Saginaw Valley State University’s Career Services Office welcomed over 100 employers to meet with over 300 pre-registered students on campus during the Spring Employment Fair on Feb. 3.
The event was hosted from noon to 3 p.m. in the Ryder Center which housed 116 booths from employers ranging from the Michigan State Police to MetroEHS Pediatric Therapy.
Students could also have professional headshots taken for free at the event. Junior communication major Kolby Williamson was one of many students to attend the event.
“I’m here for my business class,” she said. “It’s been kind of difficult, I want to go into HR and not a lot of people are looking for it here today.”
WIlliamson continued, ending her experience on a hopeful note:
“It’s not bad for a part time job, though,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity for every student to experience and you never know what connections you could make.”
Crystal Yang, a former SVSU student, attended the event representing the Disney College Program.
“I don’t think a lot of people know about the program at SVSU,” Yang said. “I’m here to spread awareness for it, and let people know about the options they have, even up to 18 months post-graduation.”
Yang continued, explaining about what the program offers:
“I majored in education, but it’s not specific to any major, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re a nursing major, education major, graphic design or even business and communication majors,” she said. “Disney internships look so good on a resume because when people see it, they know you have customer service experience, business and commerce experience and so much more. Disney has a great reputation in business.”
Yang also explained that the internships, which are paid, generally last four to six months, with some extending to a year. On top of that, housing and benefits are offered to students in the program.
“It’s an amazing opportunity to make memories,” Yang said. “We’re having an info night on Wednesday Feb. 8 in Wickes Hall 290 at 4 p.m. if students want to learn more.”
Yang also mentioned that students interested could visit the program’s Instagram page @SVSU_disneyalum if they had any questions regarding the opportunities offered.
Matt Kyiser of Dayton Freight also attended the Job Fair in hopes of scouting potential employees.
“We’re looking for any SVSU student, from their first year all the way to post grad,” he said. “We have both part and fulltime positions and we’re mainly looking for business majors.”
Kyiser commented on the turn out of the job fair and gave advice to student applicants:
“I’ve gotten quite a few potential applicants. It’s my third time at SVSU and it’s always a good fair,” he said. “We’re always looking for a good, proper introduction with an elevator pitch. Students should remember to always have a resume on hand, and never be afraid to ask potential employers questions.”