Students are invited to the Career Development Center’s (CDC) annual Internship Fair, where employers arrive eager to meet Saint Anselm students. The fair will take place on Wednesday, October 26, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Carr Center.
Sarah Mockler, Associate Director of Employer Relations in the Career Development Center, maintains relationships with employers and connects them with students. She encourages attendees to seize the opportunity to make connections with professionals. Mockler says, “Employers come here to recruit, because they know the reputation of Saint Anselm College interns. They are known for their work ethic, professionalism, and liberal arts education.”
Before the fair, the CDC urges students to visit HawkCareers to target employers and research their companies’ products, services, and employment needs. Based on these employers, students are encouraged to prepare questions such as, “I understand you’re seeking marketing interns, can you please describe your ideal candidate? What additional employment and internship opportunities are available in your company?” These focused questions will show the employers both the preparation of the student and his or her interest in the company.
The day of the fair, the CDC suggests students dress professionally and come with a strategy. But above all, students are encouraged to keep an open mind.
“At first glance, a company might seem outside of your comfort zone. Perhaps it is not in the industry where you envisioned yourself or have worked before,” says Mockler. “But if you dig deeper, there could be a position within the company where your skills would be a great fit.”
As a senior, English and history major Ginger Gates '17 is thinking about life post-graduation. “In marketing myself to potential employers and to law schools, my internship experience at New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services really stands out,” says Gates. “The Career Development Center brings future employers to me at the Internship Fair. How easy is that?”
In addition to this special opportunity to network and pursue internships, the CDC will offer incentives for Anselmians who decide to attend the Internship Fair. For the 50th, 100th, and 150th student who enters, each will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. During the fair, CDC will host a “LinkedIn Photo Booth,” where a photographer will take free headshots of students for their LinkedIn profiles. Finally, the CDC will ask students to evaluate the fair, giving away a $50 Amazon gift card to a randomly-selected student who has completed it.
Liz Torrey ’17, a communication major, began the internship process during her sophomore year. She advises all to enter the experiential learning process early. Torrey says, “An internship is an exercise in hard work, independence, responsibility, and self-discovery. The process, as well as the experience, is invaluable and will teach you things about yourself that will guide you toward a goal you may not even know you have yet.”
Mark your calendar for Wednesday, October 26, and take advantage of all that the Internship Fair has to offer.