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Job fair connects students with local businesses

Companies and businesses line up in Curtiss for the summer job and internship fair. Vanguard Photo | Brooke Elward

SVSU’s 12th annual Summer Job and Internship Fair featured a variety of employers for students to visit.

The Jan. 28 fair featured employers looking for summer workers and SVSU students looking to network for potential jobs.

Career Services Interim Director Bill Stec said the event was a success.

“We partnered with a lot more classes this year to get students involved,” he said. “We got more students in the door, and they realized that this event would be beneficial to them.”

Thomas Barnikow, the interim associate director for Career Services, said he was happy with the turnout of potential employers.

“We had 97 tables at today’s event,” Barnikow said. “This event predates Stec and me, but this year was extremely successful for us.”

Many students said they enjoyed meeting potential employers in a short time without having to leave campus.

“I come to this (event) every year to see all of the opportunities that our community has to offer,” said Sarah Rozboril, a biology sophomore.

Other students came not knowing what they were looking for but successfully found a job.

“You never know who or what you are going to find,” said Amber Tanner, a management and theatre senior. “I found Camp Timbers four years ago and am still there.”

Camp Timbers has been a mainstay at the SVSU event. Camp Director Brian Miller said he enjoys being able to come back year after year to show students what the organization has to offer.

“For us, it’s a chance to introduce people who don’t know about Camp Timbers to what we do,” Miller said. “We are close to SVSU, so it is also a great opportunity for the students in the summer.”

Other businesses found their way to SVSU for the first time.

Camp Greenwood, located in Gowen, Michigan, came to the fair looking to find new students to work for the summer. Camp Director Jacob Dayringer said he wanted to use his ties to SVSU to find a new pool of potential workers.

“This is our first year here,” Dayringer said. “We are located near Grand Rapids but wanted to take this opportunity to expand outside of our usual hiring area of Western Michigan.”

Employers and students alike were able to find what they were looking for in one place.

“It’s amazing that all of these employers come out year after year looking specifically for SVSU students,” said Brenden Hynes, a marketing fifth year. “It truly is a testament to the reputation of Saginaw Valley and its students.”

Career Services will host its Manufacturing and Information Technology Career Fair from noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 12 in Pioneer Hall.

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