By Victoria Alvarez and Christina Diabo
The Hannifan Center for Career Connections has rescheduled the Internship Fair for Oct. 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Wold lobby.
This year, there are more than 50 employers attending the fair. Some of these include: the Miami Heat, Enterprise, Vida Jets, Florida Launch and the Boca Raton Resort.
This event is intended to help students become familiar with local businesses while putting their interview skills to work.
“Students will have the chance to hand out their resumes to multiple employers, discover different fields and companies that they may have not considered before. [Also], this will be a great time for them to network,” said Audrey Theroux, coordinator of programming and student and engagement in the Hannifan Center for Career Connections.
Before attending the event, there are several steps one can take in preparation to speak to prospective employers. These steps include dressing in professional attire, having several copies of one’s resume and preparing a 30 to 60 second “elevator pitch.”
Countless students have attended the internship fair in the past. Students with all backgrounds have met with iconic organizations in years past via this opportunity.
“As far as the internship fair, I have always been influenced by the amount of opportunities that are available, allowing us to take a shot at learning valuable skills in the real world,” said Tyler Bean, graduate assistant in the Office of Admission. “When I learned 50+ employers are waiting for students with a chance to gain real world experience, it was a no-brainer for me to take the small amount of time to go to the Wold to meet and greet these employers.”
Prior to the event, the Hannifan Center for Career Connections is preparing students for the coming shot at success.
“I will be sending out a list of the employers beforehand, and this allows for the student to prioritize any employers they want to meet with,” said Theroux. “It is always recommended that students research the companies they want to speak to.”
Theroux stresses the importance of getting to know the companies and arriving prepared. She believes that businesses will find students more hirable if they have done their research and are aware of the company’s mission.
Students that are planning to attend the fair have the opportunity to register online at https://lynn.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3K6HFp040nAd1HL before Oct. 11.