Ready, Set, Impress!: Mastering the Career and Internship Fair

In early October, Marist College held its annual Career and Internship Fair in the McCann Center. This is an opportunity for students to mingle with potential employers in a variety of fields. As a sophomore, I attended the event simply to peruse my options and see which companies were on display. Professional attire and a handful of freshly printed resumes were required for entry. Having left my swanky pencil skirt and blazer at home, I attempted to turn leggings and a cardigan into a businesswoman pantsuit.

The fair was held on one of those “Beware: Global Warming is Happening” days of October in which it was eighty five degrees. Needless to say, it was sweltering, and my appearance was evidence of it. I was drenched, so in talking to representatives from Ernst and Young, Fidelity, Axa Finance, and the like, I couldn’t help but think to myself, “I must look terrible, I wouldn’t hire me.” But I digress.

It is important to mention that I am a Business Major and I take advantage of the many leadership opportunities that Marist has to offer. As a member of the Emerging Leaders Program, a subset of the National Society for Leadership and Development, I have the privilege of attending weekly workshops on leadership, career, and finance advice from professors, Marist alumni, and potential employers. One company that Marist has a strong relationship with is Target. I have attended several workshops in which former Marist students, who now work for Target, speak about characteristics of a successful leader, their own personal leadership experience, and how lucky they are to be working for Target. Frequently these former Marist students explain that they interned for Target, during which they were able to perform hands-on tasks such as leading a store team, and emphasize that because of this program, they were guaranteed a job at Target after graduation. Robin Torres, Director of First Year Programs and Leadership Development, describes Marist’s relationship with Target as “mutually beneficial.” In that lovely voice of hers, that prospective and accepted students learn is an emblem of Mama Marist welcoming you home, she goes on to say,

Target has a well-defined leadership philosophy that is widely applicable and very complimentary to our own leadership curriculum.  They are looking to acquire new talent and we are looking to expand and enhance the talents of our current students, so it has been an excellent opportunity for both areas.  I have to say that having students return here has been a powerful and affirmative experience.  The students who have worked with Target have grown tremendously in their leadership, communication and management skills and they have also contributed to their corporation, community and alma mater.  It is touching and gratifying to see the red fox spirit, wisdom, and work ethic out in action in the world after college.

I mention this because I spoke with Target at the Career and Internship Fair. It appeared as if Target had a monopoly on that block of booths at the fair. Their red-shirted team leaders formed an orb encircling their table lined with stuffed animal Target dogs, pens, brochures, etc. In speaking with two of the Target employees, who were also former Marist students, I was able to share my experience in the Emerging Leaders Program including the seminars I had attended and the Marist students I had met who interned for Target and are now store team leaders.

So, even though sweat trickled along my sticky skin and gleamed in my heavy hair, I conquered the Career and Internship Fair, handing out resumes and chatting up companies like a boss. Sophomore year internship mingling: check!

Check out the highlights of Marist’s Career Services, Communications Internships, Fashion Internships, and Business Internships! You can learn more about Marist College’s Emerging Leaders Program here.

 

 

 

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