Full-time job and internship fair returns to St. Norbert for fifth year
The goal of St. Norbert’s Career Services office is to connect students and alumni with the world—and they are doing just that. Next month, St. Norbert will host its fifth annual full-time job and internship fair. The event, held each spring, brings employers to campus so that students can network and learn about jobs that are available.
In 2006, 45 companies promoted their businesses and professions at the job and internship fair. Among them were alumni coming back to the school to recruit.
“We’ve had good luck with the fair,” says Jerry Donahue, director of Career Services. “Every year, we have students who get interviews and, ultimately, employment offers.”
Many companies use the fair as a screening tool and come back the next day to conduct full interviews with students. Knowing that the fair is used for screening candidates, the staff in Career Services encourages students to be well prepared to make that essential good first impression.
Students planning to attend can sign up for workshops ahead of time to find out how to get the most out of a job fair. Mock interview sessions, where students practice asking and answering difficult interview questions, are especially helpful. Career Services educates students on everything from writing a perfect resume and cover letter to what to wear and how to shake hands.
Donahue advises students to prepare what he calls an elevator speech—a 90-second summary of their career area—and to bring copies of their resumes.
Donahue says, “It’s a good event for certain types of students—those who are assertive. It’s a bit harder for the shy ones. Our workshops attempt to develop in all students the confidence to compete and succeed.”
Career Services wants to increase the number and variety of employers at the fair to show students a bigger picture of jobs that are available in the real world.
“Some students don’t think about areas like government agencies or non-profits,” notes Donahue. “And St. Norbert has something going here that you can’t find anywhere else—a connection with our alumni.”
Alumni are seeing more opportunities than ever to partner with Career Services thanks to the PRIDE initiative, which has seen the establishment of Promote, Recruit, Involve, Donate and Employ committees at both alumni board and regional community levels.
The board is working with Career Services to present a “Career Chat” opportunity for students this Friday, Feb. 9. Alums from many walks of life will be on campus during the afternoon to meet informally with students and help answer any of their career questions or issues.
St. Norbert offers plenty of options for students to gather real world experience while they are still in college—opportunities like internships, service learning and study abroad. Most even allow students to earn a paycheck while learning.
The most important thing Career Services recommends for students, says Donahue, is to participate in an internship during their time at St. Norbert. Internships give students real world experience to include on their resumes. Some internships can even lead to direct-hire, full-time positions upon graduation.
If you’re interested in reserving a table at the March 1 fair, please contact Career Services at (920) 403-3040 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Each table is $50, and the deadline for reservations is Thursday, Feb. 15.