SMU students will have the opportunity to connect with 117 companies and more than 225 employer representatives at the University’s Spring 2014 Career and Internship Fair Monday, Feb. 24. Employers attending include the U.S. Department of Labor, Neiman Marcus, Peace Corps, McAfee Inc., American Airlines, KPMG, Citi, Ernst and Young, Deliotte, JCPenney and many others.
Sponsored by SMU’s Hegi Family Career Development Center, the fair takes place noon to 4 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center.
Darin Ford, director of the Hegi Career Center, says the event can open a variety of doors for students, whether it is their first semester or their last. “For the first time, we have partnered with eight SMU graduate school departments who will be in attendance recruiting students for graduate school opportunities on the Hilltop,” he says.
“Be prepared,” he adds. “Students who do their research always stand out above the rest.”
> Watch a video of the February 2013 Career and Internship Fair by Myles Taylor of SMU News
To prepare for the fair, Hegi Career Center counselors suggest:
- Dress for success by wearing professional business attire;
- Print out and bring multiple copies of your résumé for the opportunity to network with multiple companies;
- Research the companies that will be in attendance and choose the ones that interest you most;
- Come early to meet with “fresh and ready” recruiters.
The center offers students and alumni multiple resources in addition to the biannual fair, including:
- One-on-one meetings with counselors, career assessments and a four-year plan;
- Discussions with industry panels composed of employers who provide professional advice;
- Workshops on interviewing, résumés and other career skills;
- MustangTRAK, an online database featuring hundreds of jobs and internships, and UCAN, or University Career Action Network, a shared internship database among universities across the country.
Alumni are invited to share their career expertise and mentor SMU students. Learn more at SMU Connection.
Written by Sarah Hanan