Job and Internship Fair Celebrates 20 Years

Posted: September 27, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryann Doyle

University Career Services is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their two-day, campuswide job and internship fair on Oct. 3 and Oct. 4. The fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Johnson Center Dewberry Hall on the Fairfax Campus.

The event provides Mason students and alumni direct access to organizations that have full-time jobs, career-related part-time jobs, internships and cooperative education opportunities. This year, more than 190 employers will be showcased, and organizers expect more than 2,500 position seekers to attend.

“The high level of employer participation reflects the strength of our local economy and job market,” says Janice Sutera, director of University Career Services.

The job fair has steadily evolved since the first fair in 1987. Over the past 20 years, the number of employers and students taking part in the event has almost tripled.

University Career Services recognized the importance of internships in developing a career and added them as another event attraction. The planning and setup of the event now involves students and faculty who participate as volunteers and host faculty/employer receptions.

“It’s extraordinary the amount of effort, cooperation and collaboration it takes to bring this unique event right to our students’ door,” says Sutera. “We really work hard to invite employers that are compatible with the majors and talents of Mason students, and we share the employer list online for students so they can prepare for the fair.”

To increase students’ confidence and comfort in approaching employers, Career Services staff developed tips and suggestions for getting the most out of this year’s fair. See the Career Services web site for tips and more information.

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