March 6th, 2014, Marist’s Career Services hosted its annual Spring Career and Internship Fair at the McCann Center. Set up in the Grey Gym, over 50 different companies set up tables. There were dozens of different types of companies, ranging from large, well-known business such as Target, Aflac, and IBM, to smaller local businesses such as the local radio station, 92.7/96.9 WRRV. The fair provides Marist students the opportunity to meet representatives from the companies, and give out their resumes for internship and job opportunities.

Starting at 3:00pm, the Grey Gym was bustling with excitement. There were 57 companies present with tables set up all around the gym, with representatives from each company excited and ready to meet Marist students. All alumni present at the fair showed their Red Fox spirit, wearing red alumni ribbons.

A Marist alumnus from the Class of 2012 was present at Fidelity Investment’s table. She described how she was able to partake in several internships opportunities throughout her time as a Red Fox, and how helpful the internships have proven to be. She stated “experience is everything” when it comes to interviewing with companies for jobs, and that the several internships she participated in through Marist provided her with a unique set of experiences that she could take with her to her new jobs. For her, returning to Marist was great, especially because she could see all of her friends again. However, she was also thankful that she has settled into her new job and lifestyle happily and is making a great career for herself.

A wide range of students filled the gym and were eager to talk to company representatives and check out the type of internship opportunities that were available for each one. A current Marist junior, Marc, was attending the fair because he is strongly pursuing an internship opportunity. As a Business and Marketing major with a minor in Sports Communications, Marc’s focus was to get his name out to the companies. Because he is an upperclassman, he has attended several of these fairs before, and was not feeling nervous. He sought to establish relationships with the representatives so he could contact them in the future and they would remember who he was.

Amongst all of the upperclassmen pursuing internships, a freshman, Ana, was also in attendance. As a Fashion Merchandising major, there were several companies such as Macy’s, Ross Stores, Inc., Target, and more that appealed to her interest. Most companies look for interns that are sophomores, juniors, and seniors, so as a freshman, she was at a disadvantage. But like Marc, Ana’s main goal was to simply get her name out into the fields where she is interested and also start building relationships with some of the company representatives. For her, even getting “denied” by the companies still provides her with a business card that she can use to help her in the future.

All in all, the Spring Career and Internship Fair was a great event for Marist students and the companies that arrived on our beautiful campus. If you missed out on the fair, there will be another variety of companies returning to campus in the Fall of 2014 and again in the Spring of 2015. Also, for more information about Career Services in general, visit their page on the Marist website!

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