Mar 6, 2007

Career Center to host annual Internship Fair

by Rachel Neiswanger, Life! Reporter
Open to all juniors and seniors who are eligible for summer and fall semester internships, the Career Center is hosting its annual In-ternship Fair on Wed., March 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Partnering with local businesses in Lynch-burg, Liberty is hosting businesses such as WSET (ABC), Clear Channel Radio, Wal-Mart, Enterprise, Junior Achieve-ment, American Cancer Society and many more.

With opportunities as wide as these, students are “bound to find something to appease everyone,” said communications major Hilary Sutton.

According to Events Coordinator Cindy Key, this is “a chance for students to connect with local businesses.”

The Career Center will also give the opportunity for students to meet their staff before talking to the booths of local businesses so the Career Center’s counselors can point students in the right direction — towards the job or jobs that cater to their specific major and concentration.
Students should come prepared with resumes and cover letters ready to hand out to these businesses.

The Career Center is also always open to resume critiquing and interview tips. “It’s encouraging to know you have help at your reach and you’re not alone,” said David Marshall, a junior business major.

Advising in resumes, cover letters, interview tips and more, the Career Center staff includes Director Trisha Tolar, Coordinator Greg Helman, Counselor Melinda Jones and more who are eager to assist students.

According to Key, the fair is also “great for students who want jobs after graduation, to network and set up future connections with businesses.

Establishing relationships with future employers can secure future internships and possible jobs helping students towards the kind of careers they want.

Fashion merchandising major Laurie Johnson concurred. “It was a great starting point,” she said.
Also available through the Career Center are weekly internship meetings.

These meetings started on Feb. 13 and will continue through April 11. These meetings are held in DeMoss Hall 2017 at 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and 11:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays.
The required $5 application pack includes everything students need to get started towards bright futures and careers.

The Career Center offers  graduate students a “Grad Students” page addressing application procedures and links to graduate schools. The Web site also includes a link to www.monster.com.
This site helps students create an account to open a portal for job and internship searches.
Postings on the Web site include up-to-date job opportunities, internship positions with specific deadlines and other functions designed to meet an individual’s personal career needs.
Reaching out to businesses in the community, Liberty has a “feature” section on the Career Center Web site that includes information available to the potential employers looking to include Liberty in job searches.

Aligning its mission to inspire students and alumni by providing educational and career development opportunities in collaboration with university and community partners, the Career Center offers a helping hand to all students.

Contact Rachel Neiswanger at raneiswanger@liberty.edu.
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