2017 Internship Fair

Annual Internship Fair Welcomes Students

Monmouth University students had their resumes on hand to impress prospective employers for the Office of Career Services’ annual Internship Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 10 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Anacon Hall.

Forty-six employers were welcomed to campus to meet potential interns and employees.

Amongst the usual companies in attendance, new employers included Adapting Social, Collegic Nav, Dr. Reddy’s Labs, Hackensack Meridian Health, LADACIN Network, NJM Insurance Group, TTI, TEDxAsburyPark, USA Today, Vydia, and Xela communications.

The Internship Fair has aided students in their search for a rewarding internship with influential companies throughout the tri-state area.

 Local and regional employers participated in this event with the intention of hiring Monmouth University students.

The fair is part of the Transformative 10 series, which is described by Jeffrey Mass, the Assistant Director of Career Services, as a new initiative designed to help students connect their majors to a career in preparation for life after graduation.

Rather than learning about a company’s available internships via a website, students were able to inquire about these positions in a non-intimidating face-to-face meeting with recruiters.

The event even allowed for students to have an impromptu interview with employers. 

Alyssa Cosentino, a senior psychology student, was one of the 155 students in attendance.

“I made some strong connections at the internship fair,” Consentino said. “It was an intimate setting, which allowed me to elaborate with recruiters on my previous work experiences and learn about the internship opportunity available at their company.”

Beyond the coffee runs and business formal attire, internships provide current students with a glimpse into the ‘real world’ while gaining experience for their resumes.

“Internships are key to building experience as a student or recent graduate,” said Mass. “Employers are much more likely to hire someone with internships and work experience rather than someone with a generic resume, lacking experience. It is important that you choose you internships based on your interests and career prospects.”

While sophomores and juniors were especially encouraged to attend the event, students of all classes, regardless of their major, could benefit from this event.

 Mass believes that effective “people skills” are an important asset to possess in the professional world.

Events of this nature help current students refine their communication skills and network with professionals, which will ultimately help them adjust to a professional setting.

This year’s fair was a success and directed many students to a possible internship with interviews and industry contacts.

“I feel that the internship fair was a great experience,” said Raymond Romanski, a junior television and radio communication student.

“I scheduled a few interviews, made a few connections, and had a great time,” he said.

While this particular career event was on a smaller scale and catered to sophomores and juniors, the Office of Career Services will also be hosting Fall Career Day on Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

PHOTO TAKEN by Courtney Buell