On Jan. 26, Career Services held its Virtual Summer Job and Internship Fair.
The fair offered opportunities from all fields and majors and was held on the online employment platform, Handshake.
Students were able to meet with employers to discuss internship and job opportunities, including Frankenmuth Insurance, Mid-Michigan Health, Quicken Loans and more than 50 other companies.
Virtual employment fairs work differently than the in-person events Career Services has held in past years.
“Students and alumni need to pro-actively login to Handshake days or weeks prior to the fair,” said Bill Stec, the interim director of Career Services. “[This is] not only to register to attend the fair, but to signup for either one-on-one 10-minute networking sessions with the recruiters from the companies of their choosing and/or 30-minute group sessions.”
Group sessions allowed employers to address larger groups of potential applicants in a single session.
Although virtual fairs mean stricter scheduling and registering, students can attend from any location and get the same one-on-one time with employers.
Students who were unable to attend the fair are encouraged to reach out to Career Services.
“Schedule an appointment with Career Services so we can see what interests you have with a summer internship,” Stec said. “We will provide you with contact information to those companies.”
Stec said he looks forward to when SVSU will be able to hold in-person job fairs once again.
“Our goal is [to hold an in-person fair] in the Fall 2021 semester, but since our events are so large, planning has begun to have it virtually again to start the following school year,” Stec said. “Hopefully by Winter 2022 [fairs can be in-person] if the pandemic calms down.”
There will be more virtual employment fairs taking place later this semester on Handshake. Michigan Teacher Recruitment Days will take place March 16–17 and the Spring University-Wide Employment & Networking Fair will take place March 26.
Stec recommended students reach out to Career Services with any questions.
“Career Services is here for our students and alumni,” Stec said. “If they need help with their resume, cover letter, statement of purpose for graduate school or career search advice, they can always schedule an appointment with one of us.”
Career Services can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 989-964-4954.