Kaitlyn Waller, Staff Writer
The University of Missouri–St. Louis Fall Internship and Job Fair was hosted by Career Services and took place Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Mark Twain building on North Campus. Admission was free for UMSL students and alumni who preregistered.
Students and alumni who attended the fair had the opportunity to discuss internship and job opportunities with employers and to connect with graduate and professional schools. Students could use the Fairs app to find companies at the various rows of tables. Career Services also had an option for students to take a professional headshot for LinkedIn at the fair.
Some of the employers present included Boeing, Graybar, Edward Jones, Channel 5, Public Broadcasting Service, SSM Health and other companies. UMSL Graduate School was also present along with other graduate representatives from other universities.
Teresa Balestreri, director of Career Services, reported that there were 134 registered employers at tables and 300 representatives from those organizations, many of those representatives being UMSL alumni.
“It’ll be an ice-breaker for them to talk to the reps,” Balesteri said, as it makes students and alumni “feel more comfortable talking to an alum who has been in your shoes literally here.”
UMSL alumni representatives were denoted by alumni stickers on their clothes or by alumni markers on their booth signs.
When asked why employers come to the UMSL job fair, Balestreri said “I think that they know that they can identify a strong candidate, and so to have students that understand work ethic and they’re academically prepared, the combination of the two make this a very obvious place to recruit.”
Courtney, an information systems major, said she went to the fair to find an internship.
“I’m looking for an internship so I can kind of see what part of the field that I like best, so hopefully I can get an opportunity to kind of see each part of the field, and then figure out what I like and then go from there,” she said.
She spoke of practicing with smaller companies first before building up to Express Scripts, the company she most wanted to connect with.
Career Services held events leading up to the job fair including resume reviews and a job fair preparation workshop where recruiters attending the fair advised students on how to be successful when meeting with representatives.
“I went to Career Services probably ten times to edit my resume and make sure it was absolutely perfect,” said Courtney. “And then I just kind of stopped in to different places on campus to talk things out, help calm me down.”
Many students had success at this semester’s job and internship fair.
An accounting student said “We actually had an accounting networking night the other night, so I went there and I actually met up with the same firm here, so like it’s kind of nice to show my face again. And I’ve gotten one call for an interview from them already.” She also took advantage of the Career Services preparation workshops. “I went to one of their resume workshops,” she said, “and it definitely helped me.”
Balestreri talked of the success students generally have at these networking opportunities. Career Services conducted a follow-up survey of all the students who had attended the spring UMSL fair and found promising results.
“Close to 40 percent of the students indicated they have had an interview as a result of the fair,” said Balestreri. “And then, only three weeks after the fair, we had 50 percent of the respondents tell us that they received an offer for a job or an internship. So to me, that is objective data that shows the impact that we’ve had on students at the university and their success.”
Students and alumni who could not attend the fall job fair still have many opportunities to find an internship or job through the UMSL Career Services website. Career Services will also hold another job fair in the spring 2019 semester.