace Corps, and Morgan Stanley.

There are 111 companies and organizations in all, about a dozen more employers than at past career fairs, making it the largest in the school’s history, according to Tricia Klauser, executive director and career counselor for SHU’s Office of Career Development.

It’s a chance to make an impression and a connection, Klauser said.

While some students may expect the Internship and Career Fair to be suited more to juniors and seniors because of its significant full-time job opportunities and mentoring possibilities, all students are encouraged to attend regardless of their major and graduation date, said Rick DelVecchio, SHU’s director of placement and the coordinator of the event.

“No matter where you are in your academic career, there’s something for everybody,” he said. Everyone can take advantage of its networking benefits, which could lead to internships, summer employment, part-time work and potential careers.

“The hardest part about getting a job is getting in touch with the right people and the right people are going to be here,” DelVecchio said.

Although a key objective of the fair is to connect students with professional internships and full-time employment and to develop networking skills, an equally critical purpose of the event is to enhance students’ understanding of the types of organizations and opportunities that exist for individuals with their skills, backgrounds and interests. Klauser said 65% of the employers in attendance will consider students from any major.

During the fair students may also attend a number of 30-minute presentations in the Pitt Board Room on career-related topics that will include networking, diversity in the workplace, and interviewing skills.

Students, except freshmen, attending the fair are required to obtain resume approval from the Office of Career Development by Tuesday, February 20th. Resume workshops, walk-in hours and appointment schedules are set up to facilitate this process for students.

The SHU Internship and Career Fair will take place on Thursday, February 22, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the William H. Pitt Health and RecreationCenter. The fair is open only to enrolled SHU students.